San Mateo

Senior Engineer (20057675)

San Francisco/Peninsula
1/22/2021 at 5pm
$11,188.00-$13,337.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


330 West 20th Avenue San Mateo, 94403


The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is Looking for a Senior Engineer


Why Join our Department?

When you join the Public Works Department, you will work among collaborative and energetic colleagues who share a passion for serving our San Mateo citizens and improving the community in which we live and work. Our team is comprised of individuals with diverse talents and experience in various fields. We will provide you with a wide range of opportunities in a team-based collaborative environment while helping you achieve your professional goals.  Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking are attributes within the City’s mission, values and organizational principles that we are seeking in the candidates.


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What You’ll Do

The Public Works Department is responsible for the City’s major capital projects and infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, bridges, street lights, traffic signals, publicly owned parking lots and garages, sewer and storm conveyance systems, wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, a major lagoon, and dams and levees. The Department is also responsible for efficient management of the City’s traffic operations and review of right-of-way impacts associated with private development.  One of the Department’s primary functions is customer service and response to public needs.  The Senior Engineer may be assigned to work in any of these functional areas.


This invitation is focused on recruiting a Senior Engineer for capital project delivery, including customer service and asset management elements.  Key assignments include leading staff and managing consultants and contractors in the delivery of complex capital improvements projects in a dynamic environment with a multitude of stakeholders (internal and external), improving upon processes and standards to increase efficiencies, ensuring quality work products, and maintaining a sensitivity to economic, social, and technical issues.  In addition, the Senior Engineer assists in preparing and monitoring operating and capital budgets in connection with assigned programs, contract management, project site inspections, and development of designs, plans, specifications, and estimates for the construction of a variety of public works projects.  Effective communication skills and the ability to recognize the interconnectedness of the various disciplines and stakeholders are critical to the success of this position.  This position involves direct supervision of three to six engineering staff, which may include construction inspectors, engineering technicians, and junior/assistant/associate engineers.


The City of San Mateo is a very progressive and encourages staff and resident engagement to develop positive solutions that meet the demands of the community and regulatory landscape.  To this end, the Senior Engineer will help lead efforts utilizing networking skills and developing new strategies and tactics to accomplish short- and long-term project/program deliveries.  The Senior Engineer will be given the opportunity to provide and participate in critical team leadership undertakings, while utilizing best practices relative to performance management and team-oriented approaches.  As a manager, the Senior Engineer role will include responsibility for ensuring the best possible performance of each employee and accomplishing the collective services, goals, projects, initiatives, and work plans of the Department and City.


Under the direction of an Engineering Manager or higher level department personnel, the Senior Engineer will perform the duties relative to their position.  Demands of this position will continue to evolve and change to respond to community needs.  Adaptability and flexibility are important for success in this position.  For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Ideal Candidate

What You Bring

  • Experience in team collaboration and staff supervision/management.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering design, administration, and construction of infrastructure.
  • Ability to make complex engineering calculations and to prepare and review engineering plans and specifications.
  • Skill to effectively communicate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Desire to contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation, collaboration, coaching and engagement.
  • Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Creativity, Transparency and Informed Risk-taking attributes.


What You Need

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • After receiving professional engineer's license, you possess four years’ experience in professional engineering work in areas of assignment.   Supervisory experience is highly desirable.
  • You have the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a closely related field.
  • You possess a Certificate of Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California (required).
  • You possess a valid California Driver’s License.


Bonus Points (highly desirable)

  • Supervisory experience
  • Program management
  • Pavement asset management
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills


$11,188 - $13,337 monthly salary

What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.84% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.75% to CalPERS
  • Participation in the Social Security Program
  • City contribution of 1.5% of base salary to Deferred Compensation, and matching up to 1.0% of the Employee’s contribution
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Diff:  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • Employees receive a housing allowance of $200 per month.
  • Employee housing loan up to $7,500 for home purchase or rental move-in assistance in the City of San Mateo
  • This classification is represented by the San Mateo Management Association

Special Instructions

Are You Ready? Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé, and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline

Recruitment will close January 22, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Interview Process

All applications, résumés (required), and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  A resume does not take the place of a completed application, including work history.  Applications with "see résumé" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with none or unclear current/past employment information, or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered; missing information cannot be assumed.  A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral panel interview, written exercise, or in the form of a practical demonstration of skill and ability, or any combination of these, tentatively scheduled to be held in early February 2021.

An eligible list will be established for those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Date Posted:  November 30, 2020 (updated 1/14/2021)

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.  ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.  Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from:


Fine Print

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.  THE POLICY of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

ADA - In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify or (650) 522-7264 seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations.  Do not upload any documents related to your request for accommodation in CalOpps. The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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