5203 Assistant Engineer

Recruitment #TEX-5203-093469


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary-Exempt.   The General Services Agency Department of Public Works has an opening for an exempt appointment in San Francisco.  The position is excluded by the Charter from competitive civil service examination process.  The successful candidate shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.  This position has an anticipated duration of up to three (3) years.   

Citywide Development Agreement Implementation:  This combined large-scale development portfolio of over 20 development projects includes the construction of affordable housing, replacement rent controlled housing units, open space, transportation and streetscape improvements, historic rehabilitation, and manufacturing space. Departments involved with various aspects of the implementation of these Development Agreements include, but are not limited to, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Treasure Island Development Authority, Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, Municipal Transportation Agency, Recreation and Parks Department, City Attorney's Office and the Fire Department. This Phase of the Citywide Development Agreement Implementation Project is scheduled to create over 12,000 new housing units associated with this large-scale development portfolio by FY 2020- 2021.

JOB DESCRIPTION:    Under general direction, performs engineering and construction management work of intermediate difficulty in the field and office following established engineering standards, methods and procedures; conducts administrative work and makes periodic field inspections of construction projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites; prepares or assists In the preparation of reports, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules and progress payments; prepares or assists in the preparation of departmental reports and reports concerning field conditions and the progress of projects; provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors and the general public; assists in field investigations for projects and citizen inquiries and requests; prepares correspondence and minutes; coordinates with other City Agencies to ensure that contract documents comply with the latest regulations and codes; may be assigned as Resident Engineer for construction projects.

This position will provide oversight and performance of construction inspection work for Construction Management.  Duties include, but not limited to the following: 

  • Prepares and/or assists in preparing studies, designs, drawings, sketches and plans using software tools;
  • Makes regular field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes;
  • Checks and records work progress at various construction sites;
  • Prepares or assist in preparation of reports, contract specifications, llsts of materials, cost estimates, schedules and progress payments;
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of reports concerning field conditions, progress of projects and other matters;
  • Provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries from other agencies, contractors and the general public;
  • Prepares correspondence and minutes
  • May direct activities of technical and/or clerical staff;
  • Assists the Resident Engineer with training and performance evaluation of staff;
  • Assists the Resident Engineer with the preparation and maintenance of project documentation and controls including daily reports, force accounts, materials testing and other construction records for complex construction projects;
  • Participates in planning, preconstruction, coordination, progress, scheduling and field staff meetings;
  • Compiles and assembles plans, specifications, submittals, shop drawings, change orders, constructability reviews and contract closeout records for the Resident Engineer's review.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

a. Possession of a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from an engineering program with a major in Civil Engineering

b. One (1) year of verifiable professional engineering experience performing at least three of the following tasks:
a. Preparing or assisting in preparing studies, designs, drawings, sketches, and plans using AutoCAD and other software tools
b. Collecting data to assess project needs and define project scope through site visits, surveying, review of existing documents, reports, drawing and manuals, performing measurements, collecting samples, or/and interviews with the stakeholders.
c. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of contract specifications, lists of materials, cost estimates, schedules, and progress payments.
d. Preparing or assisting in the preparation of engineering reports and reports concerning field conditions, the progress of projects, the results of studies, and other matters.
e. Conducting data analyses and mathematical calculations, in order to determine type or size of material or equipment.
f. Conducting routine field inspections of construction and repair projects in progress to ensure conformance with plans, specifications and codes; checks and records work progress at various construction sites.

Note: Internships, drafting experience and student design work do not qualify as professional engineering experience.


c. Possession of a valid Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).


2. Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license in Civil Engineering from the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. 


3. Possession and maintenance of valid California Drivers License.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a cover letter, current resume, and verification with the online CCSF application.   Resume, cover letter, verification, and copy of Driver's license are REQUIRED at the time of filing and must be attached to the online application.  Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed documents/applications will not be accepted.       

1.  To submit a RESUME using the online application:

  • Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
  • Follow instructions given on screen     

2.  To submit a COVER LETTER using the online application:  

  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on screen     

3.  To submit VERIFICATION using the online application:

  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on screen    

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

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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.

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 lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Marlo Thomas, by telephone at 415.554.4824, or by email at marlo.thomas@sfdpw.org.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the interview process. 

VERIFICATION:  All applicants must submit verification of the required education and/or work experience including copies of required certificates and licenses.  City employees who meet all the qualifications based solely on employment with the City and County of San Francisco do not need to provide verification of qualifying experience. However, City employees whose qualifying experience is based on outside employment must submit verification of such an employment.  

Verification of journey level experience must be on employers' business letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties (specifically the duties that meet the minimum qualifications), dates of service, and must be signed by the employer or the employer's authorized representative. City and County employees may 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.  

Verification requirement may be waived if verifications are impossible to obtain. Applicants who cannot obtain the required verification, if impossible to obtain by the deadline date may request a waiver of the experience verification requirement. To request a waiver, the applicant must submit a separate signed statement (in the form of a formal letter – there is not a form) explaining the reason why verification cannot be obtained. Waivers are NOT automatically granted. Request for waivers will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  

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.  Failure to provide the required verification or request for waiver may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, 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 are a selected candidate. 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 are a selected candidate, 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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
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:  April 5, 2019
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5203-093469
GSA Public Works / mt / 554.6000


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.

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