Overview: Are you a civil engineer with experience managing public works projects through planning, design and construction? Valley Water’s Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project (PREP) continues to develop through planning, environmental impact analysis, engineering design, and permitting with construction anticipated to begin in late 2024. This Senior Engineer position will be the Project Manager of the PREP in charge of managing the project, its consultant contracts, and eventually construction contracts. The PREP includes expanding the existing Pacheco Reservoir with new construction of a dam upstream of the existing dam, a spillway structure, inlet/outlet works, pipelines, a pump station, roads, power supply, and associated improvements.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Communicate daily with consultants, contractors, staff, regulatory agencies, property owners, and other stakeholders to advance project activities on time and within budget.
Coordinate and review work by consultants and staff to provide engineering/technical/economical judgment and ensure quality.
Manage the project including the consultants and contractors, CIP budget, schedule, permits, field activities, consultant/contractor procurement, construction, and project objectives to ensure work is completed in compliance with contract documents, health and safety and environmental requirements including regulatory permit requirements, and legal statutes (such as subcontracting, stop notices, labor compliance, retention, and utility protection); evaluates and determines consultant/contractor default, termination, and/or suspension of work.
Represent the project in meetings to Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, non-government organizations, and the public.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Six (6) years or more of professional engineering experience including experience managing public works projects from planning and design through construction phase.
Two (2) years or more of lead experience.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Deliver complex, technical, and sensitive engineering studies and projects in an independent and cooperative manner.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, evaluate project consequences of proposed actions, implement recommendations in support of goals, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
Represent Valley Water with other public agencies, private organizations, elected officials, regulatory agencies, special interest groups, and the public.
Read and interpret engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and contract documents.
Coach, mentor and teach employees with the purpose of transferring knowledge and skill.
Combine technical expertise with political, policy, and legal knowledge to advance Valley Water projects.
Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing and to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of project management as applied to the planning, design, cost estimating, contract management, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of facilities and water infrastructure.
Principles, practices, concepts, theories, methods, and materials of construction management, geotechnical engineering, geotechnical construction, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, and geology.
Practices of researching complex issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations with specific emphasis on geotechnical engineering, dam safety, pipeline engineering, public works construction, and water infrastructure.
Principles and practices of civil and pipeline engineering design such as fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, structural engineering, operations, and maintenance.
Engineering mathematics, economics, and statistical analysis.
Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field.
Possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
Professional Geotechnical Engineer license issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is a plus.
Required License or Certificate:
Possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
Internal Number: 01168-E
About Valley Water
Valley Water is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. Valley Water's core business is to provide residents with a clean and reliable supply of water and protection from flooding. Valley Water encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles and serves the area’s 15 cities, nearly 1.8 million residents, and more than 200,000 commuters.
The mission of Valley Water is a healthy, safe, and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner.
A seven-member Board of Directors governs Valley Water. Valley Water is an ethnically diverse, family friendly organization with employees who are committed to public service and work collaboratively with other agencies (all levels of government, community-based organizations, and neighborhood organizations) in carrying out the mission of Valley Water.