Manager of Municipal Engineering

Competition Number: 2023-09

Job Title: Manager of Municipal Engineering

Department: Engineering and Public Works

Employment Type: Full Time, Temporary


Posted Date: March 7, 2023

Closing Date: March 21, 2023

Last Updated Date: March 21, 2023, 2:01

Status: Closed


Manager of Municipal Engineering

(Temporary, term to fill for leave)

Reports to:     Director of Engineering and Public Works

Posted:           March 07, 2023       

The City of Fernie invites applications from qualified, experienced, persons to provide engineering and technical services and management oversight work for the Engineering Department on a temporary basis, to cover for 12-18 month leave. The City of Fernie is a progressive workplace with diverse and passionate staff. We strive to be a model of public service excellence for all our residents, visitors, and businesses.


The ideal candidate will be a registered Professional Engineer, with a degree in civil or municipal engineering and progressive experience in a management, public administration and engineering. Candidates with a diploma in civil engineering technology or equivalent, or an advanced degree, with complimentary managerial and/or project management experience will also be considered. The Manager of Engineering will have strong professional judgment, critical thinking, and fiscal management skills, and will be able to provide strategic direction to the team and organization.

The Manager of Municipal Engineering is a member of the management team and from an Engineering perspective leads the planning, design, and construction of City infrastructure as well as advises colleagues on infrastructure maintenance. The Manager of Municipal Engineering oversees the internal engineering and technical services and takes a lead role in the City’s capital planning and in supporting the overall asset management process. The Manager of Municipal Engineering works closely with the other senior staff to evaluate operating alternatives and service delivery options.

The Manager of Municipal Engineering works closely with the Planning Department and private developers to review development applications for compliance with relevant engineering best practices and City of Fernie maintenance and operations standards.

The Manager of Municipal Engineering is required to liaise with all levels of  government  and  external  agencies  and maintain  a working relationship  with  City  Council,  Administration,  all  departments  within  the corporate structure, as well as with retained consultants and contractors.


Daily responsibilities include:

  • Authorize and organize the establishment of departmental goals and associated staff positions.
  • Oversee and manage the engineering team’s human resources functions including recruitment, selection, training, performance management, vacation and leave scheduling and coverage, conflict resolution, discipline, and termination of employees within City guidelines and consultation with the Human Resources Manager, and/or Chief Administrative Officer.
  • Advise elected representatives on policy questions and refer major policy matters to these representatives for final decision.
  • Make presentations to Council and other committees regarding studies, projects, policies, programs, and budgets.
  • Review and provide technical guidance and comment on reports submitted to Council by colleagues.
  • Participate in developing or amending policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Aid in the development of annual budgets and administer the city's funds according to the approved budget
  • Represent the City at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences.
  • Support colleagues and direct staff in responding to matters of concern from constituents and the public.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor long-term plans, goals, and objectives focused on achieving the city's mission and council priorities.
  • Develop recommendations to enact, amend, or repeal policies, bylaws, and regulations.
  • Attend council meetings where required and provide information for Council to consider in their decision making.
  • Communicate with city council on internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Review subdivision, land use and development applications for technical and servicing requirements
  • Oversees the planning and provision of solid waste management for the municipality
  • Support the development of asset management practices and the establishment of enhanced preventative maintenance programs for the City.
  • Oversee engineering studies or contracts for the City.
  • Manage Capital Projects, including but not limited to: hiring and supervising consultants’ work, inspecting project construction progress, and reviewing and approving invoicing. Prepares ongoing status reports on key projects.
  • Directs input to the preparation of, and revisions to, the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaws, servicing agreements and other planning documents or bylaws.
  • Cultivates a work environment committed to the health, safety, and wellness of all employees.


Education and Experience

  • It is preferred that applicants are registered Professional Engineers with a degree in civil or municipal engineering, applicants with A.Sc.T designation and a diploma in civil engineering technology or equivalent, and/or MBA or an advanced degree in public administration, or a related field will also be considered.
  • Three years of progressive experience in a management role, preferably in public administration, in addition to technical municipal engineering experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of advanced principles and practices of public administration and local government administration.
  • Ability to develop and administer city-wide goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable legislation and government policies.
  • Significant experience with policy development and implementation.
  • Ability to identify and respond to sensitive community, organizational, and city council issues, concerns, and needs.
  • Experience with budget preparation and management.
  • Intuitive grasp of organizational structure to manage cross-departmental and cross-disciplinary resource allocation.
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
  • Strong formal and informal leadership skills.
Contact Information:

Interested applicants are requested to submit a resume and cover letter before 2:00PM (MST) March 21, 2023, to:

Dustin Haeusler, Director of Engineering and Public Works

cc: Human Resources

PO BOX 190, 1492 Railway Avenue

Fernie, BC V0B 1M0

 We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest in applying for this position. This is a temporary position to fill for a leave that may be for 12–18-month term. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


The above description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions and duties as required for proper evaluation of the job and will not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Employees may perform other related duties and tasks as required to meet the needs of the operation.


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