City Engineer

Recruitment #22-1022-001


The City Engineer plans, organizes, directs, and administers the functions of the Division of Civil Engineering. This position develops and implements policies, procedures, and practices to provide engineering services for streets, bridges, shared-use paths, right-of-way, traffic control; and provides professional assistance for road and streetlight maintenance activities. The incumbent will oversee the training and development of division staff to include developing annual work plans, evaluating the performance of personnel directly or through subordinate supervisory staff.

The City Engineer provides direction, control, and management over key engineering functions which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Prepares engineering designs, specifications and cost estimates for a wide variety of capital improvement projects; and ensures the accuracy of specifications, legal notices for receiving bids and awarding contracts, RFPs and RFQs for infrastructure projects.
  • Approves and signs plans for public work improvements and reviewing and stamping plans for work designed in-house.
  • Provides oversight for construction management, development review, and assistance with utilities engineering and managing the design, public involvement, environmental, right-of-way, bidding, construction, inspection, and close out phases for streets, bridges and all civil infrastructure projects.
  • Ensures traffic engineering standards are executed for traffic impact studies, traffic patterns, investigating and preparation of engineering recommendations to improve traffic control, reduce accidents and optimize traffic flow. Ensure warrant analysis for traffic control, signal timing plans, accurate documentation for traffic signals, pavement markings and all other traffic control devices.
  • Meets and confers with developers, contractors, engineers and the general public relative to the city policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Administers the issuance of permits to private and corporate individuals for construction in public right-of-ways to ensure public safety and preclude any liability for negligence on the part of the City, and administers the inspection of all bridges within the City to ensure public safety and adequate maintenance.
  • Maintains public records of highway right-of-ways and public utilities in order to provide records for legal action in respect to liability and future needs.
  • Prepares and compiles the City’s master infrastructure plans, major projects’ financing plan, and capital improvement program for review by the Department Director.
  • Develop and maintain City of Dayton’s Standard Specifications for use on City infrastructure projects.
The City Engineer manages the development and implementation of divisional goals, objectives, policies and priorities and performs short range planning of design and project management tasks and engages stakeholders in the development of long-range planning for major engineering projects.

The incumbent oversees and participates in the development and administration of the division budget: approves the forecast of funds needed for infrastructure projects; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary; ensures that all projects are completed successfully by contractors, consultants and other team members. Seek federal and state funding including MVRPC (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission) for leveraged funded infrastructure improvement projects.

The incumbent collaborates with the City agencies engaged in community and economic development to ensure infrastructure projects, including right-of way, roadway, and transportation projects meet priority goals of asset-based development strategies, and public transportation funding. Incumbent attracts and leverages appropriate levels of private funding to ensure that designs meet goals and expectations generated during the community engagement process, and acts as the City's professional representative providing a coordinated and professional review at various meetings where Public Works projects are being discussed.

The City Engineer prepares or direct the preparation and presentation of various reports to City Administration Leadership, City Commission and Planning/Zoning Boards, state and federal entities. The incumbent also coordinates special studies on a variety of complex problems that require a high degree of technical competence and political awareness. He or she maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, city, county, state and federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding the City’s activities and services. 

The incumbent ensures active communications with residents and general public on infrastructure projects; meets with neighborhood organizations, the public and other interested parties to coordinate their input into engineering projects and resolve any conflicts that may exist; provides regular updates and project status to the Director of Public Works through meetings, project schedules, and budget status reporting; prepares and presents complex routine and non-routine reports to the Public Works Director and City Manager Office; ensures timely follow-up and resolution to resident request and concerns; and attends and participates in professional group meetings and stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of professional civil engineering.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field with major coursework in civil engineering AND 8 years of increasingly responsible and varied public or private sector civil engineering experience AND 3 years of significant supervisory responsibilities and public works management.

Up to one (1) year of experience may be granted for employment with the City of Dayton as a Chief Engineer or Senior Engineer II. 

A Master's degree in a Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region. 

License Requirements

Must have a valid driver's license at time of appointment and maintain as a condition of employment.

Special Requirements

Mus possess a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio or be able to obtain certification with the State of Ohio via reciprocity at the time of appointment.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must demonstrate expertise and knowledge of the following:

  • Civil engineering principles and practices as applied to municipal public works, including planning and development, design and construction, and operation and maintenance; construction management, geotechnical engineering, structural design, and general engineering. 
  • Methods of preparing designs, plans, specifications, estimates, reports, and recommendations relating to a variety of public works projects. 
  • Local, state, and federal Codes, ordinances, resolutions, laws, regulations, recent developments, current literature and sources of information in municipal public works. 
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution supervision, training, and performance evaluation. 
  • Principles of municipal budget preparations and expenditure control. Contract preparations and administration. Safety principles, practices and procedures. Operation and programs of a personal computer. 
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Background Check 
A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position. 

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing 
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees.

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer