ABOUT THE DIVISION: The Planning and Development Services Division is responsible for long range infrastructure planning and land the development/permitting/inspection process. The process includes the initial analysis of the availability of public utilities, the planning and review of design of public infrastructure serving a new development, the issuance of building permits and ultimately certificates of occupancy. Customers can find assistance within this division for seeking approvals of abandoning public easements and rights of way, construction of new water and/or wastewater lines in public rights of way, obtaining utility commitment letters, storm drainage and storm water quality control requirements, permitting, code enforcement and inspection requirements.
The division is divided into five major branches as follows:
Flood Plain Management
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The City Engineer:
Reports to the Deputy Director of Planning and Development Services.
Responsible for oversight of engineering reviews for non-CIP infrastructure projects within the City and its Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction.
Serves as Floodplain Administrator for the City of Houston.
Responsible for floodplain permitting /inspection requirements and compliance with FEMA requirements.
Oversees development of all engineering/technical standards for public infrastructure design.
Maintains archives of all public infrastructure design drawings.
Provides technical support to the city's Planning Commission.
Oversees permitting of all items placed/constructed in the city's street right-of-way.
Renders engineer's decisions to resolve contract disputes within the CIP projects.
Establishes goals and objectives for the Office of the City Engineer.
Makes staffing decisions related to recruiting, training, development, safety and security.
Plans annual budget and controls expenditures.
Establishes policies and procedures.
Develops and implements emergency plans and coordinates emergency preparation and response activities.
EDUCATION: Requires a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited university or closely related field.
EXPERIENCE: Ten years of professional experience in municipal government, engineering or a closely related field are required with at least four years in a managerial capacity. A Master's degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
LICENSE: Requires registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Must have a valid Driver's License and be in compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).
PREFERENCES: Preference will be given to candidates who possess knowledge of:
Basic knowledge of engineering design associated with all aspects of municipal infrastructure (streets, storm drainage, potable water and waste water)
Basic knowledge of traffic engineering and understanding of City of Houston Infrastructure Design Manual requirements.
Understanding of the land development process.
Certification as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) or ability to secure certification within six months.
Working knowledge of legal and technical requirements of construction contracts.
Customer service requirements and practices.
Governmental budget and reporting process.
In addition, preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.
Additional Salary Information: Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. Pay Grade 34
About City of Houston - Public Works & Engineering
The City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department provides many of the basic services that affect the daily lives of everyone who lives and works in Houston. Primarily, the department is responsible for all the things we take for granted on a daily basis: the administration, planning, maintenance, construction management and technical engineering of the City's infrastructure. This includ...es the production and distribution of over 146 billion gallons of water per year and the treatment of over 90 billion gallons per year of wastewater. That is enough to fill the Astrodome four times per day with fresh water and over twice per day with wastewater. It also includes the maintenance of the City's over 16,000 lane miles of streets, over 60,000 stormwater manholes, over 100,000 stormwater inlets, over 1,100,000 street name and traffic control signs, over 17,000 freeway and under bridge light fixtures, over 50,000 fire hydrants and traffic signals at over 2,450 intersections.