Engineer Vi

Lorton, Virginia
$88,953.90 - $148,257.62 Annually
Aug 13, 2022
Sep 10, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Announcement

Fairfax County's Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is recruiting a professional engineer with strong leadership and technical expertise to serve as a Branch Chief to lead WTD’s capital improvement programs and engineering support for the Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant, a large, 67 mgd, advanced wastewater treatment facility. As Branch Chief, plans, coordinates, manages and supervises the work of about fifteen professional engineers and engineering staff and technicians who provide capital planning, regulatory compliance reporting, construction coordination, process engineering, and technical expertise. Collaborates across the organization to ensure projects are well coordinated and meet stakeholder expectations.

Provides expertise on regulatory compliance, technical and administrative matters and construction activities related to the wastewater treatment facility. The Plant’s wastewater treatment facilities include preliminary treatment, primary treatment, secondary biological treatment for enhanced nitrogen removal, biofilm nitrogen removal, chemical clarification, filtration, UV disinfection and reclamation. Raw sewage is treated seven days a week, to meet all regulatory requirements.

Illustrative Duties

Depending on the functional area of assignment:
  • As a Branch Chief Plans, directs and supervises the work of a group of engineers or architects in the design or construction of highly complex projects such as buildings, transportation or stormwater projects, solid waste management or wastewater facilities;
  • Supervises the work of a group of engineers in the review of subdivision plans for impact on critical county infrastructure, such as stormwater management, wastewater treatment, or main traffic arteries;
  • Heads planning and conservation programs of significant impact;
  • Makes high level decisions on annual budget, blanket procurement contracts, consultant contracts, or investment in software updates;
  • Performs the most difficult or highly technical design or review of site or subdivision plans and capital projects;
  • Ensures work performed under contract meets county standards and agreed upon specifications and timeframes, and permit and regulatory requirements;
  • Signs off on the work of the branch and may sign and seal own work product and/or that of subordinate staff;
  • Provides technical engineering guidance and input on key projects throughout the conceptual, preliminary and final design and construction phases;
  • Supervises work performed under contract and maintains professional control of projects to completion;
  • Attends public meetings and conferences, and makes recommendations concerning county budget appropriations for operations and/or projects;
  • Reviews and supervises proposed revisions to technical design standards and ordinances;
  • May serve on leadership and management working groups including business area teams;
  • Serves on technical committees and provides expert testimony at public hearings;
  • Works to resolve or make recommendations to resolve complex contractual issues, design issues and construction issues;
  • As an Assistant Division Director Serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Division Director on technical and administrative matters;
  • Assists in the establishment of policies, procedures and priorities for the operating programs of the division;
  • Represents the Division Director at meetings with County staff, contractors and citizen groups.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Depending on the functional area of assignment:
  • Knowledge of the principles, theory and practice of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering or urban planning;
  • Knowledge of computer applications and software (such as CAD) that are associated with the preparation of plans and engineering computations;
  • Knowledge of common methods and equipment used in engineering construction and of inspection methods used in reviewing such work;
  • Knowledge of environmental testing methods;
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of contract procurement and management;
  • Ability to review construction documents, designs and proposals for costs, design requirements and compatibility with county standards, guides and operational needs;
  • Ability to collect and compile research data;
  • Ability to oversee and coordinate the work of a diverse professional and paraprofessional engineering staff;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing and interact effectively with the public;
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and to present findings in a clear and concise format;
  • Ability to engage others in the design and implementation strategies that maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals;
  • Ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and the ability to use new technology to enhance decision making;
  • Ability to explain, advocate, and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner;
  • Ability to negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally;
  • Ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations;
  • Ability to identify and navigate the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization;
  • Ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key county and program goals, priorities, values, and other factors.

Employment Standards

Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architecture field; plus five years of progressively responsible professional experience in the appropriate engineering field.

  • A valid driver's license.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA) within 6 months of hire.
An individual who possesses a valid Professional Engineer or Architect license in another state will be granted a temporary exemption to this requirement pending the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects decision regarding that individual's application for reciprocity. As a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect, signs and seals own work product and/or that of subordinate staff.

The appointee is required to complete a criminal background check, credit check, driving record check, and pre-employment physical examination to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Demonstrated experience in managing projects through planning, design, and construction. Experience working in program management for large municipal capital improvements. Experience with financial and budgetary planning, tracking, and reporting at the project and/or program level. Senior-level supervisory and managerial experience.

Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Visual acuity to review detailed drawings, plans and documents. Work requires performing tasks in an environment in which raw waste is present. Ability to write, communicate and understand process inspections and evaluations made in the field. Must be able to walk, often over rough terrain at construction job sites; climb stairs; sit and stand for extended periods (at meetings and job sites respectively). All duties are performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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