South San Francisco

Senior Civil Engineer (19886382)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$61.29-$74.50 Hourly

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


400 Grand Avenue South San Francisco, 94080


The City of South San Francisco is now accepting applications for the position of Senior Civil Engineer.


Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled - recruitment may close at any time when a sufficient number of qualified application/supplemental questionnaires have been received.



The City of South San Francisco is a fully independent and highly commercialized full-service City with an estimated population of 65,710 growing to 100,000 during business hours. City departments include: Police, Fire; Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Economic and Community Development, City Attorney, Library, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, City Clerk, and Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 400 full-and part-time employees.

The Public Works Department is comprised of the Engineering, Maintenance, and Water Quality Control Plant divisions.  The Engineering Division is responsible for delivering facilities and infrastructures that meet the needs of City residents and complying with standards and requirements established in the engineering guidelines and the City's Master Plan.

The Engineering Division is headed by the Principal Engineer.  The Senior Engineer position is an advanced-level engineering classification requiring professional registration, performing a wide variety of engineering duties in civil, sanitary, traffic, and other municipal public works, maintenance, and construction engineering projects.  This class is distinguished from other lower-level engineering classes in that it provides direction to staff and performs the more complex engineering and project management assignments.  Assignments and projects may be long-term or may constitute a major portion of a continuous or comprehensive engineering or Capital Improvement Program.

The current vacancy may be filled at the Senior or Associate Civil Engineer level.

The Senior Civil Engineer performs advanced professional engineering assignments on a wide range of municipal projects of a complex nature, including civil, sanitary, traffic, and other municipal public works, maintenance, and construction projects; serves as project manager on a variety of projects; supervises staff performing design, inspection, and surveying duties; assists in the administration and supervision of the division; and does related work as required.

The Senior Engineer should have knowledge to manage a Federal or State grant-funded project, according to the Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM).  Under the direction of the Principal Engineer, the Senior Engineer will manage, review, and perform duties relative to either traffic and transportation engineering or wastewater/water resources.  The Senior Engineer will be required to attend night meetings and prepare presentations for public meetings.  


Selection Process

The process will first consist of a review of application materials and applicants' responses to the supplemental questionnaire. A resume may be included, but does not substitute for a completed application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. The highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an Oral Panel Interview (weighted at 100%). Upon completion of this examination, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Possession of minimal qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list. Top ranking candidates placed on the eligible list will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: departmental oral interview and written/practical exercise.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within two (2) business days from the date the event occurred.

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.

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This general announcement is subject to change. It does not constitute an express or implied contract.


Ideal Candidate

Experience and Training

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

Experience:  Five years of progressively more responsible professional civil engineering experience, with at least two years in municipal professional engineering and two years in project management providing direction to other engineering staff.

Training:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in civil, sanitary, or mechanical engineering.

Licenses and Certificates:  All licenses and certificates must be maintained as a condition of employment.

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver’s license, and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the State Department of Registration for Professional Engineers.

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Salary:  $61.29 - $74.50/Hour

Retirement:  In compliance with AB 340, CalPERS retirement formula is either 2% at age 60; employee pays approximately 7% of pay OR 2% at age 62; employee pays approximately 6.5% of pay, depending on the individual's eligibility.  Social Security and Medicare participation; and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans.  City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account, with a $100/month employee contribution.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance: City offers choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental core plans for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO health premiums cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family). For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation: Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays: Fourteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Leaves: The City offers 40 hours per fiscal year of administrative leave.

Personal & Professional Development Expense Reimbursement: Employees in this unit will receive $750 for personal and professional development per fiscal year.

Programs: Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Long Term Care Plan, Employee Assistance Program, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions

Deadline:  Open Until Filled - first review of application in three weeks; recruitment may close at any time when a sufficient number of qualified applications/supplemental questionnaires have been received.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume is required but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with "see resume" as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered. Some email accounts have been known to place these emails in the spam/junk file. Please check your email folders/settings or accept emails ending with

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), 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.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

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