Under the general direction of the City Manager, provides direction, coordination and oversight for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) as it relates to development issues. Ensures that public improvements are constructed in accordance with State laws and accepted Engineering standards while minimizing risk to the public. Manages the public’s resources responsibly.
Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities:
• Works closely with the City Manager, Planning department and Parks department to review and integrate sustainable and environmentally sound improvements when possible to capital improvement projects for the City of West Des Moines.
• Coordinates advance level engineering efforts associated with the Development Review Process.
• Plans, develops and implements the design and construction of public improvements in the CIP. Provides oversight to the CIP for the City, within the approved budget. This includes designing or contracting for design, overseeing contracts for services, writing recommendations and public information packets, facilitating public information meetings, notifying interested persons on activities, negotiating for purchases of ROW, conducting assessment procedures on projects; coordinating receipt of appraisals, presenting information and recommendations to the City Council; preparing plans and specifications for contracting construction services, overseeing and answering questions during construction and inspecting work as it is underway through completion.
• Provides direction, coordination and oversight to city infrastructure programs. This includes, but is not limited to, construction development (ROW issues, annexations, design standards/specifications, etc.), transportation (traffic, drafting), environment (sewers, storm drainage, sideway program, flood management) and construction inspection.
• Provides engineering consultation services to other City departments.
• Attends meetings and represents the City with intergovernmental agencies (such as MPO, WRA, IDOT, IDNR, Corps of Engineers, etc.) and citizen groups as it relates to the City’s development engineering services.
• Assures that the City’s mission, goals and objectives are fully supported and initiated. This includes, but is not limited to, the support of quality initiatives; Mayor/City Council strategies and various other city-sponsored work teams such as Safety, Employee Relations and Wellness.
• Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The Minimum Job Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
• At least eight years experience in designing, planning and directing engineering projects related to municipal public works projects
• Three to five years of supervisory/management experience
• Professional Engineering (PE) licenses required
Other Requirements of the Ideal Candidate:
• General knowledge of standard office equipment.
• Proficiency with PCs and computer software and applications.
• Extensive knowledge and ability to apply engineering principles and methods essential to storm drainage management, sidewalk and street construction, environmental permission, transportation planning and traffic operations.
• Ability to organize, direct and coordinate a wide variety of engineering projects and activities to obtain maximum results.
• Knowledge of methods and practices essential to the design, maintenance and repair of city engineering projects.
• Ability to develop long-terms plans and programs and to make sound decisions on matters of operational policy and administrative problems.
• Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the general public, elected officials, developers, intergovernmental agencies and vendors and to communicate effectively and clearly, both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to design and/or supervise the design of City engineering projects.
• Ability to prepare technical reports, estimates, construction and cost records.
• Knowledge of City street systems
About The City of West Des Moines
Located at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 35, West Des
Moines has established a well-deserved reputation as a rapidly
growing community with a vibrant economic base and quality of
life. With a population estimated at 64,560, West Des Moines has
grown by approximately 63 percent in the last two decades and is
projected to grow by another 30 percent by 2030.
The community consists of 53.2 square miles located in four
counties: Polk, Dallas, Warren and Madison. West Des Moines
has a highly educated workforce as the number of residents 25
years and older with bachelor’s degrees or higher is 57 percent.
In addition, the median household income is approximately