Senior Flood and Drainage Planning Engineer
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Main Purpose and Function
The Senior Engineer provides strategic utility planning and expertise to an inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental team that is responsible for developing and leading the City’s Coastal Flood Management Strategy and drainage servicing. The member of this team will focus on developing an adaptive floodplain drainage strategy, which builds on the upland drainage and coastal flood management work and focuses on co-benefits and long-term cost effectiveness of solutions.
This staff member will also work closely with Metro Vancouver and member municipalities on the updating the Still Creek floodplain maps and Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP).
Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships
The Flood and Drainage Planning Engineer reports to the Manager of Integrated Sewer and Drainage Planning. The position will frequently engage with senior planning, development services and engineering staff from across the organization. This role will also engage with branch managers and make occasional presentations to senior management and/or Council.
This staff will also work with external stakeholders such as First Nation governments, Metro Vancouver, Fraser Basin Council, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Province of British Columbia (e.g. MOE, FLNRORD, IOD), and regional local governments including the City of Burnaby, University of British Columbia, University Endowment Lands and the City of New Westminster.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Works cross-functionally with other City departments, external agencies and community stakeholders to develop drainage plans for the City’s floodplains that account for upland drainage and coastal flooding, and that integrate multiple objectives such as transportation planning and design, climate adaptation, land development, habitat enhancement, urban design and community building
- Leads and collaborates with other internal branches to develop a level of service for the internal drainage system within the City’s floodplain
- Develops and applies a framework to identify, evaluate, and prioritize floodplain drainage works (e.g., stormwater outfalls, drainage pump stations, land raising, diversions/syphons, etc.). The framework will also need to consider the cost benefit of upland drainage interventions, and other City priorities and benefits
- Develops a framework and processes for integrating proposed works into the City’s asset management programs and funding models
- Develops Request for Proposals (RFP) and Request for Quotations (RFQ) completes the procurement process, and completes project management responsibilities for projects that will advance this positions work
- Collaborates with internal branches on land use planning, development inquiries, capital planning, and other planning processes in regards to development and land use planning in the City’s floodplains
- Collaborates with Metro Vancouver, Cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam and New Westminster on updating the Still Creek flood plain maps and the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP)
- Represents the City with internal branches, outside agencies and Metro Vancouver to align levels of service, to discuss operational issues and improvements, and to ensure that regulatory responsibilities are met
- Responds to correspondence or inquiries from outside agencies, the public and other branches regarding monitoring data
- Other duties/responsibilities as assigned
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a Professional Engineer designation
- A minimum of eight years’ related experience in hydrology, hydraulics, flood management, utility planning, project management or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles related to lowland flood management, hydrology, hydraulics, and planning, design and construction of and drainage infrastructure (e.g., pump stations, ditches, sloughs, pipe networks, flood boxes, etc.)
- Experience with planning for and applying an equity and reconciliation lens to projects and day to day work
- Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and external stakeholders
- A systematic big-picture thinker that is able to reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus, and secure cooperation and support from both stakeholders and team members
- Experience leading stakeholder engagement strategies and working collaboratively and effectively on inter-disciplinary teams, with staff across City departments, with contractors, consultants, outside agencies, industry stakeholders and the public
- Ability to analyze and solve problems and make decisions or make recommendations based upon thorough analysis of facts
- Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills;
- A demonstrated ability as a leader and project manager with strong organizational and time management skills including the ability to deal effectively with multiple tasks of moderate complexity and setting and meeting competing deadlines
- Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate, engage and mentor staff
- Ability to manage change and assist others with adapting to change
Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Position Start Date: February 2021
Application Close: January 3, 2021
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