City of Boston

Chief Engineer(Pwd Highway Di)

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Public Works Department
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The Public Works Department Chief Engineer for Construction Management holds an important leadership position overseeing multiple teams tasked with maintaining and improving the streets and sidewalks of the City of Boston. In addition to providing responsive, strategic maintenance and improvement to these assets, the capital improvement projects implemented by this team execute the goals of the GoBoston 2030 Transportation Plan. This includes safety improvements for all road users, pedestrian access, bikeways, transit priority,  and other improvement projects. The Construction division is also responsible for the installation of over a thousand Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps every year, and associated documentation,  in compliance with a legal settlement agreement. The Chief Engineer should be a seasoned veteran in construction management, able to plan and execute a complex series of projects and contracts, as well as an excellent communicator capable of leading and building a diverse workforce. The Chief Engineer for Construction Management reports to the Deputy Chief of Streets for Infrastructure and Design and will work alongside the leaders of the Engineering and Multimodal Planning teams.    


This is a provisional appointment. 


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job): Ensures the safe transportation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the City of Boston. 


  • Directs four sections of the Construction Division composed of: Administrative, Highway Construction, Maintenance, and Utility Coordination. 
  • Supervises and performs all of the services incidental to the evaluation, management and the construction of roadways and sidewalks; and highway maintenance work including pavement and sidewalk maintenance. 
  • Determines the nature and scope of all activities essential to the Division's responsibilities, including the preparation of plans, programs and budget estimates and all operating policies and practices, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Public Works. 
  • Performs related duties as required. 
  • Required to work any emergency as directed by the Commissioner of Public Works 

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in civil engineering work in such areas as construction, survey, design, transportation, sanitary, drafting, or highway, of which (B) as least four years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least two years must have been in a supervisory, managerial, or administrative capacity. 
  • Must have the ability to exercise good judgment and be able to focus on details as required by the job. 
  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related field is preferred. A Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration is strongly preferred. 
  • A valid Massachusetts Driver's License is required.





Union/Salary Plan/Grade: SENA/MM1-12 Hours: 35 per week 


Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center site for more information on Compensation. For each Salary Plan, salaries are listed by Grade and Step.



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