City Engineer

City of Falls Church | Falls Church, VA

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Posted Date 6/04/2024

Salary: $130,000 - $145,000

Closing Date: June 21, 2024

The City of Falls Church (CFC) Department of Public Works (DPW) is seeking a full-time City Engineer who is highly motivated, creative, and responsible with strong public communication skills. The City Engineer will perform capital infrastructure project plan, site plan, grading plan, and development review while assessing impacts to the right-of-way, stormwater quantity calculations, street lights, and other improvements. This position will be responsible for review of complex development proposals and capital improvement projects to ensure that streets and utilities are designed to meet all applicable design standards, codes and regulations, and develop conditions for approval. The City Engineer will also directly oversee the City’s Engineering Division, which includes transportation, stormwater, and sanitary sewer services. Coordination with internal and external stakeholders is a key component of this positions, as is representing DPW with the Planning Commission, City Council, and the community.

The City of Falls Church is perfectly situated between Washington, D.C and Northern Virginia. It is an engaging and thriving community with growing commercial and residential development. The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintaining the City’s core infrastructure and providing basic services to citizens. We are seeking a self-sufficient, technically competent, motivated individual to join our engineering team.

The individual selected for this position will work closely with staff within the Department of Public Works as well as other departments. Excellent organizational skills, the ability to work in field conditions and to communicate well - both orally and in writing - are essential functions of this position. The essential functions of the job are not limited to those listed in the job description. The City retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of the position at any time.


  • Administers and manages all activities of the engineering division including reviewing, monitoring, inspecting, and managing projects and developments, ensuring the safety and compliance with all OSHA, City, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations. This includes but is not limited to the areas of traffic engineering, sidewalks, drainage, storm water, erosion and sediment control, road and bridge construction, repair and inspections of bridges and retaining walls, construction support, and public/private project collaboration for utilities and land development.
  • Works with private developers and consultants providing timely review of plans and guidance on policy, standards, and Code requirements.
  • Coordinates acceptance and review of as-builts as well and field inspections of developments.
  • Manages projects, supervises, and assigns subordinate assignments by assessing project needs, staff capabilities/workload and assigning projects and tasks.
  • Performs capital infrastructure project plan, site plan, grading plan, and development reviews while assessing impacts to the right-of-way, stormwater quantity calculations, street lights, and other improvements to meet all applicable design standards, codes and regulations.
  • Develop and review Voluntary Concessions (Proffers) for approval.
  • Review and negotiate Inter-Jurisdictional Agreements (IJA)
  • Works with staff and developers’ representatives on acceptable design alternatives and solutions, including negotiating with developers’ representatives for plan design changes.
  • Coordinates development projects internally with multiple departments and externally with local, state and federal agencies, private utilities, property owners, stakeholder groups and individual private citizens.
  • Attends Planning Commission and City Council meetings as needed related to development projects.
  • Provides technical presentations in public venues including but not limited to Planning Commission, City Council, Town Hall meetings, and various committee meetings.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries and requests.
  • Provides support to other Engineers, Project Managers, Planners and other City Staff.
  • Performs personnel duties including but not limited to hiring and supervision of staff, training, motivating, monitoring performance, assisting in problem resolution, ensuring fair and equitable performance evaluations, and recommending/determining needed performance actions.
  • Coordinates work with other local, state, and/or federal agencies as required.
  • Works with other administrators on strategic planning for the City.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Other Characteristics:

  • Effective time management, multitasking, and organizational skills; sometimes under strict time constraints.
  • Strong teamwork, leadership, and coaching abilities.
  • Works closely with others as a team.
  • Detailed and exacting work.
  • Coaches, mentors, and trains others.
  • Problem solves with multiple levels of complexity.
  • Sound, independent judgment in fast-paced and potentially stressful situations.
  • Maintains accurate records and files.
  • Understand and maintain safeguards for sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrate regular, reliable attendance.
  • Completes work with substantial discretion and within broad parameters defined by general organizational requirement and accepted practices.
  • Ability to handle and deescalate interactions with passionate individuals.


  • Degree in civil engineering or related field and registration as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia (or ability to obtain reciprocity from the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects within 6 months of hire).
  • Possession of Virginia Erosion and Sediment Plan Reviewer Certification and Stormwater Management Plan Reviewer Certification within 1 year of hire.
  • Possession of Certified Floodplain Manager Certification (CFM) within 1 year of hire.
  • At least 7 years of engineering plan review experience. The ideal candidate will have 15 or more years of public and private plan review experience particularly as it relates to sanitary and storm sewers, hydrology and hydraulics, stormwater management, managerial and structural best management practices, erosion and sediment control, water resources, water and wastewater, solid waste management, roads, transportation, and street and site lighting.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and analyze plans and specifications for construction of public facilities, formulate comprehensive operational policies and procedures, and prepare technical reports.
  • Familiarity with regulations and standards is a must.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to synthesize, hypothesize, and/or theorize concerning data involving modification of existing policies, strategies and/or methods to meet unique or unusual conditions. Requires the ability to do so within the context of existing organizational theories and management principles.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or synthesis functions; to deal with several concrete and abstract variables; and to analyze major problems that require complex planning for interrelated activities that can span several work units.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.

Salary & Benefits: $130,000 - $145,000. In addition, the City also offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, pension plan, deferred compensation plan, flexible spending account, college savings plan, life and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, free parking, credit union membership, and more. See for additional information.

Reasonable Accommodation: During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation with the agreement of the Human Resources Division. Requests should be directed to the Human Resources Division. The City of Falls Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.

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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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