• Full Time
  • Berkeley, CA
  • $159,424 - $199,646 DOE/DOQ USD / Year

Website City of Berkeley

Manager of Engineering (City Engineer)

City of Berkeley, California

Public Works Department

Annual Salary: $159,424 – $199,646 DOE/DOQ

The City of Berkeley, California, is seeking a Manager of Engineering (City Engineer) to serve as the highly experienced and knowledgeable leader of the Engineering Division in the Public Works Department. The City Engineer will report to the Deputy Director of Engineering & Transportation while overseeing 40 staff, including six direct reports, and an approximate budget of $50 million. This is an exciting opportunity to step into an engaging workplace where every day looks different. The ideal candidate will have experience managing sewers, stormwater, facilities, sidewalk, and private development review and will eagerly take on new challenges while serving as a steadfast leader and manager. The City Engineer will work to expand the pavement maintenance program by increasing funding and capacity while also working on infrastructure bond and long-term planning. It is ideal that the successful candidate has excellent long-term infrastructure planning and revenue development skills to actualize these critical programs. Interpersonal skills are strongly desired for this role, as the City Engineer will be working closely with their team, Council, public and private stakeholder groups, City departments, external agencies, and the community members. Someone who is prepared to provide technical assistance to staff while serving as a proactive project manager is essential for this role. If you are ready to serve an involved community and want to be a part of the City’s largest department, apply today!

To learn more about this position, check out the full recruitment brochure here: https://indd.adobe.com/view/0305f907-0aad-4965-b86d-22247e7227d3


The Manager of Engineering (City Engineer) will oversee the work of the Engineering Division within the Public Works Department, including an approximate budget of $50 million and 40 staff; six of which are direct reports. While reporting to the Deputy Director of Engineering & Transportation, the City Engineer will oversee the preparation of plans, specifications, designs, estimates, and inspection of a variety of construction maintenance projects. This highly knowledgeable professional will serve as a technical adviser and valuable resource for the Division. They will also have staff management responsibilities, such as developing goals and work standards, developing management systems, and implementing work evaluations. The City Engineer will also serve as a project manager, closely overseeing budgets and progress. The City Engineer will regularly participate in meetings of City Council and the Transportation and Infrastructure Commission.


The next City Engineer will be an outstanding candidate who excels in communication, coordination, and leadership. The ideal candidate will have a solid technical background in public works engineering while also possessing exceptional people management skills. They must be skilled in managing timelines and budgets and demonstrate a strong commitment to improving City operations. They will be eager to tackle new challenges and thrive in a dynamic and constantly evolving environment. The successful candidate will work with their team to identify areas for operational improvement for the sake of efficiency. Additionally, they will understand how to navigate politics and work with elected officials to turn community goals into pragmatic and achievable projects. They must be flexible and supportive, with strong skills in long-term planning and revenue development. It’s crucial that they possess an expert-level understanding of relevant codes, regulations, and guidelines and can provide exceptional service to our community members.


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

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering
  • Five (5) years professional civil engineering experience, of which at least two (2) years were at the management or supervisory level.
  • Must possess a valid California Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer.


  • Experience in contract administration, presenting at public meetings, and working with community organizations.
  • A valid California driver’s license.


The annual salary is $159,424 – $199,646 DOE/DOQ, plus a generous benefits package


Apply by April 3rd for first consideration at: https://wbcpinc.com/job-board/


Round-One virtual interviews will take place on May 1st. Finalists will move forward to Round-Two in-person interviews on May 8th. Selected candidates must be available for both dates.

Please contact Liam Garland, Public Works Director, at lgarland@cityofberkeley.info if you have questions.

To apply for this job please visit wbcpinc.com.