Job Details

Senior Engineer
City of Decatur, GA
Job Description

Job Title: Senior Engineer
Division: Design, Environment and Construction
Reports to: DEC Director
­­­Major Responsibilities:

§ Engages in and supports the mission of the Design, Environment and Construction (DEC) Division of Public Works through strategic planning, creative problem solving, decision-making, and responsible stewardship of City resources.

§ Plans, directs, and supervises the work of Engineering Section personnel; plans and schedules work; establishes priorities; instructs and trains personnel in correct methods and procedures; monitors work; reviews and evaluates employee performance.

§ Evaluates the City’s transportation and storm drainage infrastructure, helps determine capital improvements that improve performance, reliability and safety, and better achieve key planning goals such as active healthy lifestyles ( e.g., walking and biking), Safe Routes to Schools, and environmental sustainability.

§ Responsible for development review related to transportation and storm drainage engineering. Assist with design of capital projects on an as-needed basis.

§ Represents the City in development review process related to transportation and storm drainage design and acts as liaison with other City departments involved in the review of land development projects.

§ Supports implementation of codes, rules and regulations, and reviews plans and specifications related to transportation and drainage improvements applicable to the development projects.

§ Demonstrates behavior consistent with the vision, mission and values of the City of Decatur. Provides excellent customer service.

§ Ensures that City staff, design consultants and contractors adhere to City of Decatur policies, design standards, construction contract documents and inspection requirements.

§ Contributes to the continuous improvement of self, Division, Department and City through participation in training.

Effective Management
§ § Provides information to and deals with developers, engineers, contractors, the public and outside agencies in relation to transportation and storm drainage design issues. Reviews drainage studies and reviews design of the storm drainage system (e.g., storm sewers, culverts, open channels) and storm drainage design related to walks, drives, streets and other transportation improvements for development projects.

§ Develops and implements policies and procedures to enhance the operation of the Department, Division and the Engineering Section.

§ Demonstrates accountability for the delivery of quality services and work product as part of the overall Division, Departmental and City-wide strategic direction, goals and objectives.

§ Develops and implements project/construction management training and certification programs.

§ Provides planning and design project management supervision support for engineering, transportation and storm drainage improvements.


§ Assists the public and other governmental agencies with questions relating to the design, construction and operation of City of Decatur facilities.

§ Coordinates with other City Departments and staff, meets with property owners, developers and outside engineers and design professionals to discuss concepts and general requirements for new development projects.

§ Ensures entire Department works together to not only complete tasks but also provide high quality services to the City of Decatur and fellow City staff.

§ Collaborates and communicates with other City Departments to ensure service efficiency.

§ Serves as a City management team member.

§ Builds effective relationships with coworkers to develop a culture of teamwork. Cultivates positive relationships with the public.

§ Builds, supports, and maintains the highest level of teamwork and coordination among Public Works Department staff, DEC Division staff and generally supports the shared goals of the City of Decatur.

Task/Quality Service

§ Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of the DEC Streets and Drainage Section personnel through close coordination with the Project Civil Engineer and Crew Supervisor; writes up work orders and coordinates field activities; ensures employees are properly trained; inspects and monitors work of employees; reviews and evaluates employee performance.

§ Supervises, inspects, and evaluates work performed by contractors on in-progress City, utility, and private construction projects; ensures that work meets goal, plans and specifications and complies with local , state and federal requirements; communicates with contractors regarding construction problems; makes amendments to construction plans and specifications when necessary; issues direction and warnings as needed.

§ Reviews site plans and subdivision construction plans and meets with developers, architects, and engineers to resolve problems concerning compliance with environmental ordinances, assesses need for soil erosion permits, storm water detention/water quality and general construction issues. Submits plans for review by State and Federal agencies for stream buffer encroachments, soil erosion and sedimentation control permits and other permits to be approved by the state and federal authorities

§ Receives and responds to problems, complaints, and issues from citizens regarding streets, sidewalks, , speed humps, street signs and other traffic control devices, utility covers, traffic control signs, inlets, catch basins, transportation, storm drainage and utility infrastructure, etc.; inspects problem areas personally.

