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Johnson County Human Resources Assistant to the County Engineer in IOWA CITY, Iowa

Assistant to the County Engineer

Salary \$65,866.18 - \$79,039.42 Annually Location Secondary Roads 4810 Melrose Avenue West Iowa City, IA Job Type Full-time Department Secondary Roads Job Number 00635 Closing Continuous


Definition and Duties

Under general supervision of the licensed County Engineers, perform civil engineering duties ranging from design to project and staff management. This is a self-directed professional-track position which requires the exercise of considerable judgment, knowledge, and creative thinking to determine safe, sustainable, and economical solutions to unique and complex engineering problems.

Knowledge of and Ability to

  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as applied to the design and maintenance of modern highways and bridges
  • Principles and practices of infrastructure project management and administration including budgeting, accounting, benefit/cost and life cycle cost analysis, and critical path scheduling
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D and ArcGIS
  • Basic principles of supervision, to include basic performance evaluation, discipline and training techniques
  • State of Iowa Code and regulations governing the practice of civil engineering
  • Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) regulations and specifications
  • Federal Highway Administration regulations and specifications
  • English language to include grammar, spelling, sentence structure, vocabulary, and proofreading skills

Ability to:

  • Analyze, interpret, and comply with complex, continuously changing regulations and specifications in the planning, design, and administration of County infrastructure projects.
  • Comprehend, analyze and interpret technical procedures, governmental regulations, and professional periodicals
  • Use engineering concepts to solve complex problems
  • Represent Johnson County and perform duties in a professional, responsible, and trustworthy manner
  • Communicate effectively, in public as necessary, both orally and in writing with staff, policy makers, other county employees, members of the public, and other government agencies
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, contractors, the public, and other government agencies
  • Interact effectively with persons from widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively managing bias
  • Negotiate and resolve conflicts with contractors and the public regarding construction activity or contract items in accordance with contract terms and County policy
  • Maintain accurate records and be attentive to detail
  • Lead program staff in ensuring compliance with county and department policies, procedures, and safety standards
  • Use surveying instruments or related measuring equipment, mobile computers, hand tools, power equipment, and digital media to collect field data, perform construction staking, and document project quantities
  • Use Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software to produce clear, accurate representations of existing field conditions and to communicate design intent
  • Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Use a computer and related software programs for the purposes of engineering analysis, word processing, creating spreadsheets, presentations, email, Internet, and research
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Have clarity of speech, hearing, and writing which permits effective communication
  • Have sufficient vision which permits production and review of a wide variety of materials both in electronic and hard copy forms
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity to make handwritten notations and which permits moderate to heavy use of a keyboard and mouse
  • Handle moderate to high levels of stress, mee deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position
  • Intermittently work outdoors on all types of terrain in all types of weather
  • Intermittently work near moving mechanical parts, heavy construction equipment, high-speed traffic, high precarious places, excavations, and deep water
  • Intermittently perform manual labor (moderate to heavy) such as shoveling, cutting brush for line, or swinging a sledge for extended periods of time
  • Sit,bend, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch and crawl
  • Stand and walk frequently, often on uneven and unstable surfaces such as construction sites, roadway or ditch embankments
  • Intermittently lift, carry, push and/or pull amounts weighing up to 100 pounds
  • Have sufficient personal mobility to complete field work at various county facilities and worksites
  • Work flexible schedule and be on-call as needed

Minimum Education, Training and Experience and Special Requirements

Bachelors degree in civil engineering or related field AND one year of experience/training in computer-aided design or GIS techniques; OR any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Special requirements:Certification as Engineer Intern (EI) or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment. Valid drivers license and insurable under county liability coverage. Must pass background check.

Specific Duties

To be performed satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodation

The following duties are normal for this position. Theseare not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Develop and evaluate alternatives, plan, and design: paving, resurfacing, bridge, drainage, restoration, grading, recreational trails and other maintenance and construction projects.

Prepare bidding and letting documents for construction and maintenance projects.

Prepare pay estimates, resolve disputes and monitor the progress of contracted work to ensure timely completion and compliance with federal, state and local standards.

Collaborate in the development of the County Five Year Program (CFYP).

Participate in the development and oversight of the departments construction budget.

Prepare project cost estimates; develop individual construction projects that meet CFYP objectives within the departments construction budget.

Develop, oversight, and administer infrastructure project budgets in excess of \$1 million dollars; monitor, document and participate in the audit of federal-aid projects.

Prepare funding or grant applications for maintenance and construction projects.

Provide work direction, leadership and advice to Engineering and Maintenance staff and crews as required in accordance with work policies, procedures, and safety standards.

Prepare, review and maintain project traffic control and permit documentation.

Keep the licensed County Engineers informed of work related activities.

Maintain positive department public relations.Serve as a public liaison by answering questions, solving problems, correcting difficulties, preparing and giving presentations and meeting with the public to provide information.

Prepare and complete documentation of inspection procedures for construction projects to ensure compliance with federal, state and local mandates.

Prepare plats and acquire right-of-way (ROW) for construction projects.

Read and disseminate training manuals, IDOT specifications/special provisions and other bulletins, docum