5212 - Engineer / Architect Principal

Recruitment #TEX-5212-088204


Appointment Type: Temporary Exempt: This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer, and the duration of the position shall not exceed 36 months.

Who are we?
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

Our Vision: We are an innovative utility leader, recognized for excellent results in service, safety, stewardship, and inclusiveness.

We are an award-winning and industry-leading utilities organization committed to our customers, community interests, and the environment. To learn more about our organization, please visit our website at www.sfwater.org.

We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

Position Description
The Water Supply and Treatment Division (WSTD) Maintenance Engineering Section Manager oversees all engineering for operations and maintenance of the water supply and treatment facilities of the SFPUC Regional Water System. The position is 1 of 3 Section Management Positions based in Millbrae who reports to the Division Manager, and manages a staff of 35 daily. The incumbent will serve in the capacity of the other Section Managers or Division Manager as needed, serves after hours on a regular basis to support and / or direct staff, report to senior management, and communicate with stakeholders as part of response to unplanned operational incidents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage Land Engineering Services
a) Ensure issuance of permits/consent letters, review of plans, and inspection of construction work of outside agencies in accordance with PUC guidelines and sound maintenance engineering practice.
b) Ensure appropriate response to USA Notifications.
c) Ensure implementation of latest technologies, such as geographic information system (GIS), to integrate land engineering with other O&M functions.

2. Manage Land Surveying Services
a) Provide survey services to different sections within the PUC accurately and in a timely manner.
b) Review public property transaction documents accurately and in a timely manner.

3. Manage Dam Safety Compliance
a) Ensure the safety and regulatory compliance of 5 local system dams, and the related technical interface with the State Division of Safety of Dams.
b) Ensure that reservoir outlet facilities meet operational needs.
c) Represent the Division at industry activities with other local dam owners.

4. Manage Distribution Facilities Condition Assessment
a) Provide condition assessment of distribution facilities (pipelines and tunnels).
b) Plan and prioritize maintenance and capital upgrades of distribution facilities.
c) Report and represent the Division’s needs with respect to assuring distribution facilities reliability.
d) Investigate new technologies for distribution facility condition assessment and maintain a Division strategy for their implementation.
e) Explore resourceful approaches to ensure that thorough inspections are performed due to limited opportunities.
f) Maintain a Cathodic Protection masterplan and integrate its implementation into the planning of maintenance and capital upgrade of distribution facilities.
g) Provide drafting, database management, and record research services for the Division in a timely manner and to a high standard.

5. Manage Maintenance Engineering
a) Plan and prioritize maintenance to reduce unplanned outages, service problems and/or high life-cycle costs.
b) Plan non-routine maintenance: investigate and report on the causes and effects of all unplanned equipment, system and facility outages and recommend corrective/mitigating /avoidance actions.
c) Ensure that maintenance and capital improvement projects are well-focused, effective, and address the key objectives of the Division (especially increasing operations efficiency and reliability and assuring regulatory compliance).
d) Ensure Division purchasing practices are supported with maintenance engineering analysis, where appropriate.
e) Maintain WSTD engineering standards for implementation in maintenance and capital work.
f) Ensure that the input of the Division’s Facilities Superintendents is obtained and incorporated in all maintenance and capital projects.

Working Conditions
Incumbent may require specific lifting up to 50 pounds; climbing ladders; working in high places and confined spaces; exposure to various weather conditions and outdoors; bending, sitting, and walking for extended periods of time and over uneven surfaces. Positions in this class may also be required to work specific schedules which may include weekends, holidays, part time, nights, and/or overtime.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Nine (9) years verifiable professional engineering (e.g. civil, electrical, mechanical, sanitary/chemical/environmental, transportation/traffic, or structural) work experience, of which six (6) years of that experience must be as a licensed professional engineer. Two (2) of the nine (9) years must be equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5211 Senior Engineer;


2. Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California;


3. Valid CA Driver's License.

    -A Master’s Degree in Engineering may substitute for one year of work experience. 
    -A PhD in Engineering may substitute for two years of work experience.

Verification: Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco. For more information on verification, please visit the following link: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#verification

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

·         Select the desired job announcement

·         Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information

·         Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”

·         Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Danny Wan, by telephone at (415) 554-1648, or by email at dwan@sfwater.org.

Selection Plan

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the hiring department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States. 

Issued: November 8, 2018
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-5212-088204 / 01139011


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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