Website cityofelcerrito City of El Cerrito

$113,832.00 – $142,296.00 Annually

El Cerrito, CA

Job Type

Public Works

Job Number

6/5/2022 11:59 PM Pacific


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Located near the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, the City of El Cerrito is an ethnically diverse community offering a high quality of life within one of the nation’s most sophisticated and beautiful living areas. With a population of almost 25,000 residents, El Cerrito has the advantage of being centrally located in a major metropolitan area. El Cerrito is an established community with a strong self-identity and a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for its citizens.


The Public Works Department maintains, operates, develops, designs, and constructs streets, sidewalks, multi-modal transportation facilities, storm drains, storm water treatment facilities, buildings, parks, landscapes, natural areas, creeks, integrated waste services, and environmental programs that are of vital importance to a sustainable and resilient community and to the public health, safety and well-being of the El Cerrito community. The Engineering Division within Public Works provides a variety of services including, but not limited to, managing capital projects in the planning, design, and construction phases; processing and inspecting encroachment and other engineering permits; transportation planning and engineering; storm system planning and engineering; performing engineering plan check for private developments; and development, coordination, and management of other engineering programs and projects.

The Senior Engineer/Engineering Manager will head the Engineering Division supervising professional and technical staff and will receive general direction from the Public Works Director/City Engineer. The Senior Engineer will be a key member of the management staff with a wide range of duties and will regularly interact with senior management, the City Council, various external agencies, and the general public. Demands of this position will continue to evolve and change to respond to community needs. Adaptability and flexibility are important for success in this position.


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class.  Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Will be highly motivated and possess exceptional leadership, management, and supervisory skills
Will have a broad range of experience in the municipal engineering arena and be well versed in public improvement plans, multi-modal transportation solutions, private development review, grant management, and preparation and administration of budgets
Will possess the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and deliver effective public presentations
Will be a problem solver who can think “outside the box” to achieve results
Will have interpersonal skills that allow free flowing and creative communication to understand and resolve the issues at hand
Will be able to work collaboratively with other City departments and external stakeholders and agencies such as Caltrans, school districts, utility companies, contractors, and regional transportation agencies
Will have strong knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities
Will be knowledgeable of regulatory constraints such as the Clean Water Act, Americans with Disability Act, and the Public Contract Code
Will be a hands-on manager with the ability to prioritize changing demands
Will contribute to a positive work environment that fosters motivation, collaboration, coaching, and engagement of division staff

Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Monitor and manage projects, including developing short and long-range goals, objectives and budgets, coordinating activities with other departments and agencies, overseeing records maintenance, monitoring budgets and approving and monitoring expenditures, overseeing reporting requirements, evaluating program or project service delivery and cost effectiveness; ensure that procedures are being followed and assist in resolving complex problems which require professional level input.
Conduct advanced and complex engineering and related studies, evaluate alternatives, make recommendations and present reports to the Public Works Director, Planning Commission and/or City Council.
Serve as project manager on complex projects, including defining project scope, selecting consultants, negotiating contracts, amendments and change orders, preparing and monitoring project schedules; monitor, reviewing and coordinate project design and construction; evaluate contractor’s requests for extra work; enforce terms of the contract, process payments and change orders; coordinate projects with businesses, utilities and other city departments; conduct field and construction site inspections, and resolve contract disputes.
Prepare and direct the preparation of designs, specifications, plans, estimates and reports for Capital Improvement projects and the development and modification of City infrastructure.
Review and direct the review of private development plans submitted by developers, landowners and engineers for adequacy of application and conformance to City standards.
Prepare a variety of written materials, including staff reports, engineering reports and grant applications for engineering projects; may conduct studies and confer with the public regarding traffic and transportation issues.
May serve as the City’s department or program representative with a variety of committees, commissions, businesses and community organizations; attend meetings and promote department and or City activities and objectives; maintain liaison with other regulatory and pubic and private entities; foster collaborative relationships to the mutual benefit of the City and these organizations.
Confer with and provide information to property owners, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and the general public regarding conformance to standards, plans, specifications and codes; explain  codes, requirements and procedures and evaluate alternatives.
Perform project development for complex projects such as capital improvement, including finalizing scope of projects, preparing bid summaries, conducting bid openings, preparing project budgets and preparing cost estimates.
Monitor and supervise design and construction, including reviewing plans, specifications, estimates and calculations and giving technical advice on corrective action.
Prepare engineering documents, including agreements, maps, legal descriptions, resolutions and ordinances.


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


Five years of professional engineering experience which must have included two years of project management or supervisory experience
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in an engineering curriculum or a field related to the area of assignment.
Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.
A valid certificate of registration as an Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.

City of El Cerrito
10890 San Pablo Ave.

El Cerrito, California, 94530
(510) 215-4300


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