Engineering Services / Storm Water Director

City of Bluefield, WV

Job Details

  • Job Function: Planning Director; Engineering Director
  • Salary: $65,000 - $95,000. Depending on qualifications
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Population: 10,447
  • Where: 200 Rogers Street, Bluefield, WV 24701
  • Form of Government: Council-Manager

Post Date: Dec 5 2018

Deadline: Feb 1 2019

APPLICATION / SELECTION PROCESS To be considered for the position, applicants need to submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Deadline for submission is Friday, February 1, 2019. The qualifications of each applicant will be reviewed by a screening committee. A limited number of qualified applicants, possessing the most desirable qualifications that best match the position may be invited to participate in the subsequent phase of the evaluation process, which is an oral in person interview. Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. If the right candidate is found, the City is willing to lag the position up to eighteen months.


The City of Bluefield is accepting applications for the position of Engineering Services/Storm Water Director. The City Engineering Services/Storm Water Director is a regular, full-time, administrative, at-will, exempt position. Under general administrative direction, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Engineer/Storm Water Department including review and approval of new development maps and construction plans; administers and monitors consulting contracts; traffic engineering; preparation of the five-year Capital Improvement Program; review, manage all aspects of the City’s Storm water system, specifically understand and stay abreast of changes in the compliance requirements of the Municipal Small Storm Sewer System (MS4) regulations; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; acts as a member of the city management team and provides support to the City Manager.

Nestled along the base of the East River Mountain Range, Bluefield is a mountainous community of 10,473 residents spread across 6,000 households located in the southern part of West Virginia bordering Virginia. The city derived its name from the blue chicory flowers that color the landscape a purplish blue hue during the summer. Known as “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City”, lemonade is distributed throughout the community when the temperature reaches 90 degrees. The promotion began in 1939 by then chamber manager Eddie Steele, but was not served until 1941 due to the mild temperatures. Bluefield is home to a diverse population, unique dining, boutiques, galleries, outdoor recreation, and great small town hospitality. West Virginia is Veteran friendly state that does NOT tax military retirement!
The City of Bluefield, West Virginia is a City Manager/Board of Directors form of government. The Five City Board of Directors employ officers of the city, including: a city manager, a city clerk, a treasurer, a city solicitor (attorney), a community and economic development director, and judges of the police court. The Board of Directors appoints the city manager to serve as the administrative head of municipal government and they provide policy direction for the city manager, board officers, and employees of the City of Bluefield.




• Assume full management responsibility for all Engineering/Storm Water Department activities; manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
• Establish, within city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effective- ness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
• Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
• Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Engineering/Storm Water Department’s work plan, assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; conduct field inspections of work-in-progress and completed to; ensure the maintenance of safe working conditions and good house- keeping practices; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
• Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
• Direct and review the work of contract consultants providing assistance to staff.
• Review and approve new development maps and construction plans.
• Supervise and approve all city and consultant prepared construction plans and specifications.
• Supervise, oversee and coordinate as necessary, all city construction projects.
• Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
• Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
• Research and prepare technical and administrative reports and studies; prepare written correspondence as necessary; provide periodic reports on department activities.
• Represent the Engineering/Storm Water Department to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
• Explain, justify, and defend department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
• Participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees including City Council meetings.
• Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to the operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
• Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
• Perform related duties as required.
• Keep informed of the status and availability of necessary tools, equipment, and material to ensure availability in advance of need; ensure that material and equipment are properly stored, protested, and maintained; initiate purchases of equipment and supplies required for the Department; coordinate and approve purchasing, bidding, and project cost estimation.
• Participate in statewide discussion groups regarding the regulated community and attend programs to provide continuing education opportunities on the subject of storm water compliance and infrastructure improvement and maintenance
• Develop an inspection program, to include reporting, remediation and follow-up to fulfill Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination requirements of the MS4 permit
• Expand and improve storm water permitting requirements for developers within the jurisdiction of the municipality
• Analyze, plan and execute storm water infrastructure improvements to enhance the efficiency and condition of the cities storm water assets
• Direct all storm drain inlet and piping cleaning schedules and routes
• Develop spreadsheets, databases, and graphs to portray significant tracking data for storm water program efficiency and expenses
• Plan and implement newer storm water best management practices wherever practical and cost effective


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
• Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil, Environmental, or Mechanical Engineering or a related technical field and experience
• Possess Professional Engineering License or Engineer In Training status with the intent of procuring professional licensing
• Must be extremely proficient in technical engineering computing applications; such as, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
• Must possess excellent written and oral communication and intrapersonal skills
• Must be fluent in grant writing, understand state/federal grant application procedures, able to research, apply and administer municipal bonding to infrastructure projects
• Must be a self-starter capable and willing to propose, accept and implement change in the fluid environments of Engineering/Storm Water regulation and municipal government
• Should be resourceful and willing to initiate change for the betterment of the program. Never idle in seeking operational and efficiency improvements through change in the status quo
• Possess principles and practices of administration, multi-department supervision, budgeting, public relations and supervising multi-million dollar projects though all phases
• Proficient in coordinating and administering contracts, agreements, and Request for Proposals and Invitation for Bids
• Possession of a valid Driver’s License
• Military or DoD Experience is highly desirable in the candidate


Salary Range: $65,000 to $95,000 depending on qualifications.

Retirement/Pension: The City offers an outstanding defined benefit pension plan – the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) under the Consolidated Public Retirement Board. Specific information regarding retirement benefits is available on the West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board's site.

Health: The City contributes 85% toward the monthly premiums for single or family coverage. Any employee contributions to health premiums are taken as pre-tax deductions. The West Virginia's Public Employee Insurance Agency (PEIA) is The Health Plan's largest fully insured account, with over 14,000 members, since 1981. This also includes a base life insurance of $10,000 paid by the City and additional life insurance options for the employee and family.

Flexible Benefit Options: Mountaineer Flexible Benefits provides optional insurance coverage, including dental benefits, optical benefits, flexible spending accounts, hearing insurance, disability insurance, and more.

Base Leave: 18 days sick leave accrued each year with 120 day accrual cap; vacation accrual of 15-20 days based upon contract negotiation and 13 paid holidays per year.

Other Benefits: The City offers free employee and discounted family gym memberships to the Bluefield Fitness and Recreation Center. The City also offers employees free after-school and summer child care in our fully licensed child care facility, take home vehicle, and cell phone/IPad stipend. In addition, supplemental retirement and health insurance products are also available.

*Other benefits subject to negotiation.