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Engineer IV (Development Review)

at Douglas County Colorado

Posted: 10/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2491389
Keywords: survey

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


This is complex engineering work for the Department of Public Works Engineering with a focus on Development Review.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate engineering experience as it relates to roadway design, storm drainage and water quality design, pavement design, traffic engineering, subdivision and zoning regulations, and construction standards.

This is an open until filled posting, review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are selected. 

Examples of Duties

The following examples are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive.)
Develops, analyzes and reviews Engineering and Survey Plans, Studies, Reports and Design Documents.  Examples of those plans would include: subdivision plats, roadway plan and profiles, signage and striping, storm drainage improvements, water quality and detention improvements, grading, erosion and sediment control, traffic control, traffic signal plans and signal timing. Examples of those Studies, Reports and Design Documents would include drainage reports, storm water management report, pavement design report, traffic studies, alternative road standards, environmental impact statements, service plans, subdivision improvement agreements, intergovernmental agreements, improvement agreements, easement documents and right-of-way documents. All items listed, must be in conformance with County criteria.
Manages in-house engineering projects from conceptual design to project completion. Coordinates and manages consultants and other engineering staff while managing projects. Studies, investigates, and conducts engineering analysis in the office and field (as necessary). Prepares designs, plans, and specifications.  Authorizes appropriate plan deviations.
Prepares referrals and referral responses for and to other County Departments and supporting agencies for all land development projects.
Coordinates project design and construction with Douglas County Divisions and other governing agencies such as other County and City Governments, Tri County Health Department, Urban Drainage Flood Control District, Army Corps. of Engineers, Colorado Department of Transportation and local Metropolitan Districts. Coordinates with Douglas County Community Development on land use applications from project inception through administrative or Board approval.
Evaluates project conformance with County criteria and offers design solutions which meet the intent of County criteria.  Prepares written technical correspondence based on the evaluation of developer submitted legal and construction documents.
Meets and coordinates with individual developers, engineers, architects, contractors and other County staff to discuss project conflicts and agree on acceptable solutions in order to satisfy all entities involved, while meeting County criteria.
Negotiates public improvements where criteria is subject to interpretation or is deficient.
Prepares or directs the preparation of reports, studies, specifications, plans, construction schedules, traffic analysis, and project designs and construction details relative to individual projects.
Coordinates changes to floodplain criteria to meet County, State, and Federal requirements.  Participates in revision of Douglas County Flood Insurance Rate Maps with state and local officials.
Analyzes existing storm sewers and drainage ways.  Determines overload sections and required relief systems.  Drafts preliminary design and recommends changes.
Extensively utilizes computer assisted engineering programs and design software to prepare and evaluate engineering and design documents. Such programs and software include StormCAD, Urban Drainage design spreadsheets, etc.
Recommends approval or denial of appropriate plan deviations or variances to the Director of Public Works Engineering.
Prepares, reviews and facilitates Intergovernmental Agreements and Improvements Agreements in association with the County Attorneys office.
Calculates quantities and estimates for engineering projects.  Determines project feasibility based on analysis of collected data.  Acquires and secures fair share contributions based on improvements agreements for future public improvements.
Attends Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners hearings and makes presentations to both when required.  Attends neighborhood meetings to discuss projects with interested and affected property owners and homeowner groups.
Recommends approval or denial to the Douglas County Building Division for issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for commercial and multi-family developments.
Provides public assistance by evaluating existing problems and making recommendations for the appropriate corrective actions to property owners, homeowners and their consultants.
Conducts site inspections.  Inspects and reviews work of field inspectors.  Monitors progress and ensures conformance to engineering plans, specifications, and construction and safety standards.  Advises and provides supervision on surveying, construction staking, and other problems on complex project issues. Advises and assists on complex surveying and other difficult engineering problems.
Manages and coordinates the preparation, development, and refinements to technical standards and County engineering criteria to meet state and federal standards.
OTHER DUTIES:  Responsible for training new engineering employees in regards to County policy and criteria.
Performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Receives general direction from the Asst. Director Development Review & Stormwater.  The incumbent exercises wide latitude in determining objectives and approaches to critical assignments.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Engineer IV position involves project management and extensive coordination in order to complete a project.  Some positions will directly supervise other engineers and/or labor/trades personnel. Previous supervisory or management experience is preferred.
INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work involves a high degree of independent judgment.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR: This is complex professional Engineering work.  Consequence of error may result in faulty design, inaccurate decision making, or incomplete analysis resulting in permanent or long-term problems and inadequate construction and create economic, operational, and health and safety hardships.
CONTACTS: This position has substantial contact with developers, contractors, consultants, other government agencies and jurisdictions, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and seven (7) years of progressively responsible work experience in Civil Engineering OR any equivalent combination.
KNOWLEDGE: Extensive knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, techniques, and methodologies.  Considerable knowledge of Federal, State, and County regulations.  Knowledge of engineering design related to Public Works projects. Knowledge of regionally accepted hydrology, hydraulics, drainage design, and analysis. Knowledge of methods, techniques, and equipment used in design and improvements of Public Works related projects.  Knowledge of surveying methods and tools.  
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific journals, reports, and documents. Ability to respond to inquiries and/or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or the public.  Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.  Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, or Boards and Directors. 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to perform complex math calculations.  Ability to apply mathematical        operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of             variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS:  Ability to check and verify legal land boundary descriptions, easements and rights-of-way as well as compile field survey notes.  Ability to plan, assign, and direct the work of technical team members.
REASONING ABILITY: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must be registered with the State of Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors as a Professional Engineer.  A valid State of Colorado Driver's license is required at hire date.

The ability to successfully complete pre-employment screening including but not limited to: reference checks, criminal background (to include fingerprinting through a national data base), motor vehicle record, and drug screen is required.

Supplemental Information

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is generally performed in a typical office environment and may work outside for site inspection work.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  This position requires the incumbent to remain available via mobile cellular device/email access during and after normally scheduled business hours.
In the event of an emergency/disaster in or near the County, all County employees are expected to make every effort to be available to assist the County Manager, Elected/Appointed Officials and Department Directors to ensure the continued operation of any and all necessary County functions.  This may mean being available to perform additional duties and hours beyond what is normally required.  In the event that an exempt employee does work more than 40 hours a week in support of County operations during an emergency, such employee may receive overtime or other appropriate wage compensation in accordance with existing County policies or at the discretion of the County.