City Engineer

$73,443 - $108,228 yearly
  • City of Cottonwood
  • Cottonwood, AZ, USA
  • Jun 26, 2020
Full time Engineering Government

Job Description

This is an exempt, full-time, classified at will position with full benefits that serves at the pleasure and will of the City Manager. Expected starting salary is minimum of range 30; $2,824.80 bi/weekly. 

DESCRIPTION:  Under general supervision of the City Manager, reviews private development projects, municipal capital improvement projects, streets drainage and water and wastewater utility projects. Independently evaluates, selects and applies standard engineering techniques, procedures and criteria, using judgment in making minor adaptations and modifications. Performs engineering work relating to utility and public works projects, storm water projects, water production, treatment, storage, pumping, distribution system infrastructure, wastewater collection, treatment and reuse facilities, streets, and transportation; stamps plans and reports requiring PE registrant approval and performs related duties as assigned. Serves as the City’s Floodplain Administrator. Provides highly responsible, complex administrative support to City management staff and the City Council.  Performs related duties as assigned

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.


Reviews private development engineering submittals for conformance with Federal, State and City regulations, codes and ordinances, standards, and general engineering principles; represents the department at the Code Review Board; Verde Valley Transportation and Planning Organization, and the NACOG Technical Advisory Committee meetings; design and preparation of bid documents, reviews bids and recommends award.

Performs engineering studies in compliance with commonly accepted engineering standards relating to transportation, traffic, storm water drainage, flood plain administrator, water and wastewater utility infrastructure and presents findings in the form of written reports, graphics and drawings; provides information on City requirements for private developers, contractors, design professionals, and the general public; researches and prepares City standards and ordinances.

Oversees the preparation of requests for proposals/qualifications, coordinates the consultant selection process, assists with contracts for outside professional and construction services, makes recommendations to the City Council, attends meetings, reviews plans and cost estimates, makes technical decisions and recommendations to consultant, coordinates with other departments, and prepares plans and specifications for capital projects falling under the Engineering Department’s responsibility.

Oversees and/or facilitates the advancement of public projects through various phases of implementation.  Plans, organizes, and administers project designs and construction contracts, monitors process of contracting services, schedules, and meetings.  Prepares project budget and schedules. Communicates with the public, contractors, consultants, other City employees, vendors, management, public officials, and others to successfully complete the project.

Performs engineering analysis on a wide array of engineering problems, resolves procedural, operational, and other project-related problems, and recommends and implements solutions in conjunction with staff, management, and the public.

Assists the Utilities Director in the development and implementation of the Utilities capital improvement program.

Plans, negotiates and administers a variety of intergovernmental agreements effecting the department with the County and adjoining communities.  Negotiates contracts for engineering projects beyond the capabilities of existing personnel and equipment.

Creates applications for federal and state grants.

Supervises all staff in the Engineering Department. Develops department rules and regulations; provides leadership, guidance and direction; selects, trains, coaches, guides, and motivates personnel and volunteer staff; works with employees to correct deficiencies; makes decisions on promotions, demotions, and disciplinary actions; conducts employee performance evaluations.

Provides professional development to subordinates through training, coaching, mentoring and counseling; evaluates personal performance and ensures certifications and professional performance standards are met; resolves personnel problems and ensures interpersonal and organizational communications; coordinates work schedules; establishes a vision for the Department to ensure ongoing development of long-range goals and objectives.

Advises the  City Manager in all matters relating to his or her department; and provides significant support to and actively participates in the City’s leadership team meetings; works across all City departments to ensure that the work of the City is completed timely; and, prepares, submits, and presents staff reports (e.g. budgetary, fiscal, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) and other necessary correspondence.

Formulates, develops, maintains and promotes a vision for the Engineering Department, as articulated by the City Manager and City Council.

Actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values, including being open for business and providing excellent customer service that is externally focused.

Actively works to inspire a vibrant community through departmental work and ensures departmental work fits the ‘Heart of Arizona Wine Country’ branding as appropriate. 

Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of the principals and practices of civil/municipal engineering

Knowledge of public works and utility construction

Knowledge of the safety requirements for construction zones

Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision

Skill in interpreting civil engineering drawings and reports

Skill in developing and maintaining effective interpersonal relations

Skill in performing the duty assignment according to their own judgment

Skill in reading and interpreting written instructions

Skill in creating concise written communications

Skill in analyzing data and drawing valid conclusions

Skill in use of desktop computers

Skill in creating public policies

Skill in managing human and material resources

Skill in developing and maintaining effective coalitions from various groups in the community

Ability to effectively problem solve and commit to actionable decisions

Ability to create a highly engaged employee workforce

Ability to create a culture of accountability

Ability to create a customer focused work culture

Ability to maintain open lines of communication

Ability to maintain a professional work environment

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This classification involves work that requires the ability to traverse uneven terrain and use of the City vehicles for transportation to job sites.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: The equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering.  Possession of a Professional Engineer certification in the State of Arizona is required. Must obtain designation as a Certified Flood Plain Manager within twelve months of hire. Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Arizona drivers’ license by the employment date.

*Open Until Filled*

First Review of applications will be: July 6, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.

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