Utilities Engineering Manager

City of Boulder
Boulder, CO
The Opportunity

The Utilities Engineering Manager is a leader of people. The Manager leads the Utilities Engineering team responsible for all aspects of capital improvement program (CIP) project management and master planning for all three utility enterprises: water, wastewater, and stormwater/flood management. The Engineering Manager oversees the strategic development of the Utilities Engineering workplan, identifies priorities, and ensures proper funding and staff allocation to align with City Council initiatives and Department objectives.

The Engineering Manager is a collaborative leader that supports a culture of teamwork and employee development. This position manages a high-performing staff of approximately 13 and directly manages five Engineering Project Managers. The Utilities Engineering Manager monitors, reviews, and assesses program goals and the status of work plans and projects. In addition, the Engineering Manager involves staff in the decision-making process and actively seeks ideas and input on program and workgroup goals to ensure effective service delivery. 

The Utilities Engineering Manager is responsible for the execution of all aspects of capital improvement projects from conceptual design through construction, including all project approvals, community engagement, and identification of maintenance considerations. The Engineering Manager develops, implements, and monitors the engineering program budget, coordinates with the engineering team on each of the enterprise CIP budgets, and prepares cost-benefit analyses for new programs or staffing needs within the workgroup. This position is also responsible for developing and implementing a strategic asset management and prioritization program and developing departmental master plans associated with department infrastructure. 

The successful candidate is a forward-thinking and proactive leader with a bias for action and interest-based versus position-based approaches. The Utilities Engineering Manager easily links short-term planning with strategic, pragmatic thinking to anticipate future consequences of current tactics. The ideal candidate values diversity, is naturally curious, and seeks to learn from others while balancing a deductive approach with speculation and intuition to form judgments and opinions. The Utilities Engineering Manager recognizes the importance of collaboration and builds lasting relationships and connections with other City employees, community members, and outside agencies while supporting the Utilities mission.


A minimum of ten (10) years progressively responsible engineering and public utilities experience, including management, supervisory, and administrative experience, is required. Thorough knowledge of planning, prioritizing, and implementing extensive capital improvement programs and engineering design and construction projects ranging from small to large is essential, as is comprehensive knowledge of master planning, financing, funding, and rate-setting as it pertains to utility infrastructure. Knowledge of and experience with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations dealing with utility infrastructure, operations, and maintenance in stormwater, flood management, source water systems, treated potable water systems, and wastewater conveyance and treatment systems is necessary. Demonstrated ability to research and objectively analyze complex issues, data, and alternatives with the ability to modify standard practices and develop new approaches in problem situations is required. 

A Bachelor of Science in Engineering or related degree is required. Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Colorado or the ability to register with the Colorado State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is necessary. A valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle record is required. 

A Master of Engineering or a Master of Business Administration degree is desired. Project Manager Professional (PMP) Certification is valuable, as is Certified Water Professional (CWP), Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), or other industry certifications. 

Total Compensation

The hiring range for the Utilities Engineering Manager is $112,000 – $138,000 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being and recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing health and life benefits program to employees, including hybrid work schedules. Additional information can be viewed here.

To Be Considered

The City of Boulder provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help them grow in service excellence for an inspired future.

Applications will be accepted electronically at raftelis.recruiterbox.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled. Please apply as soon as possible.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at hgantz@raftelis.com.