Senior Program Engineer

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Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for one (1) permanent position of Senior Program Engineer with the Engineering & Building Standards Section of Planning & Development. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality’s core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities and 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.

Reporting to the Development Engineering Manager, the Senior Program Engineer is proficient in a broad range of engineering matters, providing advanced level professional engineering services and leading a wide variety of professional engineering and planning services or projects. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and senior technical advice and direction in one or more areas of expertise relating to Infrastructure Planning, Transportation Planning, Municipal Services, and/or Land Development.

Leads and performs advanced-level professional work and provides technical assistance and information to staff and the public related to a broad range of Engineering matters
Acts as subject matter expert on engineering matters, and liaise between citizens, advocacy groups, government agencies, developers and elected officials
Lead and participate in special projects which improve the performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of services and/or programs (i.e. business process re-design, initiatives, Capital Cost Contribution)
Researches, analyses, and prepares detailed reports, terms of reference, request for proposals, policies and procedures, correspondence, and briefs; and makes recommendations and presentations to Boards, Committees and Council
Prepares and maintains technical standards, guidelines, and regulations, and represents the municipality on various technical committees or initiatives
Directs and coordinates technical employees, multi-disciplinary teams, consultants, in partnership with stakeholders, in the preparation of policy, studies, designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates and project budgets in varied areas of expertise (i.e., Development Review, Community Planning, Regional Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Development Charges, and Transportation Planning)
Acts as witness in legal proceedings as necessary and provides expert advice at the Utility and Review Board and Court
Identifies emerging trends, policies and best practices from other jurisdictions and makes recommendations on business unit policies and procedures related to planning and development programs or strategic corporate initiatives
Core duties will involve one or more of the following:
Evaluate complex development applications such as subdivision approvals, site plan approvals, planning applications and development agreements for engineering compliance with technical standards, design guidelines, construction standards, and professional practice guidelines.
Evaluate and process engineering related permits including lot grading, sedimentation and erosion control, street access, street opening, top soil removal, and blasting
Apply a regional transportation demand model, and a process to monitor the performance of the transportation network
Evaluate and oversee the functional planning process for strategic multi modal corridors
Ensure all Regional transportation and development projects are in alignment with the policy direction in the Regional Plan and Integrated Mobility Plan
Recommend projects for inclusion in the Capital Budget and work closely with the Program Manager in preparing and monitoring the Operating and Capital Budgets.
Provide engineering advice on community and regional planning matters
Program and manage strategic capital projects either in-house or with external partners/ agencies, and act as Project Liaison with other divisions and/or departments during design, construction, and commissioning, identify project risk factors, and develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies
Develop and maintain infrastructure policy and standards, monitor policy and regulatory changes within HRM and other agencies, and monitor and report on infrastructure related cost of growth.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering
Membership in Engineers NS
A minimum of eight (8) years of related and progressive experience in municipal engineering, preferably in the land development or transportation sector
Management and supervisory experience an asset.
Technical / Job Specific Knowledge and Abilities
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal engineering with an in-depth knowledge of one or more areas specialization, such as land development, transportation planning, transportation demand modelling, construction methods, infrastructure planning, and engineering standards.
Knowledge of relevant provincial and federal government regulations and programs.
General knowledge of the legislative framework and community context under which land use planning law. operates and the rights of land owners, neighbourhoods and communities.
Strong written and verbal communications and strong interpersonal and facilitation skills.
Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well- defined practical problems
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously, independently or in a team environment
Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion. Interviews, testing, and in-person recruitment activities are being conducted in adherence with current COVID-19 Public Health protocols.

COMPETENCIES: Analytical Thinking, Communication, Customer Service, Developing Others, Decision Making, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork & Cooperation, Values & Ethics, Valuing Diversity, Visioning, Strategic Thinking & Innovation

WORK STATUS: Permanent, Full-time.

HOURS OF WORK: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, flexibility required as needed.

SALARY: Non-Union, ENG 3 $106,250 – $125,000 (will be commensurate with education and experience)

WORK LOCATION: 5251 Duke Street. 3rd Floor. Halifax

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to 11:59 p.m. on November 14, 2022 (extended deadline).

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 14/11/2022