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Senior / Associate Civil Engineer
Town of Los Altos Hills, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(650) 941-7222
Close Date: Feb 1, 2013
Salary: $78,012.00 - $109,308.00 Annually

The recruitment closes on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:00pm. 

About the opportunity

Based on current needs, the Town's prefers to recruit applicants for the Senior Engineer classification.  Depending on the qualifications of the applicant pool, the Town may opt to recruit instead for the journey level class of Associate Civil Engineer.

 About the opportunity

 Senior Engineer - This is the advanced level class in the professional engineering series. This class is FLSA Exempt under the Learned Professional Exemption. Positions in this class perform the more complex professional engineering work and may supervise the work of lower level professional and technical engineering staff and/or the Town's maintenance crew. Appointment to this level requires considerable knowledge of engineering design and construction, subdivision law and, as necessary, traffic engineering, utility system design or environmental engineering.   

Associate Engineer - This is the journey level class in the professional engineering series. Positions in this class possess the applicable educational and training background required for classes in the professional engineering series, including appropriate certificates and licenses in the field, as well as practical work experience. Incumbents work independently, seeking assistance only as new or unusual situations arise. Positions in this class must also have excellent written and verbal communication skills as evidenced by the ability to competently prepare written staff reports and recommendations for more complex engineering projects and to then effectively present such information at public meetings. Receives direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer and may receive functional or technical supervision from other higher level department staff. May exercise technical and functional supervision over less experienced professional positions and technical staff.
Examples of Duties
  • Professional and technical engineering work relative to assigned area of responsibility such as capital improvements, roadways and traffic, pathways and park facilities.
  • Investigate field problems affecting property owners, contractors and maintenance operations; resolve problems or refer as appropriate.
  • Attend regional transportation committees, serve on the Valley Transportation Authority Technical Advisory Committee and a variety of Town and outside agency committees as assigned.
  • Prepare and oversee the preparation of engineering designs, advanced traffic planning studies, review recommendations regarding future traffic management, review general plan transportation elements for streets, pedestrians and bicycles.
  • Provide cost estimates for a wide variety of capital improvement projects.

Perform other duties as assigned.

About the Town

Los Altos Hills is primarily a residential community of approximately 8,000 residents within an 8.6 square mile area. An additional 5.8 square mile area of unincorporated land adjacent to the Town’s boundaries are within Los Altos Hills’ “sphere of influence.” The Town is home to Foothill Community College. The Town Hall was constructed in 2005 and provides a comfortable and modern work environment. The Town Hall is also within a short walking distance to charming downtown Los Altos. Town residents are known for their spirit of community volunteerism and are encouraged to become active in Town governance, serve on Town committees and to participate in local events. This inclusive, open style of governance is embraced by the citizens and is part of what makes Los Altos Hills a unique and progressive town.

The Town organization includes a staff of 21 FTEs within the departments of Administrative Services, Engineering, Planning, Public Works, Parks & Recreation and the City Clerk. Law enforcement services are contracted with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides fire protection. The Town has been well managed over time and the resulting fiscal stability and continuity of staff is impressive.  The City Manager has been with the Town since 1999. The current General Fund budget is approximately $5.4 million.


Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field is required. A minimum of three years of professional level engineering experience as well as registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California is required.  Experience in traffic planning, traffic safety and traffic operations, Federal, State and local grant application processes and Caltrans processes is highly preferred. 

A current, valid California Class C driver’s license at time of appointment and maintained at all times thereafter in order to operate a vehicle on Town business.

Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. 


Salary   Appointment will be made depending of qualifications within the City Council approved salary range for this position: $78,012 - $109,308.  The Senior Civil Engineer position is classified as FLSA-exempt.  The Associate Civil Engineer position is classified as FLSA non-exempt.


Retirement - The Senior/Associate Engineer will be enrolled in the California Public Employee Retirement System's "2% @ 62” pension benefit and contribute 6.5% of salary to this retirement program, existing   If the incumbent is an existing member of the CalPERS Retirement System, they will be enrolled in the "2% @ 60" pension benefit and contribute 7.0% of salary to this retirement program.  All employees contribute to Medicare but do not pay into or earn Social Security service credit if enrolled in the CalPERS retirement.

Cafeteria Plan - The Town's cafeteria plan allows employees to select health plan (CalPERS) or other benefits.  For calendar year 2013, the cafeteria plan’s monthly allowance is capped at $1,623 for the Bay Area Region, based on level of coverage.    Employees with proof of insurance from another source may decline medical insurance and receive an opt-out payment of $460 or $600 per month, depending on level of coverage.

Leaves – The Senior Civil Engineer will receive 48 hours of Administrative Leave per year, prorated in the first year based on date of appointment.  There is no provision for the cash-out or carry-over of Administrative Leave.  Vacation leave accrues between 96 and 160 hours per year, depending on years of service with the Town.  Sick leave accrues at 96 hours per year and is not cashed out upon separation but is converted to CalPERS service credit upon retirement from the Town.

Other benefits - The Town pays dental and vision premiums for eligible employees and their eligible dependents.  Long Term Disability and term life insurance are also paid by the Town.  Employee Assistance Program, ICMA-RC 457 and Hartford 457 deferred compensation plans, and credit union membership are available.   

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