Director of Engineering/Town Engineer

Town of Wake Forest, NC

The unique, growing community of Wake Forest, NC, seeks an experienced engineer who is a personable, motivated, and inspiring leader to serve as its next Director of Engineering/Town Engineer. Experiencing growth of 20,000+ people in several years, the Town of Wake Forest desires a candidate with significant knowledge and experience to navigate and strategically spearhead the impact of growth on a community's infrastructure.

The Wake Forest Director of Engineering/Town Engineer is responsible for various design, plan reviews, site inspections, construction industry relations, and project administration work to provide centralized, efficient, and effective construction and ensure the quality of Town infrastructure. This position is for the professional who desires to join a well-educated, engaged community, an organization with a family atmosphere where collaboration is the norm, and where staff highly value and support one another.

The ideal candidate for the Wake Forest Director of Engineering/ Town Engineer has the depth and breadth to:
• ensure the compliance and accountability of all functions of the Engineering department: Transportation, Stormwater, Environmental Engineering, and Construction Inspection, including but not limited to:
o The interpretation of construction and as-built drawings and the ability to recognize deviations that may occur in the field; codes and ordinances and their application to specific situations; and encroachment agreements and easements;
o knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations governing the administration of transportation and stormwater programs and public utility functions and activities;
• oversee multiple complex capital projects simultaneously, including a future rail system, an active street resurfacing program, and the recent implementation of a stormwater utility fee while working seamlessly with a variety of stakeholders, including staff, Town leaders, DOT officials, and local developers;
• stay abreast on existing trends that impact engineering projects such as utilities, floodplain management, and transportation initiatives;
• utilize technology, such as the e-Builder project management software, and support the training and functionality of the software across the department;
• navigate budgeting and funding initiatives, such as grants, bonds, and other financing strategies for the town’s projects; and
• perform challenging engineering computations and make comprehensive recommendations on engineering problems.

About the Organization and Position:
The six-member Wake Forest Town Board, which operates under the Council/Manager form of government, is passionate about preserving Wake Forest’s vibrant, diverse, and welcoming community, which fosters its distinct character, thriving economy, and high quality of life. The town’s 440 employees, not including part-time and seasonal staff, work collaboratively to fulfill its mission and strategic goals - as outlined in its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. All organizational staff are committed to upholding the town’s core values of caring, commitment, integrity, and innovation.

Wake Forest holds a AAA bond rating, has received multiple GFOA awards, and has a 2023-2024 budget of $110M. The town prides itself on community engagement and offers multiple ways for community members to become involved and stay informed, from eight Advisory Boards and Commissions to state-of-the-art communication tools such as mobile apps, e-newsletters, a TV channel, and neighborhood social media options, as well as a virtual Citizen's Academy. Additional information about the town can be found here.

The Town of Wake Forest Engineering Department provides the highest quality of service for the design, review, inspection, and contracting of public and private infrastructure within the town. The department prides itself on providing prompt, excellent customer service, conducting a prompt review of development plans, seeking feedback from customers on services provided, ensuring that the town has a sound transportation network, administering the annual street maintenance program, supporting solutions for the uncompleted street connections, increasing and/or promoting bus service, protecting the quality of the natural environment, and educating the public on environmental issues.

Reporting to the Assistant Town Manager (Development Services), the Director of Engineering/Town Engineer will manage the department’s budget of $1.6M and passionately lead a staff team of 13. The Director of Engineering/Town Engineer effectively understands and utilizes budgeting and funding initiatives, such as grants, bonds, and other financing strategies for the town’s projects, and is experienced in working collaboratively with town leaders to construct and manage the town’s capital improvement budgets.

The following are required*:
• A bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering with eight years of progressively responsible experience in the field of engineering with five years of supervisory/management experience is required. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
• Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license.
• Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) certification for the State of North Carolina.
• Physical, visual, and mental capacity to perform the positions’ responsibilities.

*Experience with bidding capital projects, stormwater management, and multimodal transportation, specifically transportation planning and traffic calming for a local government, is preferred.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $120,916 – $163,539. Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The Town of Wake Forest provides an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please visit and click on the Town Engineer – Town of Wake Forest, NC title. Please note the following:
● All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the town’s employment application portal or any other external website.
● Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
● Applicants should apply by March 22, 2024.
● The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on April 23-24, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
● Direct inquiries to

The Town of Wake Forest is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select “Client Openings," and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.”

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Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director

Town of Wake Forest


301 Brooks St
Wake Forest, NC 27587-2901
United States

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