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Civil Engineer Supervisor

County of San Luis Obispo
Permanent 976 Osos St Room 207, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408, United States


This is a continuous recruitment and will remain open until filled. 
We are seeking an energetic, self-starting, and enthusiastic leader for our Traffic Planning and Operations team!

The County of San Luis Obispo is offering a career opportunity to join an APWA accredited Public Works Department.  The Department is a team of over 300 dedicated professionals who serve the residents and visitors of the Central Coast. 

The Department of Public Works is responsible for transportation planning, operations, and improvement projects on 1,300+ miles of County maintained roads and is seeking a Senior Engineer with professional level civil or traffic engineering, operations, construction management, supervisorial and/or project management experience to lead these essential teams.

Job Perks:
  • Flex Schedules & Telecommuting 

  • Offices in Downtown SLO 

  • Up to 4 Weeks’ Vacation (DOE) 

  • Full Benefits -

The Traffic Planning and Operations unit is primarily responsible for maintaining roadway operations and planning for future improvements on County roadways.  In addition, this position is responsible for supervising and mentoring a team of associate engineers, supporting County management, and liaisoning with outside agencies and stakeholders.  The position includes planning and supporting delivery of federally, state and/or locally funded transportation project and is an integral part of a larger team.  

Representative Duties:
  • Coordination with functional units (environmental, right-of-way, design, construction, and consultants) 
  • Facilitates team meetings and provides recommendations
  • Maintains County adopted Level of Service (LOS) standards
  • Updates County Traffic Regulation Codes and Mandates
  • Reviews reports and studies, engineering designs plans, specifications, and estimates supporting development
  • Plans and prioritizes the County’s transportation needs and future projects
  • Prepares and coordinates the transportation program’s budget and funding needs
  • California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG)
  • Obtains and administers consultant services per applicable laws and federal grant funding requirements
  • Supervises, mentors, monitors and delegates work to staff engineers within the team

for the detailed job description.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill future permanent, substitute, limited term, and temporary positions, both full-time and part-time throughout the County.
The Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate must have practical knowledge and experience with traffic operations and/or transportation projects and be familiar with federal, state, and local funded programs.  Experience with general civil engineering practice, which can include project management, design, or construction engineering.  

In addition to technical experience, the ideal candidate needs to be self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and must have the ability to manage staff and keep a team on track to successfully deliver on its mission.  

The following professional traits are also important:

  • Work cooperatively within a multi-discipline team to meet goals and deadlines while producing a quality work product.
  • Good communication skills to express verbally and in writing the expectations or results of project deliverables.
  • Proactive approach to completing work and problem solving and eager to take on new opportunities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with various individuals and groups

Education and Experience:

A combination of education, training, and experience resulting in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  An example of qualifying education and experience includes:  

Either A:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related engineering field (Job-related professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis); 
Or B:  Possession of an Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) Certificate or Land Surveyor in Training (L.S.I.T.)  Certificate and four years of paraprofessional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience.
In Addition: Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as a Civil Engineer or Land Surveyor issued by the California State Board of Registration 

AND one year of professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience.
(Possession of a Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field may be substituted for the required experience.) 
Two years of specialized professional level civil engineering, traffic engineering, or land surveying experience serving as project or squad leader, resident engineer on major public works construction projects, or squad leader in the office of the County Surveyor. 

Required knowledge: 

All phases of transportation engineering, including planning processes and methods, evaluation of alternatives, design, construction, operations and maintenance including. Familiarity with transportation financing, project management concepts, impacts of transportation facilities on the environment, the community and the economy; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision.

Required ability:

Plan, direct and review the work of others; analyzes situations accurately and adopts an effective course of action; makes effective presentations; prepares correspondence and reports; communicates effectively.

Desirable Experience and Knowledge:
  • Implementation of CaMUTCD & CVC and related Code
  • Management of federally, state, and/or locally funded transportation projects
  • Design and construction management of transportation projects
  • Leading, mentoring, and supervising a team of engineering professionals and field staff
  • Public outreach, presenting to boards and community groups, and professional writing

Hiring Manager: Joshua Roberts – (805) 788-2345 – 

Reasonable Accommodation Notice
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Veteran's Preference Points 
If you are applying for employment with the County of San Luis Obispo and you served in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible for veteran's preference points as part of the recruitment process. Some dependents and survivors of eligible veterans may also be eligible for preference points.   for more information and to learn how to apply for this benefit.  Please note that Veteran’s credits must be on file with the County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office prior to the recruitment closing date indicated on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. Objectives are directed toward assuring equal opportunity in selection / promotion, pay, and job assignments. Recruitment and selection procedures have been established to ensure non-discrimination on the basis of political or religious opinions or affiliations, age, sex, race, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. In addition, the County complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act in hiring and retaining employees. For more information contact the Human Resources Department at (805)781-5959.