Planning & Engineering Division Project Management

Recruitment #2303-2014-001


Tucson Water is the second largest water utility in Arizona, serving over 730,000 customers over a 390 square mile service area. Tucson Water is recognized internationally as a leader in water conservation, sustainability, and service. Our employees are proud stewards of our community’s most precious natural resource, working to embody the utility’s motto of “Pride in Service.”  

The Planning and Engineering Division of the Tucson Water Department is seeking a qualified professional to lead a team of Civil Engineers, Project Managers, and other technical staff to support the Capital Improvement Program through the delivery of water infrastructure projects.

This position will require exercise of judgment in managing engineering activities, problem resolution and personnel. Work in this position includes close coordination with all sections of the water department. Duties also include coordinating activities with and providing technical and administrative support to, City departments, consultants, contractors, governmental agencies, and public utilities. 

Currently, this is a hybrid/telecommuting position where a portion of the work may be completed virtually, based on specific work tasks.  This model may change based on future business needs.

The successful candidate will enjoy the opportunity to work from home while abiding by the Department's specific policies and the terms and guidelines set forth in the City of Tucson’s Telecommuting Administrative Directive 2.01-19 to include:

  • Must have a minimum of 50 Mbps to connect to the internet
  • Shall designate and maintain a dedicated workspace that is quiet, clean, and safe, with adequate lighting and ventilation


The City of Tucson offers a wide range of generous benefits for eligible employees. Some of those benefits include:

  • Medical: Choice between a high deductible plan (HSA or HRA), or Network plan
  • Dental: Choice between a national dental PPO and a local dental HMO
  • Vision: Coverage for annual eye exam and glasses or contacts, plus LASIK
  • Life: City-paid coverage for you & dependents, plus option to buy more
  • Long-Term Disability: Income replacement of up to 60% of your base salary in the event of a qualifying disability
  • Employee Assistance Program: Enhance your wellbeing when life doesn’t go as planned
  • Flexible Spending: Pay for qualified health and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars
  • Colonial Voluntary Benefits: Financial help in the event of cancer, hospitalization, accident, and more


Your Security and Future

  • Pension: Generous pension plans that help both civilian and public safety employees retire more comfortably
  • Deferred Compensation: Save more toward a comfortable retirement with a 457(b) plan
  • Training & Tuition Assistance: Pursue your dream through internal training or financial help toward a degree
  • Back-Up Care: Care for your loved ones when your regular care is unavailable


Your Peace of Mind

  • Paid Parental Leave: Six (6) weeks paid leave when you welcome a child, plus other generous leave policies for FML, Medical and USERRA
  • Paid Time Away: New hires enjoy 37 days of paid time off in the first year, with time increasing steadily thereafter (In year one: 13 accrued days of vacation, 13 accrued days of sick leave, and 11 paid holidays)
  • Employee Discounts: Generous discounts, ranging from car rentals to computers, gifts to groceries, electronics to entertainment
  • Social Connectedness: Forge connections with the community we serve through paid volunteerism and payroll-deducted charitable giving

For a full description of benefits offered to eligible employees, or to inquire further about the City of Tucson's benefits options, please visit: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/hr/employee-benefit-snapshot

General Description

Manages and coordinates improvement programs and projects by leading and supervising personnel and directing the operations of an engineering section.

Essential Functions

The essential duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Supervises section personnel by planning and assigning work and projects, counseling and assisting employees, providing training opportunities and resolving issues; ensures staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to section personnel.
  • Manages capital improvement programs (including budget) by recommending plans and projects, preparing preliminary scopes, schedules, and budgets, preparing design and bid documents and overseeing the selection process.  
  • Manages projects by meeting with related parties, identifying the needs and problems of the project, determining timelines, preparing cost estimates, preparing and reviewing plans and specifications, discussing project parameters, resolving conflicts and clarifying reviews, directing personnel on project issues, recommending decisions to superiors, conducting project reviews, ensuring conformance with engineering standards, codes and policies, inspecting and approving projects and issuing certificates and permits.  
  • Responsible for the delivery of capital improvement and other agency driven projects.
  • Ensures work performed by section personnel complies with plans and specifications, and local, state, and federal agency regulations and other applicable rules and requirements.
  • Interacts with contractors, consultant engineers, developers, other city outside agencies, and Tucson Water operations and maintenance staff in resolving project conflicts; represents Tucson Water in resolving construction related issues and inquiries.
  • Interacts with Tucson Water leadership, city staff, external agencies and construction and development interests.
  • Completes and seals as-built documents and submits to regulatory agencies, as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree 

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years in engineering.  At least 3 of the required 5 years must be in a Lead or Supervisory capacity in a related functional area.

 "Lead" is defined as leading at least one (1) full-time FTE in a work unit.  It does not include leading projects, departments, contractors, interns, etc.

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

Valid and unrestricted driver's license

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona

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

In addition to the above qualifications the ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Seven years engineering experience in an engineering or construction related environment
  • Experience in water-related construction management 
  • Experience interpreting construction documents, including plans, specifications, and design standards
  • Demonstrated ability to generate quality written work products involving policy development issues 
  • Ability to communicate complicated policy or strategies to various groups of staff and citizens with a wide variation of expertise

Selection Plan

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

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. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to an In-Person Oral Board Interview.

  • In-Person Oral Board Interviews will be held April 13, 2023  

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:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience  
  • 90% of your oral board interview 

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 may be conducted prior to final selection. 

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 you may also 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 or Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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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.

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