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Organization:  City of Hopkins
Job Category:  Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Minnesota (MN)
City:  Hopkins
Salary and Benefits:  starting salary $74.6K - $85.5K
12/19/2013

CITY ENGINEER

The City of Hopkins has an opening for a City Engineer. Responsibilities include planning and coordinating Public Works engineering activities, including all phases of infrastructure design and construction activities. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering or related field and be a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota. Candidates must also have six years progressively responsible municipal civil engineering/public works experience with an emphasis in street and utility construction project management and at least two years of supervisory experience in an engineering setting. Desirable qualifications include: experience in Minnesota as a City Engineer or Assistant City Engineer; experience with special assessments; and experience with GIS. Starting salary range $74.6 - $85.5k; excellent fringe benefits. Application and job description are available at www.hopkinsmn.com and at the Hopkins Public Works Garage, 11100 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins, MN 55343. Deadline for applications is January 10, 2014.

The Community

Hopkins, Minnesota is a second tier suburb located in the western Twin Cities metropolitan area. The City has a population of over 17,500 with an employment population of 20,000. The community enjoys a diverse economic mix of residential, retail, and industry. Largest employers include Cargill, Super Valu Stores, NAPCO International, and Thermotech. Community involvement is evident in Hopkins and citizens are encouraged and includedin decisions on programs and policies affecting services and community life. Hopkins features a variety of single family and multi-housing options in a broad range of prices. There are many active and developing neighborhood organizations. A prominent and viable Mainstreet is the hallmark of the community. Established retail businesses prosper in the historical downtown area and recently developed theaters, shops, and restaurants are thriving.

The Department

The Engineering Department consists of the City Engineer and two Engineering Technicians and is located in Hopkins City Hall. The Department is responsible for coordinating annual street and utility projects. This includes design, preparing specifications, bidding and construction of streets, alleys, sidewalks/trails, water, sanitary and storm sewer. The City has a long term relationship with Bolton & Menk and other consulting engineering firms. The City Engineer is also the lead person in an extensive public input process which includes neighborhood meetings as well as more formal City Council meetings. The City Engineer also works closely with other government agencies including the Minnehaha and Nine Mile watershed districts, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Hennepin County, and others.

The Position

The City Engineer reports to the Public Works Director and is responsible for planning

organizing, supervising and coordinating Public Works engineering activities, including

all phases of infrastructure design and construction activities. Supervises Engineering

Division employees. Specific responsibilities include:

 Plan, organize, coordinate and review the various engineering functions including

design, preparing specifications, bidding and construction of streets, alleys,

sidewalks/trails, water, sanitary and storm sewer . Coordinates closely with Public

Works Director.

 Ensures effective engineering support for all City operations, including engineering

analysis, feasibility studies, cost estimates, traffic studies, site and utility plan review

of private development projects, design of public improvement projects, technical

support to Community Development, other departments of the City, City Council,

City Manager, Boards and Commissions and other governmental agencies as required.

 Function as liaison with consultants, government agencies, developers, contractors

and the public.

 Manages and coordinates the City bridge inspection program, MS4 Storm Water

program, right-of-way permit program, pavement management program, utility

master plans, municipal state aid program, five-year Capital Improvement Program,

special assessment rolls, consultant services contracts, etc.

 Manages the Engineering Division electronic databases, GIS and CADD programs,

as-built files, project files, records, hardware and software.

 Review and revision of policies, ordinances, and requirements to keep current with

industry standards.

 Respond to citizen inquiries, requests, and complaints regarding engineering projects,

drainage, traffic, utility concerns, City engineering standards, etc. Develop public

understanding of engineering activities.

 Monitor public improvement project progress, supervise, coordinate and perform

construction inspection, investigate and resolve field construction issues.

 Coordinate with various Public Works divisions and other City departments to attain

mutual goals. Promote harmonious relations within Public Works, other departments

and with the public.

 Plan, prepare, facilitate and conduct public meetings regarding public improvement

projects, MS 429 requirements, engineering studies, etc.

Prepare annual division budget and monitor expenses.

 Attend City Council meetings, Board and Commission meetings, as required.

Background and Experience

Candidates for the City Engineer must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited

college or university in civil engineering or related field and be a licensed Professional

Engineer in the State of Minnesota.

In addition, candidates must have six years progressively responsible municipal civil

engineering/public works experience with an emphasis in street and utility construction

project management and at least two years of supervisory experience in an engineering

setting.

Preferred background includes:

 Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with residents and public officials.

 Experience in Minnesota as a City Engineer or Assistant City Engineer.

 Experience with special assessments regarding street/utility improvement projects.

 Experience with GIS including Arcinfo and ArcView.

Position Priorities

 Support the process for future extension of the Light Rail Transit line through

Hopkins and associated improvements.

 Guide the process to implement future Mainstreet and connecting roadway corridor

upgrades



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