2021-10-12 2021-11-16

District Engineer

Vallecitos Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Marcos, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 74306
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: San Marcos, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 74306
  • Organization Website

Recruitment is open until filled. The first application review is November 1, 2021.

Hiring Salary: $151,800 - $167,360 DOE

Salary: $151,800 - $203,426


Under general direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages the various engineering functions of the District, including planning, environmental compliance, facility design, mapping/GIS, Asset Management, and specifications prepared by others and District staff for development, capital facilities, and existing infrastructure; formulates and implements policies and procedures; oversees Engineering budget; performs related work as assigned.


This single position class reports to the General Manager and is respo­nsible for the development and management of programs related to the District's engineering functions. The employee must also function as a member of the District’s management team and participate actively in addressing issues of concern to the District which at times may not have a direct impact on the employee’s area of specialization.


Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages and oversees operation of assigned divisions; develops and implements goals, objectives, and works standards for the department; monitors workload, output, and efficiency of assigned divisions; plans, schedules, supervises, reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned staff; provides training and development to assigned staff; provides assistance to staff in resolving problems;
  • Provides daily supervision of supervisory staff and monitors employee certification, training, and safety programs;
  • Performs contract administration and review of planning documents, design plans, and specifications prepared and submitted by consultants, other agencies, outside businesses, developers, mapping/GIS, and construction inspection; performs related work as assigned;
  • Develops and implements goals, objectives, and work standards for the District's engineering activities including the processing of development projects, environmental compliance, plans and specifications, design and review, GIS/mapping, construction inspection, and contract administration;
  • Manages long range planning and development of District engineering functions; provides budget projections for areas supervised and monitors costs throughout the year;
  • Manages and implements District Asset Management program in coordination and cooperation with Operations & Maintenance and Finance departments;
  • Represents District to other government agencies, community groups, boards, developers, contractors, and the public in relation to engineering work activities;
  • Performs interagency negotiations and contract review in relation to joint engineering projects;
  • Presents Engineering related items to the Board, public, and other outside stakeholders;
  • Participates in the selection of staff; evaluates supervisors and reviews evaluations of other staff; conducts or directs staff training and development; approves leave requests; recommends disciplinary actions;
  • Reviews acquisition requirements and develops recommendations regarding the purchase of engineering equipment;
  • Coordinates projects and reviews the work of the consulting engineers, inspectors, developers, contractors, and others assigned to projects. Coordinates engineering activities with other District functions as needed;
  • Responsible for inspection of all work under construction to ensure compliance with District procedures and standard specifications. Ensures compliance with environmental impact studies;
  • Oversees the maintenance of standard specifications and District maps and maintains the District’s Master Plan Facilities; initiates improvements and updates as required;
  • Reviews and makes suggestions for the development and administration of engineering related contracts;
  • Holds regular meetings with staff to communicate expectations, receive feedback, resolve problems, develop trusting relationships, provide motivation and employee recognition, stay abreast of staff’s work activities, and provide required resources for work assignments;
  • Operates copiers and a variety of office equipment;
  • Performs duties in a professional manner and works well with others or in a team setting;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, outside agencies, and the public;
  • Regular attendance and adherence to prescribed work schedule to conduct job responsibilities;
  • Observes safe work practices and safety methods; performs other duties as assigned.


Any combination of education or experience that would likely provide the necessary knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related engineering field, and; six years of professional engineering experience in the design, construction, maintenance, or operation of water distribution facilities and/or wastewater collection, treatment, and reclamation facilities which included a minimum of two years in a supervisory or management position in one or more of these areas. Experience in a water or wastewater agency is preferred.


  • Possession of a valid and current California Professional Engineer’s license is required.


The successful candidate is a strong leader with initiative, the ability to communicate effectively with others, and strong organizational skills. The District Engineer should have knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and techniques applicable to the planning, design, construction, and operation of water supply and wastewater collection and reclamation systems. As the lead engineer for the District, this candidate must be able to plan, organize, manage, and administer a variety of complex engineering functions. Work experience in CEQA and Planning is also desirable.

This person is expected to plan, organize, supervise, review, and evaluate the work of others, including department supervisors. The successful candidate has prior experience leading and mentoring staff at various stages of their careers. The ability to recognize areas of opportunity and implement those changes in the department are essential. Demonstrated experience in change management regarding staffing or technological advancement is desired. Regular interaction with the Operations & Maintenance department is required; the ideal candidate will continue to foster a strong working relationship between the two departments.

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