Civil Engineering Senior Project Manager (Storm/Flood Program)

City of Boulder, Colorado | Boulder, CO

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Posted Date 6/07/2022

The City of Boulder requires all employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

The City of Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

With over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways and more than 150 miles of hiking trails, Boulder values active lifestyles and access to nature. Forty-six thousand acres of protected land provide open space for passive recreation, natural environments, and a green belt around the city. With world class restaurants and art and music venues, The City of Boulder values diverse culture.

Respect is one of our five City Values (including Customer Service, Collaboration, Integrity, and Innovation) and we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We celebrate and support our differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexuality. Through our focus on Racial Equity, our employee benefits, and the many programs resources we offer our staff, we continually strive to weave respect for one another into the fabric of our organization. 

Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help us grow in service excellence for an inspired future.


Under general direction from the Utilities Engineering Storm and Flood Manager, this position provides project engineering, project management, and civil engineering services in support of Stormwater and Flood Utility projects and programs. The City of Boulder has 16 major drainageways and an extensive stormwater collection system. This position leads the implementation of routine capital projects and ongoing programs and collaborates on larger, more complex projects. The focus of this position is managing the full lifecycle of risk mapping, mitigation planning, design and construction of capital improvement projects and supporting ongoing programs within the utility, including associated community engagement, permitting and approval processes. The position requires a high degree of collaboration, community involvement, coordination with other departments and agencies, and ability to manage and consider complex and at times, competing interests. 

The starting pay for this position is $98,841.60 - $120,806.40 annually, commensurate with experience. 



Relationship builder – Is confident and professional in working with others. Puts people at ease, builds bridges and facilitates productive teams. Recognizes the importance of collaboration and can build lasting relationships and connections with other city employees and community members. Works to grow and continually foster a high-trust, high-teamwork environment. Can receive candid performance feedback and participate 

Technically proficient – Highly skilled, proficient, and desire for ongoing professional growth at performing engineering analyses, planning, design, and construction for a wide variety and size of utility projects.  Can proactively, independently, and effectively plan and execute work in a timely fashion, meet deadlines associated with capital projects, and closely manage project budgets. Bias for action and strong ability to be independent. 

Strong Communicator – Can distill detailed technical information and provide written and verbal presentations and can adapt style and level of detail to fit the needs of a variety of audiences. 

Collaborative Partner – Partners effectively with team and internal and external partners to facilitate communication and collaboration required for advancement of projects and programs. Understands the interests and concerns of others and is willing to share and receive information. 

Flexible, Creative and Courageous – Can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, can identify and suggest creative solutions to unique problems while also demonstrating courage and objectivity in evaluating project recommendations in relation to city policy/goals and broader department business needs. 

Servant Leadership Style - Motivated by and strong desire for community service, enhancing public health, and protecting the economic vitality of the City.  

Focus on Operational Excellence Culture – Behavior excellence with focus on teamwork and customer service, process excellence using City and industry best practices, leadership excellence supporting a culture of being a mentor and mentee. 


1. Project Management and Technical Acumen 

  • Manages the completion of flood and stormwater studies, master planning, and capital improvement projects and programs in coordination with other Utilities work groups, city departments and consultants. 

  • Oversees the preparation of planning documents, studies, mapping, engineering drawings, specifications and bid documents. 

  • Procures consulting and construction services and manages subsequent contract submittals, invoices, change orders, inspections, etc.  

  • Assesses infrastructure condition and implements appropriate replacement and rehabilitation programs for drainageways and stormwater infrastructure. 

2. Public Process Facilitation 

  • In collaboration with Communications and Engagement staff, manages the public process for projects, including developing and executing appropriate outreach strategies, meeting with community members, and providing opportunities for meaningful and authentic public engagement. 

  • Coordinates with internal and external partners and seeks resolution to difficult situations that require tactful persuasion and negotiation skills, while maintaining long-term relationships. 

