Jun 01, 2021

Group Manager of Civil/Structural/Construction Engineering - 8032

  • BART
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
Full time Engineering Civil Engineer

Job Description


The Maintenance and Engineering (M&E) department has over 1500 employees who serve San Francisco Bay Area communities by providing safe and reliable infrastructure to enable on-time service. M&E Engineering leads over one hundred design & capital construction projects along with providing technical expertise for all infrastructure assets apart from rail vehicles. We focus on safety, reliability, and innovation to benefit passengers and employees so trains and projects can move swiftly every day. We hire maintenance-friendly Engineering talent who bring a high level of technical capability, accountability, and enthusiasm for continuous improvement.

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2019 current employee cost $147.14 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$133,622 Minimum - $207,114 Maxiumum (Non-Represented Pay Band 12)

Posted Date

December 20, 2018

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To

L. Lovett

Days Off


NOTE Working variable shifts, including nights and weekends, may be required.

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

If you have deep civil, structural, and construction engineering leadership experience and a passion to represent the owner’s interest (Bay Area Taxpayers) in complex negotiations and program delivery, this senior position may be the game changer for your career. Expertise in high volume problem solving within a complex technical environment blending older and newer technologies is key.

This position is accountable for a $1.3B capital budget, staff of 80 (and growing), and 83 projects with oversight over all civil/structural designs for the District. For a glance at projects we are working on, see http //www.bart.gov/better-bart/the-plan

This key leadership role will be accountable for planning, directing, managing, and measuring the Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering divisions within the Maintenance and Engineering Department. The incumbent will also be responsible for managing, through subordinate staff, major special Engineering projects throughout the District including contracted professional Engineering, Construction, and Maintenance services. This group is a critical player in achieving and maintaining a State of Good Repair by interacting with Maintenance, Operations, other BART departments, and external agencies.

Physical asset types in this area of responsibility include site infrastructure, implementation of right of way, station and yard assets to allow for safe and efficient operations. Design infrastructure renewal projects that address regulations requirements and ever growing needs for operational infrastructure including bridges, traction power stations, passenger stations, yards, maintenance shops, and more.

The selected candidate will demonstrate superior abilities in leadership, technical acumen, and self–motivation, as well as extensive management experience, strong communication and organizational skills, and sound judgment driving Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering achievements. The selected incumbent will demonstrate significant achievement in the following areas

  • Leading comprehensive multi-disciplinary Engineering and maintenance programs that prioritize safety but also include procurements, controls, and administration.
  • Innovative and creative problem solving to optimize asset performance and Sustaining Engineering in an operational environment.
  • Data driven change agent experience to create and lead transformation that raises the level of group effectiveness and interaction with other organizations using proven tools and techniques.
  • Developing, communicating, and measuring aggressive goals in support of the organization’s mission.

The selected candidate will preferably have at least 15 years of relevant experience and be registered as a professional Civil and Structural engineer in the State of California. Registration in another U.S. state is acceptable if a California license is achieved and verified within 6 months of hire date.

  • This is a capital position and is subject to time and funding limitations.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities for Civil, Structural and Construction divisions within the Maintenance and Engineering Department. Holds personnel accountable for the performance of assigned assets and projects.
  • Elevates performance Develops, mentors, and grows the Engineering team; ensures their commitment to developing innovative solutions that include design for maintainability, reliability, asset life extension, and optimal life cycle cost.
  • Establishes, within District policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates, through subordinate level staff, the Group’s work plan; assigns project and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Assesses and monitors work load, allocates resources, and improves customer relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  • Oversees the administration of construction contracts, special Engineering projects, and major Engineering contract design projects; resolves the most complex design and safety issues; responds to emergency situations to ensure safe operation of District assets.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the departmental budget and forecast of funds needed (operating & capital); approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Explains, justifies, and defends departmental programs, policies and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Represents the Maintenance and Engineering Department to representatives of manufacturers, vendors, governmental agencies, and professional and business organizations; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments, outside agencies, and organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


A Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree is preferred.


Five (5) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional electrical engineering experience, preferably in design and maintenance of high voltage electrical systems and major professional engineering functions or projects which must have included at least three (3) years of management and administrative experience.

License or Certificate

Registration as a professional engineer in the State of California.

Other Requirements

Must possess sufficient mobility to perform field inspections and investigations.


Environmental Conditions

Office environment; exposure to computer screens; field environment; construction site environment; exposure to heat, cold, moving vehicle, electrical energy and inclement weather conditions.

Physical Conditions

May require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Knowledge of

  • Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary engineering design and special projects program.
  • Principles and practices of design engineering.
  • Principles and practices of project scheduling and management.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of engineering project contract administration.
  • Design, installation, operation and modification of heavy rail transit facilities and equipment.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and administration.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
  • Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Skill in

  • Managing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary major engineering and maintenance projects program.
  • Developing and implementing complex design and equipment acquisition schedules.
  • Developing and administering departmental goals, objectives and procedures.
  • Analyzing and assessing policies and operational needs and making appropriate solutions.
  • Identifying and responding to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs.
  • Delegating authority and responsibility.
  • Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff.
  • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Preparing and administering large and complex budgets.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Selection Process

Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.

The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and a panel and/or individual interview.

The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S; pass a pre-employment medical examination which may include a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations).

We will consider candidates that require VISA transfer/sponsorship for this position.


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