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Chief Design Engineer
 
JOB CODE:101535
 
PAY GRADE:2330
 
SALARY RANGE:$68,941 - $95,431
 
LOCATION OF WORK
Department of Public Works
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of the Deputy Public Works Director of Engineering and Planning, performs responsible administrative and professional engineering work as a licensed professional engineer assisting in directing of Department of Public Works activities. Work involves responsibility for the efficient administration of all public works design engineering efforts; the supervision of technical, clerical, skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled personnel; financial stewardship of City-Parish funds; and representation of the department in a variety of public forums (e.g. Metro Council meetings). Work requires exceptional teamwork and the use of independent judgment within established policy guidelines. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Actively participates in the senior leadership team of Public Works to enhance operational efficiency, continually improve client services, and build the capability of the staff through workforce development programs. In this role, consults closely with the Deputy Public Works Director of Engineering and Planning and fellow senior leadership team members. Directly supervises design engineers in the areas of sewer, drainage, and streets; ensures staff understands and applies federal, state, and local codes and ordinances, which govern engineering design and construction. Directs the preparation of design plans, specifications and review; manages various projects with private engineers, architects, federal and state agencies; responsible for meeting operating budget and goals. As requested by the Deputy PW Director of Engineering and Planning, provides technical engineering advice to stakeholder groups (contractors, architects, engineers, developers, citizens, City-Parish government employees) regarding public works projects, clarifying the roles and responsibilities of Public Works and the processes/procedures for working with them. Provides project oversight of contractors' performance on assigned projects to ensure quality and provide financial stewardship of City-Parish funds. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent Public Works, including Metro Council meetings, public hearings, public outreach programs, and before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering, particularly as applied to municipal public works. Knowledge of the modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding professional engineering. Knowledge of applicable state, federal, and local laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the department. Skill in the use of a light motor vehicle. Ability to comprehend all types of construction, materials, methods, and stages of construction. Ability to effectively coordinate a variety of engineering and planning personnel, projects and programs. Ability to organize, plan, direct, and evaluate the work of others. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications and blueprints. Ability to manage public works projects. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, architects, contractors, and other interested parties. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in one of the recognized branches of engineering, and ten years experience in professional engineering (such as sewer, traffic, streets and/or drainage planning, and/or construction), including four years managerial experience (may include complex project management).
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience as recognized by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Possession of a license to practice professional engineering as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must maintain throughout employment in this position.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
None.
 
NOTE:
The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the job.