Dam Safety Program and Project Delivery Unit (Position Code 0487) Overview:The Associate Engineer for Dam Safety Project Unit (DSPU) will manage projects and direct and participate in the technical evaluations and calculations for engineering work in support of the Dam Safety Program. Responsibilities will include performing evaluations and calculations; preparing and reviewing technical reports within the unit and by Valley Water consultants; supporting development of appropriate projects to advance the program objectives, including deciding how best to comply with regulatory requirements; managing and delivering selected capital projects; and, providing technical recommendations for maintenance and operations.
With headquarters in San Jose, Valley Water provides water supply, enhances streams and watersheds through creek restoration and habitat protection, provides flood protection for homes, schools, businesses and roadways, and partners with other agencies to provide trails and open space for the community. Valley Water manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and more than 275 miles of streams. Valley Water provides wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to nearly 2 million people in Santa Clara County that stretches 1,300 square miles and encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Manage delivery of capital projects by obtaining needed resources and support and taking primary responsibility for review and/or development of engineering evaluations and calculations for preparation of appropriate interim and final technical deliverables by Valley Water staff and/or contractors/vendors/consultants.
Prepare, review, and manage delivery of annual dam surveillance and monitoring reports for all dams.
Provide technical support and review of work of other DSPU staff and their contractors/vendors/consultants for ongoing dam maintenance, and surveillance/monitoring, including regular reporting of these activities to our state and federal regulators.
Review and oversee updates to dam emergency action plans to ensure compliance with regulatory policies.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria as listed below.
At least four (4) years of experience working on dams or similar water retaining structures/facilities such as levees. Five (5) or more years of experience is ideal.
Experience as a lead engineer working on civil engineering projects.
Experience managing vendors and/or consultants.
Strong experience writing instrumentation and technical reports.
Experience working on heavy civil construction projects is a plus.
Experience working with DSOD & FERC is a plus.
Proficient in numerical (computer) analyses in the field of geotechnical and dam engineering.
Experience working with environmental regulators to obtain permits.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Plan, organize, schedule, assign, train, review, and evaluate the work of staff.
Recommend and implement work plans and effectively manage engineering projects and project teams.
Ability to organize complex technical meetings.
Proficient w/ Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Prepare, understand, and interpret construction plans, specifications, drawings, and other engineering documents.
Independently conduct comprehensive engineering studies, investigations, and analyses.
Perform engineering calculations and statistics.
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.
Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present technical engineering information and data.
Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations, and District engineering policies and procedures.
Conduct engineering research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical reports.
Use office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
Organize and prioritize multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
Make sound, independent decisions within established policy and procedural guidelines, and best engineering practices.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Knowledge of geotechnical engineering with an emphasis on seismic analysis and dam engineering.
Knowledge of instrumentation and analysis.
Knowledge of practices and principles of project management (i.e., scope of work, schedule, budget, etc.).
Knowledge of DSOD & FERC standards and guidelines.
Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
Principles, practices, concepts, and standards of civil engineering as applied to assigned field/specialty of engineering, water resources management, natural resource management and planning, engineering, hydrogeology, geology, hydrology, hydraulics, and/or environmental sciences.
Principles and practices of numerical modeling and analysis, natural resource modeling, forecasting and risk analysis, and statistical analysis.
Principles, practices, theories, and methods of water supply planning, operations, and management, groundwater monitoring, contamination, and protection, water quality, and long-term water supply modeling and analysis.
Principles of advanced mathematics and its application to civil engineering work.
Principles and practices of project budgeting, cost estimation, funding, project management, and contract administration.
Practices of researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and preparing and presenting effective and technical reports.
Recent and on-going engineering related developments, including information technology, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of assigned area of responsibility.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
Office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
Principles and techniques for providing customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and District staff.
Ideal Training and Education:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, dam engineering and/or heavy civil construction.
Master's degree is a plus.
Required License or Certificate
Possess and maintain a Professional Engineer (PE) License issued by the California Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview. (2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.
NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary. Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.
Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.
Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.
Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.