Principal Engineer - Development Services

Western Municipal Water District | Riverside, CA

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Posted Date 9/05/2018
SALARY: $57.09 - $81.66 Hourly
$4,566.88 - $6,532.92 Biweekly
$9,894.92 - $14,154.67 Monthly
$118,739.00 - $169,856.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 09/05/18
CLOSING DATE: 09/21/18 05:00 PM

Western's Development Services Section is responsible for providing highly professional engineering service to residential, commercial or industrial project customers. The engineering Development Services Section provides expertise and assistance with the following:
  • Due Diligence and Entitlement – Issuing Water and Sewer Availability Letters (aka "Will Serve Letters"), Reviewing draft and final CEQA documents,  Developing Conditions of Service Letters, etc.;
  • Design Services – Managing consultants to perform plan checks, resolving design challenges, determining scope of water and sewer construction required, etc.;
  • Construction Monitoring – Inspecting developer-managed construction projects, ensuring all district standards are followed, protecting the long-term interests of the District, etc.;
  • Development Services Administration – maintaining the facilities master plans and design standards, managing ordinance and resolutions regarding utility service, negotiating infrastructure contribution and cost sharing agreements, Setting up and managing financing mechanisms such as  Community Facilities Districts and Assessment Districts, authoring letters to the Board recommending actions regarding District utility service; and
  • Guiding individuals and development corporations through the process of obtaining new water, sewer, and recycled water service with the District in a manner that is attentive, diligent, and courteous.
The Principal Engineer for development services focuses on providing responsible administration and management of programs and supervising staff responsible for the day-to-day operation of informing customers of the District's infrastructure, procedures, and legal requirements pertaining to development services. The successful incumbent exercises significant authority and independence in implementing a broad range of development services and related programs in coordination with other District departments.
This position supervises and participates in the delivery of complex engineering projects, engineering analyses, research, planning and design for a variety of water and sewer capital construction programs and/or maintenance/improvement programs; plans, organizes, directs and reviews the work of professional and technical staff.  Provides leadership and works with staff to ensure a high-performance, customer service-oriented work environment which supports achieving the department's and the District's mission, strategic plan, objectives and values.

Under general direction, the incumbent plans, organizes, directs and implements comprehensive strategies and programs for the operation of District's engineering activities. The incumbent will provide highly responsible and complex support to the Director of Engineering and Deputy Director of Engineering.
District employees are expected to work overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays as required to accommodate the District needs, in addition to responding as a Disaster Emergency Service Worker.

This position classification is responsible for administering and managing programs and supervising staff engaged in the District's water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, pretreatment, and recycled water distribution systems. The incumbent exercises significant authority and independence in implementing a broad range of professional engineering services and programs in coordination with other District departments.
Incumbents within the Principal Engineer classification report to the Deputy Director of Engineering and provide direction to Civil Engineers and Source Control staff or Construction Management and Development Services staff.
The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.
  • Plan and direct the principles, practices, techniques, trends and standards involved in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of water/wastewater systems.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent Federal, state and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Understand theory, principles, practices, and methods required by a large, complex water utility.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of engineering records.
  • Method for the preparation of designs, specifications, and estimates for engineering programs.
  • Principles of advanced mathematics and their application to engineering.
  • Methods and techniques of field survey and construction practices.
  • Utilize research methods and analysis techniques to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Analyze and make sound recommendations on complex management and engineering issues.
  • Understand, interpret, explain, apply and adhere to District personnel rules, policies and labor contract provisions governing assigned areas of responsibility with the ability to exercise independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of District staff, other governmental officials, contractors, vendors, and the public.
  • Exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex and confidential situations.
  • Perform highly detailed work under changing, intensive deadlines on multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Highly motivated professional who is a self-starter, resourceful and able to work independently with minimum supervision.
  • Proper English usage, punctuation, grammar and spelling.
  • Provide transparent, high quality and fiscally responsible services, while meeting the needs of the District and its customers.
  • The incumbent, while exercising his/her authority, shall abide by and promote the District's values and beliefs and adhere to the District's ethics policy.
  • Utilize exceptional customer service and communication skills both verbally and in writing, with the ability to cultivate professional business partnerships and inspire team collaboration.
  • Think creatively and seek alternative solutions in order to produce results that benefit the District, its internal and external customers, while clearly articulating options to management and policy makers.
  • Use modern office equipment including computer software applications related to the field of work.
  • Define and explain key processes and business requirements within the department.
  • Make effective and engaging oral presentations clearly, logically and persuasively.
  • Utilize successful leadership skills with the ability to inspire and influence with a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity coupled with a positive attitude.
  • Highly motivated professional who is a self-starter, resourceful and able to work independently with minimum supervision.
Leadership exercised:
  • Assume management responsibility for all Engineering Department services including project and contract management, regulatory compliance, development services, and source control functions.
  • Participates in developing and implementing business plan activities based on District strategic goals and other core needs.
  • Leads, plans, organizes, integrates and evaluates the work of the Engineering functions through assigned staff by establishing goals and performance measures.
  • Participates in developing and monitoring performance of the department and capital budget.
  • Represents the District effectively with other agencies, organizations and individuals.
  • Participates in both short and long range planning.
  • Ensures engineering policies and procedures are developed, updated, and implemented throughout the District.
  • Recommends disciplinary action to address performance deficiencies in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, District policies and procedures, and labor agreements.
  • Monitors and establishes performance requirements while providing coaching for enhancement.
  • Directs, manages, and participates in the preparation of designs, plans, engineering drawings, maps, and records for District system additions or improvements.
  • Provides highly responsible assistance and expert advice regarding engineering activities.

Support provided:
  • Coordinates, reviews, and evaluates engineering work plans, products, and methods to identify and resolve potential issues.
  • Monitors developments in state and federal law, regulations, and court decisions for their impact on District practices and operations.
  • Ensures safe work methods are followed and appropriate safety precautions are utilized.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of programs and procedures. Assess workloads, administrative support systems, and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Assists Executive Management in the development, communication, and implementation of Business Plan initiatives in support of District Mission and Strategic goals.
Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, along with the specific licenses/certifications as outlined below:

The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical: Employees are regularly required to use repetitive motion for keyboard use and writing; frequently grasp, reach overhead, hold and reach; sit for long periods of time; occasionally walk, use staircases, stand, kneel, stoop and bend; occasionally lift and carry up to 25 pounds or 60 pounds with assistance; constantly use overall vision; and frequently hear and talk, in person and on the phone.  
Mental: Employees should possess the ability to speak, read, and write English, in addition to exercising math and computer aptitude as required. Employees work under pressure with frequent interruptions while communicating and interacting with a variety of District personnel, the public, and others encountered in the course of work. The ability to explain, interpret, and apply related rules, regulations, policies and procedures; and work on multiple concurrent assignments, often within tight timeframes using good business judgment is necessary.
Environmental: Employees primarily work in a temperature controlled office environment subject to typical office noise and settings. Incumbents are expected to use principles of effective safety practices including the use of equipment in a proper and safe manner, use of preventative personal ergonomic techniques, and maintaining safe personal and common workspaces.

Western is a tobacco free campus prohibiting smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and unregulated nicotine products in any District vehicle and building, which includes any building owned and occupied, or leased and occupied, by the District, including, Headquarters, the Operations Center, and any remote facilities owned, leased and/or operated by the District.




Principal Engineer - Development Services Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1.

Do you possess a valid California

Professional Engineer license?

* 2.

Do you have a minimum of three (3) years

of experience supervising staff? Please list

the agency and the titles of the staff members

you supervised.


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