5211 Senior Engineer (Civil)

Recruitment #PEX-5211-108824


4/1/2021 - This announcement has been reopened to expand the applicant pool.


This position is located in Moccasin, CA, which is located in the Sierra Foothills, approximately 150 miles/ 2.5 hours east of San Francisco.

APPOINTMENT TYPE - Permanent Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer. The duration of the appointment shall not exceed 36 months.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.


The 5211 Senior Civil Engineer will manage the Hydropower Civil Engineering Department Management Plan & Implementation project. The 5211 Senior Civil Engineer is required to maintain a high degree of technical competency within the hydropower discipline and will manage HHWP’s civil engineering team to execute critical civil engineering tasks. Hetch Hetchy Water & Power (HHWP) is responsible for a diverse set of water and power assets that require civil engineering expertise to maintain and operate. This system nearly spans the width of California, which will require heavy civil engineering knowledge in dams, tunnels, penstocks, roads, bridges, power transmission towers, and large diameter pipelines. As the Civil Engineering Department Supervisor, the 5211 Senior Civil Engineer is responsible to supervise a team of 5 to 8 civil engineers of varying experience levels, which includes organizing work, performing quality control tasks, writing correspondence to regulators, coordinating with other technical departments, and completing performance reviews.

Under general administrative direction, manages and directs the activities of professional and technical engineering, architecture and/or landscape architecture personnel performing highly technical and administrative functions in connection with the design, construction, operation and maintenance of projects and systems; supervises and/or directs subordinates in the preparation of designs, drawings, specifications and cost estimates for a variety of engineering, architectural and/or landscape architectural design and construction projects and/or construction inspection or personnel engaged in the most difficult and responsible professional engineering, architectural and/or landscape architectural work in the field and office.

Essential functions:

  1. Directs, supervises and coordinates the design of complex engineering/architecture/landscape architecture projects, ensuring that codes, standards, and project requirements are met; plans and develops projects, budgets and staff for a wide variety of design activities.
  2. Interviews, selects, trains, monitors, and evaluates departmental staff and consultants to ensure that work methods and work flow are effective; assures that written performance goals and objectives are prepared for employees; monitors the work of and evaluates, counsels and disciplines subordinate staff as necessary; and reviews and approves technical training programs for staff.
  3. Plans, organizes and directs the administration and management of contracts; reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations for and/or approves contracts, contract modifications, specifications, related documents, and the settlement of claims.
  4. Directs, supervises and reviews the preparation of complex construction contract and construction documents by establishing priorities, assigning tasks, allocating resources and monitoring progress to assure quality and cost effective performance of design work. Prepares and supervises the preparation of difficult and complex design drawings, specifications, and quantity and cost estimates.
  5. Establishes and implements departmental policies, procedures and administrative directives in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances, codes, standards, rules, regulations, and legislative policies and procedures by interpreting, explaining, monitoring, and evaluating the functional activities of the organization.
  6. Manages projects through planning, scheduling and monitoring critical milestones to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  7. Directs, reviews and supervises the review of shop drawings by contractors and other work of professional consulting firms employed to design various projects. Checks and reviews specifications, estimates and computations prepared by consultants and subordinate staff members.
  8. Supervises field inspection staff working on projects under construction and proposed projects to assure conformance with plans and specifications and initiates new projects. May participate in field inspections when necessary.
  9. Coordinates all activities between a unit and other sections, bureaus, departments, outside agencies, and consultants and/or contractors.
  10. Consults with technical staff, public officials, and others to resolve differences among professional personnel; identifies problems, develops and compares alternatives and makes decisions or recommendations for effective problem resolution.
  11. Conducts meetings and makes presentations to Boards, Commissions, committees, approval agencies, staff and the general public for the purpose of providing accurate information, explaining policies, and providing recommendations and/or solutions.
  12. Represents the City and consults with government officials, business and civic organizations in connection with specific departmental issues.
  13. Writes, and/or reviews and approves letters, reports, memos, recommendations, routine correspondence and other documents.
  14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Minimum Qualifications

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

Any combination of education, training and experience that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain this would be:

Engineering Specialty:

  1. Seven (7) years of verifiable professional engineering (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, sanitary/chemical/environmental, or transportation /traffic) work experience of which four (4) years of that experience must be as a licensed professional engineer. Two (2) of the seven (7) years must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5241 Engineer in the specialty you are applying for; AND
  2. Requires possession of a baccalaureate degree with major course work in engineering, architecture and/or landscape architecture.


  • A Master's Degree in Engineering, Architecture or Landscape Architecture may substitute for one-year work experience.
  • A Ph. D. in Engineering, Architecture or Landscape Architecture may substitute for two years work experience.

All positions require possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer, Architect or Landscape Architect in the State of California.

Most positions require a valid driver's license.


  • Civil Engineering


Engineering Specialty: Engineering certification must be in one of the following disciplines: Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Environmental, or Transportation (Traffic). A Grade Four Certificate in Water/Wastewater Treatment Operation (CA) may substitute for one year of non-licensed work experience in the Sanitary specialty. Some engineering positions may require possession of a certificate issued by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), International Code Council (ICC) or an equivalent certifying body.

Some positions may require additional special engineering licensing and/or work experience in areas such as Construction Management, Structural Design, Corrosion, Fire Protection, Geo-technical Engineering, Environmental, or Instrumentation and Control Systems. Additional specialty areas may be determined at a later time.


Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included in the “Education” and “Training and Employment Record” sections of the City and County of San Francisco online application by the filing deadline. A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application and will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Verification of required work experience typically must be on the employer’s letterhead, and must include the applicant’s name, job title, description of job duties, dates of employment, hours per week, and signature of the employer, supervisor, or appropriate representative. 

Employees of the City and County of San Francisco may submit performance evaluations showing duties performed to verify qualifying City experience. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. CCSF employees will not receive credit for experience obtained outside of their classification unless recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Rule 110.9.1/111A.11.2. 

Experience claimed in self-employment will only be accepted if supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to minimum qualifications above. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupation and total earnings must be submitted.     

Verification of required valid licensure/certification typically must be a photocopy of the license/certificate including the name of the issuing agency as well as the name of the license/certificate holder, license/certificate number, and expiration date.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process.

Visit http://www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

• Select the desired job announcement
• Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
• Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
• Follow instructions on the screen

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

We communicate by e-mail.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org). Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Word of advice:

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may result in lower scores. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Tina Siu, by email at jobs@sfwater.org.

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - Qualifying)

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process.  Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. 

Conviction History

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you were given a conditional offer of employment. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

· Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

· Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20

Copies of Application Documents: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies  

Right to Work: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#identification. All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: February 16, 2021 (closed March 30, 2021)

Reissued: April 1, 2021
Carol Isen, Acting Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: PEX-5211-108824 (01123204)
PUC/TS (415) 554-2404


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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