§ Possesses a proficiency or understanding, interest, and capacity for innovative and contemporary civil engineering practices in as many of the following key areas as possible:

§ urban pedestrian accessibility,

§ urban signage,

§ urban parking,

§ traffic calming, and

§ pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety and connectivity.

Additionally, the Senior Engineer would be expected to have the ability and willingness to work in teams across City Departments to advance these practices at the site, neighborhood, and City levels.

§ Coordinates the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System portion of the National Flood Insurance Program. Duties may include preparation of annual and 5-year re-certification applications; preparation of Class upgrade applications; processes and responds to Citizen inquiries concerning flood zone issues, identifies flood zone impacts on development plans reviews; reviews and approves flood plain development permit applications and responds to and investigates pollution complaints.

§ Organizes, plans and mobilizes the City's efforts under the state Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit program (MS4). This position will act as facilitator and leadership to encourage and achieve compliance; and achieve objectives. Develops and implements procedures and programs to achieve compliance with the City's Minimum Control Measures contained in the MS4 permits.

§ Processes Rights-of-Way construction permit applications submitted by property owners, developers, contractors, utility companies and DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management, including provisions for work zone safety, and monitors construction work.

§ Assists in the administration of City ordinances relating to post-development storm water management, soil erosion and sedimentation control and floodplain management/flood damage prevention.

§ Prepares and recommends ordinances and regulations related to the control of storm water, soil erosion, flood plain management, and similar areas of environmental concern.

§ Develops annual work programs to provide for the repair, maintenance, and construction of public facilities including sidewalks, streets, curbs, and street signs; prepares budget request for the DEC Engineering Section; reviews budget monthly to ensure control of expenditures.

§ Compiles and prepares various memoranda, reports, and records; composes letters and other correspondence as needed.

§ Performs financial responsibilities by coordinating the preparation of capital improvement and operating budgets for the Engineering and Streets and Drainage Sections, monitoring and projecting revenues and expenditures, prioritizing capital projects and equipment items, and implementing procedures to increase efficiencies.

§ Performs project management duties such as selection of design consultants, contract administration; review of construction documents; preparing, review, and award recommendation; and construction management and inspection through project completion.

§ Performs complex engineering work related to the design of storm water facilities. Has an up-to-date understanding of contemporary hydraulic storm water modeling.

§ Conducts minor technical engineering research work as needed.

§ Prepares detailed analyses and comprehensive technical engineering reports and recommendations.

§ Develops and administers construction contracts. Is or can be certified to manage and comply with GDOT Local Administered Project (LAP) requirements.

§ Coordinates inspection of City of Decatur construction projects.

§ Performs related work as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

§ Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university.

§ Possession of a valid certificate of registration in the State of Georgia as a Professional Engineer (Civil Engineer).

§ A minimum of 7 years of broad and extensive experience in professional engineering work, including at least 3 years as a licensed Professional Engineer.

§ Comprehensive knowledge of professional engineering theory, principles and practices.

§ Any equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.

§ Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary methods and techniques as applied to the design, construction, and maintenance of public works.

§ Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in leading coworkers including the handling of emergency situations, determining and deciding upon procedures to be implemented, setting priorities, maintaining standards, and resolving problems.

§ Ability to understand and interpret design drawings, construction specifications and contract documents.

§ Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license (Class C) and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR).

§ Must be available for emergency call-in on weekends, evenings, and holidays.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:

§ Drives City of Decatur vehicles to job sites

§ May work in extreme weather conditions including heat and rain.

Other information:

§ This job description includes the major duties and responsibilities of the job and is not to be construed as all-inclusive. The duties listed here are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position.

§ This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Job Details
$67,912 - $11,301, DOQ
Job Function:
Other Entry to Mid-Level
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Decatur
PO Box 220
Decatur, GA 30031-0220
United States
Population: 19,555
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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