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Assistant City Engineer

By August 29, 2023

City of Loveland


Direct and coordinate the work of the Project Engineering Division, including Transportation Capital Projects, Street Rehabilitation and Construction Inspection, under the general supervision of the City Engineer. Assist with analysis and planning for all transportation needs of the City, considering costs, funding, schedule, location specific improvements including context sensitive elements, and the relationship of the improvements to the City’s overall transportation system.

The salary range for this position is $125,000- $157,700 per year with a hiring range of $125,000 – $150,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Position will close to applicants on: Monday, 9/11/2023 at 12:00 P.M. M.S.T.

The Assistant City Engineer is a City Leader who serves as a key member of the Public Works Leadership Team; translating the City’s strategic plan into action through development of policies, leadership, care of people, innovation, and resource allocation and management. The position directs department activities in fulfillment of the City’s Mission, Vision and Values. This position is also responsible for assessing and overseeing citywide Capital Improvement Project (CIP) work from a planning, budget, personnel, prioritization, and delivery perspective in order to ensure CIPs are completed on time and on budget. The ideal candidate will lead a high preforming team of engineers and construction managers, working cross-functionally at all levels of the organization to maintain and enhance the safety of the Loveland community through the built environment.


Prepare and oversee annual budget and long term plan for operations and capital expenditures for transportation and street rehabilitation related projects. Initiate and review purchase orders, check requests, monthly progress payments, monthly expenditures, and revenue reports.


Provide oral communication and represent Public Works Project Engineering with City Council, Planning Commission, other Boards and Commissions, affected property owners, contractors, consultants, general public and media related to assigned projects.


Compose a wide range of written communication ranging from memos and letters regarding citizen inquiries and complaints, to City Council agenda items, to detailed reports explaining complex programs and funding strategies.


Prepare and evaluate Requests for Proposals, interview and hire consultants to assist with transportation planning, street design, property acquisition and appraisal, surveying, aerial mapping, and pavement management.  Provide input for revisions to development and construction standards.


Primary areas of responsibility include:

Transportation Capital Projects: Manage conceptual, preliminary and final design of plans and specifications for various transportation projects, including all associated studies.  Prepare budgets for transportation capital projects.  Prepare Requests for Proposals, review received proposals, and participate in the selection of consultants. Administer professional agreements and review all stages of the design of capital improvement projects by consultants.  Meet and confer with consultants, utility companies, irrigation companies, citizens, and contractors regarding capital improvement projects.  Coordinate transportation capital improvement projects with other City departments.  Negotiate change orders with consultants.
Infrastructure Management: Coordinate with Staff for oversight and implementation of Pavement Management Program, including Annual Street Rehabilitation Program, and Bridge Maintenance Program.  Coordinate with Construction Inspectors for New Development, Annual Street Rehabilitation Program and Capital Projects.  Assure compliance to standard specifications and other requirements.  Assist with updates / changes to standards and specifications.  Oversee Right-of-Way Work Permits.
Construction Coordination: Prepare Contract and Bid Documents.  Manage the bidding process according to City policies and procedures.  Manage capital project construction to ensure budget, construction contract, and schedule compliance through City Staff and/or outside consultants.  Provide construction management for capital projects, coordinate the effort of construction inspectors, and provide limited field inspection to ensure that materials and construction methods are in compliance with plans and specifications.  Provide input to contractors regarding surveying and materials testing issues related to capital project construction.  Negotiate change orders with contractors and consultants.
Leadership:  Interviews, hires, trains and mentors employees: plans, assigns and directs work; appraises performance; rewards staff and ensures accountability; addresses concerns and resolves problems involving employees.

Considerable public contact requiring tactful and precise communication.  Interact with Public Works staff and other City staff to complete job responsibilities, promoting teamwork.



This position is responsible for supervision of City employee(s).


Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees: planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering related to transportation, traffic and construction, including field inspection.  Ability to independently solve problems, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.  Strong problem-solving skills to analyze complex planning, design and construction situations.   Analytical computer skills to be able to operate and/or understand related software programs including GIS and CAD programs.  Construction knowledge including: field inspection, field surveying, field layout, construction coordination, and an understanding of material testing including soil compaction testing, concrete and asphalt testing.


Understanding of the operation of municipal government and the interrelationship of various agencies and governments with the City regarding transportation.   Knowledge of business management – revenues, expenditures, budgeting, cost tracking, goal setting, delegation, evaluation, and communication.  Ability to assist in development of City Transportation Plan and long-term transportation capital improvement program.


Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with general public, media and others.  Knowledge of proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, arithmetic, and business English.  Ability to learn and apply technical terminology related to the Public Works Department.  Ability to compose reports and deliver presentations to groups with a variety of interests and size (from one to one hundred or more), with appropriate detail related to specific audience.  Ability to prepare agreements for professional services.  Ability to negotiate property acquisition.


Ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively with coworkers, private industry representatives, technical consultants and the general public.  Ability to handle difficult situations with patience and good judgment, especially under tight deadlines.  Ability to independently and creatively solve problems encountered during construction.


Understanding of the fundamentals of supervision and leadership.  Ability to create, promote and lead teams.  Capable of maintaining confidential information.  Strong interpersonal skills.  Strong organizational skills.


Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment.  Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.  Proficient computer skills.  Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access and computer programs preferred.


Core Competencies:

Accountability, Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness


Education and/or experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field.  Eight (8) years’ experience in civil engineering with a background in urban design, transportation planning, urban street and intersection design, and construction required.  Experience dealing with public and other agencies.  Experience exercising discretionary judgment between “intent” and “rules” to make decisions.  Experience supervising work groups that are diverse in job skills, training, and duties.  Experience developing, monitoring, and regulating operating and capital budgets.  Supervisory and/or management experience required.


Licensure and/or certifications:

Must possess a valid driver’s license.  Professional Engineer License registered in Colorado or ability to become registered in Colorado within one (1) year of hire date.


Material and equipment directly used:

Multi-line telephone, personal computer, printer, calculator, fax machine, copier, and communications equipment including pagers, cellular phones


Working conditions and physical requirements:

Typical office environment which includes sitting for extended periods of time and repetitive keyboard motion. Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, and transport objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Work is performed in both office and field environments and may involve exposure to dirt, dust, fumes and extreme weather conditions and exposure to noise levels that may cause strains on the body.  May be required to bend, push, pull, stoop and kneel to perform essential functions of the job.  May traverse uneven ground; work at various heights above ground or in confined spaces.  May be required to move and maneuver up to twenty (20) pounds.  Sufficient eyesight to judge distances and avoid construction hazards.  Ability to communicate and receive verbal instruction at distance of up to 75 feet.


Considered essential personnel required to report for duty as directed in response to community emergencies (e.g. natural disaster, fire, flood, blizzard, etc.).


This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

With over 300 days of sunshine, and just 30 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park in the heart of northern Colorado, Loveland is an ideal community for anyone to call home.  Known as the Sweetheart City, this vibrant cultural hub is home to nearly 500 sculptures and public art installations, the world-famous Valentine Remail Program, and picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains.  The community is bustling with a thriving arts, brewery, foodie and shopping scene.  Enjoy headliner concert and theatre productions, professional hockey events, endless community recreation and open space opportunities, art and sculpture shows, and several local festivals.  Loveland also boasts an award-winning golf course and an inclusive library and community center. Loveland, Colorado has EVERYTHING YOU LOVE!

In 2020, Loveland was the only Colorado City to win the Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, is the top residential recycling City in the state for 4 consecutive years and has been ranked as one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the U.S. and as one of the Most Idyllic Picturesque towns in America.

Apply today to join more than 800 employees who work to meet the core values of: Accountability & Integrity, Transparency & Honoring the Public Trust, Collaboration, Innovation, Safety, Excellent Service with Courtesy and Kindness.  The City of Loveland is a diverse and welcoming community organization and our employees enjoy a competitive benefits program, various opportunities for growth and development, and an exceptional work-life balance.

A vibrant community, surrounded by natural beauty, where you belong!

Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:

Two (2) medical plans, Dental, Vision (for self/ spouse/ children)
Employee Health & Wellness Center (self/family)
Paid vacation, holidays, and medical leave
Flexible spending including Dependent Care
Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term disability, and voluntary Critical Illness Coverage
Retirement 401a, 457, Roth (pre-& post tax) and company match
Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
Voluntary 529 College Invest program
Personal and Professional Development opportunities
Discounted recreation passes
Employee recognition program
Exceptional work-life balance
Market based pay & regular performance reviews
Local Government employment is eligible for Public Loan Forgiveness Program.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Loveland provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

The City of Loveland participates in E-Verify. In accordance with E-Verify requirements, upon your date of hire the City of Loveland will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. E-Verify Notice of Participation. Learn more about your right to work. Visit E-Verify.gov for more information.


A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.

Bachelors or better in Civil Engineering or related field.


Supervisory and/or management experience.
8 years: Experience in civil engineering with a background in urban design, transportation planning, urban street and intersection design, and construction.

Licenses & Certifications

Valid Driver’s License

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