  • Evaluates target audiences and modifies communication style as appropriate to maximize the audience’s understanding of project and program needs. 

  • Presents to City Council and the Water Resources Advisory Board, Planning Board, and other relevant city boards to provide opportunities for input and build support for ongoing efforts. 

3. Lead management of studies, master planning, and capital improvement projects and programs: 

  • Manage consultants and contractors to achieve project goals. 

  • Collaborate and work as a team member with city staff on complex projects. 

  • Retain consultant services following city procurement procedures and manage the preparation of planning documents, studies, mapping, engineering drawings, specifications, and bid documents. 

  • Using city procedures and best practices of the industry lead engineering projects through construction, restoration, and warranty phases. Lead construction services and manage contract submittals, invoices, change orders, engineering inspections, etc.  

  • Identify regulatory triggers for projects and ensures compliance with relevant permitting and review requirements. 

  • In coordination with the Flood and Storm Supervisor and Utilities Engineering Manager, collaborate with other city divisions and departments as well as outside agencies such as the Mile High Flood District, Boulder County, Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and CDOT among others. 

  • Support and facilitate development of the short-term (6yr) and long-term (20yr) CIP planning process. 

4. Assess infrastructure condition, current conditions and projected future needs and implement appropriate replacement and rehabilitation programs: 

  • Coordinate and lead condition assessment programs for utilities assets in collaboration with maintenance staff, review resulting data, and develop prioritized improvement needs and budget implications. 

  • Lead the collection and analysis of data by City staff, contractors, and consultants. 

  • Identify implementation strategies and implement associated construction projects and programs.


Management of active construction sites and field inspections:  
  • Oversee and manage active capital construction projects.  

  • Proactively develop awareness of potential obstacles and conflicts and utilize strong negotiation skills during construction conflict resolution meetings.  

  • Perform field inspections and direct City and contracted inspection teams.  

  • Proactively identify public and business impacts of construction activities and maintain positive relations with affected parties. 

 6. Other 

  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city. 

  • Stays active in stormwater/flood related professional organizations. 

  • Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to city property. 

  • Knows and complies with all city and department policies, participates in professional trainings and development, and adheres to attendance and workplace attire policies. 

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming. 



Current registration as a Colorado Professional Engineer or ability to transfer current out of state registration within one year. Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited engineering university plus a minimum of four years of experience in engineering design and construction. Thorough knowledge of and experience with current engineering principles, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment as they apply to flood management, stream restoration, stormwater, and water quality programs and projects. 

Knowledge of federal, state and regional programs, regulations and policies dealing with stormwater, flood management, water quality and wetlands. Good written and verbal communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise written correspondence, reports, and recommendations and to make clear and concise oral presentations. Knowledge and experience in the use of engineering software applications.  

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS – In addition to the required minimum qualifications: 

Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or related field. Six or more years of engineering experience specifically in flood management, stream restoration, municipal stormwater management, and water quality programs and projects with a public utility or consulting engineering firm. 

Experience managing controversial projects and interacting with a highly engaged public. Registered as a Certified Floodplain Manager or ability to obtain registration within one year of hiring. Experience with review of PACP pipeline condition assessment data and installation of trenchless rehabilitation technologies 


Physical Demands: Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 25 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate personal computer and office equipment; vision for reading, recording, and interpreting information; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with others.  Routine visits to construction work sites requiring walking over rough surfaces and climbing. 

Work Environment: Work will be performed in a hybrid combination of a typical office environment and working from home. Routine visits to construction work sites and city industrial facilities where there is exposure to open trenches, confined spaces, moving equipment, traffic, mechanical and electrical equipment pressurized liquids and gasses, chemicals, and open water. Travel and local commuting between city office buildings and other Boulder locations can be expected. 

Machines and equipment used include but are not limited to the following: Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computer, telephones, and copy machines. Periodically may be required to use construction inspection equipment including survey, meters, gages, and other specialized inspection devices. 

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.      

Salary98841.60 - 120806.40 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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