The City of Mesa’s Assistant City Engineer works alongside a second Assistant City Engineer, both reporting to the City Engineer. Together they supervise the department in planning, organizing, and directing the efficient development and construction of the community’s public works projects. The position manages operations through the direct supervision of a Deputy Engineer within the Construction division and indirect supervision over the department’s Design division. This includes developing divisional policies and procedures, and short- and long-term objectives; helping prepare the five-year capital improvement plan and annual budget; analyzing and making recommendations regarding the design and construction of City projects (responsibilities between design and construction will vary in order to develop well-rounded knowledge and experience); reviewing blueprints, schematic drawings, and layouts to ensure compliance with specifications and other local, state, and federal requirements; and inspecting and evaluating work. The Assistant City Engineer also represents the department to others within the organization, including providing reports and project schedules to City leaders, and represents the City to other communities, outside agencies, and Mesa residents and business owners. Additionally, it assumes the duties and responsibilities of the City Engineer in their absence, as needed.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary and engaging servant-leader with the diversity of skills and knowledge to succeed in helping manage the infrastructure of the country’s 35th largest community. With projects ranging from the standard water, wastewater, and street improvements to gas and electric utilities, park investments, and an airport, Mesa’s next Assistant City Engineer will need a well-rounded resume with a solid understanding of City finances and expertise managing projects from conception to completion, including design, overseeing consultants, and construction. They should have both design and field experience, knowledge of development as well as project delivery methods, and the ability to prioritize and create projects with a focus on what is best for the City now and in the future. Mesa is also looking for a strong communicator, someone who is comfortable discussing and presenting projects to a wide variety of audiences, and representing the organization to neighboring municipalities and internal and external clients and stakeholders. As a manager and leader, the ideal candidate will be collaborative and approachable, open to new ideas, and experienced in building consensus both within the organization and in partnership with elected leaders and the public. They should also be passionate about staff development, skilled in training, mentoring, and motivating their team members while building an environment of trust, empowerment, accountability, and mutual respect.
This position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field. Extensive (5+ years) administrative a nd supervisory experience in the civil engineering or architectural field is also required, along with experience planning and directing difficult projects and supervising the work of professional engineer and/or architectural staff. Must be registered as a Professional Civil Engineer by hire date. Registration in the State of Arizona is required within six months of hire date. T he chosen candidate must possess a valid Arizona Class D driver's license by hire or promotion date.
The City of Mesa Engineering Department oversees the design and construction of all City infrastructure projects; acquires and manages City property; coordinates with developers, contractors, utility providers, and other third-party entities to ensure infrastructure is built to City standards; and resolves customer concerns to improve the quality of life for Mesa citizens. The department uses both City staff and private consultants to perform project design, contract administration, materials testing, and inspection of City projects as well as work done in the public right-of-way by private developers. It also manages a robust public outreach program to keep citizens, businesses, and the media updated on the progress of City infrastructure projects. It is the department’s goal to see that projects are delivered correctly, on time, and within budget. The Engineering Department operates with 103 employees and an annual departmental budget of about $7 million. Its team is managing approximately 230 capital improvement projects at present, including the Greenfield Wastewater Reclamation Plant expansion, Northeast Public Safety Facility, Red Mountain Park expans...ion, Phase II of Mesa Drive, and Mesa City Center’s incoming Arizona State University (ASU) campus, a joint project between the City and ASU.