The City of Lafayette Public Works Department is seeking a Civil Engineer to join its Engineering Division team. The ideal candidate should have an interest in performing a wide variety of work across multiple engineering disciplines with a primary focus on water distribution, wastewater collection, stormwater management, transportation, and traffic. The position will play a lead role in representing the department in the City’s development review and permitting processes and will independently manage a variety of projects and programs. The position supports other engineering, operations, and maintenance staff across a full range of civil engineering disciplines that also includes water resources, water treatment, water reclamation, and dam safety.
Lafayette is a thriving, diverse community of approximately 30,000 residents, encompassing 9.54 square miles at the foothills of the Rockies. Lafayette is located at the southeastern edge of Boulder County, allowing for easy access to Boulder, Denver, Denver International Airport, and the Rocky Mountains. Our community enjoys robust services and amenities, including the Great Outdoors Water Park, an award-winning skate park, the Hale Irwin designed Indian Peaks Golf Course, a senior center, The Collective Community Arts Center, Art on the Street public art program, exciting and diverse events like Art Night Out and the Lafayette Peach Festival, Waneka Lake park and boathouse, 20 community parks, 1,465 acres of open space, 20 miles of trails, Lafayette Public Library, NRPA Gold Medal Award-winning Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, and a vibrant downtown. Lafayette has appeared on numerous national lists of top places to live and raise a family, including #31 on Money Magazine’s 2022 list of the 50 Best Places to Live.
The pay rate ranges from $80,000 - $132,000 depending on qualifications. Additionally, the City provides a comprehensive and generous benefits package:
- 100% City-paid Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance (up to $25,740 annually for family coverage)
- 401A Retirement Plan (10.2% City, 8% Employee, immediately 100% vested upon hire)
- Life Insurance (one year’s salary up to $150,000. AD&D coverage in equal amount)
- 100% City-paid Short-term and Long-term Disability coverage
- Tuition Assistance (up to $5,000 per year for approved expenses)
- Generous Paid Leave (accrual rates are based on years of experience and qualifications)
- Flexible Work Schedules (actual schedule will depend on job responsibilities)
- Employee Assistance Program (free counseling, travel assistance, legal aid, etc.)
- Bilingual Pay
- Additional Benefits
- Deferred Compensation and Roth Retirement Savings Options
- Voluntary Life Insurance/AD&D
- Identity Theft Program
- City/Employee Voluntarily Funded Hardship Fund
- Recreation Center Pass
- Wellness Punch Card (100 punches per year to use at golf course, waterpark, etc.)
The following duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all-inclusive:
Represents the Public Works Department and the City in land development and permitting processes. This includes the following:
- Performs engineering and technical review of plans, reports, studies, plats, easements, surveys, agreements, permits and other related documents to ensure compliance with standards and regulations; and to ensure safety, constructability, reliability, effective operations, and efficiency of future maintenance.
- Coordinates with engineering, operations, and maintenance staff to maintain a clear understanding of department needs.
- Effectively communicates issues and deficiencies to City staff and resolve conflicts between project stakeholders.
- Represents the City at neighborhood meetings, Planning Commission, City Council, and related meetings and hearings.
- Supports permitting, construction inspection, warranty, and public improvement acceptance processes.
- Develops, interprets, implements, and enforces codes, specifications, policies, and standards.
- Maintains knowledge of federal, state, and regional regulations and industry best practices and supports updates to associated local requirements.
Performs engineering, technical, and administrative work in support of the Engineering Division and Public Works Department. This includes:
- Manages projects and programs independently, and with support from senior engineering staff.
- Provides technical expertise and support to operations and maintenance staff, including supporting emergency response as required.
- Supports field staff including investigation of issues and complaints, research, and evaluation of field changes.
- Coordinates with Information Technology on development, maintenance, and updating of geographic information systems (GIS) and asset management systems.
- Collaborates extensively with other City departments, including Planning & Building: Police; Fire and Rescue; Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, Economic Development, Finance, Information Technology, and Communications.
Supports the development, implementation, and management of the City’s capital improvements program. This includes the following:
- Collaborates with other engineering staff to effectively coordinate capital improvements across Public Works and with other City departments.
- Oversees engineering consultants in the design of capital construction and major maintenance projects.
- Ensures compliance with City financial and contract policies and procedures including preparation of bid documents, consultant and contractor selection processes, and contract negotiations.
- Ensures effective project management to ensure quality projects, minimize disruption to public, and use resources efficiently.
- Monitors construction activities to ensure accurate and timely completion of work.
- Manages project budgets. Monitors project expenditures and budget. Verifies accuracy of financial documents including invoices, contracts, and purchase orders. Reviews, approves, and makes recommendations on requests for payment and change orders.
- Keeps stakeholders informed of project schedule and impacts.
- Coordinates with Finance Department and outside agencies on administration of grants and intergovernmental agreements.
- Makes recommendations on capital investments and maintenance practices.
- Develops budget recommendations supported by data and analysis.
Provides excellent customer service to internal and external customers.
- Ensures safe and reliable Public Works infrastructure and services.
- Communicates effectively and professionally with the public.
- Keeps department and communications department staff apprised of potential customer service and communications concerns.
- Serves as an escalation point for division staff on difficult customer service issues.
- Ensures a high level of service to internal customers.
Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe conditions, acts accordingly to prevent accidents. This includes the following:
- Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, equipment, assigned facilities, and the public.
- Uses all required safety equipment.
- Fosters a positive safety culture for the division and department.
- Identifies training needs and implements division training program.
- Investigates accidents and injuries. Collaborates with Risk Manager to analyze incidents and implement measures to avoid future accidents and injuries.
May serve as Acting City Engineer in the City Engineer’s absence.
Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a directly related field.
- Civil Engineer I: One year of relevant experience and Engineer in Training certification.
- Civil Engineer II: Minimum of five years of relevant experience, Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, or ability to acquire through reciprocity.
Experience with the planning, design, and construction of municipal infrastructure. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public, and ability to make effective presentations. Demonstrated ability to collaborate. Demonstrated ability to establish and achieve goals. Demonstrated ability and initiative to work independently with minimal supervision. Demonstrated knowledge and proficient use of computers and associated software applications including permitting, asset management and work order systems. Ability to respond to emergency situations during and outside of normal work hours. Ability to occasionally attend evening meetings such as Planning Commission and City Council. Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities. Valid driver’s license. Have and maintain an acceptable motor vehicle record and criminal history record.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (In Addition to Required Minimum)
Experience with local government. Experience with operation and maintenance of municipal infrastructure systems including water distribution, wastewater collection, stormwater and transportation. Experience managing complex projects. Experience with land use planning and land development review. Experience with review/coordination related to gas, electric, and telecom utilities. Experience with AutoCAD, geographic information systems (GIS) and asset management software.