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City Engineer – Development & Engineering Services

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City of Wadsworth

Classification: Engineering Services Manager
Working Title: City Engineer – Development & Engineering Services
Department: Engineering
Reports to: Public Service Director
Positions Supervised: Development and Engineering Services Staff
Status: Full-time (80 hours), Classified
Pay Grade: PM-10 ($102,187 – $153,280)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Normal Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M./Variable

Job Summary: Under the general direction of the Director of Public Service and/or the Assistant Director of Public Service, this new position is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all private development review and engineering services of the city to make sure we are a community that development in the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors are supported and thrive.
This position manages the operations of the Development and Engineering Services Division of the Engineering Department including issuing permits for work within the public right-of-way, review of easement encroachments, addressing drainage complaints, managing the NPDES Program, review of private utilities proposed in the public right-of-way, engineering review of private development projects, as well as, construction inspection of the same. Responsibilities include coordinating assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies, and providing highly responsible and technical staff assistance.

This position oversees, monitors and approves private residential, commercial and industrial development projects; reviews application submittals, determines appropriate conditions of approval, attends public hearings, reviews plans and specifications to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and codes, accepted engineering practices and City standards; oversees construction inspection and project bonds; issues final engineering approval by signing final plats and releasing project warranties.

This is a supervisory position that requires independent judgment and problem solving, as well as, the application of advanced professional knowledge and technical proficiency in both civil engineering and development practices.
The City of Wadsworth is a unique community for a city of 24,000 residents due to the robust service offerings including water (distribution and treatment), sewer (collection and treatment), storm water, parks, sanitation, electric (distribution & traffic signals), and communications (internet, cable, & phone). The engineering department has a key role in the development and business expansion of our community and creating a business friendly climate. All city departments’ work together to create “A Service Unmatched” for our customers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Duties may include, but not be limited to the following tasks:
• Manages services and activities of the Development and Engineering Services Division including preliminary engineering review, construction plan review, and construction inspection for private development to ensure compliance with city regulations, design standards, policies and procedures.
• Works with the City Engineer – Infrastructure on a regular basis on Engineering Department activities.
• Monitors and assists the plan review and permit issuance process; investigates and resolves complaints and inquiries.
• Oversees and authorizes engineering approvals of road, water, sewer, and storm water engineering plans for land development applications.
• Reviews transportation studies and analyzes concurrency issues and impacts associated with proposed developments, including identifying and recommending mitigation for development impacts, and communicating and coordinating with property owners, citizens, city departments, and other agencies.
• Reviews developer extension plans for city utilities and streets in accordance with city standards, requirements, and accepted engineering/construction practices.
• Oversees the preparation and tracking of water and sewer connection applications and answers questions concerning fees to the public and the developers.
• Reviews submitted construction costs and calculates performance and maintenance bond amounts.
• Responds to inquiries or complaints from internal and external customers regarding engineering design and development standards, development permits and construction, subdivisions, variances and other land use regulations.
• Represents the city at public meetings before the planning commission, hearing examiner, and/or the city council and public meetings on land development issues and applications; participates in technical review committees; and may represent the city on inter-agency committees dealing with land development issues.
• Reviews and directs the preparation and maintenance of city maps.
• Plans, prepares, oversees and administers the annual budget for assigned division. Forecasts revenues and expenditures; presents budget proposal for approval; authorizes payments and monitors expenditures for recommended adjustments.
• Delegates to assigned staff the authority, responsibility, and accountability needed to successfully complete assigned projects and work tasks.
• Approves purchase order requests, the ordering of supplies, materials and tools needed to accomplish the work objectives of the division; directs the maintenance of an adequate supply of parts, equipment and supplies.
• Prepares an annual report and such other reports as may be required by the Mayor, Director of Public Service, and Assistant Director of Public Service.
• Conducts regular staff meetings to review work progress, establish priorities and interpret regulations and policies of the department.
• Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements corrective action when necessary.
• Approves leave requests for assigned personnel; authorizes overtime when necessary.
• Meets with various departments such as the Director of Public Service, Assistant Director of Public Service, City Engineer – Infrastructure, Planning and Zoning Director or Economic Development Director on a regular basis for project updates.
• Participates as a member of an interview panel for the review, recommendation and selection of job applicants for assigned areas.
• Responds to the public and other inquiries including issuing permits, receiving complaints, scheduling inspections, issuing citations and violations, processing a variety of encroachments, and managing all private activities within the right-of-way.
• Acts as the City’s representative at meetings with outside agencies and promote the City’s interests and objectives.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Principles, practices and techniques of engineering related to private development and construction.
• Federal, state, and local laws, design standards, and technical manuals related to land use planning, land development and construction.
• Knowledge of laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations regarding local government operations related to municipal engineering services and public works programs.
• Thorough knowledge of the theory and principles of civil engineering.
• Knowledge of a variety of modeling programs, such as transportation and surface water drainage, to perform engineering calculations and related analyses.
• Knowledge of municipal NPDES MS-4 Programs.
• Knowledge, skill and proficiency with PCs and computer software and applications.
• Knowledge and ability to apply engineering principles and methods essential to storm drainage management, environmental issues, transportation planning and traffic operations.
• Ability to apply civil engineering skills to the review of development applications, engineering plans, and construction plans.
• Ability to read, interpret and apply engineering plans, specifications, contracts and other construction documents.
• Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of subordinate employees, including training them, assigning and evaluating their work, and providing job performance feedback.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including the ability to listen effectively and to explain complex issues and applicable legal requirements, policies, and procedures to internal and external customers.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service, in sometimes stressful situations, to internal and external customers.
• Ability to make sound decisions on matters of operational policy and administrative problems.
• Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public, associates, elected officials, developers, property owners, intergovernmental agencies and vendors and to communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to prepare technical reports, estimates, construction and expense records.
• Ability to organize and coordinate and evaluate the work of others.
• Ability to research, prepare and present complex reports on a variety of subjects.
• Ability to plan and enforce a balanced budget.
• Ability to interpret financial statements and cost accounting reports.
• Ability to deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions.
• Ability to develop comprehensive plans to meet future City needs/services.
• Ability to understand, explain and apply policies and procedures.
• Ability to represent the division and/or City effectively in a variety of meetings, including making presentations.
• Ability to develop new policies impacting division operations/procedures.
• Ability to make decisions regarding operational and personnel functions.
• Ability to respond to emergency and problem situations in an effective manner.

