City Engineer

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The Opportunity

The City of Melbourne is seeking an experienced and engaging leader to serve as its new City Engineer. The City Engineer oversees all aspects of the City of Melbourne’s Engineering Department, supervising a team of 21 employees. The ideal candidate will not only have a solid technical background, but will also be a good public speaker with strong communications skills. This role is the primary liaison between the City and other agencies, businesses and citizens on major development projects and ongoing infrastructure work that impact the local economy and quality of life. The City Engineer also serves as the primary person responsible for explaining complex budget items and projects to the City’s elected leaders as well as to the media. 

The Organization

The City of Melbourne has a population of 82,010 and is 51.33 square miles or 32,851.2 acres in size. It has a council-manager form of government with 11 departments including Engineering, Public Works & Utilities, Community Development, Financial Services, Parks & Recreation, Police, Fire, Human Resources, City Clerk’s Office, City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office. 

The City of Melbourne is a regional provider of drinking water with two water treatment facilities: the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant and the Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Treatment Facility. The City supplies drinking water to the cities of Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Palm Shores, Melbourne Village and unincorporated Brevard County south of the Pineda Causeway. It also provides wholesale water service to the City of West Melbourne. The City also operates two regional water reclamation plants: David B. Lee Water Reclamation Facility and Grant Street Water Reclamation Facility. Both plants are designed to provide a minimum of secondary treatment. Effluent disposal is accomplished through a combination of deep well injection and reclaimed water distribution. 

City facilities include City Hall, 8 fire stations, 2 police department buildings, and a public works complex. Additionally, the City has 2 golf courses, 39 parks, 31 athletic fields, 19 outdoor basketball courts, 2 fishing piers, 4 boat ramps, 2 cemeteries, 25 tennis courts, 3 swimming pools, an auditorium, and 5 civic/community centers. 

This opportunity was created when the former City Engineer was promoted to serve as the City’s Deputy City Manager. The City Engineer will be a member of the senior management team and will report to the Deputy City Manager. 

Position Profile

The City Engineer performs advanced professional level work in managing and directing the City’s Engineering Department, supervising the design and construction of the City’s capital improvement program projects, and managing the operation of the City’s traffic signals and signage. He/she also oversees the coordination of transportation, stormwater and utility activities with federal, state, county and other municipal agencies. 

Melbourne’s Engineering Department is responsible for construction plan review, stormwater utility billing and projects, capital improvement projects, traffic engineering, abandon and vacate requests, addressing, right-of-way use permits and agreements, water authorization, impact fee calculations, and maintenance of traffic for special events. The department is responsible for the City’s transportation, intersection and signalization, stormwater utility, and sidewalks and bikeways programs. The City Engineer is responsible for the management of approximately $30 million a year of capital improvement projects. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design, permitting, bidding and construction administration of all the City’s capital improvement projects. 

The City’s roadway network consists of 293 miles of roads. The City has a pavement management plan, and $2.5 million was budgeted toward roadway resurfacing and restoration in Fiscal Year 18/19. Engineering administers the resurfacing and restoration efforts. Traffic Engineering operates and maintains 67 traffic signals and approximately 16,000 signs. Traffic Engineering staff actively participates in regional Intelligent Transportation Systems projects. The City implements at least one mast arm conversion project a year. 

The stormwater utility program includes approximately $2.7 million of capital projects a year, including grant-funded and Save Our Indian River Lagoon projects. The City is included in two active Basin Management Action Plans. Engineering staff manages the requirements of the plans and of the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. Staff is responsible for calculating the billing of the stormwater utility bills for approximately 32,500 parcels.

View the complete job description, including requirements and qualifications. 

What Makes Melbourne Special

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Melbourne has been named one of the top places to live in the country by U.S. News. Our residents enjoy great weather, high-tech employment opportunities, excellent schools, charming downtowns and abundant recreational opportunities. Reasonable housing prices, low traffic, and a strong sense of community make Melbourne one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.

Location

Melbourne is located in east central Florida along the Indian River Lagoon, a vast estuary loved by boaters, anglers and those who just enjoy its quiet beauty. On the other side of the river a portion of the city lies on a barrier island with beach parks offering even more fun in the sun. Melbourne has an international airport and is located next to a major interstate with easy access to Orlando and the attractions, Kennedy Space Center, and points beyond.

Schools

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The Brevard Public Schools system is a model of innovation and excellence in preparing young people for success and is one of Florida’s finest school districts. Brevard County is also home to several colleges and universities, including the world-renowned Florida Institute of Technology, a regional branch of the University of Central Florida, and multiple campuses of Eastern Florida State College.

Cultural Life

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Melbourne’s cultural amenities include local musicians and artists in its downtown venues, as well as national and international performers at the King Performing Arts Center and two venues for live theater downtown. You will find plenty to do away from the office, including one of the nation’s top-rated zoos, museums, art galleries, music and a thriving retail and restaurant scene.

Weather

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Enjoy the benefits of Central Florida’s ideal coastal climate — mild winters and a lush blooming landscape year-round. Melbourne averages 242 sunny days annually with extremely mild winter seasons between 50° - 70° (F). 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $75,809.95 – $127,329.21. Hiring is anticipated to be around the mid-point of this range depending on qualifications.

The City provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes a generous subsidy for employee and family health insurance. Optional employee paid programs include dental insurance, supplemental life insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and an optional deferred compensation program. Employees accrue time off for sick leave, vacation leave and have nine paid holidays each year.

Application and Selection Process

Interested and qualified candidates, please submit your resume using our online application system. This position will be open until filled. Melbourne is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages qualified women and minorities to apply. Under the Florida Public Records Act, all applications are subject to disclosure upon receipt. This position is exempt from Veterans’ Preference.