SOURCE WATER ENGINEERING Under general direction from the Utilities Engineering Manager, this position leads/supervises the Source Water Engineering team in developing and implementing the capital improvement program for Boulder’s water utility, including dams and raw water conveyance systems system. This position also facilitates effective public processes, establishing balanced dialogue with partners and community members, anticipating and deescalating conflict, and presenting to city boards and council.
Establishes and implements the annual work plan and manages staffing and budget resources to ensure the completion of prioritized capital improvement program projects.
Supervises civil engineers and engineering technicians to achieve a supportive culture where teamwork, professional development, mentoring, and candid feedback are prioritized.
Develops goals, documents performance, provides feedback and coaching, and formally evaluates the work of employees.
Identifies process improvements and innovative technologies and practices to continuously improve projects and programs.
Coordinates the development of the Source Water Utility short-term (6-year) and long-term (20-year) capital improvement program and associated budget and participates in other strategic and master planning efforts.
Work with other water focused groups including Source Water, Water Treatment, Utilities Maintenance and Water Quality to provide input and engineering support when needed and create alignment of on-going water programs across the city.
Partners with other engineering project managers and work group managers in Utilities and other departments to advance projects and programs in alignment with organization and departmental goals.
Project Management and Technical Acumen
Manages the completion of studies, master planning, and capital improvement projects and programs in coordination with other Utilities work groups, city departments and consultants.
Oversees the preparation of planning documents, studies, , engineering drawings, specifications and bid documents.
Procures consulting and construction services and manages subsequent contract submittals, invoices, change orders, inspections, etc.
Assesses infrastructure condition and implements appropriate replacement and rehabilitation programs for drainageways and stormwater infrastructure.
Public Process Facilitation
Leads the public process for projects, including developing and executing appropriate outreach strategies, meeting with affected community members, and providing opportunities for meaningful and appropriate public feedback and dialogue.
Coordinates with internal and external partners and seeks resolution to difficult situations that require tactful persuasion and negotiation skills, while maintaining long-term relationships.
Evaluates target audiences and modifies communication style as appropriate to maximize the audience’s understanding of project and program needs.
Presents to City Council and the Water Resources Advisory Board, Planning Board, and other relevant city boards to provide opportunities for input and build support for ongoing efforts.
Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
Stays active in water related professional organizations.
Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
Knows and complies with all city and department policies, participates in professional trainings and development, and adheres to attendance and workplace attire policies.
Effective Team Leader – Leads with emotional intelligence and works to build a high-trust, high-teamwork environment. Demonstrates commitment to mentoring, providing a safe space to learn, and supporting and encouraging staff development.
Relationship Builder – Actively listens to concerns and is open to the ideas of colleagues, city leadership and community members. Communicates tactfully and effectively, with excellent verbal and written communication and ability to gracefully set boundaries. Recognizes the importance of collaboration and can build lasting relationships and connections with other city employees and community members.
Conflict Resolution – Anticipates potential areas of conflict and proactively works to address and deescalate. Able to steer, redirect and/or reframe conversations in productive and collaborative directions. Comfortable with conflict and differences of opinion.
Technically Proficient and Organized – Highly skilled in the full lifecycle of master planning and capital improvement projects. Can proactively and effectively plan, prioritize, and execute work in a timely fashion and meet deadlines associated with master plans, project plans and budget cycles. Intentionality around building credibility with respect to priorities and funding needs.
Flexible, Creative and Courageous – Adaptable to changing circumstances and priorities. Able to identify and suggest creative solutions to unique problems while also demonstrating courage, candor, and objectivity.
Thorough knowledge of and experience with current engineering principles, practices, procedures, materials, and equipment as they apply to water treatment, conveyance, and projects.
Knowledge of federal, state and regional programs, regulations and policies dealing with water.
Advanced written and verbal communication skills including the ability to prepare clear and concise written correspondence, reports, and recommendations and to make clear and concise oral presentations.
Knowledge and experience in the use of engineering software applications.
Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
Six or more years of engineering experience specifically in dams, water treatment, conveyance, and projects with a public utility or consulting engineering firm.
Previous supervisory and engineering resource management experience.
Experience managing controversial projects and interacting with a highly engaged public.
Experience with installation of trenchless rehabilitation technologies.
Experience with alternative delivery methods for capital improvement projects (design/build, CMAR, etc.)
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Current registration as a Colorado Professional Engineer or ability to transfer current out of state registration within one year.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited engineering university
Minimum of four years of experience in engineering design and construction.
Supervision Exercised: Supervises Source Water Engineering Team: Senior Civil Engineer
WORKING CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Primarily sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 25 pounds; occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing; frequent hand/eye coordination to operate personal computer and office equipment; vision for reading, recording, and interpreting information; speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with others. Routine visits to construction work sites requiring walking over rough surfaces and climbing.
Work will be performed in a hybrid combination of a typical office environment and working from home. Routine visits to construction work sites and city industrial facilities where there is exposure to open trenches, confined spaces, moving equipment, traffic, mechanical and electrical equipment pressurized liquids and gasses, chemicals, and open water. Travel and local commuting between city office buildings and other Boulder locations can be expected.
Machines and equipment used include but are not limited to the following
Frequently uses standard office equipment including personal computer, telephones, and copy machines. Periodically may be required to use construction inspection equipment including survey, meters, gages, and other specialized inspection devices.
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Last Updated 7/2022
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