Managing Engineer

Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Managing Engineer
Job Requisition Number COA077793
Position Number 107799
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Value Eng, Safety & Data Mgm
Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years experience in engineering, six (6) years of  work experience  must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer and four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity
• A Masters Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience
• PhD degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas


Notes to Applicants

A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.

This position reports directly to the Department Director of the Watershed Protection Department (WPD). The Managing Engineer will provide programmatic oversight and management of the WPD capital project delivery process, programmatic oversight and management of the WPD in-house small project delivery process, and oversight of the Department’s Asset Management program. These functions span the Department’s three primary missions (flood risk reduction, stream restoration, and water quality protection) and require a high-degree of integration with business and service delivery processes across all parts of the organization, as well as with other City processes and departments.

Essential functions and duties specific to this position:
1. Implement and manage a programmatic approach to accelerate and improve deliver of large capital improvement projects, smaller in-house projects, and the Department’s Asset Management program. This will require a high degree of collaboration across the department with executives and senior managers, as well as with other City departments.
2. Develop and oversee the implementation of a rigorous QA/QC program for all capital improvement projects and for smaller in-house projects. Perform QA/QC and/or delegate as appropriate.
3. Perform special investigations and evaluations as assigned by the Department Director, and in collaboration as needed with internal and external stakeholders, to identify the causes or sources of an identified problem(s), concern, or complaint and recommend actions to resolve or mitigate the issue.
4. Assist, mentor, and coach internal capital project sponsors and in-house project design teams with project management processes and procedures.
5. Assist internal capital project sponsors and in-house design teams with inter-departmental processes and procedures (e.g. permitting, procurement, utility conflicts, etc.).
6. Undertake or oversee special projects as assigned to support the development and implementation of new policies or departmental initiatives (e.g., update of the City of Austin Drainage Criteria Manual).
7. Participate with other internal staff (e.g., Finance) with analyses of existing business processes and practices related to capital project delivery and evaluation and recommendation of process improvements.

This position requires a State of Texas Professional Engineer License or if licensed in another state, must obtain Texas P.E. within 6 months of hire date.

A valid Texas Driver’s License is required if driving on City business. If selected as the top candidate, your driving record will be evaluated. Job offer is contingent on meeting the City’s Driver Eligibility Standards which includes not exceeding the applicable Driver Record Evaluation (DRE) points or City Driver Points (CDP).

Job Offer is contingent on passing a Criminal Background Investigation.

Verification of education will be conducted on the top candidate. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization or institution. You must also provide proof of your professional licenses and/or certifications.

When completing the City of Austin Employment Application:
-Include details on the application of prior or current work history with the City of Austin.
-A resume must be submitted with the employment application, but does not substitute for a complete employment application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
-A detailed and complete employment application will help us better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position.
-Include details on the application of any previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications and relevant experience. Provide each job title and employment dates for all jobs on the application. Your work history should include duties you performed. “See Resume” is not acceptable. Please include contact information from previous employers.
-Work history must include the month and year of employment and whether it was full or part-time work.
-Any relevant work history listed in your resume must be reflected in the employment application.

Pay Range



40 hours per week, Monday – Friday

May require working outside of normal business hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays as dictated by business needs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Watershed Protection
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas
Preferred Qualifications

Ten (10) or more years of progressively advanced experience in civil/environmental engineering after licensing as a professional engineer, including the management and oversight of senior level engineering staff.

Masters or PhD degree in civil or environmental engineering preferred.

Extensive knowledge of and experience with capital project delivery processes – feasibility evaluation, preliminary engineering, engineering design, quality assurance/control, permitting, construction bid document preparation, and construction management.

Experience using common program and project management tools for work flow definition, resource-loaded scheduling, change control, record-keeping, etc.

Knowledge of the various types of capital projects included in the Department’s Capital Improvement Plan (e.g., creek flood risk reduction, storm drain system improvements, open channel stormwater conveyance, stream channel stabilization and restoration, stormwater detention, and stormwater treatment).

