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Employer: City of Derby
Job Title: City Engineer
Salary: $80000.00 Annually

Job Description:


50% Engineering Oversite and Direction                           

  • Responsible for overall project scheduling, direction, and development of city infrastructure projects.
  • Make recommendations on and develop cost estimates for projects to be included in the Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Conduct studies and make recommendations on traffic issues, changes in signage, speed limits and other engineering issues.
  • Oversee and approve new design standards and changes to existing standards and specifications.
  • Provide professional recommendations regarding planning and engineering issues to the Director of Planning & Engineering.
  • Perform the duties of the City Engineer as identified in municipal code and state statutes.
  • Gain required approvals from regulatory agencies for public improvement projects.
  • Recommend, program and conduct long-range planning and engineering studies.
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding city policies and regulations affecting land development, street, drainage and utility improvements.
  •  Act as city liaison on public improvements.

25% Administration and Supervision

  • Research and recommend new technology, products, and procedures.
  • Assist in developing and enforcing department policies and procedures, ensuring safety and efficiency.
  • Assist in developing department budget and authorize purchase requests for equipment and supplies needed for the department within budgetary guidelines.
  • Assist with development of long- and short-range goals, objectives, and action plans.
  • Prepare and review written reports with accuracy and timeliness.
  • Develop staff reports and make technical presentations to the City Council and other boards.
  • Maintain department records, provide leadership and supervision to staff and delegate projects and tasks.
  • Coach and mentor staff so they are able to assist the public with a range of items, including understanding city policies and regulations.
  • Provide on-the-job training and professional development opportunities to staff to ensure they keep up on developments in their fields.
  • Recommend employment-related decisions involving hiring, discipline, and all other status changes; develop performance expectations and evaluate employee performance.

25% Planning and Project Administration

  • Provide guidance and assist with review of site plans, drainage plans, access control and other items associated with planning approvals.
  • Provide guidance and assist with development and review of plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, and contract documents for bidding and construction of infrastructure projects.
  • Oversee project development to assure timely design, bidding and construction of engineering projects.

Continually looks for new and improved ways of completing the above functions.  Other tasks as assigned will be performed in order to address business needs.


Latitude:  Most duties are self-determined with substantial flexibility in scheduling and accomplishing tasks.  Problem solving requires advanced technical knowledge.  Decisions are frequently made independently based on city policy, and consultation with appropriate stakeholders is essential.  Makes purchasing decisions within budgetary limitation and purchasing policies.  Involves appropriate city staff when making employment related recommendations.  Makes recommendations to the department director for contractual commitments.

Interaction:  Daily interaction with employees throughout the organization, general public, and contractors.  Frequent interaction with city boards, vendors, city council, and outside agencies including municipal, county, state, and federal agencies.


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, required.
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer by the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, required.
  • Seven years progressive engineering experience, required.
  • Municipal engineering experience, preferred.
  • Two years progressive supervisory experience, preferred.
  • Valid Kansas driver’s license, and driving record must meet commercial liability insurance requirements.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of organization management, personnel, and financial administration in the design and implementation of engineering projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of civil engineering as applied to traffic operations, stormwater management, sidewalk and street construction, and water and wastewater operational facilities.
  • Skill in solving problems and making decisions independently and in a team environment.
  • Skill in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to develop long-term plans and programs.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports, estimates, and construction and cost records.
  • Ability to operate office-related equipment, including ability to access and retrieve information from various computer software programs.
  • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public and to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.

Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:  Occasional exposure to adverse weather conditions and hazardous situations.  Occasional carrying and lifting of 30 pounds.  Occasional bending, squatting, and twisting.  Frequent use of manual dexterity and visualization of a computer screen throughout the day.  Occasional evening City Council and board meetings.

Vacancy Number: 03012019D

Open Date: 3/1/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: