CIVIL ENGINEER III / STORMWATER UTILITY ENGINEER
"Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!"
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington, and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Civil Engineer III / Stormwater Utility Engineer position.
What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:
- Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
- Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
- Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
- Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship
The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is seeking a Civil Engineer III to work as the Stormwater Utility Engineer (SWU Engineer) on the creation and implementation of a Stormwater Utility (SWU) funded through a proposed Stormwater Management Fee (Fee). The newly established Fee was developed as the tool by which Alexandria's SWU will generate a dedicated source of financial resources necessary to meet the growing regulatory, flood mitigation, and infrastructure maintenance costs associated with the City's Stormwater Management Program (SWMP).
The SWU Engineer will work directly for the SWU Manager and will be responsible for executing the Fee Reduction / Credit Policy and Appeal application procedures, analyzing and updating the City's impervious GIS data, and ensuring accurate data management for the billing and collection of the Stormwater Management Fee under the general supervision of the SWU Manager, including the completion of special studies and program activities received from the Division Chief of Stormwater Management or the Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Quality.
What You Should Bring
Applicants should demonstrate their expertise in performing stormwater utilities-related specialized and/or lead-level civil engineering work in both the field and office. They must be able to use their knowledge of stormwater funding to solicit, organize, and review utility applications and complaints, as well as communicate the principles and practices of civil engineering to a variety of audiences, including their peers, City Council, and the public.
The Opportunity – Examples of Work
- Provide program and technical support to the Manager during the development, implementation, and administration of SWU daily operations that is consistent with local, state, and federal requirements and standard stormwater utility practices;
- Collaborate with the SWU Manager on the development and implementation of the City's Fee Reduction / Credit Policy, including the City's Credit Manual for Residential and Non-Residential/Multifamily Properties; perform comprehensive reviews of Fee Reduction / Credit applications that include technical engineering plans to determine completeness and ultimate credit eligibility;
- Collaborate with the SWU Manager on the development and implementation of the Appeals process; review applications for appeal;
- Respond to complex stormwater planning, engineering, and community inquiries, requests for interpretations, or determinations involving stormwater management issues;
- Collaborate with the Finance Department, Office of Management and Budget, Information Technology Services, and others to create, maintain, and update the City's Master Account files, ArcGIS database linkages, Cityworks™ and similar software;
- Assist in the planning and design of stormwater management structural and non-structural stormwater facility best management practices (BMPs) for utility credit programs BMP retrofits in support of the City's Stormwater Management Program, which maintains the Chesapeake Bay (Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan, SWU Credit and Appeals Program, and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit;
- Collaborate with staff to address stormwater infrastructure needs for Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan compliance, and to prioritize maintenance and regulatory activities for the City's BMP Inspection and Maintenance Program;
- Perform education and outreach activities to educate residents and the general public on the fundamentals of the stormwater utility program, announce any changes to its operations, and provide updates on capital projects funded through the utility, and
- Perform related work as required.
About the Department
T&ES strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of a superior infrastructure. In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the City of Alexandria, the T&ES employee team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, transit, construction and inspection, surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and resource and recovery collection.
Minimum & Additional Requirements
Four (4) year degree in civil engineering from an engineering school of recognized standing and three (3) years of experience in the practice of professional civil engineering, with at least one (1) year performed at the Civil Engineer II level; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
A license to practice as a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia; five (5) years knowledge of civil engineering practices and the ability to prepare or review civil engineering plans; capacity to perform or review technical stormwater calculations for the design and analysis of stormwater facility BMPs; ability to evaluate the various industry standard stormwater quality facilities; maintains a comprehensive knowledge of the current local, state and federal water quality regulations; ability to communicate effectively with staff members, citizens, engineers, applicants, and contractors; and, experience in the development and/or implementation of stormwater utilities, especially with ArcGIS and databases used to administer a stormwater utility program.
This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.