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Engineering Program Manager
City of Burlingame, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
(650) 558-7206
Close Date: Jan 3, 2013
Salary: $7,907.84 - $9,614.13 Monthly

The City of Burlingame is seeking qualified candidates to apply for an immediate opening for the position of Engineering Program Manager.  The Program Manager will be responsible for the management of major program areas in the Engineering Division which includes work related to local and regional transportation issues affecting the City; project management and coordination of a variety of transportation and public works projects; planning and design of street, transportation and other public works facilities; and coordination with regional agencies, City Departments, private engineers, inspectors and builders on technical details of public works programs and projects.


This is a journey level position that requires significant communication, administrative, analytical and technical skills acquired by advanced professional training and experience. Incumbents of this classification are expected to have a breadth of knowledge and experience to successfully manage complex programs and projects with considerable independence.  Incumbents receive general supervision from the Assistant Public Works Director and Public Works Director.  The Program Manager is responsible for contract administration functions in managing consultants as well as general coordination with other staff members.


Examples of Duties:

  • Plan and manage complex programs/projects, and represent the Engineering Division in regional meetings affecting the City;

  • Manage preliminary design studies and analysis to assess the most suitable and satisfactory type of resolution to a wide range of engineering related problems;

  • Perform research and complete applications for available grant funding;

  • Make presentations to the City Council, Planning Commission and other legislative bodies;

  • Supervise and participate in the design of engineering plans and specifications for the construction of streets, street lighting, traffic signals, and other facilities;

  • Prepare forecasts and develop and monitor division and capital improvement project budgets;

  • Identify potential funding alternatives and recommend program planning criteria and priorities for inclusion in the budget planning process;

  • Perform development plan checking for conformance to City standards;

  • Coordinate programs/projects with other departmental teams, consultants, developers and property owners;

  • Meet with City, County, State and other officials to resolve problems;

  • Provide field inspections and facilitate problem resolution on construction projects;

  • Approve plans and authorize payment for services rendered;

  • Provide information to the public on department operations and current proposed projects;

  • Attend meetings and conferences as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:  Principles, practices and methods of Public Works Engineering as applied to the planning, designing and construction of streets, transportation, storm drainage and other systems; design principles, city codes and ordinances; applicable laws, legal issues and regulatory codes related to design and construction; principles and practices of municipal management including budget planning and preparation and public relations.


Ability to: Plan, assign and manage division priorities; effectively direct and train technical and clerical support staff; learn and retain City administrative, budgeting, purchasing and personnel processes and procedures; perform complex civil engineering studies, analyses and design; identify problem areas and develop alternative solutions and recommendations; determine adherence to engineering, specifications on a wide variety of improvements and construction projects; express technical information to non-engineering staff, maintenance personnel and consultants; develop plans and programs responsive to current mandates and needs; communicate clearly orally and in writing; manage a wide variety of projects simultaneously; develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with others to coordinate public works activities with other city departments, divisions and outside agencies; remain calm during emergencies and when talking to irate citizens; exercise good judgment at all times; enforce regulations with tact and diplomacy; explain technical matters simply and patiently; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; effectively operate a computer system and associated engineering applications; learn, retain and apply various laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility.


Skills: Make accurate engineering computations and drawings; familiarity with Computer-Aided-Drafting is desirable. Familiarity and experience with spreadsheets and word processing computer programs.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field from an accredited college or university. Five years of experience in professional work involving engineering design, plan checking, and project management. Additional related experience may be substituted for formal college education on the basis of two years’ experience for each year of formal college education. Professional Registration as a Civil Engineer is highly desirable but not required.


License: Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s License.


Physical, Mental And Environmental Working Conditions: Physically able to perform functions that would allow sufficient mobility to negotiate difficult construction terrain where crouching, climbing, and/or kneeling would be required. Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with all those contacted in the course of work; to speak clearly and write clear and concise English; to sit for long periods of time at a desk or in a car; and sufficient vision, hearing and stamina to perform the above functions.


The Application Process

Applicants must submit a fully completed application for consideration.  Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at


Applications are also available at City of Burlingame

 Human Resources Department

 501 Primrose Road

 Burlingame, CA  94010

Or by calling (650) 558-7206


The deadline to apply for this position is January 03, 2013


Tentative Timeline: Panel interviews: week of January 21, 2013


The provisions of this announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any prevision contained in this accouchement may be modified or revoked without notice.


The Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed for relevant education, experience, training and other job related qualifications.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee that a candidate will be invited to participate in the selection process.  The candidates who best match the needs of the City will be invited to  participate in an oral panel interview process.  An eligibility list for this position will be established from those who pass the oral panel interview with a score of 70% or higher.  The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless exhausted sooner.


Upon proof of honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States, a veteran’s preference of 3% will be added to the final score of candidates who have attained a passing score. 


The department will invite the most qualified candidates from the eligibility list to a final department interview.  The Public Works Director will make the final appointment. 

Prior to appointment, candidates are subject to fingerprinting and background reviews.

To comply with The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 new employees are required to provide proof of identity and authorization to work in the United States at date of hire.  Employee will be required to present an original social security card.

Salaries for new employees are established at the department level interview.

Probationary period for a new employee is one year.


The City of Burlingame offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  The salary range for this position is currently $7,907.84  - $9,614.13 per month.


The City provides:

  • Retirement:  CalPERS 2.5% at 55 or 2.0% at 62 benefit formula depending on membership status.
  • Health Insurance:  Choice of CalPERS Medical plans.  City currently pays 100% of medical premium up to $1,587.14 per month for family medical coverage.
  • City pays 100% of premium for dental and vision for employee and dependents.
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance plan pays 60% of monthly salary ($3,500 max).
  • Term life insurance policy in the amount of $75,000.
  • Vacation leave of 10 days for the first 4 years and increases with years of service.
  • Fourteen paid holidays per year (includes 2 floating holidays).
  • Sick Leave:  12 days per year.
  • Deferred Compensation:  City contributes $97.50 per month matching contribution to a choice of 457 plans.
  • Section 125 Flex Benefit:  Un-reimbursed Medical and Dependant Care.
  • Reduced fee for City Recreation fitness classes.
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