Chief Stormwater Engineer

JOB CODE: 1049


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

Department of Environmental Services

Under the direction of the Environmental Services Director and Assistant Environmental Services Director, performs responsible administrative and professional engineering work as a licensed professional engineer assisting in directing Department of Environmental Services' activities. Work involves directing, managing, supervising, and coordinating the engineer planning and design, operations and maintenance, and environmental compliance for the Stormwater Program. Responsibilities also include 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. Employee may be on 24-hour call for emergency situations. Performs other work as requested.

Actively participates in the senior leadership team of Environmental Services 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 Environmental Services Director, Assistant Environmental Services Director, and fellow senior leadership team members. Directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates all aspects of stormwater engineer planning and design including construction management, maintenance and repair, and technology functions. Directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates all aspects of stormwater operations and maintenance including the collections systems, culvert crossings, roadside drainage systems, normal bridge maintenance, erosion control, levees, major drainage canals, flood storage systems, structural control systems, and drainage herbicidal spray program. Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of managers and support staff; assigns responsibility for work activities, projects, and programs; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems. In conjunction with the Environmental Coordinator, responsible for environmental compliance reporting for the Stormwater program. Negotiates contracts and coordinates with consultants regarding Stormwater projects and activities; provides contract administration oversight for the program. Develops, updates, and maintains technical and operations standards for the Stormwater program; administers and maintains project-scheduling system. Recommends and administers policies and procedures to be in full compliance with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements as stipulated in the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). Operates and maintains flood control structures, control structures, and floodwater storage areas to be in full compliance with MS4 permit requirements as stipulated in the SWMP. Assists with the development and administration of the Stormwater annual operating budget, including the forecast of funds needed for projects, staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies. Assists in the development of policies and procedures for response to routine storm events, hurricanes, flooding, and other crisis events. Appears in a variety of public settings to represent Environmental Services, including Metro Council meetings, public hearings, public outreach programs, and before various boards and courts to testify in appeals and other legal actions. Participates in providing customer service to internal and external customers by responding to and resolving escalated sensitive inquiries and complaints; negotiates sensitive and controversial issues. Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in stormwater management, regulatory compliance issues, and related technology. Interviews, selects, trains, and evaluates employees; ensures employees adhere to City-Parish and departmental policies and procedures; disciplines employees when necessary.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of stormwater engineer planning and design, operations and maintenance, and environmental compliance. Knowledge of the SWMP for the City-Parish. Knowledge of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) regulations. Knowledge of the Unified Development Code (UDC) and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Knowledge of the modern developments, current literature, and sources of information regarding professional engineering. Knowledge of all types of construction, materials, methods, and stages of construction. Knowledge of policies and procedures of the department. Knowledge of the principles of supervision and training. Knowledge in providing effective performance feedback and conducting performance appraisals. Skill in the operation of modern office equipment and in the use of standard computer applications. Ability to oversee and manage a comprehensive stormwater program. Ability to analyze complex operational and administrative problems, evaluate alternatives, and recommend or implement effective courses of action. Ability to collaboratively develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and management controls. Ability to organize, supervise, and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel performing varied stormwater functions. Ability to negotiate agreements and contracts. Ability to read and accurately interpret plans, specifications, and blueprints. Ability to manage public works engineering projects. Ability to prepare and administer program budgets, including capital budgets. Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service technology methods and techniques. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to prepare clear and concise records, reports, correspondence, and other written materials. Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedents and practices, and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems. Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within general policy guidelines. 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 sewer, traffic, streets 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 as recognized by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board.

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.