Recruitment #2309-2013-002


The City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department seeks a professional Civil Engineer to join our customer centric culture providing strategic, timely, quality planning and development services to an engaged community. ***Applicants will have 90 days upon hire to obtain their engineering license in the State of Arizona.***

Promoting safety, economic vitality, and adaptability to a growing development sector is what drives our department.  We are seeking an experienced, motivated, highly qualified and creative professional whose strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with the public will help advance our department efforts.

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:


General Description

The Civil Engineer, working in a collaborative environment, is expected to exhibit leadership, the ability to apply past experience, technical knowledge and professional judgement while performing plan reviews and engaging the public on a daily basis.  A thorough working knowledge of civil engineering as it applies to residential and commercial subdivision, site layout and grading, hydrology, floodplain administration and familiarity with the City of Tucson codes and ordinances including but not limited to Development Standards and Drainage Manuals are essential in this position.  Familiarity with street design, function of traffic, ADA, and utility infrastructure is beneficial.  

The successful candidate will be relied upon to interact with the public, contractors, and consultants by coordinating between associated parties, maintaining contact with citizen groups, attending public meetings, and communicating with elected bodies, city staff and the public effectively and appropriately both in writing and orally.

Essential Functions

May serve in a supervisory capacity for professional and non-professional staff, as well as direct seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees.

Manages projects by determining project objectives, developing schedules and project budgets, composing project documents, reviewing and approving design plans, selecting consultants, coordinating activities, assigning and monitoring personnel and assigned tasks, managing project costs and budgets, preparing reports, performing and supervising design activities, attending and conducting public meetings, reviewing plans for conformance to regulations and standards and resolving conflicts.

Produces, reviews, and administers contract documents by designing and writing specifications, writing and sealing legal descriptions, preparing cost estimates, conducting public participation programs, receiving permits, evaluating and recommending bids, monitoring contractors work progress, adjusting designs, negotiating change orders, supervising tests and completing plans.

Assists with preparing and monitoring project budgets by developing capital improvement project requests, project charters and projection reports, gathering equipment and material needs projections, compiling budget proposals and monitoring expenditures.

Conducts engineering analysis and develops, designs and enforces codes by reviewing and approving plans and specifications, preparing and overseeing the preparation of permits and compliance demonstrations, gathering field data, researching engineering records, evaluating design alternatives, improving programs for effectiveness, ensuring compliance with permit application requirements, conducting site visits and inspections, identifying problems, developing designs and plans to resolve problems and preparing design changes.

Interacts with the public, contractors, and consultants by coordinating between the associated parties, maintaining contact with citizen groups and the general public, coordinating and attending public meetings, answering citizen, consultant and legal inquiries, providing information and responding to and investigating citizen complaints.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of engineering experience

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona. Applicants will have 90 days upon hire to obtain their engineering license in the State of Arizona.

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 3 years supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in Transportation Engineering

Selection Plan


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 participate in an the next phase of the recruitment process:   

  • Written Assignment
  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews and Presentation 

Virtual Oral Board Interviews and Presentations will be held on November 8th and 9th, 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 Training and Experience
  • 20% of your Written Assignment
  • 70% of your Oral Board Interviews and Presentation 

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

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Dmitriy Adamia at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

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 provide your documentation to the HR Facilitator at the panel interviews  The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  


Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions will 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.