Senior Civil Engineer (Water)

Vallejo, California
$103,561.61 - $125,879.78
Jul 23, 2021
Aug 23, 2021
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The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo's delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer's market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America's only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.

The Vallejo Water Department is a dynamic organization engaged in growth and positive change for the benefit of our customers and community. The Department provides potable water to 121,000 customers through a highly complex system including multiple raw water sources, three surface water treatment plants, a sludge dewatering Facility, 600 miles of distribution pipes, 8 pressure zones, 27 pump stations, and 37,000 service connections. Vallejo Water is a Treatment-5/Distribution-5 drinking water agency, classified among the State's largest and most complex water utilities.
In 2017, Vallejo water services transitioned from a division of Public Works, to a standalone Water Department reporting directly to the City Manager. This change gives drinking water-related operations and issues greater visibility and strategic direction for the benefit of rate-payers. The Water Department's strategic goals include: infrastructure reliability, public trust, sustainability, organizational performance, and financial viability. Key initiatives include:

  • Rehabilitation and replacement of aging infrastructure.
  • Revenue streams that help offset water rates.
  • Innovative approaches to management and technologies.
  • Sustainable budgets and staffing.
  • Pursuit of regional partnerships.
  • Strategic, proactive engagement with the expanding regulatory environment.

The Water Department's growth and enthusiasm about the future support the larger community's vision and needs. The City of Vallejo is on the move with many economic development opportunities underway, including the redevelopment of Mare Island (former Naval shipyard). New eateries, a thriving arts community, parks, and water front development are all contributing to Vallejo's revitalization. The City engages with all facets of civic life, and the Water Department's services provide a vital resource to our residents, businesses, schools, City departments, and community organizations. The Water Department has six Divisions: Water Treatment, Engineering, Distribution, Watershed and Facilities Management, Water Quality, and Administration/Conservation.

The Engineering Division of the Vallejo Water Department works to manage and implement the Water Department's capital improvement program (CIP), consisting of the replacement and renewal of water assets in the City of Vallejo's water system, including tanks, reservoirs, pump stations, pipelines, dams, valves, and water treatment plant facilities.  In addition, the Engineering Division provides engineering reviews for new development projects, and reviews projects from outside agencies that may affect the Water Department. The Engineering Division aids the Distribution, Facilities, and Operations divisions with their goals to safely and efficiently operate the water system; to help the City meet all Federal and State requirements; to protect public health, and to ensure the system meets the fire-flow needs of the City. The Division also aids in the management of the City's long-term water supply and in protecting the City's water rights for future generations.

The Department has recently passed new water rates, and has a new 5-Year CIP that significantly increases yearly investments in water infrastructure.  These projects will consist mostly of water pipeline replacement and renewal, treatment plant upgrades, pump station improvements, and dam improvements.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The City of Vallejo is seeking a candidate for the Senior Civil Engineer position, as a collaborative member of the City's Water Department team.

The roles and responsibilities of this position are to primarily aid the Engineering Division and the Engineering Manager in managing the planning, permitting, design and construction of the City's Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).  In addition, this position will interface with the Distribution, Facilities, Water Quality, and Operations Divisions to plan, design, and implement large maintenance and process improvement projects.  This position will help manage engineering staff with review processes for development applications to ensure adherence to Water Department standards and requirements; aid in the management of special studies and technical investigations; manage hydraulic analyses utilizing hydraulic modeling software; manage consultants as necessary to complete projects and work with regulators such as the California Department of the Safety of Dams (DSOD) to ensure compliance with inspections and schedule improvements. The position will also be involved with management of the City's historic and ongoing water rights, supply and water resources management.

As a Senior Civil Engineer, the candidate will serve as the technical lead for the Division, but will also present management skills for delegating work to staff engineers and engineering technicians, managing their work and deadlines, and reporting progress to the Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, and Department Director. The candidate will also represent the Department and Division at various high level internal and external meetings, and be able to present at City Council meetings as needed in place of the Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, or Department Director as needed. The position will report to the Engineering Manager, who reports to the Department Director.

The incumbent in this position will aid and manage/delegate construction management tasks, such as overseeing Water Department inspectors; helping to coordinate with internal and external project stakeholders; negotiating change orders; conducting weekly construction coordination meetings; replying to requests for information (RFIs) and processing progress payments for contractors. This position is primarily assigned to Water duties, but will be expected to manage/delegate work for Development and Capital Improvement Project duties, as they pertain to the Water Department.  In addition, this position will help supervise Associate/Assistant Engineer staff, as well as Senior Engineering Technician staff and both Engineering Technicians I and II staff.

The ideal candidate for this position will be detail-oriented; solution/results oriented; team-oriented; politically astute; proactive; responsive; timely; accurate; trustworthy; ethical; accountable; and, have a collaborative approach and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Receives general direction from the Water Engineering Manager or Department Director.

