Senior Engineer - Parks, Recreation

City of San Jose | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 3/13/2023

Per the City’s COVID19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the City requires all employees starting on or after February 11, 2022 to provide proof of vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.  Proof of vaccination means that employees are required to be “up-to-date” with regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Consistent with the Santa Clara County Public Health Order issued on December 28, 2021, "up-to-date" means that employees are required to be vaccinated with the entire recommended initial series of a COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of the Pfizer, Moderna or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine).   

Salary: $129,646.40-$163,966.40 Annually

Close: 3/30/2023 at 11:30pm

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at citycareers.

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Principal Engineering Technician classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) is currently recruiting to fill one Senior Engineer position to lead and manage technical staff in the Capital Programs Division. This recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies in PRNS or other City Departments.

This Senior Engineer position is responsible for the management and supervision of the PRNS Capital Improvement Program (CIP) team in delivery of its large and varied workload.  Primary responsibilities include scope development, estimate preparation & coordination, site & project assessments, establishing design direction, workload & project planning, project management, and communicating with the community and City leadership.


The position requires a collaborative relationship with the Department of Public Works (DPW) for delivery of most projects. PRNS is viewed as the “Owner” department and Public Works is the “Implementation” department. With this arrangement, the PRNS Senior Engineer tracks and ensures that all projects meet the Council’s stated goals (per General Plan) and strategies (per ActivateSJ), aligns with community expectations, and meets the Department’s operational capacity per the annual budget process.  PRNS and DPW manage a $315,000,000, 5-Year CIP Budget (adopted, per FY 2021-2025) to deliver a variety of projects:

     * Small Projects (replacement, repairs & upgrades of park, trail and community center assets)

     * Parks (planning and development of neighborhood, community and regional parks)

     * Trails (study, planning and development coordination for Class I Bikeway Trails)


For all projects, the Senior Architect is responsible for guiding delivery of high-value and appealing sites that reinforce San Jose’s identity. 


The PRNS CIP team is comprised of landscape architects, engineers, park managers, analysts and technical personnel responsible for direct delivery and/or oversight of studies, master plans, design and development. The team is the primary lead for projects that do not require oversight of the City Engineer (Director of Public Works), with the balance of technical projects having DPW serve as lead and PRNS guiding the owner’s perspective for functionality, affordability and sustainability.


The ideal candidate works well across teams, engages with the City Council and community as the Park System’s primary clients, and leads the team to its highest potential in delivery of creatively-designed, high-value, sustainable, fun and award-winning park and trail projects.  The Senior Engineer will lead high-profile projects and engage team members in task delivery, oversee the projects of each team member, and serve as coach to build staff’s technical and project management capacities.  


The Senior Engineer leads the team with five key goals:

  1. Small Projects, other than DPW-lead projects (Quality control, prioritization, technical guidance, design influence)
  2. Park Projects (Quality control, technical support, engineering guidance, design influence)
  3. Trail Projects (Quality control, technical support, engineering guidance, problem solving support)
  4. Community engagement
  5. Inter-Department Coordination (Department of Public Works, but also other City Departments and external agencies on a project-by-project basis).


The interview process may lead to positions offered in other City Departments.  These position support managing the permitting of work in the City’s public right-of-way by utility companies and other public agencies or managing major transportation projects at the implementation stage.


Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

     * Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of professional, technical and other engineering and non-engineering staff involved in the performance of planning, engineering and architectural functions under the limited authority of the Director of PRNS, with primary engineering and architectural services delivered by the Public Works Department.

     * Provides input and quality control to support and facilitate PRNS’s operational role. Partners and collaborates with DPW as that department prepares most plans, specifications, calculations and estimates for park facilities and other structural/civil public works projects and activities such as streets, drainage structures, utility facilities, improvements or development, and other projects.

     * Partners and collaborates with DPW as that department leads most project development with outside consultants; prepares requests for proposals for services; establishes conditions of contract approval; assists in the selection of consultants; coordinates and evaluates consultants' work; and may review and recommend acceptance of invoices and processes progress payments and prepare periodic reports for projects under direct management of PRNS.

     * Leads the preparation of feasibility and planning studies that do not have a primary engineering challenge. Collaborates with DPW for delivery of plans and studies when engineering challenges must be addressed.

     * Understands, communicates and serves as lead champion for the PRNS strategic plan; ActivateSJ.  Guides development of projects to support and advance the plan’s guiding principles for Stewardship, Nature, Equity & Access, Public Life and Identity. 

     * Represents PRNS’ operational needs and reflects community-defined outcomes when working with Public Works in their leadership role for design and development of engineering public works projects within assignment; plans, administers, schedules, and oversees design and construction projects or maintenance rehabilitation projects; prepares estimates of time and material costs; coordinates and monitors project progress to ensure timely progress of all phases of the project; provides technical direction, inspection and final acceptance for new construction and maintenance; prepares technical reports and correspondence.

     * Serves as a technical resource in assigned engineering area with work product delivered to DPW for its use; participates in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters. Provides technical advice to PRNS field operations, other City departments, and the general public in the interpretation of City ordinances, policies, regulations, and procedures as required and if not under the direct responsibility of the Director of Public Works.

     * Prepares feasibility reports and directs studies and research for new or modified projects where engineering challenges are not under the authority of the Director of Public Works. Participates in, and supports Public Works in efforts to solve engineering problems.

     * Participates in budget preparation and administration; provides quality control for cost estimates prepared by Department of Public Works for budget recommendations; monitors budget and controls expenditures for projects during the development, design and construction phases (whether PRNS or Department of Public Works leads the project).


The salary range for the position is $129,646.40 - $163,966.40. 


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment




Selection Process


The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the job-specific questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.


You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

  1. Please indicate the option which best describes your Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Do you have five (5) or more years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience? If yes, please describe your experience, including the number of years and the scope of your experience. Please include technical and leadership experience as it relates to the duties described for the position.
  3. The position requires possession of a valid professional engineering (PE) registration with the State of California in a relevant professional engineering discipline. Are you registered as a licensed Engineer in the State of California? If so, please provide your license number with expiration date and engineering discipline.
  4. Do you have experience with the City of San Jose’s (or other public agency's) private development review process? If yes, please list the number of projects you have managed and specifically describe your involvement in the process.



  1. Please describe your experience managing the design and construction of municipal improvement projects/programs. List the number of projects you have managed, including project budget management, and describe your role in the process.
  2. Please describe your supervisory and leadership experience. Include the scope of your responsibilities including number of employees, employee training and safety, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, team building, and other related areas.




You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.


*Please attach an updated resumeĀ“ as part of your application submittal*


If you have questions about the duties of this position, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Chris Caruthers at

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Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering discipline and five (5) years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience.
  2. Certification or License:



          + Professional Engineering (PE) Licensing in a relevant engineering discipline.

          + Possession of a valid State of California driver's license.


  1. Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.




The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:



Job Expertise – demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations that apply to the position.


Including, but not limited to:

     * Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and design, as related to the respected field

     * Knowledge of City’s standard specifications and details, municipal construction project management, cost estimating and project delivery procedures.

     * Knowledge of Federal and State transportation laws and regulations governing traffic marking, traffic signals and roadway lighting.

     * Experience with a financial management database system

     * Experience with a project management database system


Analytical Thinking – Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.


Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.


Coaching – Provides guidance, opportunities, and motivation to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve employee’s capabilities


Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives, anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.


Leadership – Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.


Planning – Acts to align own unit’s goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.


Project Management – Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.


Teamwork/Interpersonal Skill – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.


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