Director of Engineering Services

  • 103101

SUMMARY: Under general direction, plans, manages, and directs the operations and services of the Engineering Services Department; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Develops and shapes an appropriate organization structure to support current and future department objectives.
  2. Integrates and evaluates the work of the department’s divisions.
  3. Participates in the development of and oversees capital improvement budgets. Discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff and implements adjustments as necessary.
  4. Schedules employees, assigns work and monitors its progress. Guides and develops employees in the accomplishment of duties, completes performance evaluations, handles discipline issues.
  5. Provides administrative and technical direction to Engineering Department staff.
  6. Oversees engineering plan review for Construction Services and the Building Official.
  7. Sets and ensures compliance of all City construction practices and standards on construction projects within the public right-of-way are adhered to and any construction relating to City owned utilities.
  8. Proposes and monitors staffing requirements and the hiring and training of qualified personnel.
  9. Reviews the work of consultants and ensures timely completion of projects within the established budget. Reviews and approves project change orders.
  10. Attends and participates in community meetings to provide information on projects, respond to questions, or to resolve sensitive issues and complaints.
  11. Oversees and participates in the development of the Department’s budget. Discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff and implements adjustments as necessary.
  12. Conducts financial, organizational and operational service delivery studies. Prepare reports of findings and recommends methods for improving operational effectiveness.
  13. Prepares project status reports, financial reports, and budget reports to keep management informed on department operations and City funded projects.
  14. Prepares responses to citizen, business, or contractor complaints regarding Department services or proposed and current projects.
  15. Serves on various committees and boards to provide technical expertise and advice related to engineering, project design and construction.
  16. Supports all City departments with engineering design solutions as necessary.
  17. Provides cost estimates to staff, citizens and elected officials as request.
  18. Coordinates and manages relations between the City and outside agencies.
  • Knowledge of contract negotiations and consensus building.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of management, supervision, budgeting, and project management.
  • Knowledge of city standards and specifications for design and construction of capital improvement projects.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering basics such as math science, plan preparation and project design, blueprint reading.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering associated with underground infrastructures, roadways, buildings, water and sewer plant function.
  • Knowledge of GIS, CAD and modeling software capabilities.
  • Skills in public speaking.
  • Skills in resolving conflicts amongst staff or with outside contractors.
  • Skills in planning, coordinating, and scheduling multiple competing design and construction projects.
  • Skills in analyzing complex issues and developing and implementing an appropriate response.
  • Skills in responding appropriately to issues and concern voiced by contractors and the community
  • Skills in analyzing and evaluating information accurately, and in expressing ideas clearly, when providing oral or written reports and recommendations.
  • Skills in supervising the work of staff, contractors, and consultants.
  • Skills in using general office equipment such as computers, fax, copier, calculation, and telephone.
  • Ability to interpret, negotiate, and monitor professional service and construction contracts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:Work involves sedentary to light work in an office setting. There is occasional need to sit, talk or hear, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms and lift light items (up to 25 pounds). There is frequent need to talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle or feel. There is occasional need to perform work outdoors with exposure to weather conditions when performing on-site inspections of projects and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Civil Engineering and seven (7) years experience as an engineer to include three (3) years in a supervisory capacity with responsibility for managing construction projects related to underground infrastructures, road construction, traffic and roadway lighting, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Professional Engineer’s license and a valid Florida driver’s license are required.

FLSA Code: E
B/U: None
Last revision date: December 2006
Overtime: No
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