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Director of Engineering

Company: Government jobs
Location: Las Cruces
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary

The Director of Engineering is a safety sensitive position which is responsible for management and technical oversite of the District's Engineering department as well as providing assistance to the Treasurer/Manager and Management team of the District on all issues related to engineering, and performing related responsibilities as required.

The Director of Engineering is responsible to the District's Treasurer/Manager and charged with supporting the policies and procedures of the Board of Directors. Duties include primary management of the Engineering department, including supervision of the department personnel, providing engineering and managerial oversight of all department functions, maintaining land records, and close coordination with other departments as well as legal and technical consultants in advancing the District's mission. The Director of Engineering prepares and presents reports to the Board at the monthly District Board meetings, and other meetings as directed by the Treasurer/Manager.

Essential Duties

  • Conduct and oversee in-house engineering design, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, and analysis, conduct, and supervise engineering field work, surveying, and inspection of relevant construction work. Prepare design specifications and drawings for new construction and rehabilitation projects.
  • Provide supervision, oversight, training, professional development, and evaluation of Engineering department employees, including scheduling and tracking department projects, processes, and activities. Ensure compliance with Board and Personnel & Safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain District land records, including but not limited to District facilities and structures, property ownership, District water rights status, permits and licenses, historical maps, and other geospatial data.
  • Research and interpret legal descriptions from deeds, contracts, agreements, and all documents associated with District rights-of-way and coordinate survey of District property as needed.
  • Develop, track, and maintain annual and individual project budgets for the Engineering department in coordination with the Treasurer/Manager, Director of Finance, and other senior staff to achieve Board goals and objectives.
  • Seek, obtain, and manage external funding for District improvements in coordination with the Treasurer/Manager, Finance Director, and other senior staff to advance Board goals and objectives.
  • Prioritize and manage construction projects, including design development and/or review, construction management and inspection, engineering and construction documentation, and budgetary and schedule compliance.
  • Receive and review applications for water rights transfers and prepare and present analyses of applications to the Board. Conduct necessary field work to evaluate such applications.
  • Receive and review applications for all licenses and any other use of District properties, facilities, and/or rights-of-way, and prepare and present analyses of applications to the Board. Conduct necessary field work to evaluate such applications.
  • Coordinate closely with all departments in the District and legal, engineering, hydrologic and environmental consultants to carry out the mission of the District.
  • Prepare engineering reports as needed for multiple purposes including but not limited to project report, regulatory compliance, land records issues, District hydrology, infrastructure inventories and other relevant reports.
  • Coordinate response to Public Records requests for engineering and land records information.
  • Maintain GIS for the District's mission, including keeping data, system, and software current and high functioning.
  • Represent the District at various meetings and public functions as directed by the Treasurer/Manager.
  • Assist with emergency events by coordinating with District personnel and other entities to mitigate damage.
  • Coordinate all aspects of maintenance, reporting, rehabilitation, and hydraulic/hydrologic modeling of the District's flood control dams and related infrastructure.
  • Ensure compliance and enforcement of OSHA and District safety policies, including but not limited to investigating all engineering and construction accidents and coordination of all safety practices and certification requirements for the Engineering department with the Director of Human Resources & Safety.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the District's policies, rules, regulations and applicable laws.
  • Attendance during scheduled shift.
  • Responsible for knowing and abiding by all department and District policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as assigned.
  • Perform any other engineering-related tasks as directed by the Treasurer/Manager to fulfill the District's mission. Qualifications

    Must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, agricultural engineering or a related engineering discipline, and increasingly responsible experience with a minimum of five (5) years' experience in engineering, management, department budgets, and purchasing/procurement, including a minimum of three (3) years supervisory or management experience. Government sector employment or consulting to government organizations preferred. Experience working in farming, farm irrigation and/or irrigation systems is preferred. Prior experience with computers including surveying software, GIS, ArcMap, AutoCAD is required; prior experience with hydrology and hydraulics modeling required; experience with HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, and Flo2d is preferred.

