Senior Engineer

Water Replenishment District of Southern Californi | Lakewood, CA

Posted Date 3/27/2019

Under direction of the Manager of Engineering, plans, manages, coordinates and evaluates assigned programs/projects within the District’s Engineering department; directs, supervises, coordinates and participates in the conduct of complex projects and research/analyses for a variety of engineering, capital project and water quality programs; and performs related duties as assigned.


Senior Engineers are responsible for planning, managing, overseeing and evaluating an assigned engineering, capital project and/or water quality programs/projects, with significant importance and impact on the District’s mission. Incumbents are accountable for attaining program/project results, while being actively engaged in efforts to build project support and coordinate project activities with internal and/or external stakeholders. Assignments are general and of a continuing nature, requiring the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in managing, scheduling, assigning and coordinating the work of assigned programs/projects with that of other departments and external agencies and organizations.


1. Plans, manages, coordinates, oversees and evaluates assigned engineering and capital construction programs/projects; formulates overall project goals and researches, develops and implements project plans, schedules and work activities to meet goals and service objectives; obtains necessary permits and ensures project compliance with all applicable local, state and federal requirements and District rules, regulations and permits; evaluates the effectiveness of program/project activities and makes or recommends modifications; develops computer models and Senior Engineer evaluates the feasibility of existing and proposed programs/projects; monitors conformance with project budget and other requirements.
2. Directs and participates in the preparation of narrative, graphical and statistical project performance, progress and compliance monitoring reports for the District’s Board, management, other governmental and regulatory agencies; prepares agendas for District committees in regard to assigned project; prepares technical papers and makes presentations at technical conferences; conducts meetings and briefings on assigned project issues.
3. Supervises and oversees the work of assigned professional, technical and support staff, consultants and contractors; prepares requests for proposals and advertises, selects and awards proposals for professional services and contracts; prepares and administers professional service agreements and consultant contracts.
4. Develops and carries out program-related research and analysis; develops research concepts, drafts research proposals and obtains necessary funding; directs and oversees the work of research staff and consultants; directs or participates in the analysis of research data and preparation of reports; presents research results to District committees, the Board and at professional conferences.
5. Coordinates and integrates project services and activities with other District departments and external agencies; develops project partnerships, where applicable, with external agencies and organizations; establishes and maintains liaison and effective working relationships with external stakeholders, other governmental and regulatory agencies and professional and technical organizations; represents the District at meetings and conferences involving District business and community matters related to assigned projects; meets with local, state and federal agencies/officials on assigned project issues.
6. Performs legislative and policy analyses of issues with potentially significant impact on assigned program/project operations and/or funding; formulates approaches and courses of action to address issues identified.
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of civil and hydraulic engineering as applied to water utility engineering; Modern methods and techniques used in the design and construction of a wide variety of waterworks capital projects, including surveying, hydraulics, mechanics and stress analysis; Principles, theories and practices of engineering, hydrology and water quality as applied to groundwater resources and availability in Southern California; Modern scientific methods and techniques used in the study and analysis of groundwater, seawater, surface water and aquifer characteristics; Modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding engineering, water quality and water resources; Principles, practices, tools and techniques of program planning and management; Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing, contracting and maintenance of public records; Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to assigned areas of responsibility; Principles and practices of sound business communication; Principles, practices and techniques of group process facilitation and conflict resolution; Principles and practices of effective supervision; and District human policies and procedures.
Ability to: Plan, organize, manage and direct a variety of complex program/project functions and activities to achieve program/project goals and objectives; Analyze difficult program/project and operational objectives and issues, evaluate alternatives and reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations; Collect, evaluate and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical, graphic or narrative form; Coordinate program/project activities with multiple stakeholders and facilitate development of partnerships; Perform complex engineering and water quality analyses using scientific methods and computer equipment; Conduct independent research studies with a high degree of scientific accuracy; Apply sound, creative problem solving techniques to resolve difficult program issues and problems; Understand, interpret, explain and apply laws, regulations, ordinances and policies applicable to program responsibilities; Understand, interpret and respond to external stakeholder needs and expectations; Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to technical and non-technical audiences; Present conclusions and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to both internal and external program stakeholders; Ensure the maintenance of all required files, records and documentation; and exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO APPLY: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, hydrology or a closely related field; and five years of professional engineering experience, including experience in engineering or water quality research; or an equivalent combination of training an experience.

LICENSES; CERTIFICATES; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Current, valid registration as a Professional Engineer from the State of California.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The first review of applications will be April 12, 2019. To be considered for this opportunity please submit a (1) District application available at, (2) cover letter highlighting your applicable experience and (3) resume to Brandon Mims, Manager of Administration and Human Resources, by the first review date. The District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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