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City Engineer #2405-231800-01

Date Opened
Friday, May 03, 2024 8:38 AM
Close Date
Sunday, June 02, 2024 11:59 PM
General Services
  • Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


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.


General Services seeks an experienced, personable, motivated and inspiring leader to serve as its next City Engineer. Reporting to the General Services Director, this position will be responsible for leading collaborative, strategic initiatives for capital project delivery based on priorities of the City Council, City Manager and department, and contributing to organizational development. Examples of strategic focus areas include: Transportation, Planning and Environment; Workforce and Business Development; Safe Communities; Great Neighborhoods; Budget and Effectiveness; and Project Management Excellence.

The City Engineer oversees 150 + capital projects representing more than $1 billion of community investment through the City of Charlotte’ s Capital Investment Plan. This multi-year plan supports the growth and vitality of the community and includes police stations, firehouses, roads, bridges, sidewalks and multi- use paths. Most of these investments are funded by general obligation bonds, approved by voters every two years. Remaining investments are funded by other debt, grant or cash funding sources.

A major emphasis for this position includes a commitment to leadership, customer service, leveraging opportunities with developers, innovative approach to problem solving, ensuring quality of plans and estimates, communication, cash flow management, and ensuring accurate and consistent budgets and schedules for all projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as the City Engineer overseeing a staff of 116   
  • Leads and mentors staff and resources in the implementation of projects identified in the Capital Investment Plan
  • Develops, monitors and reports annual strategic project-related objectives and performance measures   
  • Provides technical support to staff with an emphasis on project management and construction
  • Responds to and resolves sensitive inquiries and complaints from both internal and external sources
  • Collaborates with client departments and developers
  • Builds credibility and trust with staff, community partners and citizens
  • Engage with Budget & Finance Departments around key initiatives including cash flow, capital projects, and special requests
  • Assists in efforts to develop policies, procedures and guidelines for the department
  • Serves a leadership role in the overall operations of the General Services Department and as a member of the General Services leadership team
  • Ensure compliance with North Carolina General Statutes   
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Progressively responsible leadership and experience in project management, specifically including planning, design, utility coordination and construction
  • Progressively responsible leadership and organizational experience in program administration with a demonstrated ability to effectively direct and guide teamwork efforts   
  • Knowledge of various project delivery methods including design- bid- build, design- build, construction manager at-risk, and public- private partnerships
  • Commitment to customer service, collaboration, project management, conflict management, negotiation, innovation & organizational alignment, interpersonal communication, public speaking, media relations and process improvement skills are essential
  • Ability to analyze complex administrative, operational and policy issues, make sound recommendations for resolution and effectively implement decisions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city executives, City Council and other public officials, business and community leaders, General Services staff, partner departments, stakeholders, and the general public
  • Key competencies for success include being team- oriented, collaborative, creative, flexible, proactive, a strong communicator, responsive, approachable, comfortable managing conflict, innovative, aligned with the organization, and possessing the ability to perform effectively in a fast- paced/ high- pressure environment
  • Knowledge of and ability to cultivate successful public- private partnerships
  • Ability to take an organizationally appropriate level of initiative, proactively identifying opportunities for improvement, anticipating challenges, and implementing strategic solutions to advance departmental and citywide objectives while adhering to established protocols and guidelines.
  • Proficiency in using project management software systems such as Auto CAD, Primavera, e- Builder as well as other systems necessary for effective project delivery

Preferred Qualification

  • Ten ( 10 ) years progressive experience in municipal engineering field( s)
  • Progressively responsible leadership experience in project management/ project delivery
  • Requires registration as a North Carolina Professional Engineer ( PE) or ability to obtain within six months

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and nine years relevant experience.


Master’s level degree and seven years relevant 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.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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

In Conclusion

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