Director of Engineering

City of Yuma
Yuma, Arizona
$109,245 – $152,944
Jul 20, 2021
Aug 20, 2021
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Contract Type
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The Position

The Director of Engineering leads the Engineering Department, including directing professional engineering and administrative work related to engineering, traffic engineering, development, construction, utilities, and environmental compliance. The Director promotes the City’s goals and priorities, vision, values, and the “Yuma Way.”

The Director serves as an expert advisor and provides advice and counsel to City leadership. The Director of Engineering routinely responds to questions or issues raised by the City Council, City Administrator, other departments, outside agencies, and the public and works collaboratively to ensure engineering issues are properly addressed and resolved. The Director establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with City employees, officials, and representatives from other local, State, and Federal agencies.

The Director develops and oversees the department budget and performs contract administration duties, including negotiating and recommending contract terms, evaluating performance, and ensuring compliance to warranty and contract agreements. The Director of Engineering oversees the development of plans and specifications for capital projects, including the development and construction of a wide variety of municipal public works and utilities projects.

The Director has seven direct reports, including an Assistant Director of Engineering, two Engineering Managers, a Traffic Engineer, an Inspections Supervisor, a CIP Administrator, and an Administrative Specialist. Together the team ensures high-quality standards, provides excellent services, and works collaboratively to resolve issues. This position reports to a Deputy City Administrator.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for the Director of Engineering position is $109,245 – $152,944. Salary will depend on qualifications and includes a robust benefits package and relocation assistance. Residency within City of Yuma limits is required within eighteen months of appointment.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled, with a first review date of August 23, 2021.


At least six (6) years of experience in civil engineering, including leadership and management responsibility for planning and directing major aspects of public works and utilities engineering projects, is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer by the State of Arizona State Board of Technical Registration is also required, or applicants must have the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire. A bachelor’s degree in Engineering is essential. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enables success as the Director of Engineering will be considered. A valid Arizona State Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one is required.

Prior experience in a municipal engineering department in a similar size community is preferred. Demonstrated experience developing and managing plans, budgets, policies, and procedures is ideal, as is the ability to prioritize and lead multiple tasks, projects, and demands. An ongoing commitment to environmentally responsible and resource-efficient public works maintenance techniques is valuable. Knowledge of federal regulations, Arizona Revised Statutes, and regional ordinances governing civil engineering is preferred.