Engineering Program Manager

Maricopa County logoCompany:  Maricopa County

Location:   Phoenix, AZ

Date Posted:  December 13, 2019

Application Deadline:   December 26, 2019

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $79,768 - $117,520

Engineering Program Manager

About the Position

For more than 60 years, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has been working with our community to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Maintaining a healthy environment improves quality of life and seeks to prevent exposure to mosquito- borne diseases and hazardous substances in food, water, and soil. Using education and innovative methods to protect the more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County and its visitors, our Environmental Health professionals take proactive steps to:

  • Regulate the food safety in eating and drinking establishments
  • Work with stakeholders to keep our water supply free from contamination (including monitoring drinking water systems, inspecting aquatic health and safety, reviewing water & sewer plans)
  • Manage septic systems
  • Safeguard waste disposal
  • Regulate stormwater quality
  • Manage centers and facilities for certain recyclable and waste items; and
  • Provide surveillance/enforcement activities to help minimize vector borne health risks.

The Engineering Program Manager provides leadership for a program/section that conducts engineering plan review/approval and ensures operational compliance for subdivision infrastructure and drinking and wastewater treatment facilities. This to ensure stakeholders of Maricopa County are safe from hazards that could be caused by non-compliance with applicable design and construction rules governing and protecting the environment and public health

  • Plans, assigns, prioritizes, evaluates and reviews the work of program/section staff including registered professional engineers, registered sanitarians, other professionals, subordinate supervisors and support staff for consistency, accuracy, timeliness, conformance to policy/rules, and for technical merit. Work includes permitting, licensing, inspection, and investigation of water, waste water, and solid waste facilities and related operations in accordance with subdivision, water quality, aquifer protection, and design/construction/health related codes and regulations. Oversees the preparation and submission of timely reports and maintenance of records. Creates and oversees budget for assigned unit.
  • Manages complex and high profile projects, assignments and research. Develops, implements, and interprets policies, procedures and programs for engineering aspects of environmental issues related to permitting, control, analysis, design, review and evaluation of water, wastewater, and solid waste infrastructure and operations. Enforces the submittal and approval of discharge authorizations, final verifications and approvals for and of construction of all water, sewer and reclaimed sewer projects to ensure that projects are in accordance with technical specifications and applicable codes.
  • Provides technical expertise to section through plan review, on-site inspections throughout the County, an annual audit of the City of Phoenix sub-delegation, and other related work. Assures final verification approvals for and construction of all, water, sewer and reclaimed sewer projects as per relevance to the work unit.
  • Resolves complaints submitted by staff or the public by conducting or delegating investigations; advises and educates the public on environmental issues, regulations, safety, policies, and compliance matters. Participates and may present technical environmental information to public agencies and/or the public.
  • Communicates, interprets and keeps current on changes in environmental regulations and legislation. Serves as a representative to federal, state, regional and local municipalities and groups to coordinate environmental activities, negotiate, inform and confer; participates at technical meetings, public hearings, and other forums. Collaborates with other divisions, other County departments, and state regulatory agencies.
  • Informs division manager of critical and potentially controversial or political program issues. Participates in budget development, monitoring and adherence.
  • Identifies and implements process improvement initiatives to improve customer and employee satisfaction
  • May serve as division level manager when assigned and/or supervise subordinate supervisory staff.

Working conditions:
Requires some work at field locations with exposure to dust, construction and operational noise, strong odors and uneven terrain. Field work may occur in all weather conditions, including extreme heat. May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing or data entry. Frequent computer use involving the need to see details at close range. May be subject to working after hours, weekends, and holidays. Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 lbs.; must also be able to carry up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and or pull up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Sanitary Engineering or related engineering field
  • Six (6) years’ experience in infrastructure engineering review and approvals including work experience in engineering project management
  • Must have or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's license at time of hire.
  • Arizona registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration, OR by the technical board of another state, with the ability to obtain Arizona Registration within six months of employment.

Our Preferred Candidate has:

  • One (1) year of supervisory experience overseeing professional engineering staff
  • Ten (10) years of water, wastewater, and solid waste facility and system design, regulatory, and compliance management experience.
  • Experience in the design, review, permitting, and/or regulation of water/wastewater/solid waste systems.
  • Experience with Automated Permit Tracking Systems.

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