Engineer Specialist - Wastewater Capital Projects at City and County of Denver in Denver, CO

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About Our Job

Wastewater Capital Projects Management (WCPM), a division of Public Works, is responsible for citywide planning, design, and construction of $35M+ annually in storm, sanitary, and water quality capital improvement projects through the Wastewater Enterprise Fund. WCPM coordinates with federal, state & local agencies, environmental organizations, developers, and community groups to ensure that the City's wastewater facilities serve our neighborhoods growing needs while meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements.

We take the many resources in our city and collaborate toward one common goal... the success and growth of our city.

This position is a unique opportunity to serve as a city expert on stormwater planning and local drainage issues. As Denver continues to develop at unprecedented rates, our vision around protecting neighborhoods from flooding requires a collaborative approach between the proposed infrastructure, communities, and urban design, in developing a range of solutions, policies and programs. This position will lead strategic stormwater planning initiatives, build key partnerships, and be a liaison to department officials, City Council, and community groups.

Here are the duties:

Perform project management work by managing, coordinating, and directing large, complex, multi-disciplinary storm drainage planning studies including project initiation, development, production/execution, and project coordination with city departments, elected officials, affected community and business organizations, and other internal/external stakeholders.

Confer with managers and other engineering professionals to discuss current objectives and problems regarding existing storm drainage programs, identify the existence and causes of inefficient engineering methods, practices, and applications, and make recommendations for appropriate corrective action, policy changes, and/or program improvement.

Determine the department's current and projected storm drainage needs through participation in strategic planning activities in conjunction with top level managers and other leaders in the department and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and programs.

Coordinate and prioritize complex storm drainage related programs/projects with other city departments, counties/jurisdictions, and other relevant agencies/parties and serve as a liaison for the department in order to negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.

Function as the city's technical subject matter expert in storm drainage planning, recommend alternative applications based on changing conditions or new developments in the field, and investigate the feasibility and cost of implementing updated engineering methods, techniques, and/or processes.

Prepare reports and make presentations to City Council and other stakeholders regarding programs/projects, policy, and planning issues, anticipates any repercussions, and responds to stakeholder concerns and questions.

Serve as a technical and/or subject matter expert and provide training and mentoring to other staff members in storm drainage planning, hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain management concepts, project design, and/or work program implementation.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering or other relevant branch of engineering and ten or more years of responsible engineering work related to stormwater, water quality, planning, design and/or management.
The ideal candidate must have a strong knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, drainage, and floodplain management concepts. A demonstrated interest and ability in maintaining technical proficiency. The ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other members of staff, officials, consultants, and the public. And high levels of both oral and written communication skills.

Education Requirement:
Baccalaureate Degree in Engineering or Architecture.

Experience Requirement:
Three years of experience at the type and level of a Senior Engineer or Senior Architect.
Education/Experience Equivalency:
Additional appropriate education may be substituted for one year of the minimum experience requirement.
Licensure and/or Certification:
Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers at the time of application. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) by another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement providing the applicant is registered by the State of Colorado by the completion of the probationary period.
Registration as an Architect by the Colorado State Board of Registration at time of application. Registration in another state will be accepted in lieu of this requirement, provided that the applicant have Colorado registration at completion of probation.
Possession of a valid driver's license at the time of application.

About Everything Else

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Classification Title: The official job classification title is Engineer Specialist
Offer Range: $100,000 - $130,000 Based on qualifications
Automatic pay deductions - healthcare insurance premium, 8% of gross pay to the retirement program, federal and state income tax, and Social Security
Agency: Public Works
Recruiter: LCW
Assessments / Testing: This position does not require testing.

Pre-employment Screening: An offer of employment is contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by law and City and County of Denver policies, including the successful completion of a background check. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and other verifications required for the position which may include, but are not limited to, employment and/or education verification, motor vehicle record check, drug test, and/or physical. The existence of a conviction does not automatically disqualify an individual from employment except where federal or state law or regulations prohibit employment of an individual with certain convictions. For more information about the selection and employment screening process, click here.

Probationary Period: This position may require the selected candidate to complete at least a six month probationary period prior to attaining career status with the City & County of Denver. For more information about the probationary period, click here.

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

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