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Director of Civil Engineering

Director of Civil Engineering Services

At just over 200 people and 100% employee-owned, Harris is the right-sized consultancy with a depth of resources but also tremendous opportunity for our staff to grow--and for you to grow working alongside our senior management in new and creative ways to make a meaningful difference to the communities we serve. As we grow in Southern CA we are looking for an individual to take over our San Diego region and the current and future clients that fall within it. We are looking for an individual who has a proven track record of successful business development with a consulting firm, preferably in water resources. Targeting someone who is agile and has the ability to work in a fast pace complex work environment while leading a team.

The primary responsibilities of this Director is to perform technical oversight, staff development, contract management, cost proposal development, project performance, client management for water and roadway projects, for our Cities, Counties, and Districts in the San Diego location. A key part of the role will be client development and mentoring staff to promote technical delivery and operational excellence. This position includes discipline leadership, project management, business development, and staff management. This role will report to our Engineering Business Unit Leader and high amount of coordination and collaboration with other discipline Harris & Associates leaders and business lines.

Core Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Division President, Business Unit Leader, and Directors to develop and execute the strategic growth plan for the San Diego Area
  • Attract, develop, and maintain client relationships in the San Diego Region
  • Work in collaboration with Engineering Leadership to align operations and allocate resources according to strategic priorities
  • Prepare technical and cost proposals to win work as well as manage achievement of cost of sales and backlog to hit financial business goals
  • Manages projects in San Diego’s Cities, Counties, and Districts
  • Proactively focuses on recruitment, talent development, and retention while promoting morale of current staff
  • Involvement in local outreach and professional activities that bring positive attention to the firm
  •  Knowledge and understanding of civil engineering designs involving roadway and water resources projects
  • Working with our local/municipal water clients and sanitation agencies
  • Client Management and business strategy
  • Identify key financial metrics with a deep understanding of how to deliver results
  • Signing authority for all projects up to $1Million
  • Create a plan around client outreach and focus direction to align with our strategy while assigning resource allocation for the region

Supervisory responsibility:

Our San Diego Project Managers would be reporting to this Director and indirectly this Director will be responsible for all engineering employees within San Diego office location.

Financial and Material Accountability: 

  • Responsible for establishing the San Diego Engineering budget
  • Responsible for hitting company revenue and profit goals  
  • Responsible for establishing sales goals and implementing the Harris Client Management Process
  • Responsible for establishing utilization goals for the San Diego staff in collaboration with Engineering Directors

Typical Minimum Education and Relevant Experience Required

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering
  • 15+ years of experience in Civil Engineering with 5+ years of leadership experience with staff and clients.
  • A focus in water resources is preferred but not required.
  • City of San Diego, County of San Diego and/or Port of San Diego experience preferred
  • Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required (Minimum KSAs required to perform responsibilities of this role successfully at this level)
  • California PE

Compensation & Benefits

We offer competitive salaries and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Harris & Associates is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability) and provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

Harris expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status.


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