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Senior Civil Engineer
City of Gilroy, South Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(408) 846-0228
Close Date: Jan 1, 1900
Salary: $95,394.00 - $127,197.00 Annually


$95,394 - $127,197 annual salary plus excellent benefits
Open Until Filled (first review of applications is scheduled for August 20, 2012)
If you are interested in pursuing this exciting career opportunity, please attach and submit the following four (4) required items with your electronic CalOpps application:
1.      CalOpps City of Gilroy employment application which includes specific supplemental questions
2.      Cover letter that explains interest in the position. If you do not currently possess a State of California Professional Engineer license, please include in your cover letter a detailed description of how you will obtain the license within one year from date of hire.
3.      Resume that highlights your related skills and experience
4.      Copy of State of California Professional Engineer License (see cover letter requirements)
Please scroll down to see further details of the application process.
The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department has four Senior Civil Engineers. Each Senior Civil Engineer is responsible for broad functions within the Engineering Division such as Transportation, Development, Environmental and Operations. All of the Senior Civil Engineers work on capital projects and may supervise professional, technical, and/or clerical staff. The team is also staffed with two Engineering Technician/Inspectors. There is one Senior Civil Engineer opening in the Engineering Division. The main focus area for the vacant position is Traffic/Transportation. The Senior Civil Engineer is an exempt, management-level position.
Under the general supervision of the Public Works Director/City Engineer, head a section of the Engineering Division and supervise assigned employees. Will direct and perform complex, professional level field and office engineering activities involving the design, development and construction of a variety of public works and transportation projects, private development review, and General Plan and Master Plan updates.
·      Act as project manager for the high speed rail project. Prepare and respond to CEQA environmental impact report for High Speed Rail. Complete the High Speed Rail Phase II HST Station Area Planning Study.
·      Develop an iNet traffic master plan.
·      Develop city standards for LED street lights.
·      Prepare traffic impact studies for new development.
·      Prepare public works and transportation related grant applications.
·      Complete design and implement construction of VERBS project.
·      Represent the city of Gilroy at the County VTA Technical Advisory Committee, the Capital Improvement Committee, the Systems Operations and Management Committee, and the VTA TAC sub-committee.
·      Provide staff support for Gilroy’s representative to the VTA Board, South County City Group (Gilroy and Morgan Hill)
·      Provide staff support for the Gilroy bicycle Pedestrian Commission.
·      Complete the installation of the Adaptive Traffic Signal System Project funded by the Federal Energy Stimulus Funding Program.
·      Complete the design for the new federally funded Trails Project on Lions Creek to High School and Ronan Channel.
·      Oversee other traffic projects as necessary.
·         Responsible for designing roads and communicating plans to other agencies and the general public.
·         Direct a team of sub-professionals and technical assistants in the preparation of plans and specifications, perform complex engineering design and engineering technician-related work and act as resident engineer during construction of all Public Works Capital Improvements including roads, bridges, utilities, sewers and drainage projects. Work with contractors and developers performing all types of construction management activities and Public Works inspection to ensure construction practices are in compliance with City standards.
·         Select, train, discipline, make duty assignments, and evaluate supervisors and assigned employees.
·         Identify routine and demand work priorities, established goals and objectives, policies and procedures, and develop action plans through the varied divisional supervisors.
·         Identify operational program needs of the Division, prepare and submit recommendations to the Director. Administer and monitor operational budgets within the Division or Section.
·         Conduct staff meetings and field inspections.
·         Based on approved spending authority, determine need for supplies, contractual services and equipment, and follow the appropriate purchasing procedures.
·         Recommend purchase sources and contractors; review with Purchasing Agent products and contract services specifications for approval; provide for the plans, specifications, and other contract documents as needed for the operating and capital budget programs.
·         Provide for and administer the necessary equipment management program and inventory control for the Division or assigned work area.
·         Provide for the proper maintenance of Division or assigned work area records, and insure the preparation and submittal of reports and information necessary for the management of the Division or assigned work area.
·         Provide for the necessary preparation, administration, management and supervision of contract work for the Division or assigned work area.
·         Regularly work with various City Departments, agencies, community groups, and the general public. Provide and obtain support in the delivery of services necessary to the mission of the department, division, and/or assigned work area.
·         Provide technical assistance to the Director, architects, contractors, and others applicable to the department, division, or assigned work area.
·         Direct transportation planning studies, including consultation with citizens’ groups and outside agencies; assist in developing policies and programs on traffic operations.
·         Assist the City Engineer in the development and review of standards for design and construction of traffic signal systems, roadway markings, channelization, water, sanitary sewer, storm drain, signing, lighting systems, and other utilities.
·         Prepare traffic impact studies for City projects and review traffic impact studies submitted in support of development applications and recommend appropriate mitigation measures.
·         Prepare public works and transportation related grant applications.
·         Participate in regional transportation studies and programs and coordinate City transportation activities with other jurisdictions.
·         Manage neighborhood traffic studies and mitigation programs and coordinate with the Police Department on neighborhood and school related traffic issues.
·         Assist in developing the Engineering Division budget and the Capital Improvement budget; supervise and participate in all types of engineering studies requiring the gathering and analysis of data and preparation of comprehensive water, sewer, drainage, sewage treatment and transportation reports.
·         Attend and make presentations at City Council and Planning Commission meetings and to the public.
·         Respond to requests for information and complaints, and represent the Division in matters involving other divisions, City departments, agencies and the community.
·         Provide for, and participate in, training programs for assigned personnel.
·         Formulate policies and procedures and oversee development of programs.
·         Ensure compliance with applicable local, state, county, and federal codes, laws and regulations.
·         Perform productivity analyses of assigned operations and make appropriate recommendations for obtaining most effective delivery of services and programs.
·         Plan, organize, assign, direct, review, and evaluate a comprehensive field operations process.
·         Prepare clear, accurate, concise and competent reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
·         Ensure that various work groups function together as one operating unit including the sharing of personnel as well as equipment.
·         Perform related work as required.

