Principal Civil Engineer

County of Marin
Full Time $151,569 - $184,267 Per year CA 3501 Civic Center Dr STE 304, San Rafael, CA 94903, United States


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 . Read on to find out more about this opportunity.
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 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.
Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and techniques of civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying and/or permitting to manage projects from inception to completion.
  • Principles and techniques of management and supervision including selection, motivation, training and performance evaluation.
  • Planning, budgeting and scheduling for an engineering division.
  • Statistics and advanced mathematics including algebra and analytic geometry.
  • Legal guidelines for public works engineering activities.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and enforcement procedures related to traffic engineering, land surveying and/or permitting, including the California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act and Disability Access Program.
  • Principles and practices of contract negotiation, preparation and administration.
  • Correct methods of using engineering equipment including computers and related software, calculators, drafting and surveying instruments.
  • Uses and operation methods of various types of construction equipment
Ability to:
  • Organize work, establishing priorities, evaluate design and consulting work, and set goals and objectives.
  • Identifies and defines technical problems.
  • Effectively implement new policies and procedures.
  • Apply principles of logic and scientific reasoning to develop and evaluate alternative courses of action and determine appropriate solution.
  • Understand and interpret complex technical and legal documents, maps, technical drawings and plans, and other engineering material related to hydraulics, soil mechanics, surveying and related disciplines.
  • Retain and recall factual, technical data and legal provisions.
  • Effectively communicate verbally to convey technical information and give instructions.
  • Listen attentively, conduct negotiations in a persuasive manner and consolidate a variety of viewpoints into a logical proposal.
  • Prepare clear and concise technically accurate reports, correspondence, records and other documents.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with all levels of representatives from governmental and private agencies, construction and consultant contractors, co-workers and the public.
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.

Eligible List: Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination may consist of a highly qualified review, application screening, online assessment, written examination, oral examination, performance examination, or any combination to determine which candidates' names will be placed on the eligible list.  The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill the current vacancy, and any future vacancies for open, fixed-term, full-time or part-time positions which may occur while the list remains active.
Disaster Service Workers: All County of Marin employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:  The County of Marin is committed to diversity and invites all qualified people to apply, including persons of color, women, and individuals with disabilities.  Upon request, reasonable accommodation may be made for persons with disabilities and for religious reasons, where necessary.  If you have questions regarding equal employment opportunities, please contact Roger Crawford, Equal Employment Opportunity Director, at ext. 2095.  If you have questions concerning this position announcement, please contact Diane Ooms, Principal Human Resources Analyst, at ext. 3045.
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