    Education/Experience substitution: A combination of education, training and experience may qualify.

    Licenses/Certifications: Must have a valid driver's license. Advanced degrees in engineering a plus. Candidate must have a professional engineering (PE) license in New Mexico or be able to acquire or transfer within one (1) year of hire date. Surveying licensure and/or Project Management (PPM, CPM) or other equivalent certification is desirable.

    Other: Must pass post-offer, pre-employment drug screen, medical exam, and motor vehicle report in compliance with District insurance guidelines.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Must have principles, practices and theories of engineering applicable to land records, irrigation water flow distribution, and diversion; principles and practices of hydraulic/hydrologic engineering design and construction requirements of control structures, canals, ditches, headings, pumps and motors, and pipelines; knowledge and an understanding of the open channel and pipe flow irrigation systems; understanding of hydraulic principles and practices for pumping systems; familiarity with dam safety practices and regulations; principles and practices of organization, administration, budget and personnel management; use of computers and all associated software relevant to the execution of responsibilities; knowledge of general office practices and procedures. Knowledge of engineering surveys and designs; must be efficient in using level, transit, or theodolite to establish horizontal and vertical controls; ability to use Word, Excel, AutoCad, Power Point and Access computer software applications with proficiency; ability to use hand-held GPS and ArcView GIS or the ability to quickly learn is required.

    The ability to plan, coordinate, supervise and control through subordinates the necessary engineering requirements of the department. Maintain detailed records and prepare comprehensive reports; assess difficult problems associated with engineering department and operations in the field and provide sound recommendations for their resolution; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those connected in the course of work; communicate clearly and concisely, in English both orally and in writing; make sound decisions based on the proper interpretation of laws, regulations, and policies; plan organize, schedule and supervise the work of subordinates; maintain accurate records; demonstrate attention to detail; read, understand and interpret plans and specifications developed for various design and construction projects; maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.

    Self-motivated; able to start and complete projects and tasks timely and with minimal supervision; exercise independent judgment; self-directing and organized; reason objectively; assess, project and plan work activities on a daily and weekly basis; document concisely, accurately, and timely; handle a variety of duties which may be interrupted or changed by immediate circumstances. Must have general business knowledge, initiative, and the ability to supervise and communicate well with people; ability to work effectively with District members, the public, and with representatives of other businesses and agencies that interact with the District.

    Elephant Butte Irrigation District cares for its employees and offers a comprehensive and competitive range of benefits for them. Our regular employees enjoy:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance for Employee and Dependents
  • Short and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid Time Off - Annual (vacation), Sick and Holidays
  • Professional Development, includes tuition to accredited institutions
  • Pension Retirement through Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Deferred Compensation plans
    Certain benefits are subject to eligibility requirements, and benefits may be modified or terminated by management at any time.

    01 This position requires a current, valid, New Mexico driver's license, a clear motor vehicle report, and you must be insurable. Check all that apply.
    • Current, Valid, New Mexico Driver's License
    • Current, Valid Driver's License (other state)
    • Clear Motor Vehicle Report
    • Insurable

      02 Which of the following best represents your level of completed education. (Education details must be included in your application)
      • Master's Degree or above from an accredited college/university
      • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college/university
      • Associates Degree from an accredited college/university
      • Some College
      • HS Diploma/GED
      • None of the above

        03 Please enter the exact field of your Bachelor's degree and any other education.

        04 How many years of professional level management experience do you have in a government agency or another organization?
        • No Experience
        • 0 - 2 years
        • 2 - 5 years
        • 5 - 10 years
        • 10+ years

          05 Explain your computer knowledge and experience.

          06 Do you have experience in agriculture, farming or surface/ground water irrigation?
          • Yes
          • No

            07 If you answered 'yes' to the Agriculture, Farming or Irrigation Experience question, please list your detailed experience along with number of years.

            08 This is a full-time position during regular business hours: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm. The position requires work in the office and out in the field. Weather can be a condition of the position. Are you able to work this schedule?
            • Yes
            • No

              * Required Question

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