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Planning Senior Engineer #2309-230600-01

Date Opened
Tuesday, September 05, 2023 8:00 AM
Close Date
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 8:00 PM
Storm Water Services
  • $82,775 - $103,443 Commensurate with Experience


Storm Water Services' mission is to serve the City of Charlotte by improving surface waters and conveying rainwater safely through well-maintained storm drainage systems. Each year Storm Water Services invests $100+ million in capital improvements and staff manage hundreds of storm drainage improvement projects. Storm Water Services is one of the largest stormwater utilities in the Southeast with approximately 215,000 customer accounts and more than 200 full-time positions.  


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.




This position serves as a Senior Engineer for the Planning team within the Strategic Planning and Operations Division of Storm Water Services and leads the technical development of the capital project identification and prioritization for both major and minor storm water projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the technical aspects of the identification, ranking, and assignment of future major and minor storm drainage improvement projects. 
  • Strategically evaluate and study watershed areas with considerations for flood risk, aging infrastructure, environmental impacts, and equity.
  • Support the technical aspects of developing planning-level studies and recommendations through the preparation of conceptual storm drainage analysis and the leveraging of various existing studies and datasets.
  • Aid in the evaluation and prioritization of the City’s drainage system with considerations for hydraulic capacity and structural condition.
  • Proactively model watersheds and drainage systems to determine flood resilience.
  • Develop and manage new opportunities for innovative watershed modeling.
  • Mentor team members in order to prepare conceptual design alternatives, repair recommendations, conceptual cost estimates.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, guidance, and technical instruction to staff regarding processes, storm water design and construction, and technical policy issues.
  • Lead the development of short and long-term funding and implementation strategies for system renewal and rehabilitation.
  • Provide input and technical expertise to develop and implement policies and standards of practice regarding applicable engineering principles and practices for the City.
  • Collaborating with Asset Management.
  • Support strategic initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working knowledge of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and analysis
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS
  • Understanding of engineering economics and budget/financial forecasting
  • Familiarity with CCTV pipe video inspections and evaluations
  • Experience with (or the ability to learn) Cityworks asset management software
  • Ability to interpret, analyze, prepare, and explain complex technical reports, data, technical specifications and recommendations.
  • Working knowledge of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Drainage Manual, City of Charlotte Land Development Standards, NCDOT Standards and Specifications, and other local ordinances, requirements, and manuals
  • A valid driver’s license, a good driving record with the ability to obtain and maintain a City Driving Permit

Preferred Qualification

  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer is preferred
  • Proficiency with the open and close drainage system models StormCAD, HY-8, HEC-RAS, and HEC-HMS
  • Experience with two dimensional hydrologic and hydraulic modeling

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related field and five (5) years of progressive work experience in planning, design and construction of storm drainage systems.


  • $82,775 – $103,443 Commensurate with Experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Please note that all job offers are contingent upon an applicant successfully passing a new hire background check and drug screening.  If an applicant does not pass the background screening, the offer will be rescinded. 

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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