Los Altos Hills

Utility Engineering Manager

Public Works
San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$103,088.00-$147,725.00 Annually


26379 Fremont Rd. Los Altos Hills, 94022


This FLSA-exempt position will perform professional and technical engineering work primarily in wastewater management and in other assigned area of responsibility including design, land development, construction, traffic, or environmental engineering.


Appointment to this level requires considerable knowledge and experience in wastewater engineering, management, and services. Additionally, knowledge of storm water, solid waste, utility system design, engineering design and construction, subdivision laws and, as necessary, traffic engineering or environmental engineering are required. Positions in this class must 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. May exercise indirect functional and technical supervision over other professional, technical and maintenance staff. Responsible to manage Town’s wastewater consultants and maintenance contractors. Receives direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer. The Utility Engineering Manager serves as the Acting Public Works Director/City Engineer in the director’s absence.

Ideal Candidate

Experience and Training Guidelines:

  • Five years of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position including one-year lead capacity responsibilities
  • Equivalent to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering

Required Licenses or Certificates:

  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license


The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering as applied to public works, infrastructure, transportation, land development or utilities; methods, materials, tools and equipment used in engineering construction; principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry and their application to engineering; strengths, properties and uses of engineering construction materials.


Applicable laws and regulatory codes relevant to assigned area of responsibility; methods, materials and techniques used in the construction of public works and utilities projects; modern standards of alignment, grade, and compaction of streets; topographic and construction surveying; strengths, properties and uses of engineering construction materials; storm water quality requirements from other regulatory agencies; and, Caltrans requirement for projects involving grant funds.

Ability to:

Prepare plans and drawings neatly and accurately; prepare engineering design computations; design, prepare and validate engineering plans and studies; learn and understand Town engineering policies and procedures; learn applicable laws and regulatory codes applicable to areas of assigned responsibility; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; use and care for engineering and drafting instruments and equipment; prepare reports encompassing raw technical data; prepare effective cost estimates and recommendations; and, establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Administer contracts, coordinate and review the work of outside consultants; design common engineering structures and facilities; use drafting and surveying instruments to prepare maps, plans, cross-sections and profiles; and, prepare quantity and cost estimates.


Interpret and apply applicable codes, ordinances, rules and regulations related to development and construction, traffic safety and traffic engineering, hydrology or utility system and environmental engineering design; interpret, review and analyze development proposals, plans and specifications; make complex  engineering computations and check, design and supervise the construction of a variety of public works projects; perform professional and technical support services relative to assigned area of responsibility; administer contracts; prepare specifications and write technical reports; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Working Conditions: May be required to attend to service issues after normal business hours. This position requires field work and interacts with the public.


Physical demands: Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer, and to attend meetings at various sites within and away from the Town, and have availability to work off-hours shifts or events as required; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 40 pounds; mobility to lead groups in activities involving steep or rough terrain; ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather and temperature conditions; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone


  • CalPERS Retirement
    • New employees with no prior CalPERS service or have a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more: 2% @ 62. Employees are required by law to pay 50% of the normal cost, or 6.5%.
    • New employees who are classic CalPERS member and did not have a break in service for more than 6 months: 2% @ 60.  Employees are responsible for CalPERS member contribution, currenlty set at 7.0%.
  • Health Insurance – Town provides a generous flexible spending allowance to employees at a rate that currently covers up to the Kaiser premium cost.
  • Dental Insurance – Town paid insurance through Assurant Employee Benefits for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Vision Insurance – Town paid insurance through VSP for employee and eligible dependents.
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (ADD) Insurance – Town paid Life and ADD insurance for active employees to receive a lump sum amount up to the employee’s annual salary in the event of a qualified loss while employed by the Town.

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