Senior Engineer (Community Development)

City of Carlsbad | Carlsbad, CA

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Posted Date 11/15/2023

Salary: $107,045 - $147,463 annually

The City of Carlsbad is ideally situated in north San Diego County where a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons, and abundant open space combine with world class resorts, well planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere to create the ideal California experience. Carlsbad's 115,000 residents enjoy a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, appreciate high quality community services and an excellent quality of life. Carlsbad is known for its strong financial health, with a AAA credit rating and solid cash reserves

Land Development Engineering:
Land Development Engineering (LDE) is responsible for reviewing and approving grading plans, improvement plans, subdivision maps, implementing regional storm water regulations, issuing construction permits and administration of the floodplain. LDE works to ensure that new development in the City of Carlsbad complies with the high standards that Carlsbad residents have come to expect.

The Job:
The City of Carlsbad is currently seeking an engineering professional to fill the role of a Senior Engineer within the Land Development Engineering division. This is an exciting opportunity to work within the Community Development Department, helping the city through its continued growth.

This job structure includes employees who perform professional engineering work independently or under direction of the Engineering Manager on a variety of projects and on-going programs in support of the land development projects in the City of Carlsbad. Engineering professionals are individual contributors who use their underlying knowledge, skills and abilities in the fields of civil, construction, land-use, land surveying, utilities, and transportation/traffic engineering, along with skills and abilities in research, design, analysis, project management, program management and personnel management to perform their duties.

DEI Statement: The City of Carlsbad embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and recognizes the vital relationship of a culturally diverse, engaged work environment and innovative excellence. A diverse, equitable and inclusive work climate comprises personal experiences, values, and views shaped from differences of culture and circumstance. Our organization appreciates belonging, creativity, recognition and retention of its employees and is committed to hiring and developing motivated, productive and talented employees who provide services and enhance our quality of life. We work to embrace open and equitable access to opportunities for learning and development as our responsibility and goal.

Selection Process:
Oral Panel Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place mid-December 2023

Key Responsibilities
Please Note: Responsibilities will vary based on title and assignment.

The following are examples of the types of job duties for Land Development Senior Engineers in the City of Carlsbad.

Supervise administrative staff.

Attend or conduct construction meetings; make site visits.

Prepare periodic reports and updates.

Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; provide technical advice to field operations, other city departments and the public in the interpretation of city ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures.

Perform assignments to help formulate, update or revise city engineering standards and/or Municipal Code in related areas. Interpret and apply regulations from external agencies in related area.

Use online databases and hard copy files to perform research to find records, drawings maps, agreements, etc. to reference and incorporate in projects.

Maintain engineering-related records and systems required to meet city engineering standards, municipal code, and reporting/monitoring requirements of external agencies.

Serve as a liaison between the organization and regulatory agencies.

Prepare various staff reports and council resolutions.

Participate in the preparation of environmental impact reports, negative declaration and reports required by state and federal agencies.

Attend Council meetings or other agency meetings as required. Represent the city in the community and at professional meetings as required.

Make oral presentations on complex technical issues to City Council, other agencies or community groups.

Provide professional opinions and expert witness testimony as requested by the City Attorney office.

Stay current in area of expertise. Conduct literature searches on areas of importance.

Supervise, train, and evaluate staff.

Review and process development projects for discretionary approval, applying engineering principles to assure project compliance with city engineering standards and the Carlsbad Municipal Code.

Review plans, maps, permits, legal descriptions, easements and specifications of development projects and encroachment permit applications.

Interpret, review, and analyze complex development projects for accuracy, suitability, completeness and compliance with city standards and procedures. Develop and submit conditions of approval.

Work with private developers and engineers to interpret city policies and ordinance requirements, review plans, and coordinate the work involved in processing privately sponsored residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

Review and approve technical studies for land development projects and transportation and operations planning.

Calculate fees and issue permits.

Assist customers at the public counter, answer inquires by the public and city staff.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities are located in the attached KSA matrix.

To perform a job in this classification, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties as generally described in the specification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties in a specific job. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

7 years proven experience working in a similar role, for a public agency or as a consultant

Able to work independently and with a team

Able to speak to all levels of staff and various agencies

Skilled, effective and compelling communicator, with both written and oral presentations

Problem-solving; able to offer alternative solutions to complex situations

Understands the principles, practices and methods of civil engineering with an emphasis on storm drain and flood control systems
Knowledge of:
Techniques and methods for preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, technical reports, and recommendations related to storm drain and public works projects

City policies and procedures governing engineering operations

Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures related to the engineering, development and construction of projects

Principles, practices and techniques of public administration including budget and personnel administration

Municipal operations as they relate to other city branches, departments and divisions

Principles and techniques of supervision and management
The city's mission, vision and values
Ability to:
Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing

Supervise, train and evaluate professional and technical staff

Plan, organize and direct the activities of assigned area of responsibility

Apply initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the work

Understand the organizational structure of the city and the roles and responsibilities of this position and how they relate to the organization

Interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations

Develop and administer a division budget

Prepare and analyze technical reports, statements, contracts and legal documents

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships

Maintain effective work relationships with staff, other governmental agencies, contractors and the general public

Experience & Education
An equivalent combination of the education and experience listed below:

A bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university, plus a minimum of five years of related experience. A master's degree in engineering or a related field may be substituted for work experience.

License or Certificate: Registration as a professional civil engineer in the State of California.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid California driver's license.

Please see the Knowledge Skills and Abilities matrix on the city’s website (click here for the link) for more information on the requirements of a Senior Engineer.

Job Category
Local Government
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