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Kent County Government - Job Description
County Engineer

FSLA Status: Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled


The County Commissioners of Kent County are currently accepting applications for a County Engineer in the Public Works Department. This is professional administrative work at a very experienced level. Work is performed with considerable independence within established policies and procedures; and is supervised by the County Administrator. Performance will be evaluated periodically based on accomplishments and previous agreed upon objectives. Applicants for this position must be self-starters and pay close attention to detail. Must have attended a four-year college or university, recognized by the Engineering Council on Professional Development and/or approved by the Maryland State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, with a degree in civil engineering; and ten years of civil engineering experience. Salary is commensurate with experience in addition to a comprehensive benefits package.

Application and job specification may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, 400 High Street, 2nd Floor, Chestertown, MD 21620, (410)778-4595 or go to www.kentcounty.com. This position is open until filled. EOE

Job Summary: Directs all phases of county construction projects, including public works and private development. The position is responsible for all engineering functions, and manages the Buildings and Grounds Maintenance Division.

Essential Functions
Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Manages Building Maintenance Department, including establishment of work priorities and responsibility for successful project completion.

Manages Grounds Maintenance Department, including establishment of work priorities and responsibility for successful project completion.

Acts as assistant procurement officer for public works projects, including preparing bid specifications, reviewing quotes and recommending awards.

Provides effective direction to assigned staff including defining work priorities, monitoring and evaluating job performance, hiring, training, coaching, and modeling expected behaviors.

Monitors and ensures quality and accounting controls for county projects, including onsite inspections and approval of contractor payments.

Receives and reviews preliminary and final submission of plans, drawings, specifications and plats from developers and consultants, ensuring compliance with codes and regulations.

Prepares applications for federal and state permits.

Administers MD SHA State Aid Program and county bridge inspection program.

Provides engineering support to local municipalities when requested.

Serves as the County Commissioners’ representative at public meetings and hearings.

Performs other duties as required.

Supervision: The position reports to the Public Works Director. The position supervises staff in the buildings and grounds division.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

Communications Skills: Ability to build and maintain effective relationships with department staff, county and municipal officials, developers, consultants and county residents. Ability to write clearly and informatively; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions, concerns about competing priorities.

Customer Service: Represents the department professionally and effectively in both internal and external interactions. Manages difficult or challenging situations successfully. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of cultural background, status, or position. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views.

Leadership and Management Skills: Creates and communicates the department’s vision. Builds commitment and supports employee growth and success. Sets expectations and monitors activities. Recognizes the accomplishments of others; demonstrates ability to create and lead in a team-oriented environment. Builds morale and group commitment to goals and objectives. Inspires and motivates others to perform well. Demonstrates effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities.

Innovation and Change Management Skills: Displays original thinking and creativity. Develops innovative approaches and ideas. Presents ideas and information in a manner that is easily understood. Understands and contributes to evolving processes in response to changing communities and advances in technology.

Technical Skills: Effectively utilizes standard office software and specific engineering software to draft plans and specifications.

Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor’s Degree.
2. Three to five years’ experience.
3. Or equivalent technical training, education or experience.
4. Professional Engineer’s License required.
5. Valid Maryland Driver’s License and an acceptable motor vehicle record.
6. Knowledge of standard office software, plus specific experience and use of engineering software. Ability to perform standard Internet searches and effective e-mail communications with staff, officials, businesses and residents.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Work routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items and/or very long periods of walking on rough surfaces, and/or standing for long periods of time. There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. Position requires accessing mechanical rooms with boilers and other machinery. Construction inspection involves close proximity to construction equipment in generally dusty conditions.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.

Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory. Ability to work with concepts such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, and proofs of theorems.

Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Download an Employment Application
Please email the completed applications to hr@kentgov.org
(Please note that the application requires a signature in "two" places)