Working Environment/Physical Activities: The work environment/physical activities described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of the job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment with low to high noise levels depending on the location. Physical effort and activities include: No physical effort above and beyond what is normally required for work primarily performed in an office environment. Several times a month, visits are made to construction sites which may have large construction equipment, loud noise, pipeline trenches, and possible heavy truck and vehicle traffic.

Minimum Qualifications for Employment:
• Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering or a related field.
• State of Ohio registration as a Professional Engineer (PE).
• Three (3) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in a position overseeing engineers, civil plan reviewers, engineering technicians and/or construction inspectors.
• Five (5) years working as a Professional Engineer in civil engineering and civil plan review experience in a position providing customer service and performing technical duties similar to those required of this position.
• Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license in the State of Ohio and to remain insurable under the city’s vehicle insurance policy and have an acceptable driving record as deemed by the City of Wadsworth.

Preferred Qualifications for Employment:
• Master’s degree in civil engineering, public administration, or a related field.
• Prior experience in municipal engineering services and other functions of public works

Special Information:
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check, employment reference checks, a physical examination and a pre-employment drug screen. The final applicant will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to the appointment to test for illegal drug use. An applicant with a positive test will not be appointed to the position.

Application Process:
Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume reflecting the nature of the work performed in both current and prior employment. Emphasis should be given to work experience, training and/or duties performed that are relevant to this position. Resumes may be dropped off in person at the Human Resources office or submitted in the following manner:

E-Mail: Tara McCulloch, Human Resources Director at

Posting Date: January 8, 2024
Posting Deadline: Open until filled

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