Engineering Division

Recruitment #2002-4186-001


The City of Tucson invites you to join an organization focused on providing excellent service to citizens in a safe and sustainable community. The Tucson Water Department  seeks a seasoned engineering professional with keen leadership and management skills to join this internationally renowned water utility to fill a Chief Engineer/Water Administrator position. This position is a critical member of the Utility’s management team and reports to a Deputy Director. While Water Administrator assignments can, and do, evolve over time, Tucson Water is seeking specialized expertise to fill gaps in our current capabilities. All Water Administrators must display excellence in leadership, staff development, process improvement, and teamwork.

The Chief Engineer reports to Tucson Water’s Deputy Director. The Engineering Division is comprised of the following functional areas: System Planning, Water Infrastructure Design, and Construction Management.

The ideal Tucson Water Chief Engineer will have the experience, technical qualifications, and flexibility to continue our ongoing efforts to modernize our processes and improve our project delivery performance. The primary near-term challenges for the Chief Engineer will be to: 1) Take primary responsibility over the Utility’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to deliver 95% to 105% of the CIP on an annual basis; 2) Establish a program to attract, develop, and retain technical staff by assuring that they have the opportunities to learn their craft, expand their skills, and progress through their career; 3) Lead our planning functions to assure that our investments are optimized; and 4) Improve our project management skills and procedures across the Department. The Chief Engineer will oversee a staff of about 65. 

General Description

Administers and manages the activities and personnel of a division of the Water Department. Develops and implements water management plans, programs, and goals.

Essential Functions

The essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Organizes and directs daily operations of a division by performing administrative duties, overseeing programs, projects, and manager level personnel (two or more fulltime employees).
  • Formulates and implements division strategic plans and work activities to coordinate and synchronize with department directions and goals. Implements and evaluates department policies, projects and programs.
  • Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the division to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Assists with implementing the department vision through division activities and leads the division for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other human resources actions.
  • Develops and administers the division budget with staff assistance.
  • Analyzes organizational and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, and communicate information to department leadership of impending developments, and accomplishment of actions.
  • Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.
  • Champions the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.
  • Ensures that division operations conform with local, state and federal governmental regulations, other applicable rules and requirements.
  • Produces water management reports, and ensures accurate customer billing and collections.
  • Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.
  • Maintains professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications and participating in professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree required - no substitutions

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years of experience developing and implementing management plans, programs, and goals.  At least 4 of the required 5 years in a Supervisory capacity in a related functional area.

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least one (1) full-time FTE.

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Arizona at the time of application or within 6 months of hire. Failure to obtain a PE will result in failure of probation and employment will be terminated effective immediately.

If you are registered in another state, please visit the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration at https://btr.az.gov/ for reciprocity requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline highly preferred

Selection Plan

As part of the online application process all applicants are required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab. Resumes will be reviewed and scored.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in a writing exercise. 

The writing exercise will be emailed to applicants by 5:00 pm (Tucson time) on Friday, March 6, 2020, with a firm deadline to return the completed exercise by 4:00 pm (Tucson time) on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to an oral board interview. 

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and Tuesday, March 24, 2020 

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 50% of your written exercise
  • 40% of your oral board interview 
  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience  

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water within the next 6 months.

  • Post list hiring interviews with the Director of Tucson Water will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at (520) 837-2138 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


You are encouraged to print this bulletin because it contains important dates and information that will not be available online once this position closes.

Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Bulletin Footer

To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.