Water Replenishment District (WRD)

Manager of Engineering

Onsite - Lakewood, CA
$0 Annually
Application Deadline: 6/17/24


Job Title: Manager of Engineering

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 06/17/24 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $169,184.00 – $228,399.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: WRD Headquarters, Lakewood, California

Department: Engineering

General Purpose 

Under general direction, plans, organizes, oversees, coordinates, and manages the staff and operations of the Engineering Department; manages capital improvement projects (CIPs) for the District; prepares and manages requests for proposals and agreements for construction projects and engineering services; evaluates and resolves engineering issues; prepares CIP and project budgets and establishes project priorities; reviews and authorizes engineering drawings, tract maps, and technical specifications; manages the effective use of department resources to improve organizational productivity and customer service; provides complex and responsible support to the Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer in areas of expertise; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics: Receives general direction from the Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer. Exercises direct supervision over professional and technical staff.

This management classification is responsible for planning, organizing, and managing the District’s capital improvement projects and engineering functions, Incumbents are responsible for performing diverse, specialized, and complex work involving significant accountability and decision-making responsibilities, which includes CIP and department budget administration, program evaluation, and recommendation and implementation of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, priorities, and standards related to CIPs and engineering functions. Performance of the work requires the use of considerable independence, initiative, and discretion within broad guidelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Management reserves the right to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions, and to make reasonable accommodations so qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  1. Recommends and prioritizes capital improvement projects (CIPs) for the District; manages all phases of projects including planning, feasibility evaluation, analysis of alternatives, economic life cycle cost analysis, design, hydraulic modeling, environmental permitting, and construction of water treatment facilities, groundwater production and injection systems, and replenishment facilities; develops and monitors project schedules and budgets; coordinates engineering and construction activities with other District departments and external stakeholders.
  2. Advises the District on engineering issues; develops, implements, and administers comprehensive programs, policies, guidelines, and procedures related to the engineering design and construction of the District’s treatment facilities, groundwater barrier systems, and replenishment facilities; assembles necessary resources to solve a broad range of programmatic and service delivery problems in the delivery of engineering services; participates in the District’s short- and long-range planning process for groundwater management needs and requirements; reviews and approves engineering design plans for treatment facilities, groundwater systems, and facilities to ensure conformance with District standards and policies.
  3. Participates in assessing regional groundwater needs and ensures engineering department objectives and priorities are focused on meeting those needs effectively, efficiently, and with high quality service; directs development and implementation of departmental initiatives for service improvement/enhancement; provides day-to-day leadership and works with management team members to ensure a high performance work environment consistent with sound management principles and District mission.
  4. Reviews engineering designs and calculations, construction drawings, and technical specifications to ensure compliance with codes, standards, and project requirements.
  5. Develops and manages requests for proposals (RFPs) for professional and/or contracted services; prepares scope of work and any technical specifications; evaluates proposals and recommends award; negotiates contracts and prepares contract documents; administers contracts to ensure compliance with District specifications and service quality; prepares project pay estimates and reviews and approves payments to consultants.  
  6. Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and priorities for the District; recommends within District policy, appropriate service, and contract staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  7. Develops the District’s CIP budget. Oversee Engineering Department’s operating and capital improvement budgets; monitors implementation of adopted budgets. 
  8. Directs and coordinates the preparation of analyses and recommendations regarding policy issues and long-range plans to address groundwater basin needs; advises the District regarding policy issues, programs, and projects to meet these needs; advises and assists the Assistant General Manager/Chief Operating Officer in identifying, articulating, and implementing policies, programs, and projects.
  9. Selects, motivates, and directs department staff; plans and evaluates performance of assigned staff; regularly monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement and development; investigates employee complaints; takes disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with the District’s personnel rules and policies.
  10. Provides day-to-day leadership and works with executive and management team members to ensure a high performance, customer service-oriented work environment, consistent with sound management principles and District mission and values.
  11. Prepares and presents staff and agenda reports and other necessary correspondence related to assigned activities and services; presents reports to various commissions, committees, and boards.
  12. Conducts a variety of organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to assigned programs, policies, and procedures, as appropriate.
  13. Participates in major negotiations with contractors, consultants, vendors, and other public agencies.
  14. Serves as a liaison for assigned functions with other departments and outside agencies; provides staff support to commissions, committees, and task forces, as assigned; represents the District at meetings and conferences; develops and makes presentations as needed.
  15. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in engineering, groundwater, and water reclamation; research emerging products and enhancements and their applicability to District needs.
  16. Monitors changes in regulations and technology that may affect operations; implements policy and procedural changes after approval. 
  17. Directs the establishment and maintenance of working and official department files.
  18. Ensures staff observe and comply with District and mandated safety rules, regulations, and protocols.
  19. Performs other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications :Knowledge of:

  1. Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, supervision of staff, and project management.
  2. Principles and practices of professional engineering as applied to the construction, maintenance, and operation of a large groundwater replenishment and seawater intrusion barrier system.
  3. Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  4. Principles and techniques for working with groups and fostering effective team interaction to ensure teamwork is conducted smoothly.
  5. Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures related to development, design, and construction, including California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
  6. Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the assigned area of responsibility.
  7. Principles and practices of contract administration and management.
  8. Principles and practices of strategic plan development.
  9. General principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  10. State of California water resources, regulations, infrastructure, and organization.
  11. Research methods and analysis techniques.
  12. Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding civil and structural engineering and water resources management.
  13. Methods and techniques of preparing technical and administrative reports, and general business correspondence.
  14. District and mandated safety rules, regulations, protocols, and occupational hazards.
  15. The structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  16. Modern equipment and communication tools used for business functions and program, project, and task coordination, including computers and software programs relevant to work performed.
  17. Techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  18. Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.

Ability to:

  1. Plan, organize, and direct the engineering operations and activities of a complex groundwater management and water replenishment system.
  2. Organize, implement, and direct professional engineering operations and activities.
  3. Review and/or direct the preparation of complex engineering plans, specifications, and legal contracts.
  4. Make accurate and complex engineering computations and cost estimates.
  5. Check, oversee, and inspect the construction of a variety of capital improvement projects.
  6. Analyze requirements and provide technical and functional recommendations.
  7. Conduct comprehensive engineering studies and prepare reports with appropriate recommendations.
  8. Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  9. Develop and monitor assigned program and project budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  10. Perform professional and technical support services relative to assigned area of responsibility.
  11. Prepare agreements and administer legal contracts.
  12. Select and supervise staff, provide training and development opportunities, ensure work is performed effectively, and evaluate performance in an objective and positive manner.
  13. Understand, interpret, apply, and explain design criteria and pertinent laws, codes, ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and standards relevant to work performed.
  14. Evaluate and develop improvements in operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
  15. Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
  16. Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  17. Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical information and data such as development proposals, plans, and specifications, in an effective manner.
  18. Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  19. Effectively represent the District in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups, and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations, and in meetings with individuals.
  20. Direct the establishment and maintenance of a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.
  21. Independently organize work, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow-up on assignments.
  22. Effectively use computer systems, software applications relevant to work performed, and modern business equipment to perform a variety of work tasks.
  23. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar and syntax.
  24. Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural, and legal guidelines.
  25. Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Recruiter Information:

Human Resources