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Principal Civil Engineer

County of Marin
$151,569.60 - $184,267.20 Annually - 2% Differential for Professional License - $10,000 Signing Bonus
United States, California, San Rafael
May 03, 2024


County of Marin

Department of Public Works

San Rafael, California
$151,569.60 - $184,267.20 Annually

2% Differential for Professional License

$10,000 Signing Bonus


At the County of Marin, our employees overwhelmingly report feeling their work is meaningful, they like the work they do, and they are proud to tell people “I work for the County of Marin.” Discover more about us, our values and our organizational culture here.


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS MISSION STATEMENT: Provide the community with quality services, maintain and improve our public infrastructures and facilities, and support the preservation of Marin’s unsurpassed beauty.


The Principal Civil Engineer in the Engineering Division will plan, organize, manage, and coordinate the activities of the division. This includes oversight of condition assessments of County infrastructure; preparation of multi-year planning efforts to address infrastructure needs; development of engineering projects; administration of public assistance programs, including the Drainage Assistance Program and Permanent Road Division; oversight of all County surveying functions; and providing technical consultation to other Public Works divisions and County departments. The Principal Civil Engineer will establish, implement, and evaluate the Engineering Division goals, priorities, objectives, and work processes; coordinate division activities with those of other divisions, departments, agencies, and organizations to ensure effective cooperation; ensure division activities comply with County, State and Federal codes, regulations, and guidelines; prepare, justify, and manage division budgets and expenditures; and select, train, assign, supervise, and evaluate staff assigned to the division, including supervisors, professional, technical, and administrative staff.


Other duties of the Principal Civil Engineer in the Engineering Division include:

·        Directing the preparation of project plans, specifications, cost estimates, schedules, environmental documents, permits, agreements and other related studies

·        Advising staff on policy and procedural matters related to the work of the division

·        Negotiating and preparing contracts and agreements

·        Preparing, reviewing, and approving documents such as bid proposals and Requests for Qualifications

·        Reviewing consultant work for contract conformance and quality assurance

·        Assisting County Counsel staff in resolving contract disputes and litigation as needed

·        Making presentations to the Board of Supervisors, various boards and commissions, and prospective funding agencies on such matters as budget issues and project proposals

·        Reviewing, analyzing, and reporting legislative impacts on relevant regulations and requirements


There is currently one regular hire vacancy; however, the eligible list from this recruitment may be used to fill other future vacancies. Candidates interested in this position, or future similar vacancies are strongly encouraged to apply.


Our Highly Qualified Candidate: The highly qualified Principal Civil Engineer candidate will be an experienced manager who is able to communicate effectively and collaborate with a diverse team of professionals, project stakeholders, and members of the public. The highly qualified candidate will have a leadership style that is empowering, respectful, and is rooted in genuine concern for others. The highly qualified candidate will be both diplomatic and decisive, able to find and implement solutions to complex problems in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. The ideal candidate is a highly organized critical thinker that values process improvements. Active listening and strong customer service skills are highly desirable traits that will help the Principal Civil Engineer candidate be successful.



·        Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience. At least two years of the required professional experience must have included functioning in a supervisory capacity.

·        Certificates and Licenses: Registration as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.


Signing Bonus: New, full-time, regular hire Principal Civil Engineers are eligible to receive a $10,000 signing bonus that will be split into two equal payments: 50% at time of hire (e.g. first paycheck) and the remaining 50% after successful completion of their probationary period.


Filing Deadline: Open until Filled. Apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/marincounty/jobs/4492640/principal-civil-engineer or visit http://www.marincounty.org/jobs. For any questions, please contact the Marin County HR Dept at jobs@marincounty.org or call (415) 473-6104. EEO/TTY