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Certification as a Project Management Professional (PM) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Manages, coordinates, implements, and/or monitors projects/programs including the review of plans and development proposals for impacts related to engineering project/program. Recommends revisions and permit requirements to mitigate negative impacts of development and assures plans conform to City policies. Approves construction plans.
2. Manages contracts by reviewing monthly progress reports. Acts as a liaison among consultants, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, fabricators or suppliers and the City. Negotiates problems of changes, errors or deficiencies and ensures compliance with project specifications and requirements. Resolves conflicts in difficult situations. Reviews, evaluates, and prepares replies to technical and management audits. Responsible for interdivisional liaison for coordinating the various phases of designing, planning and preparation of project details.
3. Interacts with internal and external customers to determine business needs by responding to inquiries from the public and other departments about the process, requirements, and procedures of the development process. Investigates and resolves complaints from the public.
4. Develops and implements standard operating procedures, policies and ordinances by applying advance technical and managerial knowledge and applying changes to meet departmental business goals and objectives. Monitors projects for regulatory compliance.
5. Monitors projects for legal compliance by applying engineering principles, contract and purchasing policies, and affected ordinances, codes, and regulations.
6. Markets programs to various customers.
7. Develops and monitors budgets for multiple CIP projects, programs, and/or divisions Responsible for projects by developing, managing and submission of proposed budget forecast planning for short and long term city planning. Develops long and short term planning/strategies. Coordinates, monitors, and manages grants.
8. Attends meetings and conducts presentations to the City Council, Boards, Commissions, etc. in the area of managing programs/projects. Solicits and assesses third party needs and requests by reviewing and providing solutions.
9. Develops and conducts training by determining business needs and scope of work performed by personnel and implementing programs. Provides technical advice and direction for assigned division, project, or program personnel. Develops design criteria, develops and monitors performance criteria.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

• Knowledge of management skills to programs, projects and personnel
• Knowledge of diversified, fundamental scientific and civil engineering concepts, phenomena, and relationships, and utilize such changes in solution of theoretical or practical civil engineering problems
• Knowledge of advanced mathematical techniques such as trigonometry, calculus, and coordinate geometry
• Knowledge of modern methods, materials, and techniques of assigned discipline
• Knowledge of one or more of the following disciplines: Civil, Environmental, Structural, Architectural, Mechanical and/or Electrical engineering terminology and techniques
• Knowledge of City of Austin budget planning, purchasing and contract policies and procedures
• Knowledge of applicability of established engineering principles and methods.
• Knowledge of phases of the plans review and inspections processes.
• Knowledge of preparation of cost estimates and engineering and feasibility reports
• Knowledge of regulatory requirements within the local and state ordinances and laws
• Skill in oral and written technical and/or general communication including preparation of written reports
• Skill in negotiations and handling conflict resolution
• Skill in analyzing complex data from various sources, synthesizing collected information, and developing sound decisions/recommendations
• Skill in developing, reviewing, monitoring, and evaluating contracts for services and/or materials
• Ability to manage multiple projects and programs simultaneously within approved budgets
• Ability to understand and interpret engineering and technical data related to assigned responsibilities
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external customers
• Ability to perform more complex engineering computations, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, rapidly and accurately
• Ability to communicate and provide direction to peers and assigned personnel
• Ability to organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific civil engineering problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions
• Ability to observe, compares, or monitors objects and data to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * This position requires graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Engineering or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years of experience in engineering, six (6) years of work experience must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer and four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity. A Master's Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience. A PhD Degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience. Do you meet these minimum requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * In what state(s) are you currently registered as a Professional Engineer?
    • Texas
    • Texas and other states
    • Other states (not Texas)
    • None of the above
  3. * Please describe your progressively advanced experience in civil or environmental engineering after receiving your Professional Engineer license, including any management experience supervising senior level staff.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please list your advanced degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering or related field.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your knowledge and experience with capital project delivery. Include your role(s), size and scope of the projects and budgets and your years of experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe the types of program and project management tools you have successfully used for capital project delivery.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please describe your familiarity with the types of capital projects included in our Department's Capital Improvement Plan.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Are you a Certified Floodplain Manager?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Which certification do you currently hold?
    • Project Management Professional (PM)
    • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
    • Both PM and CAPM
    • None of the above
  10. * If identified as the top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you have a valid Texas Class C driver’s license or the ability to acquire by hire date?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents