Assistant City Engineer

$7,114 - $9,533 monthly
  • City of Tigard
  • Feb 06, 2020
Full time Government

Job Description


$7,113.58 - $9,533.42 Monthly
$85,363.00 - $114,401.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 02/06/20  CLOSING DATE: 03/01/20 11:59 PM  


We are recruiting for an Assistant City Engineer in our Public Works Department who is a collaborator, mentor and technical leader.  Our Division has 20 staff positions and we ensure that all public infrastructure in the city is properly planned, designed, permitted and constructed, including streets, parks, trails, water, sewer, stormwater and civic buildings.  Tigard is a growing community and our Engineering Division is busy with delivering 40+ capital projects annually, providing planning and permitting support to a combination of infill and urban growth expansion areas, and supporting City work and objectives for the proposed TriMet SW Corridor light rail project. This position is a 4/10 (Monday-Thursday) schedule with excellent benefits.   

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Has excellent communication skills – including ability and experience conversing about technical topics with community members, city council, committees and non-engineering staff.
  • Understands the value of building and maintaining strong work relationships, with both internal and external partners.
  • Is a team player who can facilitate problem solving among staff and partners.  Is thoughtful, considerate of varied opinions, and intent on finding solutions. Can 'think outside the box' as a problem solver, but also appreciates the value of standards and their consistent application.
  • Is comfortable making decisions.
  • Is a strong project manager who understands the steps necessary to plan and successfully complete complex infrastructure projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Is an astute, quick learner, capable of juggling multiple demands.
  • Understands civil infrastructure planning, design and construction.
  • Specific experience with development engineering and permitting is preferred.

The Assistant City Engineer will:

  • Lead and manage a development and special projects group that includes engineering, inspection and GIS staff.
  • Provide oversight, problem solving skill, and strategic support to our Engineering development permitting team.  Reporting to the Assistant City Engineer is a Principal Engineer, supported by five Engineering Technicians/Inspectors, managing a high volume of development projects day to day.  The Assistant City Engineer will provide support to this group as needed to review work, collaborate on decisions, help our technical staff continue to grow and learn in their positions.
  • Manage special projects that are strategic, publicly visible, and involve multiple internal and external stakeholders.This may include projects such as determining and implementing permitting systems for light rail, urban growth expansion infrastructure planning, updating engineering standards and high profile capital projects as required.
  • Be the key liaison to the Community Development Department for major code revisions, complex development projects and urban growth boundary expansions.
  • Be key liaison to ODOT and Washington County for cooperative projects, strategic development and jurisdictional transfers.
  • Help determine workflow improvement needs for the development engineering processes, including collaboration with Public Works operations staff to ensure that infrastructure delivered by development meets their needs.
  • Be a strong, collegiate partner to the City Engineer, including filling in for City Engineer duties at times.
  • Will at times work outside normal office hours as needed to support projects.  This will likely include some evening meetings (city council, planning commission, citizen committees and groups) and/or attendance at meetings or job sites if needed on some days off.

The Engineering Division
The Engineering Division is part of the Public Works Department in Tigard.   The division oversees and ensures that all public infrastructure in Tigard is properly planned, designed and constructed.  This includes streets, parks and trails, water, sewer and stormwater systems, streams and green infrastructure, and civic buildings.   The Division is responsible for permitting and inspection of public infrastructure built by development, as well as implementing a robust capital improvement program (typically $10 - $20 million of CIP projects annually).

We invite you to view the detailed job description for our Assistant City Engineer position.


Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities, to perform the essential functions of the position, may be qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or related engineering AND
  • Five (5) years' increasingly responsible experience in professional engineering design, plan review, and project administration, including at least two (2) years of supervisory experience; or
  • Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, or experience relevant to the position.


  • Possession of a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving history.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within six (6) month of appointment, registration as a Professional Civil Engineer license to practice in the state of Oregon.



Union Representation: not applicable for this position.

How to apply: Please apply online. We do not accept applications via email. Applications must be received by Human Resources by the closing time/date.

IMPORTANT (Please read): In lieu of resumes and cover letters, the City of Tigard evaluates each applicant's work history and responses to supplemental questions. Please complete the application and answer the supplemental questions thoroughly to ensure our subject matter experts can appropriately evaluate your experience.

ATTENTION VETERANS: To receive veteran's preference, please upload your DD214/Separation documentation.