Placer County

Deputy Director of Engineering and Surveying (#11748)

$64.07-$80.02 Hourly / $11,105.47-$13,870.13 Monthly / $133,265.60-$166,441.60 Yearly



To assist the Community Development Resource Agency Director and Assistant Director in managing and directing the overall operations of the Engineering and Surveying Division; to oversee and coordinate internal management of the Division; to manage a major program of the Agency; to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Community Development Resource Agency Director and Assistant Director, which may include the requirement to perform the duties of County Surveyor as specified in the statutes of the State of California or direct performance of those duties by a licensed surveyor.


The Deputy Director level recognizes positions that serve as a full line assistant to the Agency management and/or assume responsibility for a major division. In addition, performs general administrative and management tasks for the Director and Assistant Director as assigned.


Receives administrative direction from the Community Development Resource Agency Director or Assistant Director.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the Community Development Resource Director or the Assistant Director in managing and directing the Engineering and Surveying Division.
  • Assist in developing the division's goals and objectives; assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  • Plan, organize and direct engineering and surveying activities and operations; confer with the Agency Director or Assistant Director regarding policies and major operating procedures; review, evaluate and recommend change; work with and assist subordinates with problems and recommend course of action.
  • Develop and implement the Engineering and Surveying Division's work plans; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor workflow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Engineering and Surveying Division budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures as needed; maintain high performance standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the division.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service; coordinate Engineering and Surveying Division activities and projects with other land development functions within the County administrative structure.
  • Represent the division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence as necessary.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in surveying or land development engineering, including two years of management or supervisory responsibility.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field. Additional training in management is highly desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a current license as a Professional Civil Engineer authorized to practice engineering in California.
  • If performing duties of County Surveyor, possession of a current license as a land surveyor or be registered as a civil engineer recognized by the State as qualified to perform the duties of a land surveyor. If such license(s) or registration(s) is granted by a state other than California, license or registration granted by the State of California must be obtained within six months of employment.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of surveying and land development engineering.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and technical report writing.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment; knowledge of engineering and surveying and land development related applications.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct and implement multiple complex land development, engineering and surveying activities and programs.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff;¬†problem solve division related issues; remember personnel rules; explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time. Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; visually differentiate between colors on land use maps.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Interpret and explain division policies and procedures.
  • Organize, direct and implement multiple complex land development, engineering and surveying activities and programs.
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, including the ability to make concise and persuasive public presentations.

CLASS: 11748; EST: 11/17/2012; REV: ;