POSITION: County Engineer
DEPARTMENT: Engineering Services
REPORTS: Assistant County Manager
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
PAY GRADE: 115
Classification: County Engineer
Department: Engineering Services
Pay Grade: 115
Salary Range: $98,911.48 – $150,504.85 Annually
Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications, anticipated hiring range $98,911.98 - $123,526.85.
Apply At: Applications will be accepted until filled. For additional information and to apply please visit the Human Resources Department located at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 5, Yulee, Florida 32097, Telephone (904) 530-6075 or Fax (904) 321-5797, or at www.
Under little or no direct supervision the County Engineer plans, directs, and supervises all activities of the County’s Engineering Services Department in order to ensure efficient and effective department operations and inter-departmental/agency support.
As a Working Manager, the County Engineer is expected to provide technical engineering support to all County departments, serve as the technical engineering advisor to the County Manager’s office and the Board of County Commissioners, is responsible for capital improvement project administration, and administration of the County’s Mobility Plan. Duties also include, but are not limited to, resolving public technical questions and developing engineering solutions for road, stormwater, traffic, and utility projects/maintenance, providing engineering design services or overseeing engineering design services, overseeing the department’s involvement in development review, drainage review, basin studies, State bridge programs, roadway design, and construction projects. Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations. Performs related administrative and supervisory work as required. Mentors and professionally develops staff engineers. Reports to the Assistant County Manager.
• The County Engineer is a Working Manager position that is expected to manage, plan, coordinate, direct and supervise the functions and programs of the Nassau County Engineering Services Department, as well as, produce technical work and provide professional support.
• Reviews, monitors and implements the County’s Mobility Plan.
• Provides technical engineering support to all County departments, the County Manager’s office and the County Attorney’s office.
• Reviews plans and specifications for construction projects and assists in preparing and reviewing contracts.
• Monitors construction progress and ensures timely delivery of the adopted Capital Improvement Plan.
• Develops and recommends policies and programs for highway planning, design and maintenance; provides technical assistance for Transportation Division personnel; reviews highway, bridge and drainage structure planning and design activities for conformance with Federal, State and County policies and standards.
• Performs contract administration and management after award of contracts which includes; monitoring work performance and progress; directing contractors and consultants;
coordinating work between various agencies involved with the projects; and, reviewing and processing contractor/consultant invoices.
• Supervises professional, technical, supervisory and support staff; supervisory duties include instructing: planning, prioritizing, assigning and reviewing work of others; maintaining standards; coordinating activities; allocating personnel; selecting new employees; acting on employee problems; recommending employee promotions, transfers, discipline and discharge.
• Reviews the work of subordinate staff for completeness and accuracy; evaluates performance and makes recommendations as appropriate; offers advice and assistance as needed.
• Provides for the adequate training and development of Departmental employees.
• Ensures Departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
• Develops and administers the Department budgets; reviews and approves invoices for payment.
• Coordinates department activities with other departments, divisions, agencies and utilities as required.
• Reviews technical documents as submitted by engineers and developers.
• Meets with developers and staff to discuss proposed projects.
• Prepares status reports as directed by the Board of County Commissioners; directs/prepares exhibits to aid in Board decision-making; meets with individual Commissioners to assist with specific District and County issues.
• Meets with the County Attorney, County Manager and Assistant County Manager to discuss legal compliance issues.
• Provides technical guidance and direction to staff as needed.
• Provides Engineering support to County Departments.
• Receives and responds to public inquiries, requests for assistance and complaints.
• Performs a variety of routine administrative duties as required, which may include but are not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, entering computer data, attending and conducting meetings, etc.
• Prepares, processes and submits various documents, survey exhibits, engineering drawings, blueprints, budget documents, payroll, performance appraisals, contracts, permits, various reports, memos, correspondence, etc.
• Prepares bid packages, requests for proposals, requests for qualifications including scope of services, specifications, contract documents, location maps, etc.; responds to requests for additional data and/or clarification; reviews bids and proposals and makes recommendations for awarding bid.
• Interacts and communicates with various groups and individuals such as the County Manager, subordinates, County Department Heads and employees, Board of County Commissioners, developers, engineers, contractors, consultants, municipal personnel, various other Local, State, Federal agencies, vendors and the general public.
• Attends, participates and makes presentations to various Boards, including but not limited to the Board of County Commissioners and Planning and Zoning Board, concerning areas of
responsibility as required.
• Prepares exhibit materials.
• Conducts on-site inspections.
• Operates a vehicle and a variety of equipment, which may include a computer, printer, fax machine, copier, calculator, telephone, two-way radio; utilizes an engineering and architectural scale, etc.
• Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absenteeism and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and leave requests.
• Performs related duties as required.
(These essential functions are not a complete statement of all duties required of the job. Employees will be required to perform such other related job duties as may be assigned or required.)
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Requires a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of seven years experience with at least four years in a management position. Extensive knowledge in one or more of the following areas desired: transportation, engineering design, traffic or drainage. Must possess or be able to obtain Professional Engineer Licenses issued by the state of Florida prior to beginning employment. Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Ability to operate in a team environment.
