Under general direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer, takes ownership of the City’s critical infrastructure; manages the City’s capital improvement program; provides expert professional service to Director and other Departments in areas of expertise, including but not limited to civil engineering, municipal water, wastewater, storm water, streets, bridges, parks, traffic and dry utilities; and performs related duties as required. The position also serves as liaison to the Parks and Recreation Committee and other City committees and regional organizations as needed.
An incumbent of this class is a program manager working directly with consultants, contractors, inspectors, City staff, government agencies, and the public. Expectations for the position include excellent communication and writing skills, technical oversight, contract management, policy development, program planning, fiscal management, project management, administration, and operational integration. The position may act as the Director in his or her absence.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the class.
Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of consultants/contractors performing design/construction of capital improvement projects and other contract services for the City.
Develops, implements and monitors short and long-term plans, goals, objectives, and budgets focused on achieving the City’s mission and Council priorities.
Assumes management responsibility in developing and administering the bi-annual Capital Improvement Program budget; reviews and recommends approval for all construction plans including cost estimates.
Oversees emergency responses and repairs to the City’s critical infrastructure.
Oversees Federal Highway Bridge Program compliance.
Oversees critical water, storm drain, and wastewater infrastructure projects in addition to overseeing Public Works/Engineering’s responsibilities for the City’s Utility Undergrounding project.
Oversees and ensures project conformance with recognized City, State, Federal, and other applicable regulations and standards.
May participate in the selection and management of assigned seasonal and paraprofessional staff as well as contractors and consultants; provides or coordinates seasonal and paraprofessional staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures when necessary.
Implements and integrates the activities and planned results of capital improvement projects, utility projects and contract services with ongoing and planned City maintenance and repair by the City’s Public Works department or other departments.
As directed, presents technical and administrative reports and information, and participates in discussions with the City Council, City Manager, citizen groups, individuals, consultants/contractors, committees, regional organizations, professional organizations and others on departmental issues.
Prepares project certifications; prepares requests for project authorizations; documents procedures and approvals.
Coordinates, reviews and evaluates the planning/design/construction documents prepared by the City’s contract engineers, independent contract service providers, contractors, public utilities contractors, landscape/building architects, tree maintenance contractors and other consultants as directed.
Monitors technical developments related to public works, CIP, and utilities matters; evaluates impacts on City operations, and recommends and implements procedure improvements.
Participates in negotiations with other agencies, utilities, groups and individuals on a wide variety of issues pertaining to public works and public utilities.
Oversees public bidding process; prepares project specifications and bid documents for a variety of public works, CIP, and public utilities-related designs, construction and maintenance projects; reviews proposals and recommends contract awards, negotiates contract provisions and coordinates, reviews and approves contractor’s performance for the duration of the project.
Oversees the administration of construction contracts including the review and approval of progress payments, change orders, and resolution of construction field issues.
Reviews and advises on development plans, permits, architectural design and construction plans, drawings, and related documents for work in City rights-of-way.
Processes invoices for consultant and other agency services; prepares and reviews invoices for reimbursement; confirms work in progress and schedule; monitors budgets; approves invoices; appeals incorrect invoices.
DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced technologies, principles, practices and techniques of public works, municipal water, wastewater, storm water engineering, parks, traffic engineering, and utilities, maintenance and construction management functions.
Applicable federal, state and local law, codes and regulations governing the administration of public works and public utilities functions and activities.
Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and the maintenance of public records.
Principles and practices of procurement, Public Contract Code, and contract development and administration.
Organization and functions of an elected City Council.
The City’s personnel rules and policies.
Principles and practices of management and supervision.
Understanding of the Federal Highway Bridge Program and Local Roadway, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water design/construction standards is desirable.
Understanding of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rule 20 for conversion of overhead electric lines to underground facilities and construction of new underground electric lines is desirable.
Plan, design, construct, and integrate comprehensive public works and utilities programs and activities.
Analyze complex engineering and maintenance issues and challenges, evaluate alternative solutions and develop sound/defensible conclusions, and recommend courses of action.
Present proposals and recommendations clearly and logically in public meetings.
Understand, interpret, explain and apply local, state, and federal laws and regulations governing public works and utilities services.
Deliver clear, concise and comprehensive technical reports, correspondences and other written materials.
Prepare, review, interpret and analyze engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved budgets.
Exercise sound, expert independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other governmental and regulatory officials, staff, private and community organizations, developers, contractors and others encountered in the course of work.
Plan proactively for public communication regarding projects.
Provide exceptional customer service.
Training and Experience:
Any combination of training, education and experience that demonstrates the required knowledge skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined above includes:
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil engineering; and
Eight years of progressively responsible civil engineering and public works or utilities experience, at least two of which were at a management and supervisory level.
A master’s degree in civil engineering, business, or public administration is advantageous.
Licenses; Certificates; Special Requirements:
California registration as a Professional Civil Engineer is required.
A valid Class C California driver’s license.
About City of Del Mar
Incorporated in 1959, the City of Del Mar is a quaint seaside village located just 20 miles north of San Diego. With a population of approximately 4,200 people, and covering just 2.2 square miles, Del Mar is known for its vibrant small-town atmosphere. Del Mar attracts residents, and upwards of 2 million visitors annually from all over the world, who come to enjoy the beautiful dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails, scenic views, and the many shops and dining opportunities located within the Del Mar village.
The community is primarily comprised of single-family residential neighborhoods, with retail uses and restaurants in the downtown, a small commercial area, and several hotels. The City employs approximately 60 full-time employees, and 70 part-time, seasonal employees, which operate out of the City’s Civic Center, Lifeguard Headquarters, Del Mar Fire Station, and Public Works yard and administration building. The City provides law enforcement services through a contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, and fire administration is provided through a mutual agreement between the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, and Solana Beach.