Project Engineering Manager

Agency Alameda County Water District



                       ALAMEDA COUNTY WATER DISTRICT



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                                    Project Engineering Manager


                                    Final Filing Date: Open Until Filled

The Position: The District is seeking an experienced manager with outstanding skills and a collaborative approach to serve as the manager of the District’s Capital Improvement Program and Project Engineering Division.  Under general direction from the Manager of Engineering and Technology Services, this middle-management position will effectively and proactively manage and direct the planning, development and implementation of the District’s Capital Improvement Program; monitor, evaluate, guide and support Project Engineering supervisors and staff in the execution of engineering project management work for major capital improvements and facility upgrades; collaborate extensively with internal and external stakeholders representing the District on a variety of issues; and perform other related work as required.

Salary:  The annual salary range for the Project Engineering Manager is: $152,344-$185,181 plus benefits

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Possess extensive experience and knowledge in the planning, development and administration of a Capital Improvement Program including budgeting, tracking and reporting, and capital project delivery from planning through construction, with a deep understanding of the principles, practices, concepts, and codes and standards of engineering design, estimating, contracting and construction of a variety public works including water production, storage, transmission, and distribution infrastructure;
  • Possess a thorough understanding and significant experience with environmental evaluations under CEQA and NEPA as well as the requirements of environmental regulatory agencies, both state and federal, including but not limited to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, etc.;
  • Exhibit the ability to effectively negotiate to resolve sensitive, controversial and other challenging issues;
  • Demonstrate expertise and proficiency in identifying, securing and managing external grant funding;
  • Demonstrate a proven leadership approach and excellent management skills to support, motivate and mentor a team of effective engineering professionals with a wide range of experience, skills and specialties;
  • Demonstrate initiative and be a self-starter, with strong program management skills and a proactive approach to addressing issues and finding creative solutions;
  • Be a collaborative team player with demonstrated abilities to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with internal and external stakeholder, other agencies, organizations and groups to represent the District’s interests in an effective and positive manner; and
  • Possess exceptional knowledge, skills and abilities related to the items listed in those categories below.

Education and ExperienceAny combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be: Possession of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in engineering and five years of full time professional engineering experience, at least two of which was in a supervisory or administrative capacity equivalent to an Engineering Supervisor II.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record and   California State Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer.

Thorough Knowledge of: Engineering principles, practices and methods, particularly as applied to water utilities; engineering economics including cost/benefit analyses and alternatives analyses; federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the construction and operation of water facilities, water treatment processes, environmental regulations, and workplace safety; engineering project management methods and techniques; budget administration, principles of employee supervision and personnel management.  Skill in: Using a personal computer.

Skill and Ability to: Plan, organize and direct an effective project engineering program; apply engineering principles and techniques to the solution of engineering problems; review alternative engineering processes and calculate life cycle costs; prepare engineering specifications, requests for proposals, contract documents, and design drawings; plan, assign and supervise the work of subordinate staff; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; present technical information to non-technical audiences; maintain detailed and accurate records; prepare clear and concise written reports; establish and maintain good working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


Application materials which include a supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online at This position is open until filled; the recruitment will close once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.


About The District


The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) is a special purpose public agency which provides drinking water to over 330,000 people in the cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City (greater San Francisco Bay Area). ACWD supplies and treats water from three sources: 1) State Project water via the South Bay Aqueduct, 2) Hetch Hetchy water and treated local water purchased from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and 3) groundwater from an aquifer recharged by both natural runoff and imported water flows. Annual average demand is 35 million gallons per day. ACWD has a staff of 232 employees and a budget of approximately $97 million. The District is headquartered in Fremont, CA. For further District information, see our website at




Employee Benefits




Health Insurance: Coverage is provided through the CalPERS Health program. Employees contribute 1.0% of salary toward the cost of their medical benefits. Under the Cafeteria Plan, employees will receive a flex dollar allowance to purchase healthcare coverage, and qualifying voluntary products.

Dental and Vision: Coverage for the employee and eligible dependents is fully paid by the District.

Retirement: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) benefit depends on whether the employee is a “new” member or “classic” member under state law.

Classic member: Employee who is a member of PERS or reciprocal agency within six months of hire at ACWD. 2.5% @ 55 with 8% employee contribution. $5000 Retired Death Benefit, 3% Annual Cost-of-Living Allowance Increase, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance to Continue After Remarriage, Pre-Retirement Death Benefits to Continue After Remarriage of Survivor, Additional Opportunity to Elect 1959 Survivor Benefits, 1959 Survivor Benefit Level 4, Unused Sick Leave Credit, Public Service Credit for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, or AmeriCorps Service, Military Service Credit as Public Service, Final Compensation 1 Year, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, Prior Service.

New member: Employees hired after 12/31/12 that were not members of PERS or a reciprocal agency within the last six months of hire at ACWD.  2% @ 62 with 7% employee contribution.  $5000 Retired Death Benefit, 1959 Survivor Benefit Level 4, 3% Annual Cost-of-Living Allowance Increase, Additional Opportunity to Elect 1959 Survivor Benefits, Final Compensation 3 Years, Military Service Credit as Public Service, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance, Post-Retirement Survivor Allowance to Continue After Remarriage, Pre-Retirement Death Benefits to Continue After Remarriage of Survivor, Pre-Retirement Option 2W Death Benefit, Prior Service, Public Service Credit for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, or AmeriCorps Service, Unused Sick Leave Credit.

Social Security/Medicare: The District does not participate in Social Security, but provides a 1.45% matching Medicare contribution.

Retiree Health Benefits: Coverage is provided through the CalPERS Health program. The District’s contribution for retiree coverage shall be the PEMHCA minimum contribution as determined by CalPERS on an annual basis. Please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding for various eligibility and plan details.

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2019 will receive a defined-contribution benefit into a retiree health savings account.

Life Insurance: The District provides you with Basic Life Insurance and Basic AD&D Insurance of one and one half times your annual salary to a maximum of $250,000. There is no cost to employee for this insurance.

Long Term Disability: The District provides you with Long Term Disability Income Insurance of 66 2/3% of monthly earnings with a maximum monthly benefit of $15,000.

Short Term Disability: Coverage is provided through the District for employees working more than 20 hours per week at 66 2/3% of base weekly earnings for the first 12 weeks up to a weekly benefit maximum of $2,350.

Deferred Compensation: Optional deferred income plans allowing tax sheltering of current income and payment later as supplemental retirement income. The District pays a match of up to $1,750 per year to the employee’s 401(a).

Vacation: 10 days first year, increasing to 25 days after 20 years

Holidays: 11 days per year

Sick Leave: 12 days per year

Management Leave: 80 hours to 96 hours of Management Leave per calendar year (depending on classification).

Employee Assistance Program: Up to 6 sessions for employees and family members for professional consultation and short-term counseling for personal problems.

Tuition Reimbursement: The District will reimburse 100% of the total tuition and textbook costs incurred in taking courses outside of normal working hours related to District employment up to an annual maximum of $5,250.



Employment Information


  1. Employment offers are normally made following the conduct of a reference check and are always contingent upon successful completion of a job-related pre-employment physical exam, which may include a drug screen, as well as a security background These exams are administered by the District at no cost to the applicant. All District employees are subject to the District’s drug and alcohol policies.


  1. Employment is made contingent upon verification of identity and legal right to work in the S.A. pursuant to federal law, and the signing of a loyalty oath pursuant to state law.



Note: The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract                                         M/C/P

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