• Knowledge of the methods, policies and procedures of the Department and County as they pertain to the performance duties of the County Engineer.
• Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of County and other Governmental agencies.
• Knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Ability to ensure departmental compliance with all laws and regulations and control the activities of Departments through effective supervision.
• Knowledge of Civil Engineering theories and practices as applied to County operations and administration.
• Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in Engineering Services operations.
• Knowledge of the various permits required by Local, State and Federal agencies for construction and operation projects.
• Ability to provide technical expertise in the development of engineering designs, specifications, cost estimates and project plans.
• Ability to make sound, educated decisions.
• Ability to take the initiative to complete the duties of the position without the need of direct supervision.
• Ability to plan and develop daily, short-termand long-term goals related to County purposes.
• Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in supervising various programs including the handling of emergency situations, determining procedures, setting priorities,
setting schedules, maintaining standards, planning for future County needs and resolving problems.
• Ability to plan, organize and prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
• Knowledge of administrative principles involved in developing, directing and supervising various programs and related activities.
• Ability to train, assist, motivate and supervise a diverse group of employees.
• Ability to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding Departmental policies, methods and regulations.
• Ability to perform employee evaluations and to make recommendations based on results.
• Ability to plan and coordinate the most effective use of personnel, facilities and resources to achieve Department goals.
• Knowledge of proper English usage, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
• Knowledge of modern office practices and technology.
• Ability to use a computer for word processing and record management.
• Ability to perform required mathematical calculations.
• Ability to compile, organize and utilize various financial information necessary in the preparation of the Departmental budget and knows how to prepare and monitor the budget.
• Ability to read and interpret various materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job.
• Ability to assemble and analyze information and prepare reports and records in a concise, clear and effective manner.
• Ability to produce quality work despite the stress of deadlines.
• Knowledge of the terminology and various professional languages used within the Department.
• Ability to maintain effective relationships with co-workers, personnel of other departments, professionals and members of the public through contact and cooperation.
• Ability to learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
• Ability to react calmly and quickly in emergency situations.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL SKILLS:
• Lifting and carrying up to 20 lbs.
• Pushing and pulling
• Climbing on ladders, on steps, or on the ground
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability)
• Ability to perform work effectively despite occasional exposure to adverse environmental conditions, including temperature extremes, wetness/humidity, rain, electrical currents, machinery hazards, uneven terrain, toxic agents, vibrations, noise extremes, fumes, dirt, dust, pollen, odors, etc.
• Has knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the industry.
Florida is home to national and international destinations for tourism and commerce, yet many Floridians lack access to broadband internet in their homes. Rural areas tend to be underserved by traditional telecommunication providers because low population densities and large geographical areas increase the cost to construct needed infrastructure and provide service, reducing the incentive for providers to serve these areas. Those areas that do have service typically have little to no competition among providers, increasing the cost to the subscriber, sometimes to the extent that service unaffordable and therefore not available to the average resident.
The digital divide characterizes the gap between those with or without access to telecommunication and information technologies. The term may refer to both high-speed internet and broadband access. In order to reduce the impacts of limited access to these technologies, federal programs have been established to provide connectivity to poorly served and under-served areas.
Currently, federal programs are split between two major funding mechanisms for broadband infrastructure:
It reduces the cost of operating and extending infrastructure (both fixed and mobile) to serve consumers and small businesses in rural, high-cost areas. A recipient of funding must be designated an “eligible telecommunications carrier” by the relevant state or, in cases in which the state does not have jurisdiction over a particular type of provider, the Federal Communications Commission.
FCC proposed rule from July 2019 seeks to expand upon the Connect America Fund Phase II reverse auction to begin providing $1.488 billion in universal service support over ten years to build highspeed broadband service to over 700,000 households and small businesses in 45 states, with 99.75% of locations receiving at least 25/3 Mbps service and more half receiving at least 100/20 Mbps service.
E-Rate (Schools and Libraries) Program
Rural Health Care Program
Houses three ongoing assistance programs exclusively created and dedicated to financing broadband deployment:
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
Community Connect Grant Program
Additionally, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (previously the Telephone Loan Program) funds broadband deployment in rural areas. Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grants—while not principally supporting connectivity—fund equipment and software that operate via telecommunications to rural end-users of telemedicine and distance learning applications.
In 2018, FAC membership voted to adopt a statement in support of expanding broadband access throughout the state partnering with experienced providers using the most efficient technology. In Florida, the barriers to internet ubiquity appear to be two-fold: (1) the lack of last-mile service due to the cost to construct and operate a network; and (2) refusal of prospective end-users to subscribe to available service, typically due to cost.
During the 2018-2019 policy year, FAC’s Rural Caucus looked at the structural barriers to access to broadband services and determined that both the public and private sector needed to invest additional resources into infrastructure but that existing information about where services are provided and where services was needed made resource allocation challenging and undermined efforts to determine effectiveness of past programs.