Managing Engineer (Capital Project Delivery and Asset Management Program)


City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department


505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas

Job Description

This position reports directly to the Department Director of the Watershed Protection Department (WPD). The Managing Engineer will provide programmatic oversight and management of the WPD capital project delivery process, programmatic oversight and management of the WPD in-house small project delivery process, and oversight of the Department’s Asset Management program. These functions span the Department’s three primary missions (flood risk reduction, stream restoration, and water quality protection) and require a high-degree of integration with business and service delivery processes across all parts of the organization, as well as with other City processes and departments.

Essential functions and duties specific to this position:
1. Implement and manage a programmatic approach to accelerate and improve deliver of large capital improvement projects, smaller in-house projects, and the Department’s Asset Management program. This will require a high degree of collaboration across the department with executives and senior managers, as well as with other City departments.
2. Develop and oversee the implementation of a rigorous QA/QC program for all capital improvement projects and for smaller in-house projects. Perform QA/QC and/or delegate as appropriate.
3. Perform special investigations and evaluations as assigned by the Department Director, and in collaboration as needed with internal and external stakeholders, to identify the causes or sources of an identified problem(s), concern, or complaint and recommend actions to resolve or mitigate the issue.
4. Assist, mentor, and coach internal capital project sponsors and in-house project design teams with project management processes and procedures.
5. Assist internal capital project sponsors and in-house design teams with inter-departmental processes and procedures (e.g. permitting, procurement, utility conflicts, etc.).
6. Undertake or oversee special projects as assigned to support the development and implementation of new policies or departmental initiatives (e.g., update of the City of Austin Drainage Criteria Manual).
7. Participate with other internal staff (e.g., Finance) with analyses of existing business processes and practices related to capital project delivery and evaluation and recommendation of process improvements.

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Engineering, or in a field related to the job, eight (8) years experience in engineering, six (6) years of work experience must be acquired after licensing as a professional engineer and four (4) years of which were in a supervisory capacity
• A Masters Degree will substitute for up to one (1) year of work experience
• PhD degree will substitute for up to two (2) years of work experience


Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas

Job Requirements


Ten (10) or more years of progressively advanced experience in civil/environmental engineering after licensing as a professional engineer, including the management and oversight of senior level engineering staff.

Masters or PhD degree in civil or environmental engineering preferred.

Extensive knowledge of and experience with capital project delivery processes – feasibility evaluation, preliminary engineering, engineering design, quality assurance/control, permitting, construction bid document preparation, and construction management.

Experience using common program and project management tools for work flow definition, resource-loaded scheduling, change control, record-keeping, etc.

Knowledge of the various types of capital projects included in the Department’s Capital Improvement Plan (e.g., creek flood risk reduction, storm drain system improvements, open channel stormwater conveyance, stream channel stabilization and restoration, stormwater detention, and stormwater treatment).

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Certification as a Project Management Professional (PM) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).


Commensurate with experience

Contact Information

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