Chief Surveyor

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission | San Francisco

Salary Range: $116,896.00 - $142,090.00/year
Open Date: 09/24/2018
Close Date: 10/24/2018

Position Description

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Headquartered in San Francisco, we have 2,300 employees working in seven counties with a combined annual operating budget of over $900 million.

Our Mission: To provide our customers with high quality, efficient, and reliable water, power, and wastewater services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care.

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We are proud of our infrastructure and programs, but most importantly, we value our highly qualified and dedicated workforce which ensures that this vision becomes a reality. As you explore career opportunities with us, download our career guide and learn about what you can expect during the hiring process.

Under general direction, manages a section or division by planning, assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of a group of technical and professional personnel engaged in land survey activities or the processing of map applications and the monument preservation and maintenance program. The Chief Surveyor may be placed in charge of field crews and office staff performing a variety of land survey related disciplines. This position will be based out of our Burlingame, CA location.

Essential functions of this position include: Manages a section or division by planning, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating the work of subordinates; Reviews surveying or map requirements and resolves problems as needed; Examines areas to be surveyed and assigns the appropriate survey party; Checks field survey or map work in progress and directs subordinates when necessary; Performs surveying or map processing operations when necessary to assist staff in difficult situations; Manages the budget for survey section to ensure adequate staffing, supplies, and equipment; Collects and reviews survey notes or map applications for completeness and accuracy; Supervises the maintenance of official records, maps, and survey reports and the preparation of related reports; Coordinates with other agencies on requests for service, time schedules, and cost estimates; Assists the Division Manager or Section Manager in making revisions of programs, objectives, and goals; Develops, interprets, and coordinates surveying and map processing policy and methods for the department; Writes and checks boundary legal descriptions and performs other professional duties which require a licensed land surveyor; Manages horizontal and vertical control systems which may include use of Global Positioning System (GPS) monumentation/documentation program; Implements and maintains Geographic Information System (GIS) based map system; Updates codes and regulations and reviews proposed bills and budget, cost, and fee assessments; Makes regular contacts with the general public, other departments, contractors, private surveyors, and outside organizations relative to municipal mapping and survey practices and procedures; Drives a vehicle to work sites and meetings when necessary; Performs related duties as required.

Position Qualifications

Four years of experience supervising survey parties; AND
Possession of a valid California Professional Land Surveyor License, or a valid California Civil Engineer license (issued in 1981 or before); AND.
Possession of a valid California driver license (at least Class C).
Note: At least one year of experience in county subdivision mapping is required for the position located in the Bureau of Street Use and Mapping at the Department of Public Works in addition to the Minimum Qualifications above. MQs must reflect the class specification for those classes with set MQs.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

Experience managing all aspects of survey projects from writing proposals and contracts, research and planning, and ensuring projects are delivered within budget and deadlines
Experience managing projects requiring compliance with state and local planning and subdivision code

Experience with high precision vertical and horizontal controls, networks, data processing, and geographic information systems

How to Apply
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