Ideal Candidate:


·         Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering or related field of study.
·         Five (5) years of progressively responsible professional level civil engineering experience in related work that has included at least four years of supervisory experience.
·         Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of California within one year from date of hire. Preference may be given to those who already possess this registration.
·         Willing to continue education and training, expand skills, attend seminars, workshops, and individual study.
·         Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License and a safe driving record necessary to operate assigned vehicle(s).
·         Pass a post-offer medical examination, which includes a drug test.
·         Pass an employment background check which includes a Department of Justice criminal record check and registration in the City of Gilroy’s subsequent arrest notification system.
·         Prefer non-tobacco user.
·         Prefer bilingual English/Spanish.
The Ideal Candidate will:
Have exceptional management, communication and interpersonal skills, preferably in a municipal setting, with broad experience in all areas of traffic engineering, transportation planning, development, and finance.
Possess the philosophy and values of the Community Development Department focused on collaboration, customer service, integrity and a team approach to solving problems and completing projects.  
Have a proven track record of building strong relationships with elected officials, City staff, the community and regional agencies including direct experience with the creation of Specific Plans and knowledge of CEQA requirements.
Have interpersonal skills that allow free flowing and creative communication to understand and resolve various project issues.
Have the ability to establish positive communications and relationships with the public. Display confidence and diplomacy when sound decisions are challenged.
Have strong computer skills with the ability to effectively use technology to get the job done efficiently.
Have “well grounded” management skills to successfully provide leadership to the various disciplines in the Engineering Division, have participated in recent training and education programs to keep knowledge and skills current.
Act as a mentor to develop, train, manage performance and motivate staff.
Be a highly motivated self-starter that requires very little direct supervision,
Be an effective time manager who will process a large number of projects while keeping site of competing priorities.
Demonstrate a strong work ethic and a desire to grow professionally.
Possess a State of California Land Surveyor License.
Be registered as a Traffic Engineer by the State of California (this is desirable).


Health Allowance and Flexible Benefits Plan

Depending upon the number of dependents the health allowance ranges from $576.60 to $1,522.92 per month for core health benefits. Subject to specific rules, a cash back program is also available with proof of other medical coverage. City employees participate in the PERS Health Program, and may choose their medical coverage from a variety of providers. The City’s flexible benefits plan includes medical and dental coverage as core benefits. A range of optional benefits including vision care and medical and dependent care accounts are also available. A term life insurance policy equal to annual salary, long-term disability plan, and an employee assistance plan are provided at City expense.
Other Benefits
The City offers the CalPERS 2.5% at 55 pension plan, based on single highest year, credit for unused sick leave, and pays the full employer portion of the retirement contribution. The employee contribution of 8% is a pre-tax payroll deduction in lieu of social security. Employees participate in Medicare (1.45% for both the employer and employee) as this is a mandated federal program.
Vacation, Sick Leave, Holidays
Annual vacation ranges from two to four weeks per year, based on years of service. Employees accrue eight hours of sick leave each month. Employees receive 44 hours of personal leave time and 56 hours of administrative leave time in July of each fiscal year which must be used during the fiscal year. The City observes 10 paid holidays each year.
All City employees are paid monthly, on the last business day of each month. Direct deposit is available and encouraged.
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