Chief Development Engineer

JOB CODE: 1045


SALARY RANGE: $66,972 - $112,213

Department of Development

Under general direction of the Development Director, performs responsible administrative and professional engineering work as a licensed professional engineer assisting in directing the Department of Development activities. Work involves directing the Subdivision and Floodplain Office, including budget control, compliance with the Unified Development Code (UDC) and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and administration of contracts for professional engineering and nonprofessional services. 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 the Department of Development 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 Development Director and fellow senior leadership team members. Directs the Subdivision and Floodplain Office; performs difficult staffing duties, including hiring and training qualified employees, dealing with understaffing, performance management, and administering disciplinary procedures. Reviews maps, site plans, plats, drainage studies, stormwater management, and construction plans for development of East Baton Rouge Parish; prepares flood zone forms for all proposed structures. Reviews drainage calculations for storm drain systems and detention ponds for flood control; reviews hydrologic calculations associated with watershed and impact studies. Explains requirements of NFIP to the general public, elected officials, developers, architects, land surveyors, planners, and engineers. Provides oversight of the Community Rating System (CRS) program to maintain and improve, when possible, the rate classification. Compiles reports for the Department Director, Mayor, and Council Members. Investigates and resolves citizen complaints; inspects and investigates development and drainage issues. Approves invoices and payment requests; reviews and responds to correspondence. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent the Department of Development, 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, particularly as applied subdivision developments and drainage systems. Knowledge of the Unified Development Code (UDC). Knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including the Community Rating System (CRS). Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, resolutions, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of Geographical Information System (GIS) software. Knowledge of NFIP permitting requirements and the software programs utilized in the permitting process. Knowledge of the basic principles of surveying, building construction, hydrology, and hydraulics. Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, resolutions, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of the modern developments, current literature and sources of information regarding professional engineering. Ability to plan, schedule, and supervise a group of professional, sub-professional, skilled and semiskilled employees in a variety of operational and maintenance activities. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, engineers, architects, contractors, and the public. 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 nine years of experience in professional engineering (such as highways, streets, bridges, and/or drainage planning and/or construction), including three years of managerial experience (may include complex project management).

Any equivalent combination of education and experience as recognized by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.

(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.