Senior Civil Engineer

  • City of San Rafael, CA
  • 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California
  • Jun 04, 2022

Job Description

Salary: $120,744 - $146,760 annually DOQ/DOE

Plus Excellent Benefits

The City of San Rafael seeks a Senior Civil Engineer who will help the City Engineer in managing and directing some of the City's largest and most complex infrastructure projects. This individual will fulfill a critical senior position in the Department of Public Works where they will supervise the Capital Improvement Program's other five engineers and project managers. In this supervisory role, you will serve as a technical advisor to professional engineering staff and oversee specialized engineering outcomes. Our ideal candidate is communicative, collaborative, and flexible and will use their background in managing complex construction, maintenance, and/or traffic projects and consultants to help the Department meet its goals. This motivated professional will work closely with their team to facilitate City projects while also creating a friendly rapport with residents and key stakeholders. Being an effective planner and problem-solver is highly desirable for candidates, as this role will require you to evaluate and resolve miscellaneous engineering problems. If you're someone who wants to help the City of San Rafael thrive while also advancing your public works career, this may be the position for you.

Link to the full recruitment brochure:


The City is focused on enhancing our community members' quality of life through well-designed services and a positive workplace culture. San Rafael is the economic and cultural heart of Marin County, and its high quality of life is centered on its commercial districts, engaged neighborhoods, active lifestyles, and natural environments. San Rafael (population 59,000) is a full-service city with a city council/city manager form of government with 12 departments, more than 400 employees, and an annual budget of $100 million. The City's vision is to be a vibrant economic and cultural center reflective of its diversity. The City Council is engaged and seeks to strengthen the urban and commercial areas as well as sustain the beautiful natural environment.


San Rafael's organizational culture framework is an initiative called "Together San Rafael." City employees are our greatest asset, and we seek talented individuals with diverse backgrounds who are creative, curious, and excited about a challenge. We are a results-driven team focused on the needs of community members. The Together San Rafael initiative is focused on modernizing City services and increasing the engagement of employees to improve City services for our residents. This initiative recognizes the interconnectedness of the customer and employee experience. Together San Rafael is about:
  • Bringing staff and management together to collaborate cross-departmentally.
  • Empowering all City employees to share and implement their innovative ideas.
  • Celebrating the innovation happening every day in our departments.

Employees across the organization developed our guiding principles. We are integrating these in everything we do, and this position plays a pivotal role in achieving them.


The Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the highest standards of service delivery to its citizens as it works to build, maintain, and update the City's civic infrastructure. The DPW is comprised of 50 employees with a general budget of $10 million and a CIP budget that ranges between $10-40 million depending on the City's annual infrastructure needs. Its mission is to ensure San Rafael's infrastructure meets the needs of a vibrant and growing city through careful management of major improvements and the maintenance of the City's assets. By hiring highly trained, dedicated, responsive, and service-oriented personnel, the DPW is actively making its mission a reality.

To see the FY 2021-22 to FY 2023-24 CIP plan, visit:


The Senior Civil Engineer supports a culture that inspires collaboration, career development, and excellent community relations. The individual in this role will work to plan, mentor staff, and perform professional engineering work in the design, construction, and review of all aspects of capital projects; including streets, city-owned property, drainage, and traffic projects and private construction. The Sr. Civil Engineer will manage construction projects and related consultants, along with the team of public works engineering staff. When working in this role, you will provide technical oversight and guidance to other divisions, departments, external agencies, and stakeholders. Being highly knowledgeable about local and state regulations, laws, and codes related to civil engineering and traffic and other engineering projects is important for this role. Having an aptitude for administrative work, such as budget oversight and organizational management, is essential too.


The ideal candidate will have knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering, with an emphasis in capital improvement projects. Along with being knowledgeable about the technical aspects of civil engineering, this individual will have the interpersonal skills to effectively mentor staff and support public outreach efforts for the department. Solid communication skills are essential for the ideal candidate since you will regularly meet with the public and work with city executive staff and elected officials. A positive customer-service attitude is essential to respond to internal and external inquiries and provide technical information to various stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively respond to changing conditions and will have a strong aptitude for interpreting and translating complex technical and legal documents to less technical audiences. The nature of this role requires a confident and capable professional, therefore the City seeks someone who is resourceful, confident, and flexible.

  • Value the power of teamwork and effectively communicate and collaborate with others.
  • Establish trust within the department.
  • Balance working independently while supporting a strong team.
  • Use active listening skills.
  • Recognize the importance of professionalism.
  • Serve as mentor to staff.
  • Apply principles of logic and scientific reasoning.
  • Act as a liaison between the Department and the public.

Upcoming Projects, Challenges, & Opportunities:
  • $13 million overhaul of Marin County's busiest roadway corridor
  • Reconstruction of a major stormwater pump station to keep low-lying areas of the City dry during winter storms
  • Installation of new facilities in City parks
  • And many other projects!

See this comprehensive map of all complete and active projects in San Rafael:

Background and Education:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, and
  • Five years of increasingly responsible post-degree engineering experience managing complex construction, maintenance, and/or traffic projects, and consultants.
  • A master's degree may substitute for one year of post degree engineering experience.

  • Registration as a Civil Engineer in the State of California or the ability to acquire registration within 12 months of hire
  • Valid drivers' license


Salary and Benefits: Annual Salary: $120,744 - $146,760 annually DOQ/DOE and an attractive benefits package that includes:
  • Retirement: Participation in MCERA (Marin County Employee Retirement Association) plan, which offers reciprocity between agencies in CalPERS.
  • Health Insurance: EE Only - $857.06; Employee + 1 $1,722.07; Employee + Family $1,869.00; Waive - $300.00
  • Dental Insurance: Fully paid for employee and dependents
  • Vision Insurance: Fully paid for employee only - dependents at additional cost of $5.39 per month.
  • Life Insurance: $5,000
  • Sick Leave: 12 days of paid sick leave per year. Pro-rated based on hire date.
  • Vacation: 10 days per year for years 1-3. Pro-rated based on hire date. Additional accrual based on years of service.
  • Paid Holidays: 11 City Holidays plus 2 floating holidays.
  • Other Leave: Bereavement Leave

Special Instructions

Complete an application and submit your resume and cover letter at:

Please contact your recruiter, Rhonda Castellucci, with any questions:

Recruitment Contact

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Closing Date/Time: Until filled

Job Address

1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California 94901 United States View Map