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Engineering Manager

City of San Mateo
San Mateo, California
$13,714.00-$16,347.00 monthly depending on level, plus generous benefits
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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Why Join the City of San Mateo's Public Works Department?

Due to recent promotional opportunities, The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is looking to fill two vacancies for Engineering Manager!

When you join the Public Works Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our San Mateo citizens and improving the community in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse talents and experience in various fields. We will provide you with a wide range of opportunities in a team-based collaborative environment while helping you achieve your professional goals. Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking are attributes within the City’s mission, values and organizational principles that we are seeking in the candidates.

The City of San Mateo is a very progressive City that encourages staff and resident engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community and regulatory landscape. To this end, the Engineering Manager will help lead efforts utilizing networking skills, strategic planning, and performance leadership to develop strategies and tactics to accomplish short and long-term project delivery, while sustaining the City’s missions, visions and goals. The Public Works Department is committed to high performance levels and standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches. The Department supports staff development through a variety of internal and external training opportunities. The Engineering Manager role will include responsibility for ensuring the best possible performance of each employee and accomplishing the collective services, goals, projects, initiatives, and work plans of the Department and City.

San Mateo encourages staff engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community and regulatory landscape. The Public Works Department is committed to high performance levels and standards, utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches. The Department supports staff development through a variety of internal and external training opportunities. 

Look to some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work:

What You’ll Do:

The Engineering Manager will provide and participate in critical team leadership in assuring that all engineering services, goals, projects and initiatives meet the high-performance standards of the Department and City. Demands of this position will continue to evolve and change to respond to community needs. Adaptability and flexibility are important for success in this position. An Engineering Manager receives general direction from a Deputy Director of Public Works or higher-level department personnel and exercises direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical staff.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

What You Bring:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • You possess at least five (5) years of increasingly responsible administrative and supervisory professional public works engineering experience.
  • You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Civil Engineering or a directly related field.
  • You have a certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
  • You possess, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver license.

Bonus Points (highly desirable):

  • Supervisory experience training and mentoring staff on technical matters.
  • Capital Improvement Program management and project delivery with a focus on consulting and contracting engineering, environmental, design, construction management/inspection, and construction services.
  • Familiarity with management of drawings, specifications, estimates, and schedules for capital improvement projects.
  • Familiarity with development of planning-level budgets of capital improvement projects.
  • Pavement management, or sanitary and storm infrastructure management experience.

ADA Special Requirement:  Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to work in a standard office environment; walk to construction sites; exposure to outdoors.

What We Offer:

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 with 1-year final comp for classic members; 2% @ 55 with 3-year average final comp for classic members hired after 12/9/12; 2% @ 62 with 3-year average final comp for new members hired after 1/1/13. Classic employees contribute 7.92% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • The City contributes 1.5% of base salary, and matches up to 1% of the employee’s voluntary contribution, to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • The City contributes 0.25% of base salary to a Retiree Health Savings Account
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential: $90 bi-weekly (if applicable)
  • Employees receive a housing allowance of $200 per month.
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • Vacation Leave of 20-25 days per year based on years of service; Executive Leave of 48 hours per year; and the City provides 13 Holidays per year (includes 3 floating holidays)
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo Management Association.

Are You Ready? Apply.

Go to: and submit an online application, résumé (Required), and supplemental questionnaire or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline

This recruitment will close by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024, or upon receipt of the first 50 applications with supplemental questionnaires, and résumés, whichever occurs first.

Examination Process

All applications, résumés, and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list. The employment list will be updated as applicants meet the minimum qualifications and until the position is filled. When a position needs to be filled, the hiring manager will refer to the employment list for further screening. Applications with "see résumé" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.

A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these. A Zoom oral panel interview is tentatively scheduled for mid-June, 2024.

Once placed on an employment list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates on the employment list may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least six months with the possibility of an extension for an additional six months.

Date Posted – April 18, 2024, updated May 16, 2024

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process. ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:

Fine Print: Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the application filing deadline, or the exam date if the exam is continuous, for the part of the process requiring accommodations. Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


San Mateo is a city of approximately 100,000 residents, strategically located midway between San Francisco and San Jose, and is within the Silicon Valley. One of the City’s strengths is its diversity, both in the ethnic makeup and the physical development of the community. San Mateo has a vibrant business and retail environment with national and international businesses, two major shopping centers and an active downtown. The community values its historic and new residential neighborhoods and has a major new Transit Oriented Development that will add 1,500 new homes, 300,000 square feet of new retail and as much as 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space. The City organization has a culture of innovation, collaboration and strong customer service, while implementing the City Manager’s initiative of a High Performing Organization. The City’s annual budget is $130 million and is staffed by over 540 full time employees. The City is continually evaluating new and innovative ways of providing high quality services to its residents while acknowledging the competing demands for the limited funds available. For more interesting facts, please visit:

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