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Douglas County  4120
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Pay Range GC25


This classification serves as manager of engineering and construction division of the public works department and has management responsibility to plan, organize, direct and evaluate engineering functions. Incumbent supervises and coordinates the work of engineers, technicians and administrative assistants in the planning, design and construction of public works projects including streets and highways, bridges, buildings, major drainage facilities, solid waste facilities, industrial parks, recreational facilities, sewer and water systems and other assigned projects for Douglas County. Incumbent performs professional engineering duties in preparing plans and specifications for engineering projects. Incumbent may serve as department head in the absence of the director.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Manage the engineering and construction division which includes prepare and monitor division budget, contract administration, personnel recordkeeping functions. Establish, implement and interpret methods, policies and procedures to assist division personnel in the performance of their assigned duties.

2. Direct, supervise, assign work to, set priorities, monitor work of professional, technical and support staff and is involved in selecting , training and evaluating staff. Ensure performance of quality assurance and that State and Federal requirements are met. Assume responsibility for work performed within the division.

3. Evaluate project design options; perform computations or review computations of others to select methods and materials for project; determine priorities and budgetary requirements.

4. Prepare schedules, cost estimates and project alternatives; project correspondence; review project sites in the field.

5. Represent the department at meetings with other departments, other public and private agencies, advisory committees and the community relative to assigned projects; meet with public regarding complaints, problems and requests for information.

6. Prepare agreements, feasibility studies, special reports and other documents for project evaluation and implementation.

7. Review plans and specifications submitted by private engineers and consultants to assure compliance to standards and conformance with County policy and procedure.

8. Develop project design standards and standards drawings and recommend County ordinances for implementation.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering; thorough knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to design and construction of public works facilities; thorough knowledge of construction techniques used in public works facilities; thorough knowledge of business management, personnel management, budget and fiscal management to develop, implement and manage division programs. Skill in: Planning projects and developing work programs; designing projects involving principals of structural engineering, materials, soil mechanics, hydrology, hydraulics, traffic engineering and related engineering fields. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise and lead support staff; prepare comprehensive reports, designs, cost estimates, correspondence and budget information; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, Federal and State agencies, other agencies, committees, advisory boards, contractors, engineers, vendors and the public; and ability to operate equipment used in surveying.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering with major coursework in civil engineering and six years experience in civil engineering which includes two years management or supervisory experience OR any satisfactory combination of coursework, experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver's license.

At time of appointment, must possess registration as a professional civil engineer and/or land surveyor with the State of Oregon.


This classification works with policy guidance from the public works director. Responsibilities are fulfilled under broad policy guidelines provided by a results oriented department head.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, federal, state and local statutes, rules, regulations, codes and standards; professional civil engineering and land surveying. Incumbent uses seasoned judgment in interpreting and determining appropriate guidelines. As division manager, is involved in establishing and maintaining department policies and procedures.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is generally performed in an office environment with occasional field investigation; may involve climbing at construction sites, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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