The Public Services Department is dedicated to delivering vital services through efficient utilization and allocation of resources to provide the Costa Mesa Community with opportunities to enjoy an unsurpassed quality of life. The Department provides effective and efficient public services including maintenance of City parks and facilities, promotion of conservation and preservation of natural resources, and supporting economic vitality through the upgrade and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. The Department provides services related to engineering, transportation, park and city facilities maintenance, water quality, waste management and recycling, and will be advancing the City’s environmental conservation, energy and sustainability programs.
Under direction of the Public Services Director, the City Engineer is responsible for all the functions and activities of the Engineering Division by performing professional and administrative engineering work, and assisting in planning, organizing, budgeting, directing staff and implementation of the City’s Capital Improvement Program. Reviews and approves designs, plans, and specifications prepared by division and consulting engineers. Interacts with the public, other governmental agency officials, contractors, and consulting engineers. Also may act in the absence of the Public Services Director.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal City Engineer will be a seasoned leader with a proven track record of effective team management. He/she will be driven to provide exceptional services to the citizens and will effectively manage employees by inspiring, mentoring, goal setting and assessing performance. The successful individual will also be experienced and able to find innovative and effective solutions to address the variety of projects and initiatives.
Experience, Education & Training
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering. A Master’s degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is highly desirable. Must have five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of engineering, including three (3) years supervisory/management experience in a municipal agency. A valid State of California Professional Engineer (Civil) license is required.
Leadership Qualities & Management Style
The new City Engineer must have experience in a fast paced and dynamic government environment, have the technical experience to bring projects to completion and have demonstrated a desire to build a thriving community through innovation in public works, fiscal responsibility and environmental consciousness. The individual will have experience administering large capital improvement budgets. He/She must be an excellent communicator with proper political acumen, possess the ability to build solid relationships with internal and external stakeholders and must have a collaborative leadership style and commitment to mentoring and developing staff. In addition, the successful candidate should possess the following professional attributes and skill strengths:
*Due to recent budget reductions, employees in these classifications are required to furlough 104 hours between June 21, 2020 and July 20, 2021. New employees will have their required furlough hours prorated based on hire date.