Upon appointment by the Mayor, the City Engineer works under the general direction of the Director of Public Works, plans, directs, reviews and coordinates engineering, funding and scheduling relating to City public works improvement projects and private development projects. Provides assistance to the Director of Public Works.
Essential Functions: (with or without reasonable accommodation).
Plans, assigns and directs the design and construction of municipal engineering projects.
Directs and participates in the review of plans and the inspection of construction in progress for adherence to codes, acceptable engineering standards and related Federal, State and City standards and policies.
Meets with members of the public, public and private engineers, architects, contractors and owners to explain and discuss operations and projects.
Plans and develops future infrastructure for community needs.
Assists the Community Development Department with review of platting and zoning applications.
Conducts permit review reviews and compliance inspections for grading and storm water permits for regulatory compliance in land development and building projects.
Reviews and recommends approval of engineering plans and specifications.
Assists in the preparation and administration of the annual departmental budget.
Prepares cost estimates for CIP projects.
Assists in the preparation and maintenance of departmental policies and procedures; provides direction to division supervisors regarding programmatic, operational and technical problems and to determine corrective solutions.
Assists in the development of accurate specifications for the implementation of City capital projects and the purchase of capital equipment.
Assists in solicitation and selection of consultants to implement capital improvement projects.
Assists in the preparation of reports, correspondence and other written documentation, including reports required by the City, State or other entities.
Responds to citizen and City staff inquiries and concerns.
Acts on the Public Works Director’s behalf by assignment or delegation in Director’s absence.
Maintains awareness of modern public works and engineering methods and administration by attending conferences, conventions and other educational and professional meetings as budgets permit.
Serves as a member of the City’s management team. Attends and participates in City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, work sessions and a variety of other meetings as needed or directed.
Makes public presentations to community groups, professional organizations and other City departments.
Performs other duties as directed or as the situation dictates.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of and ability to apply the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of modern civil engineering as applied to the field of public works, design and construction operations.
Ability to assist with planning, organizing, supervision and administering the functions of the Public Works Department.
Knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local codes, ordinances, statutes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Ability to apply engineering principles and techniques to the solution of complex civil engineering problems including land and municipal infrastructure development.
In the absence of the Director of Public Works and the Deputy Public Works Director, ability to supervise, manage, lead and coordinate activities of a growing, complex and evolving organization and the ability to plan, structure and supervise the work of a large number of subordinates performing varied operations.
Ability to efficiently perform and supervise multiple administrative assignments of overall Department scope.
Ability to interact frequently with the Community Development Department concerning development activities and long range planning.
Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner.
Ability to analyze the effectiveness of public works services and to recommend and implement improvements.
Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, accurate, comprehensive recommendations and reports. Effective writing skills and oral skills sufficient to speak in public and deliver presentations.
Ability to work independently, as part of a team and with the public.
Ability to enforce ordinances and other regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality.
Computer skills and ability to use MS Office Professional programs and computer engineering applications.
Ability to work a varying schedule including, evenings, weekends and holidays and extended hours in emergency, disaster or other situations influenced by workload or staffing difficulties.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow public works personnel; exercise good judgment, tact and diplomacy in dealing with City officials, department personnel, volunteers, patrons, outside agencies and members of the public.
Ability to maintain regular and dependable attendance on the job.
Education, Training, License, Certification and Experience
B.S. in Civil Engineering or a closely related field combined with five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in civil engineering is required.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Nebraska
Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Nebraska driver’s license. Prefer a valid Nebraska class “B” commercial driver’s license.
A minimum of five years progressively responsible public works experience, including at least three years in an administrative level position.
Must possess or be able to acquire a valid State of Nebraska Responsible Charge Certification.
The City may accept any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) or Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) preferred.
About City of La Vistsa
La Vista is currently one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Nebraska.It is a relatively young and progressive city situated southwest of the Omaha metropolitan area contiguous to the cities of Bellevue, Ralston, Papillion and Omaha.
Strategically located only minutes from Offutt Air Force Base, Eppley Airfield and the interstate system, La Vista has grown quickly to a community of nearly 17,000.“La Vista” is Spanish for “The View”, which described the scenic panorama of the Big Papio Creek Basin that was enjoyed by the City’s first residents.La Vista was incorporated in 1960.
Since 1998, the City has platted over 900 acres of residential subdivisions, 300 acres of commercial property and 800 acres of industrial business parks.La Vista has become home to a number of market leading businesses because of its location and commitment of the Mayor and City Council to envision the City’s future in partnership with its corporate citizens.