The Community The City of Pico Rivera is a thriving community that offers opportunities to all who live and work in the City. The City boasts a population in excess of 63,000. Within the City's nine square miles, more than 120 developed acres are devoted to recreational facilities for the enjoyment of the community, including 100 acres of local parks.
The Department The City of Pico Rivera strives to support and enhance a high quality of life for the residents, businesses and visitors by providing well planned, environmentally sensitive, cost effective infrastructure and services to promote public health, personal safety and transportation. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents through responsive, efficient, and effective delivery of services to every neighborhood and by reflecting a can-do attitude with our customers and stakeholders.
The Public Works Department is responsible for the engineering, permitting, maintenance and operation of the City's infrastructure, including: streets, sidewalks, roadway medians, alleys, public parking lots, traffic signals, etc. The Department also manages maintenance and public service programs such as graffiti abatement, tree trimming, street sweeping, trash and recycling services, parks and street maintenance, and utilities and facilities maintenance. In addition, the Department Manages a comprehensive 5 year capital improvement program that provides roadway rehabilitation, signal coordination, trail construction, etc.
The Position The City Engineer (Deputy Director) is responsible for planning, directing, supervising and reviewing the activities of the Public Works Engineering Division, which includes Building and Safety, and to provide professional and technical staff assistance that directly supports the Public Works Director. The City Engineer (Deputy Director) will manage division operations and projects and supervise professional and technical engineering and building and safety staff and serve as an important advisor to the Director.
This position will be required to work non-traditional hours including nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays based on special events, council meetings, and commission meetings.
This recruitment will be utilized to establish an eligibility list that may be used to fill other current or future vacancies in this classification throughout the City.
Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities related to the Engineering Division as well as assisting the Director with departmental strategies.
Supervise, coordinate and review all public works engineering activities including engineering design, land development review, inspection and survey, contract administration, traffic engineering, landscape architectural design and serve as the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) administrator.
Assist in the preparation and administration of the Public Works Department operating budget, with lead responsibility for the planning, management and implementation of the City's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
Resolve work problems and interpret administrative policies to subordinates, other departments and the public; respond to difficult citizen inquiries and complaints.
Determine scope of engineering projects, review plans of private contractors, make technical engineering decisions and establish technical criteria and standards.
Review and sign engineering drawings.
Attend and participate in meetings and conferences with elected and appointed City officials, department directors, public officials, professional organizations, contractors, and County, State and Federal agencies regarding matters relating to areas of assigned responsibilities.
Coordinate department activities with other City departments and with County, State and Federal agencies, as authorized by the Department Director.
Prepare, review and edit a variety of complex reports, correspondence and special studies, and City Council staff reports.
Attend City Council Meetings, City Council Ad Hoc Committee Meetings, Planning Commission meetings (as-needed), and community meetings and make presentations on projects and community issues.
Investigate and resolve complex or sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Select, supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff.
Initiate or approve and interpret departmental operating practices and procedures.
Serve as Acting Public Works Director as required.
Knowledge of: Theories and principles of Civil engineering; budget preparation methods; design construction; management theories; customer service techniques; safety procedures and practices; communication and public relations practices; Subdivision Map Act and development standards and regulations; plan check review and approval practices for engineering and building plan checking; time management methods; conflict resolution methods; supervisory techniques; leadership techniques; work organization planning methods. Knowledge and experience in managing water system projects is desirable.
Depending upon position assignment, may require handling of complex field investigations to ensure conformance with City, County and State engineering and civil standards; general inspection and enforcement practices; professional standards.
Use of a personal computer/laptop; perform engineering and mathematical computations.
Depending upon position assignment, may be required to operate a vehicle and equipment safely.
Proficiency in specialized software programs is desired.
Ability to: Interpret engineering plans and specifications, organize and prioritize multiple tasks; analyze and solve problems; research and interpret data; interpret laws and regulations; interpret standards and practices; assist with budget preparation; demonstrate effective interpersonal skills; use conflict resolution techniques; give effective oral and public presentations; represent the City at functions; follow oral and written instructions; work with minimal supervision; project, records, and time management; initiate and complete performance evaluations; write reports; comply with required regulations; delegate tasks and manage projects; maintain confidentiality of non-public records; interview and hire employees; demonstrate effective leadership skills; recommend and implement disciplinary action; manage capital improvement projects; plan, direct, organize, and control department activities.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering; college coursework/extension classes; supervisory and managerial training. Registration as a Professional Engineer in civil engineering issued by the State of California is required. Master's Degree is desired.
Experience: Eight years of related experience to duties; four years of supervisory experience; seven years in public contracting; two years in budget/policy experience; leadership experience. Experience with Government Boards is desired.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in civil engineering issued by the State of California is required.
Requires a valid Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record.
About City of Pico Rivera
Pico Rivera is a thriving community that offers opportunities to all who live, work and relax in the City. Situated on the eastern edge of the Los Angeles basin and the southern edge of the area known as the San Gabriel Valley, Pico Rivera is approximately 13 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
Formed through the merging of two historic communities, Pico and Rivera, the City was officially incorporated in January 1958 as the 61st city in Los Angeles County. Originally an agricultural area, the community evolved into a residential and industrial area following the end of World War II.
Pico Rivera is governed by a Council-Manager form of government. The voters of Pico Rivera elect a five-member City Council, which in turn appoints a City Manager to carry out its policies and serve as the administrative head of the city organization. As the City’s chief administrator, the City Manager is responsible for overseeing City employees who implement all of the City's programs, services and projects, with the exception of police, fire and library services, which are provided through contracts with the County of Los Angeles.
Within the City’s nine square miles, more than 120 acre...s are devoted to recreational uses, including just under 100 acres of local parks. Find out more information about City Parks and Other Recreational Facilities.
A variety of regional entertainment and sporting venues, along with beach and mountain areas, are located within easy driving distance. The local housing stock, seventy percent of which is owner-occupied, has been expanded in recent years with the addition of several newer housing developments.
Elementary and high school students in the community are served by the El Rancho Unified School District and Montebello Unified School District, with a number of universities and colleges in Los Angeles and Orange counties providing a range of opportunities for higher education.
Industrial and commercial uses continue to be attracted to Pico Rivera, thanks in large part to the easy access provided by three freeways, major railroads and the close proximity of world-class port and airport facilities.
Since its incorporation more than 50 years ago, the City has embraced progress while honoring its heritage. As the community looks forward to the next 50 years, several recent and pending projects will help ensure Pico Rivera continues to be a great place to live, work and play. These include the recently completed projects such as the Passons Boulevard railroad underpass project, the new Pico Rivera Library on Mines Avenue and the completion of the Parks Renovation project, which provided much-needed improvement and expansion of city parks and recreational facilities throughout the community.