About the Department
The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 530 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.
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Positions and Duties
ESD is seeking to fill multiple Senior Engineer positions in support of the Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) Capital Improvement Program (CIP) division. The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) division of ESD is responsible for planning and implementing capital long term capital improvement projects at the Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF). The RWF is an advanced wastewater treatment plan that serves approximately 1.4 million residents over a 300 square mile service area. The ESD CIP division is currently comprised of 50 full-time positions that perform program administration, budget planning, project delivery, and process engineering services. The division is also supported by a co-located team of consultant staff and staff from the Department of Public Works who provide program management and construction management services, respectively. This integrated team is responsible for delivering a 10-year capital improvement program estimated at $1.4 billion. The RWF CIP is an exciting opportunity that stands among one of the largest construction programs in the South Bay.
Under general direction, the Senior Engineer will be responsible for planning, directing, and managing professional and technical engineering work in support of the RWF CIP. This position reports to a Division Manager or Principal Engineer and will work closely with the Program Management Consultant (PMC) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) staff in an integrated Program Management Office (PMO) to deliver a wide variety of capital improvement projects at the wastewater treatment plant. The Senior Engineer position is a management classification and will be responsible for supervising both in-house and consultant staff to deliver projects identified in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Program. Projects in the 2017-2021 CIP include but are not limited to: Headworks Improvements and New Headworks, East Primary Rehabilitation, Nitrification Clarifier Rehabilitation, Aeration Tanks and Blower Upgrades, Filter Rehabilitation, Outfall Bridge and Levee Improvements, New Cogeneration Facility, Digester and Thickener Facilities Upgrade, Digested Sludge Dewatering Facility, Digester Gas Compressor Upgrades, Cogeneration Facility, Emergency Diesel Generators, Advanced Facility Control and Meter Replacement, and Site Facility Improvements (e.g. yard piping, tunnel rehabilitation, facility-wide water systems improvements, support building improvements, etc.).
The Senior Engineer will serve as Project Manager through all phases of capital project planning and delivery from preliminary engineering/conceptual planning through start-up and commissioning for his/her assigned project(s). This includes defining project goals and objectives; developing the Project Work Plan; preparing consultant procurement documents (RFQs/RFPs) including contract negotiations and administration; evaluating technology selection and project alternatives; directing the preparation and approval of project deliverables such as business case analysis, conceptual design reports, preliminary design reports, 30-60-90-100 percent design drawings and specifications, and engineer's estimate of probable cost; managing the project scope, schedule, and budget from start to finish; identifying and mitigating project risks; organizing project meetings and preparing monthly project performance reports; and providing engineering support through construction completion. The Senior Engineer will be required to collaborate and work effectively with O&M staff, the City's Planning Department, Fire Department, Public Works Department, City Manager's Budget Office, and City Attorney's Office, and other stakeholders as may be required. The Senior Engineer will have overall responsibility for on-time and on-budget delivery of his/her assigned project(s).
The Senior Engineer will also participate in resource planning, staff recruitment and development, and the annual capital improvement program budget process. He/she will be responsible for the hiring, training, developing, managing, and supervising professional engineering and technical support staff. The Senior Engineer will also work closely with program budget and controls teams to develop the annual staffing plan and five-year capital improvement program budget and participate in ongoing program/project performance reporting.
The best candidate will possess in-depth working knowledge of the practices and principle of wastewater engineering with hands-on capital planning and design experience in one or more of the following areas: preliminary treatment, primary treatment, secondary biological nutrient removal clarifier rehabilitation, tertiary filtration and disinfection, anaerobic digestion, co-thickening, and gas handling systems, mechanical dewatering, cogeneration, advanced automation and controls, and support buildings and utility systems infrastructure. He/she has actively participated in the development, review, and/or approval of engineering studies, design guidelines and standards, design criteria, equipment specifications, technology review and selection, equipment specification and costing, and construction bidding documents for wastewater treatment plant projects. Strong project management experience and familiarity with both traditional design-bid-build and progressive design-build delivery methods are highly desirable.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.