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Supervising Civil Engineer
City of Alameda, East Bay

Public Works

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900
Close Date: Apr 9, 2013
Salary: $103,818.00 - $126,204.00 Annually



This is an exciting career opportunity to serve as a key member of a progressive organization in a community where high quality growth and excellent customer service are the norm.  The Supervising Civil Engineer manages the Land Development and Transportation (LD&T) Division.  The position reports to the Public Works Director, oversees a staff of four, and serves as the principal staff to the Transportation Commission, Planning Board, and regional Technical Advisory Committees.


The LD&T division is responsible for activities related to land development review, transportation planning, traffic engineering, and transportation-related capital projects.  This position manages the City’s diverse, multi-jurisdictional transportation system, which includes bridge crossings that are approaching capacity, bike facilities, pedestrian paths, buses, ferries, and potential light rail, bus rapid transit, and rapid bus service.  Major new development, including redevelopment of 900 acres at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, is occurring in the City, and the Supervising Civil Engineer must balance the transportation demands of these developments on the existing transportation system, emphasizing innovative alternative transportation solutions.



  • Identifies and implements programs, activities and projects to encourage alternative transportation modes while optimizing the efficient use of available street capacity, reducing congestion, and increasing safety for all modes of transportation.

  • Manages and supervises the development review activities for the department; prepares and reviews conditions of approval for subdivision and site developments; interprets City standards in complex and unclear cases; reviews and recommends approval of subdivision agreements, improvements, parcel maps, and final maps for conformity with laws, ordinances, city-imposed requirements, and accepted professional standards with the goal of encouraging alternative transportation modes.

  • Supervises and participates in the design and preparation of plans and specifications for a wide variety of traffic, transportation, and public works projects including traffic planning, safety, and operational enhancements to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities; traffic channelization; traffic control devices, and other public facilities; prepares and approves cost estimates and construction plans; administers contracts; researches project design requirements, checks computations and specified materials for accuracy and conformance with regulations and accepted professional standards.

  • Performs and participates in the review of traffic studies, reports, plans and maps for conformity with laws, ordinances, CEQA, the Alameda General Plan, City imposed requirements, and accepted professional standards with the goal of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community and encouraging the use of all transportation modes.

  • Directs and performs the investigation of complaints and field problems affecting the public, property owners, contractors, maintenance staff and transportation operations; assigns the collection of data to technical personnel; may inspect project sites to assist in solution of difficult problems; initiates and approves traffic work orders.

  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; prepares and administers the budget for the transportation, traffic and land development section of the engineering division.

  • Participates in the selection and supervision of private professional engineers.

  • Trains professional and technical staff to perform assigned tasks; supervises and evaluates professional and technical staff using good management techniques to motivate employees to excel.

  • Plans and performs transportation activities, such as preparing and reviewing plan lines; grant applications for regional, state, and federal funding; transportation improvement programs, emphasizing complete street concepts; environmental impact reports; general plan transportation elements; and transportation system management programs.

  • Represents the Department and provides professional presentations and expert advice to citizen groups, the Transportation Commission, the Planning Board, the City Council, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Caltrans and other local, state and regional agencies.

  • Prepares written recommendations, correspondence, and reports, and makes public presentations on transportation/traffic/engineering projects and development proposals to the City Council, Planning Board, Transportation Commission, other boards and commissions and at community meetings/workshops.

  • May serve as Acting City Engineer as required.


The successful candidate will possess a professional history that demonstrates strong communication, management, and supervisory experience within a highly active community and a complex organizational environment, in addition to the following attributes:


  • Collaborative and progressive manager with excellent communication and consensus building skills, who embraces a participatory approach to developing transportation solutions for the community.

  • Strong interpersonal and creative problem solving skills with an inclination for results and an awareness and sensitivity to community and organizational considerations when developing solutions.

  • A positive and diplomatic interpersonal style that establishes and maintains effective working relationships with cross-organizational teams, developers, transit operators, citizen advocacy groups, outside agencies, and the public.

  • Ability to effectively implement and manage innovative programs that encourage alternate modes of transportation.

  • Ability to prepare, implement, and monitor large budgets including grant applications and requirements.

  • Ability to review civil and transportation engineering reports, plans and specifications and apply engineering principles, codes, ordinances and regulations to complex land development, transportation, and CIP projects.

  • Knowledge of grant application preparation, administration and inter-agency liaisons for transportation funding and priority setting.


Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Education/Experience & Other Requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in civil engineering.

  2. Five years of professional engineering experience in civil engineering and/or a designated assigned professional specialization, such as traffic, transportation and/or environmental engineering, at least two years of which shall have involved managing and supervising professional engineering activities.

  3. Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer with the State of California.

  4. Selected positions may require registration/certification as designated related to specialized functions/areas, such as environmental engineering or traffic engineering, or registration/certification may be desirable.

  5. Selected positions require possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.



PART I:     A review of all applications to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam. 


PART II:    An evaluation of those applications and Supplemental Questionnaires to select those best qualified to continue in the exam.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE WILL REMOVE AN APPLICANT FROM CONSIDERATION.


PART III:   A Job Related Qualifications Appraisal Interview (weighted 100%).  A brief written or practical exercise may be conducted in conjunction with the Qualifications Appraisal Interview.  The panel will conduct a comprehensive review of each candidate's technical knowledge and overall suitability for the position.  Candidates receiving a score of 70% or more will have their names placed on an Eligible List.  The five (5) names highest on the list are certified to the department(s) having vacancies.  Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment.  Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application date.  Prior to appointment, a thorough reference check will be conducted and may include a credit check.  Final selection will be made from the Eligible List by the Department Head.  Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States, such as driver’s license, original Social Security card, US passport, or appropriate INS forms, etc.



1.     Apply ONLINE at

2.     Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED.



The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply.  It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age.  Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations.  No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace.  Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons.  Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department.  Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.


The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Management and Confidential Employees Association.

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