Chief of Party (Birmingham)

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

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Individuals working as Chief of Party within the Merit System are responsible for directing and participating in the collection and recording of land survey data necessary to complete construction design plans. They supervise the activities of engineering survey crews involved in preliminary, special instruction, and final surveys by applying survey knowledge gained through training and experience to a variety of field surveying situations. Individuals in this job class work under general administrative supervision and their work is sometimes reviewed on-site after completion of the survey for compliance with professional standards.

  • Establishes and maintains alignment and grade throughout construction using survey instruments, checking grades, and using a grade book in order to ensure project is completed to specification.
  • Performs trigonometric, geometric, and algebraic calculations using a calculator and proper equations to complete surveying assignments.
  • Plans, coordinates, oversees, and participates in the collection and recording of land survey data necessary for the location of section lines and corners, centerlines, right-of-ways, easements, property lines, other related survey lines, profiles and cross-sections, and topography notes for the development of detailed maps of survey area, to complete construction design plans, and to lay out such design plans.
  • Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.
  • Coordinates work activities to complete assignments in specified time period with other departments, cities, county, or utility companies.
  • Identifies and corrects construction design problems regarding grade and alignment based on survey calculations and makes recommendations for corrections.
  • Generates AutoCAD drawings, text files, ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) files, or dfx files from downloaded survey data to develop preliminary work construction surveys and for preliminary line changes.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board's job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Driver's License.
  • Experience working as part of a survey crew operating each of the following types of equipment: total stations, level, GPS equipment, electronic data collector, and CAD and survey software.
  • Experience performing calculations on data gathered and interpreting the data (e.g., construction drawings, subdivision plats, deeds, etc.).
  • Experience supervising subordinate personnel such as a Rodman or an Engineering Aide on a survey crew.

  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Learning & Memory.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of algebra (mathematics in which variables represent numbers used to solve equations).
  • Knowledge of basic surveying principles, practices and equipment.
  • Knowledge of engineering maps and records.
  • Knowledge of geometry (mathematics concerned with questions of size, shape, and relative position of figures and with properties of space).
  • Knowledge of trigonometry (mathematics concerned with the study of triangles).

Work is conducted both indoors in office setting as well as regular field visits to outdoor worksites. Work involves use of a computer and specialized computer-aided drafting software, as well as various tools and equipment used for surveying land. Job may require walking on slippery or uneven terrain. Job may also require exposure to inclement weather when working outdoors (e.g., extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, etc.).

Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as walking or standing. May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Job Address

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