Exercises direct supervision over professional and technical engineering staff.

Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff responsible for providing engineering services in either the current development, water, traffic, or capital improvement section of the Engineering Divisions.
  • Participate in the selection of professional and technical engineering staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
  • Prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for providing, current development, water, traffic, or construction engineering services; implement policies and procedures.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Coordinate and prioritize design projects with other City departments, county and state highway departments, and other relevant agencies or parties.
  • Administer consultant contracts for public works, traffic, and water improvements.
  • Maintain surveillance over contracts in progress including progress of the work, costs reports, determination of payment for work accomplished; accept or reject methods, performance or completed work.
  • Oversee the maintenance of office records, maps, construction project documents and related records.
  • Attend City council meetings, planning commission meetings and other sessions as directed.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment in accordance with current accepted practice of civil engineering and appropriate laws and codes.
  • Monitor and control performance in conformance with assigned objectives, plans, schedules and budgets; account for variances and implement necessary corrective action.
  • Resolve or justify controversial and complex technical problems involving engineering and inspection staff and developers, builders and the general public.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective actions as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation of plans, specifications, cost and quantity estimates, and bid documents for public works construction projects; oversee the planning, design, construction and inspection of capital improvement projects, including but not limited to traffic, building and structure related improvements.
  • Participate in the initial planning of projects to be proposed and assist in establishing schedules and budgets. 
  • Assign and schedule projects such as street and traffic improvements, water and sewer systems, parks projects and other systems of similar complexity; coordinate with other departments, districts and/or agencies to establish such specifications as pipe sizes, alignments, and street widths


  • Consult with developers, builders and other contractors to coordinate the design and construction of public improvements in the City.
  • Review and prepare comments and conditions for public works aspects of planning permits including general plans, specific area plans, planned unit developments and other planning permits.
  • Prepare and execute development agreements.  Assist in information to various districts.  Oversee construction inspection of current development projects.


  • Direct, plan and coordinate various water projects including the construction of pipelinespump stations, pressure reducing stations, dams, spillways, and reservoir retrofits, including lake outlet structures and retaining walls.
  • Oversee and review hydraulics as it relates to the design of water system facilities.
  • Direct and supervise water maintenance personnel in the operation of water system facilities in emergency situations.
  • Oversee and review water system capital improvement projects to include among others pump stations, reservoirs and pipeline plans for new projects including subdivisions, additions, commercial centers, and various other projects.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of civil, traffic, and water engineering and administra­tion.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including civil engineering laws and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of street, water and sewer system design and construction.
  • Terminology, methods, practices, and techniques used in technical civil engineering report preparation.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and control.
  • Principles of mathematics as applied to engineering work.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil, traffic and water engineering.
  • Principles and practices of project and construction management.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and computer equipment.
Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, and supervise the work of professional and technical staff.
  • Train and evaluate subordinate staff. 
  • Manage multiple large and complex engineering projects.
  • Ensure project compliance with appropriate Federal, State, and local rules, laws, and regulations.
  • Coordinate phases of construction projects and prepare progress reports.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and develop appropriate recommendations.
  • Perform technical research and solve difficult engineering problems.
  • Prepare and maintain technical civil engineering records and prepare comprehensive reports.
  • Compile rough technical data and prepare statistical and narrative reports from field studies.
  • Develop, review and modify civil engineering plans, designs, and specifica­tions.
  • Manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Exercise professional engineering judgment to achieve results consistent with objectives.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. 

Experience and Training Guidelines
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:

Ten years of increasingly responsible professional civil engineering experience including five years at a level comparable to the Associate Civil Engineer classification with the City of Vallejo.  In addition, there should be 3 years of lead supervisory or project management responsibility. A Master's Degree may be substituted for 1 year of experience.
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field.
Licenses and/or Certificates
Applicants must possess a current and valid Certificate of Registration as a professional engineer issued by the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

Supplemental Information

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 23, 2021. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo staff are unable to assist with these issues.

2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of August 23, 2021. 
3. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts the week of August 30, 2021. The most qualified applicants from the scoring of the supplemental questions will be invited for an Oral Panel Interview.  
4. Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place the week of September 13, 2021. Oral Panel Interviews are weighted at 100% of the candidates' score. Candidates must achieve a minimum passing score of 70%. Those achieving 70% or higher will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) and may be considered to fill positions for up to one year.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions. 

5. Candidates placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list) will be referred to the department for final interviews based on their performance in the exam. The number of candidates referred for a hiring interview is at the discretion of the hiring department.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Vanessa Gould at (707) 649-3512 or send an email to: no later than August 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Successfully complete a job-related pre-placement medical exam.  4) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.

Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Veteran's Preference - Veteran's preference points will be applied in accordance with Civil Service Rule 24. A copy of the DD 214 form must be filed at time of application.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.

Note: The provisions in this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice

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