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Principal Civil Engineer (Land Development) job in Santee

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Organization:  City of Santee
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Santee
Salary and Benefits:  $7,900.00 - $10,700.00 Monthly

Closing Date: 06/17/13


Interested candidates must submit:

  • a standard City application
  • a resume
  • contact information for five (5) professional references
  • a cover letter explaining your interest in the position AND the City of Santee organization and community.

Under general direction of the Deputy City Manager/Director of Development Services, this is the highest level engineering position in the engineering series and is responsible for overseeing, planning, organizing and providing direction on all activities of the Land Development division.

Principal Civil Engineers perform the most technical and complex tasks relative to the assigned area of responsibility and ensure work quality and adherence to established policies and procedures. This class is distinguished from others in the engineering series by direct supervisory responsibility for mid-management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff as appropriate; and by performance of the most complex engineering duties of the division, including the full scope of management responsibility for particularly sensitive and/or large and complex Land Development projects.

(The following duties reference responsibilities applicable to both the Land Development and CIP division, so not all duties may apply to each individual assignment.)

  • Direct all activities of assigned division including day-to-day operations;
  • Assume responsibility for planning, budgeting and overseeing the most complex and large-scale civil design and construction projects for the City; may serve as Resident Engineer on assigned civil engineering projects;
  • Develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the division;
  • Coordinate the activities of the division with those of other divisions and departments;
  • Manage and accomplish the complex and varied functions of the division;
  • Prepare and control the division budget including authorization of expenditures, administration of contracts and administration and monitoring of grants; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; participate in the preparation of the City’s CIP plan, including preliminary and final cost estimates;
  • Provide professional and technical engineering support relative to highly technical and/or sensitive projects/programs;
  • Assist other divisions and/or departments in obtaining information and development recommendations regarding management issues;
  • Design, supervise and participate in the preparation and review of drawings, maps, grade sheets, profiles, plans, specifications, estimates and reports relating to a wide variety of private and public construction projects;
  • Assist in establishing priority schedules;
  • Manage major CIP and/or land development projects;
  • Prepare and sign various engineering plans and/or reports;
  • Train, develop, assign, supervise, review the work of and prepare performance evaluations for subordinate engineering personnel and the City’s Storm Water Program Manager;
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, agenda statements, procedures, and other written materials;
  • Provide technical advice to the City’s management;
  • Ensure personnel are in conformance with recognized standards and operating procedures and to pertinent local, State and Federal rules and ordinances;
  • Provide continuing technical assistance and actively participate in right of way acquisition and inspection of public works projects;
  • Review and recommend improvement plans for approval;
  • Determine the development standards and requirements for CIP and/or land development projects;
  • Administer consultant and construction contracts;
  • Confer with other City personnel, representatives of public and private agencies and the public regarding problems, projects and complaints;
  • Represent the department at City Council meetings, other public and private agencies and during legal proceedings;
  • Prepare recommendations for revisions or adoption of municipal ordinances, standards or policies affecting CIP and/or land development inspection;
  • Administer and manage the storm water program in accordance with federal, state and local laws and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits;
  • Manage the City’s Utility Undergrounding Program and administer and manage the City’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program which involves determination of the Annual DBE Participation Level in accordance with Federal Regulations;
  • Administer grants to CIP projects, if applicable;
  • Perform other assigned duties.


Any combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of this classification. An example would be a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and six (6) years of progressively responsible and recent civil engineering experience. A Master's degree in either engineering or Public Administration may be substituted for one (1) year of experience. Supervisory experience is desirable. Public agency land development experience is highly desirable.


Knowledge of the advanced principles, practices and methods of civil engineering, including the design, construction and maintenance requirements of public works projects; knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods; knowledge of the advanced principles of engineering mathematics, stress analysis, properties and uses of construction materials; knowledge of the sources of engineering information, including standard specifications; knowledge of public finance, contract and grant administration; knowledge of principles and practices of engineering cost estimating; knowledge of local, State and Federal laws, regulations, codes and policies pertaining to capital improvements and land development; knowledge of the State Subdivision Map Act and other related land development laws; ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with members of the public, other employees and representatives of other agencies; ability to interpret and apply policies, regulations and ordinances; ability to conduct research and prepare comprehensive oral and written reports; ability to give effective oral group presentations; ability to analyze complex problems and recommend feasible solutions; ability to supervise and perform difficult professional engineering assignments such as design work and field survey work; ability to effectively deal with private engineers and developers under stressful conditions; skill in preparing and interpreting engineering plans; skill in analyzing complex engineering problems and evaluating alternatives and recommending solutions; skill in negotiating consultant and engineering design and construction project contracts.

Special Requirements

The applicant selected will be subject to a criminal history investigation through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and a thorough background check. A waiver for reference and background information must be completed. Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California is required at the time of hire. Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver's license at the time of appointment. A safe driving record and insurability is required and must be maintained during period of employment.

City of Santee employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions
This position requires working outside in inclement weather with significant noise, fumes, odors and dust levels. There is the potential for exposure to environmental, physical and chemical hazards. Also, the physical demands include lifting up to 25 pounds and varying periods of walking, driving, standing, sitting, bending, stooping and crouching are required. The mental functions include reading, writing, mathematical computations, operating a computer, problem solving, managing multiple projects, calmly handling complaints from irate developers, contractors and citizens, and decision making under challenging conditions.


10601 N Magnolia Avenue 

Santee, CA 92071 
619-258-4100 x132 
619-258-4100 x262



  1. *Please describe your specific work experience which directly relates to the duties and responsibilities perfomed by the Principal Civil Engineer overseeing land development.
  2. *Describe your experience supervising staff, including the number of staff supervised and the type of staff supervised (clerical, technical, professional, etc.).
  3. *Describe your direct experience administering a department or division budget.

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