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City Engineer – City of University Park, Texas


The Position

University Park’s next City Engineer will join an outstanding organization that values and supports its employees, resulting in a historically low turnover rate and long-tenured employees. The City has maintained a close, family-oriented culture that values service and excellence in serving its residents.

The City Engineer, who reports to the Public Works Director, serves as the supervisor for the Engineering Division and directs, instructs, schedules, reviews, trains, and evaluates the activities of the staff within the Engineering Division. More specifically, the City Engineer:

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with consulting engineers, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, home/business owners, citizens, and City staff.
  • Works with citizens on requests and resolves complaints. A commitment to providing excellent customer service is necessary for the chosen candidate to be successful.
  • Attends Public Works Advisory Committee and Capital Projects Review Committee meetings to provide professional and technical support as needed.
  • Directs and manages staff in design, consultant design review, and construction coordination and inspection of all capital improvement projects.
Directs and manages the preparation, implementation, and interpretation of the City engineering design manuals, specifications, ordinances, procedures, resolutions, and special studies.
  • Manages and maintains the City’s public information and outreach efforts related to capital improvement projects.
  • Reads and understands field notes, engineering sketches, construction drawings, construction estimates, and technical specifications.
  • Prepares the annual budget for the Engineering Division and manages budget expenditures.
  • Administers capital improvement project contracts including the review of pay estimates, inspection reports, change order requests, and quality control of work in progress.
  • Directs and manages the City’s infrastructure asset inventory system.

The Engineering division has a budget of $722,157 and five employees: the City Engineer, a staff engineer, two construction inspectors, and an engineering technician.

The City has a Council-Manager form of government, with a mayor and four council positions elected at large. The City Manager, City Attorney, and Municipal Judge are appointed by the City Council. The City has a total 2018 budget of $50.9 million and approximately 248 full-time employees. The City Manager serves as head of the day-to-day operations, implements policies and laws enacted by the City Council, and oversees the hiring of all personnel. The City has ten departments.


Requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and seven years of progressively responsible engineering experience including at least three years in a management/supervisory capacity. A State of Texas registration as a Professional Engineer or the ability to obtain such registration within six months of hiring date is also required. Preferred qualifications include a State of Texas registration as a Public Land Surveyor and municipal experience.

The Ideal Candidate

University Park’s ideal candidate is a service-oriented, hands-on civil engineer with a positive outlook and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded generalist who is an effective communicator, equally comfortable with residents and staff. The ideal candidate will be able to lead a small division, set goals for the division, hold staff accountable, and motivate employees to do their best work. He or she will partner effectively with other divisions within Public Works and City departments to solve problems, utilize resources efficiently, and provide the best infrastructure for residents today and in the future. The City Engineer will be an innovative problem-solver and will bring both fresh perspectives and best practices to produce quality results. The ideal candidate will be open minded, value fairness, and have the ability to discern and advocate for what is best for the organization and the residents. The person must be technically competent in civil engineering techniques, construction practices, and State and Federal regulations related to water distribution and sanitary and storm sewer collection systems.

The Community

University Park is about 3.73 square miles, located approximately five miles north of downtown Dallas, and is a predominantly residential community with a population of 23,500. Bordered on the south by Highland Park and on the north, east, and west by the City of Dallas, the City has easy access to a variety of cultural, recreational, shopping, and business activities. The community is known for its attractive homes, beautiful parks, numerous churches, and outstanding schools.

The City is one of the most livable suburbs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. University Park is routinely listed as one of the most desirable cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Every two years, D Magazine publishes a “Best Suburbs” issue. University Park finished #1 in 2002, 2004, and 2008. The magazine examines cities and towns based on four categories: education, housing, safety, and ambience.

University Park is home to Southern Methodist University, which has about 10,000 students, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Seventy-two percent of residents over 25 have college or advanced degrees, making University Park among the most highly-educated cities in the nation.

Known as one of the two Park Cities, University Park works closely with the Town of Highland Park and the Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD). University Park students attend seven schools: Armstrong Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Hyer Elementary, University Park Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, McCulloch Intermediate School, Highland Park High School.

The City has eight parks and provides not just passive recreation opportunities but also events for everyone throughout the year, including a Fourth of July parade, picnic, and run; movies at the aquatic center and at Goar Park; an Arbor Day Celebration; and a holiday tree lighting ceremony.

University Park residents are also consistently satisfied with their public services. In the last survey conducted in 2015, 96 percent of the respondents indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied with city services. When asked how well living in University Park met their expectations, 95 percent indicated they were very satisfied or satisfied. Likewise, 95 percent indicated they would recommend University Park as a place to live. City staff also received high scores for public safety and for efforts to keep neighborhoods safe and secure. High scores were also the norm in numerous customer service categories, for park aesthetics, and for the City’s sanitation and recycling efforts.


The salary range is $96,148 to $132,903 depending on qualifications, with an expected hiring range of $96,148 to $111,303, with an excellent benefit package.

How to Apply

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Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply online at and submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications April 16, 2018.


Questions should be directed to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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