5212 Engineer Principal (Civil)

Recruitment #TEX-5212-100725




in the Sierra Foothills approximately 140 miles east of San Francisco.


APPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary 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.

Who are we?
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.

PROJECT: Hetch Hetchy Renewal and Replacement (R&R) Project

The Hetch Hetchy Renewal and Replacement (R&R) Project will include inspection and repair of the San Joaquin Pipeline, mitigation of power transmission line safety clearances with buildings, wires and the ground, and improvements to Roads and Bridges. 


Under general direction of the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power (HHWP) Chief Engineer, the Principal Engineer will lead a team of SFPUC/HHWP staff, professional and technical engineering consultants and job order contractors to ensure successful execution and satisfactory completion and closeout of HHWP Programmatic and Maintenance projects. Key responsibilities include: providing project management leadership to manage projects from start to finish, including planning, design, construction by HHWP staff or job order contractors through closeout of the projects according to SFPUC policy and procedures; preparing and monitoring project budget, scope, and schedule; coordinating with HHWP internal departments and other agencies for regulatory and statutory compliance.

Essential functions:

1. Plans, directs and coordinates the design activities of a number of major sections engaged in complex engineering and/or architectural projects; reviews and approves plans, specifications, contract documents and related data for such projects; and advises subordinate personnel on policy and procedural matters relating to major work programs.

2. Establishes, prepares, manages, reviews and monitors organizational budget(s) to ensure that there is sufficient resources to complete programs and projects and takes corrective actions when necessary.

3. Establishes and evaluates organizational goals and objectives, assigns priorities, ensures the use of effective work plans and methods to achieve goals, ensures objectives are met within schedule, monitors progress, ensures the use of effective work plans and methods to achieve goals, evaluates the performance of the organization, and initiates changes in structure, policies, and procedures when needed to increase efficiency, quality, and customer service.

4. Plans, coordinates and directs the activities of professional engineering and/or architectural personnel with those of contractors, subcontractors, state and local agencies, and inspection and construction personnel with a view toward assuring that projects are completed in conformance with approved plans and specifications.

5. Supervises subordinate personnel, completes performance appraisals, and participates in the disciplinary process when necessary. Plans and evaluates staff performance, ensures effective use of personnel and resources, develops action plans to improve employee productivity and resolves morale problems.

6. Establishes design and construction standards applicable to the projects to serve as a guide for designers and builders; develops and directs the maintenance of time schedules for completion of design and construction phases of building projects; and develops standards and systems for estimates of construction costs in order to insure that projects remain within budgeted allotments.

7. Reviews and approves correspondence, reports, estimates and other material related to work programs, and determines if referral for final approval of superior is required; reviews and analyzes bids, and recommends award of contracts; certifies records of construction progress and work completion; and directs and coordinates the preparation of important construction records and reports.

8. Writes policies, procedures, correspondence, and evaluations and reviews and approves correspondence, technical reports, and budgetary documents for accuracy and conformance to the policies of the organization.

9. Conducts important negotiations with representatives of governmental, architectural and engineering agencies and with representatives of private architectural, engineering, and construction organizations.

10. Coordinates, interprets and enforces policies, techniques, methods and legal provisions relating to engineering and/or architectural related construction activities.

11. Confers and coordinates with operating division managers, other departments and state and local agencies on engineering and/or architectural projects and on operational problems; provides advice and consultation; and directs and is responsible for the execution of necessary actions.

12. Makes presentations to boards, organizations, and the public on engineering and/or architectural programs and projects, justifies budget requests, and responds to inquiries; and represents the City at conferences and other meetings to share information with and to learn from other organizations.

13. May drive a vehicle to meetings, conferences and work sites.

14. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Equal Employment OpportunityThe 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

Engineer Specialty:

1. Nine (9) years verifiable professional engineering (e.g. civil, mechanical, electrical, sanitary/chemical/environmental or transportation/traffic) work experience, of which six (6) years of that experience must be as a licensed professional engineer. Two (2) of the nine (9) years must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5211 Senior Engineer; AND

2. Possession of a valid California License as a Registered Civil Engineer.


1. Some positions in this classification 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, Instrumentation and Control Systems, Cost Estimating, Scheduling and Project Controls.

2. Some 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.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process.


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 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 Human Resources analyst, Tina Siu, by telephone at 415-554-2403, or by email at tisiu@sfwater.org.  


Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (Weight: Qualifying):

Applicants will be prompted to complete a Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the online application process. All applicants must complete the Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire and it must be submitted with the application by the final filing deadline. The information provided on the Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Minimum Qualifications 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

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.


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://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities
Veteran's Preference: Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#veteranspreference

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: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#copies
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

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: October 21, 2019
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID: TEX-5212-100725 | 01145099
PUC/TS 415-554-2403


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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