Functions as project manager for in the design, planning, and operations of various engineering projects and programs to ensure quality services, meet strategic objectives, and comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours including evenings and weekends, responding to emergency situations and customer issues. Regular attendance is an essential function of this job to ensure continuity of services. Position is subject to drug testing in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations and City of Las Cruces policies.
Position functions approximately seventy (70) percent in an office environment and thirty (30) percent in a field environment with exposure to all weather and traffic conditions, fumes, odors, gases, construction noise and equipment, debris, and dust. Position requires light to moderate physical work involving frequent writing and keyboarding; lifting and carrying items weighing up to forty (40) pounds; considerable flexibility to structure daily work activities between sitting, standing and walking; squatting, kneeling, crouching, climbing into and out of drainage channels and trenches; ambulating on uneven surfaces at various locations and construction sites; strong verbal and visual acuity; color and depth perception required for identifying material problems and plan review. Safety equipment includes hard hat, steel toe boots, ear plugs, eye protection, and traffic safety vest.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plans, coordinates, and manages activities, staff, and projects to provide appropriate levels of assistance and expertise; prepares and/or administers construction plans, contract documents, material specifications, cost estimates, and acquisition of right of way and easements to coordinate the various aspects of design projects and engineering related programs.
Develops and maintains computer models of related systems; oversees the development and update of data on a Geographic Information System (GIS) to meet established goals and objectives.
Plans, reviews, designs, and certifies drawings for assigned projects; conducts field inspections, signs and seals engineering plans, reports, specifications and contract documents to ensure integrity of information, accomplish project objectives, and compliance with applicable standards, codes, and regulations.
Utilizes data, sketches, drawings, diagrams and verbal and written instructions to draft and create engineering drawings and perform technical calculations; researches, collects, and analyzes data to prepare and present various special and recurring reports, forms, and other documents to provide accurate and timely information.
Meets regularly with staff to review work in progress, discuss and resolve administrative, workload and technical issues, and to prioritize and assign tasks and projects; evaluates and analyzes functions, resources, processes and procedures to identify issues and recommend changes for improvement; interprets applicable rules and regulations to provide guidance in developing, implementing, and administering policies and procedures.
Manages staff through proper delegation and work supervision to provide appropriate levels of service and resources; coordinates and manages various special and recurring projects, monitors work, evaluates performance, trains, counsels, coaches, and instructs employees in order to meet established goals and objectives; ensures staff adhere to established policies and procedures to remain in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
Participates in the development of various projects and programs; maintains and oversees financial activities of assigned budgets to ensure compliance and meet performance targets; coordinates the preparation of related documents, projects, and proposals for service to ensure compliance with City standards.
Reviews master plans, plats, engineering plans, specifications, studies, and reports to ensure compliance, completeness, and accuracy with contractual arrangements and compliance with relevant standards, codes, regulations, and guidelines; inspects projects to address items of issue or concern.
Develops requests for proposal to procure various professional services; prepares project cost estimates, develops scope of work and schedules for projects to ensure appropriate levels of service, support, and resources.
Responds to inquiries to maintain positive customer relations and appropriate levels of service, support, and resources; responds to and resolves various complaints, issues, and inquiries as authorized and in accordance with established policies and procedures; provides testimony regarding service disputes and related issues.
Maintains records regarding system infrastructure needs and coordinates design and construction with other City departments; may coordinate, participate and oversee development and building permit review process.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Extensive knowledge of: applicable rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, and standards to effectively perform the functions of the position; occupational and environmental safety and health hazards; principles, practices, and processes related to project management, surveying, and civil engineering with an emphasis in the modern design, construction and maintenance of municipal projects; current information and research in areas of civil engineering; infrastructure needs assessment, network modeling, and technical operations support; model calibration, verification and testing; technical specifications and techniques governing services and functions of a municipality; techniques and practices for efficient and cost effective management of resources; safe and effective use of related tools, equipment, and motorized vehicles; principles and practices of effective administrative management including personnel management, record keeping and records management, budgeting, strategic planning, customer service and effective employee supervision; business and personal computers, and various specialized and office productivity software applications; City organization, operations, policies and procedures to effectively perform the required functions and duties of the position.
Ability to: perform a variety of duties and responsibilities timely and with accuracy to meet time-sensitive deadlines and to ensure achievement of goals and objectives; read, understand, interpret, and ensure compliance with a variety of documents, specifications, blueprints, plans, standards, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations governing related activities, programs, and functions; make mathematical calculations to measure quantities of completed work, and apply mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze data; verify calculations submitted for compliance and accuracy; perform technical reading and writing; conduct inspections; impartially evaluate the work of contractors and consultants to establish compliance with project plans, specifications, laws, ordinances and standards; inspect job sites prior to and during construction phase to assess existing conditions and resolve issues; understand and consider legal implications; safely and effectively operate associated tools, equipment and motor vehicles; navigate across even and uneven surfaces; communicate appropriately and effectively orally and in writing; use sound judgment in decision-making in conducting routine operations and during malfunctions or other emergencies; respond timely and effectively to emergency situations; research and compile applicable information and maintain accurate records; prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations; review documents and extract relevant information; firmly and impartially supervise, coach, counsel, mentor, lead and direct the activities of staff; establish and maintain effective and appropriate working relationships with employees and the public; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines to successfully meet established goals and objectives.
Skills in: analyzing issues, evaluating alternatives, and making logical recommendations based on findings to address issues and/or improve services, procedures, policies, and methods;researching, reading, interpreting and communicating policies, regulations, and technical procedures and information; effectively managing and leading staff and delegating tasks; reviewing, preparing, evaluating, and verifying relevant records, reports, calculations, documentation, and presentations; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; maintaining complete and accurate records; operating relevant tools, equipment, and motorized vehicles; operating a personal computer with installed generic and specialized software; interpreting technical instructions and analyzing complex variables; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands to ensure achievement of goals and objectives.
Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline PLUS six (6) years of experience as a licensed professional engineer to include work experience in the public sector and project management, and review and design of various projects. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.
Valid driver's license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City policy. Licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) is required at the time of application. State of New Mexico licensure as a PE may be required at the time of hire. Depending on the assignment, some incumbents may have up to twelve (12) months to obtain the State specific license; other professional or technical certifications may also be required.
About City of Las Cruces
Las Cruces is an ideal place to live and is the “Happiest City” in New Mexico, according to Wallethub.com. In addition, Las Cruces is listed as one of the Safest Cities in the U.S. in 2018, according to Insurify.com. In 2018, Las Cruces is the No. 1 Best Run City in New Mexico, and is rated 11th in the U.S. Las Cruces is also ranked the 15th best retirement community in the U.S., according to TopRetirements.com, and is the first New Mexico city to obtain a Class 1 ISO rating, by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. The rating, based on fire services and protection provided by the Las Cruces Fire Department, enables City residents and businesses to have the lowest fire insurance rates in the state.
Las Cruces enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year. Temperatures in the summer months routinely reach the high 90s, with nighttime lows in the 60s. The fall air is a bit cooler with daytime highs of mid 70s to low 80s. During the winter, when northern states are digging themselves out from under the snow, Las Cruces basks in daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to lower 60s. As spring arrives in March and April, temperatures climb steadily from the low to high 80s. Las Cruces receives an average of 8.5 inches of rain per year and no more than two inches of snow in the winter.