Chief Design & Construction Engineer

JOB CODE: 1046


SALARY RANGE: $73,836 - $123,392

Department of Transportation & Drainage

Under the direction of the Transportation & Drainage Director, performs responsible administrative and professional engineering work as a licensed professional engineer assisting in directing Department of Transportation & Drainage activities. Work involves responsibility for the efficient administration of all public works design and construction engineering efforts; the supervision of technical, clerical, skilled, semiskilled, and unskilled personnel; financial stewardship of City-Parish funds; and representation of the department in a variety of public forums (e.g. Metro Council meetings). Work requires exceptional teamwork and the use of independent judgment within established policy guidelines. Performs other work as requested.

Actively participates in the senior leadership team of Transportation & Drainage to enhance operational efficiency, continually improve client services, and build the capability of the staff through workforce development programs. In this role, consults closely with the Transportation and Drainage Director and fellow senior leadership team members. Directly supervises design and construction/field engineers in the areas of drainage and transportation; ensures staff understands and applies federal, state, and local codes and ordinances which govern engineering design and construction. Directs the preparation and review of design plans and specifications; manages various projects with private engineers, architects, and federal and state agencies; responsible for meeting operating budget and goals. As requested by the director, provides technical engineering/construction advice to stakeholder groups (contractors, architects, engineers, developers, citizens, and City-Parish government employees) regarding public works projects; clarifies the roles, responsibilities, and process/procedures of Transportation & Drainage. Provides project oversight of contractors' performance on assigned projects to ensure quality and provides financial stewardship of City-Parish funds. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent Transportation & Drainage, including Metro Council meetings, public hearings, public outreach programs, and before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering and construction, particularly as applied to municipal public works. Knowledge of the modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding professional engineering. Knowledge of all types of constructions, materials, methods, and stages of construction. Knowledge of applicable state, federal, and local laws, ordinances, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the department. Ability to negotiate agreements and contracts. Ability to effectively coordinate a variety of engineering and planning personnel, projects, and programs. Ability to plan, schedule, and supervise a large group of professional, paraprofessional, skilled, and semiskilled employees in a variety of engineering and construction activities. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints. Ability to manage public works projects. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, architects, contractors, and other interested parties. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.


Bachelor's degree in one of the recognized branches of engineering from the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board, and ten years of experience in professional engineering (such as highways, streets, bridges, and/or drainage planning and/or construction), including four years of managerial experience (may include complex project management).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Possession of a license to practice professional engineering as issued by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.


The work examples described in this specification are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from job performance requirements if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the job.