City Engineer

City of East Palo Alto | East Palo Alto, CA

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Posted Date 9/13/2022

Salary: Annual $151,789.00 - $184,501.00

This is a management classification responsible for planning, organizing, reviewing, and evaluating the operations and work of staff in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. Responsibilities include developing and implementing policies and procedures for assigned programs, budget administration and reporting, program evaluation, and development and administration of federal, state, and local funds for capital improvements and expansions. The City Engineer serves as a professional-level resource for organizational, managerial, and operational analyses and studies. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within established guidelines. This class is distinguished from the Public Works Director in that the latter has overall management responsibility for all public works programs, functions, and activities, and for developing, implementing, and interpreting public policy.

Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and reviews the work of staff performing difficult and complex professional and technical engineering support; areas of responsibility include Capital Improvement Program (CIP) planning, design, and construction, permitting and land development services, traffic and transportation engineering programs, and construction inspection; develops and administers short- and long-range engineering activities; manages the effective use of assigned resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides complex and responsible support to the Public Works Director on engineering matters; and performs related duties, as assigned.

The City of East Palo Alto is seeking a City Engineer who is a talented, innovative leader and proven manager. A skilled problem- solver who makes common sense decisions is sought. The chosen individual will be creative and energetic. The incoming candidate should be capable of leading and managing effectively in a fast-paced environment with a diverse workload.   Candidates should be individuals who are accountable for their success and that of their staff and the department.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be


Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and three (3) years of management experience in the public sector performing professional civil engineering work.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Possession and maintenance of a Registered Professional Civil Engineer license in the State of California.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver’s License by the time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record.


The City of East Palo Alto provides an attractive compensation package for the position of City Engineer that includes an annual salary range of $151,789  to $184,501, supplemented by an attractive benefits package that includes, but is not limited to:


The City participates in the CalPERS defined benefit retirement system. Retirement formulas and contributions are as follows. The terms “Classic Member” and “New Member” are as defined by CalPERS.


Retirement: CalPERS Classic Members - 2.5% @ 55 formula Employee pays 8% employee contribution.

* Three (3) year average final compensation.

CalPERS New Members—2% @ 62 formula Employee pays 6.25% employee contribution

* Three (3) year average final compensation


Health Benefits: For medical coverage, the City contracts with Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente. City pays 100% employee Kaiser Coverage and 65% Dependent Coverage.  Dental insurance is through Delta Dental.

City pays full cost for employee only.


The City of East Palo Alto offers a generous paid leave program, including 13 paid holidays/year, 8 hours/year month sick leave, 80 hours per year of vacation, and up to 60 hours/year of Management leave.

Long Term Disability:  City paid

Life Insurance: The City pays for coverage of $75,000

Bilingual Incentive: English/Spanish for qualifying individuals and positions after passing bilingual test.

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