Overview: Are you a civil engineer with experience managing public works projects through planning, design and construction? Valley Water’s Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project (PREP) continues to develop through planning, environmental impact analysis, engineering design, and permitting with construction anticipated to begin in late 2024. This Senior Engineer position will be the Project Manager of the PREP in charge of managing the project, its consultant contracts, and eventually construction contracts. The PREP includes expanding the existing Pacheco Reservoir with new construction of a dam upstream of the existing dam, a spillway structure, inlet/outlet works, pipelines, a pump station, roads, power supply, and associated improvements.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Communicate daily with consultants, contractors, staff, regulatory agencies, property owners, and other stakeholders to advance project activities on time and within budget.
Coordinate and review work by consultants and staff to provide engineering/technical/economical judgment and ensure quality.
Manage the project including the consultants and contractors, CIP budget, schedule, permits, field activities, consultant/contractor procurement, construction, and project objectives to ensure work is completed in compliance with contract documents, health and safety and environmental requirements including regulatory permit requirements, and legal statutes (such as subcontracting, stop notices, labor compliance, retention, and utility protection); evaluates and determines consultant/contractor default, termination, and/or suspension of work.
Represent the project in meetings to Board of Directors, regulatory agencies, non-government organizations, and the public.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Six (6) years or more of professional engineering experience including experience managing public works projects from planning and design through construction phase.
Two (2) years or more of lead experience.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Deliver complex, technical, and sensitive engineering studies and projects in an independent and cooperative manner.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, evaluate project consequences of proposed actions, implement recommendations in support of goals, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
Represent Valley Water with other public agencies, private organizations, elected officials, regulatory agencies, special interest groups, and the public.
Read and interpret engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and contract documents.
Coach, mentor and teach employees with the purpose of transferring knowledge and skill.
Combine technical expertise with political, policy, and legal knowledge to advance Valley Water projects.
Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing and to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of project management as applied to the planning, design, cost estimating, contract management, construction, installation, and inspection of a wide variety of facilities and water infrastructure.
Principles, practices, concepts, theories, methods, and materials of construction management, geotechnical engineering, geotechnical construction, soil mechanics, foundation engineering, and geology.
Practices of researching complex issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations with specific emphasis on geotechnical engineering, dam safety, pipeline engineering, public works construction, and water infrastructure.
Principles and practices of civil and pipeline engineering design such as fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, structural engineering, operations, and maintenance.
Engineering mathematics, economics, and statistical analysis.
Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or a related field.
Possess and maintain a valid license as a Professional Engineer issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
Professional Geotechnical Engineer license issued by the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is a plus.
Internal Number: 01168-E
About Santa Clara Valley Water District
With headquarters in San José, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways, and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community.
Valley Water effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams. Valley Water provides wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to nearly 2 million people in Santa Clara County that stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.
As a public agency with an operating and capital budget of $610 million, and over 850 employees, Valley Water is committed to being transparent and accountable with regard to its operations and business practices.