Deputy Director of Engineering - 3308

Career Purpose

Performs complex engineering work in the provision of office engineering support and field engineering support for environmental, water, sewer, street and other Public Works projects and programs ensuring technical competence and compliance with all current codes and criteria; serves as a Project Engineer/Manager; develops City wide policies concerning engineering related issues; assists in supervising an engineering department with a total of 14 personnel.

SALARY: $85,000.00 TO $95,000.00 Annually


  • Regularly supervises assigned operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.
  • Regularly provides leadership and direction in the development of long range and short range plans; gathers, interprets and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates division activities with other divisions, departments and agencies as needed.
  • Regularly provides professional advice to department directors and supervisors; makes presentations to City Council, department directors, supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
  • Regularly develops, maintains and updates City of Lawton standards construction drawings and specifications for subdivision and other public construction work projects. Assures as-built records of projects and documents necessary changes for the operation and maintenance programs.
  • Regularly assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual divisional budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.
  • Regularly determines work procedures; prepares work schedules; expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Regularly provides project management for the construction of municipal public works projects.  Oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with specifications, time and budget parameters for the project.
  • Regularly supervises the acquisition/disposal of City property, establishes procedures, sets priorities, negotiates with property owners, and makes recommendations to City Council.


  • Regularly communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.
  • Regularly issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures
  • Regularly maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances; performs or assists subordinates in performing duties; adjusts errors and complaints.
  • Frequently reviews private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, standards, adequacy of applications for permits and compliance with approved plans.
  • Frequently determines applicable codes, regulations and requirements for assigned projects.
  • Regularly coordinates the preparation of, or develops, engineering plans and specifications; coordinates required advertising for bids; reviews construction bids and makes necessary recommendations based on lowest and best bids, competency of vendors and consultants and other selection criteria.
  • Frequently coordinates the preparation of, or develops, reviews and updates the sanitary sewer, water, storm drainage and street system maps and database.
  • Frequently responds to public or other inquiries relative to engineering policies and procedures on specific projects and other information.
  • Frequently evaluates issues and options regarding municipal public works, projects and makes recommendations.
  • Occasionally maintains regular contact with consulting engineers, construction project engineers, City, County, State and Federal agencies, professional and technical groups and the general public regarding division activities and services.
  • Occasionally assists in the evaluation of transportation and traffic impacts of development proposals, permits, rezones, plats, etc.; prepares traffic, utility and other studies and reports.
  • Occasionally provides intersection signal and channelization design support.
  • Occasionally maintains the engineering library and infrastructure records.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering or closely related field and a minimum of four years previous professional civil engineering experience including at least two years with utilities or equivalent work experience in the field of civil engineering.
  • Possess or ability to obtain certification by proponent organization.
  • Thorough knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting; thorough knowledge of applicable city policies, laws and regulations affecting division activities.
  • Ability to prepare clear and comprehensive reports. Must possess superior written communication and Judgment skills.
  • Must possess a high level of cognitive skills.  Ability to operate within a Political Sphere.
  • Considerable skill in arriving at cost estimates on complex projects; skill in operating the following tools and equipment: personal computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, computer-aided-design software, standard drafting tools, surveying equipment including level, theodolite and electronic distance measuring devices, motor vehicle, phone and mobile radio.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, consultants, other governmental agency representatives, City officials and the general public; ability to conduct necessary engineering research and compile comprehensive reports.
  • Must possess a valid Oklahoma driver's license or have the ability to obtain one prior to employment.
  • Registration in Oklahoma as a Professional Engineer or the ability to obtain registration in Oklahoma by reciprocity within one year of employment.
  • Must be physically capable of moving about on construction work sites and under adverse field conditions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly: Required to sit at a desk utilizing a computer and other office equipment.  This requires close and accurate hand eye coordination.

Frequently: Required to talk or hear.

Occasionally: Required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.

Rarely: Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, constructions sites, or public work facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly: Works in a controlled environment in an office setting.

Occasionally: Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderate which requires no protection.

Rarely: Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.


The personal contacts are typically with key officials and representatives of organizations which could have an unusually significant impact on the programs and policies involved in the work such as members of the City Council, Federal or State officials who determine standards of compliance for Federal or State programs, grants, etc.  The purpose of the contacts is to justify, defend, negotiate or settle matters involving problems or issues of considerable consequence.



Provides second full supervisory level with two or more full supervisory subordinates.  Provides indirect supervision for 12 professional, supervisory and support staff members.


Works under the general guidance and supervision of the Director of Civil Engineering who provides managerial direction with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and for conformance with departmental policy and practice.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on March 15, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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