Deputy Director (Engineering) – Public Works Department

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Allegheny County is the 19th largest county in the United States, strategically located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic States. Allegheny County, with a population of approximately 1.3 million, is the second largest county in the State of Pennsylvania, and has had a Home Rule form of governance since 2000 legislation was enacted. The County owns and maintains 521 Bridges and 410 miles of roads. It also provides maintenance of the grounds for nine (9) County parks consisting of over twelve (12) thousand acres of park land.


This is a senior level administrative and professional engineering position overseeing the operations of the Division Engineering and Construction. This Senior Level Administration position provides highly responsible and complex design and engineering, major maintenance and construction support to the Director of Public Works and other departments as required and requires a leader with a breadth of engineering and construction knowledge and experience.

The Deputy Director provides engineering and construction service delivery execution for county bridges, roads and parks, and facilities related to capital programs and other major maintenance projects. The Deputy Director interfaces with customers and elected officials, and directs project execution related to the county capital budget and oversees the Engineering Division operating budget execution. The Deputy Director has responsibility and accountability over all engineering work and division personnel, and supports the oversight of an annual capital budget of approximately $50 million, which includes both facility and infrastructure projects. The Deputy Director of Engineering works under the general direction of the Director.


This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or related field, from an accredited college or university. Current professional engineer’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of

Pennsylvania is required (or ability to transfer currently existing license from another US State). Seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience related to highway/bridge/facility design and construction, two years of which shall have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity. Class C PA driver’s license required prior to appointment.

This is the principal senior level administrative position providing engineering, design, and construction expertise to the County Executive, County Manager, Director Public Works, and Director Facilities Management so the incumbent requires comprehensive knowledge of the principals and practices associated with architectural and engineering design and construction. Principle abilities include managing complex multi-disciplined capital improvement projects and completing projects within budget and schedule; to apply local, state and federal regulatory codes and standards; to evaluate design and/or construction work; to supervise and direct professional, technical and clerical personnel; to plan, monitor and evaluate the work of self and others; to maintain records and prepare accurate reports; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, outside agencies and the general public. Considerable knowledge of contracts, computer assisted design, construction materials and techniques, fiscal and budgetary procedures and federal and state funding programs. Considerable skills in negotiation of contracts with consultants and contractors and in interpreting and enforcing contracts.


Oversees the general work of all personnel assigned to the Engineering Division associated with design, engineering, construction management, and construction inspection. Has responsibility for various technical professionals and clerical personnel.

Works closely and in concert with other divisions and deputy directors, other department administrators and directors to achieve the overall Mission of the Department of Public Works and deliver quality capital projects programming and planning associated with Public Works, Facilities Management, or other departments.

Assists the Director of Public Works in setting department and division policy, developing strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the division, implementing department and division initiatives, and representing department philosophy to employees as well as outside agencies.

Administers department, county policies and procedures, and other mandated regulations as they apply to the Division.

Manages all functions related to the design and construction of County capital improvement projects and other major maintenance projects or renovations, while supervising, directing, and coordinating complex, multi-disciplined projects executed and managed by engineers, technical assistants and clerical personnel.

Ensures all work is completed in accordance with established policies, procedures, rules and regulations, budgets and schedules.

Prepares annual capital programs budget for all roads, bridges, parks and facilities with input from various outside departments including related field and maintenance personnel.

Oversees capital reimbursement programs and execution of all related capital program projects, ensuring maximum and prompt recovery of available outside funding.

Manages, oversees, and participates in the development of yearly operating budgets associated with the engineering division and executes and directs the expenditure of funds as it relates to the division’s budget.

Monitors the monthly expenditures to assure that the division stays within its annual approved budget.

Acts as a liaison to coordinate the work of consultants, contractors and departmental personnel, may require coordination across various departments and facility coordinators.

Supervises negotiations with consultants and contractors as required as related to capital programs and projects, major re-construction or renovation, and professional engineering and design requirements.

Serves as the principal advisor to the Director in regards to problems related to roads, bridges, and facilities and recommends and implements corrective action when required.

Works with other various government agencies (including PennDOT, City of Pittsburgh, FHWA, and others) to coordinate planning, funding and various engineering reviews of all assigned projects.

Supervisory requirements include:

Exercises direct, technical, and functional supervision over technical, administrative/supervisory, and clerical personnel in the division.

Evaluates employee work and performance, recommending and implementing disciplinary actions and performance improvement measures for personnel within the division.

Manages employees in strict accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and established policy to ensure fair and standardized treatment of employees.

Fosters a staff that is qualified, motivated and customer oriented whose achievements are recognized.

Assure that adequate training is provided to all division employees so that they possess the latest technology and principles as it relates to their job duties.


Knowledge of:

Principals and practices associated with architectural and engineering design. Considerable knowledge of contracts.

Computer assisted design. Construction materials and techniques.

Fiscal and budgetary procedures and federal and state funding programs. Skills:

Considerable skills in negotiation of contracts with consultants and contractors and in interpreting and enforcing contracts.

Ability to:

Manage complex multi-disciplined capital improvement projects and to complete projects within budget and schedule.

Apply local, state and federal regulatory codes and standards. Evaluate design and/or construction work.

Supervise and direct professional, technical and clerical personnel. Plan, monitor and evaluate the work of self and others.

Maintain records and prepare accurate reports. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, outside agencies and the public.


Work is performed in office settings. The Deputy Director will be required to attend evening meetings and support special project deadlines outside the normal workweek. Travel to off site locations will be required.


Allegheny County within 1 year.


No preference.

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