Engineering Services Division Chief

Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Full-time

The Position

The City of Gaithersburg’s Engineering Services Division Chief has the opportunity to work in a growing City that is well managed, provides excellent services, and enjoys community support in one of the nation’s most diverse and desirable communities. Residents of Gaithersburg enjoy an outstanding quality of life, thanks in part to its team of City staff who work diligently to provide exceptional customer service. This position may be filled with a seasoned professional who has led a team or with a person who has had less management experience but has had strong project management experience and is seeking a path to a deputy director position.

The Engineering Services Division is responsible for managing traffic and transportation operations and design, construction, and project management of capital projects. This position develops and oversees the 30-year plan for the City’s infrastructure needs, including preparation of the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and pavement maintenance plans. This division is also responsible for land development engineering plans review, working closely with the Planning Department. The division also supervises and manages the City surveyor functions, parking lot maintenance, residential recycling contractor, and the citywide street lighting repair and maintenance contract.

The Division

The Engineering Services Division currently has a total of seven FTEs and an FY 2019 adopted budget of $3.2M.

The Engineering Services Division Chief reports to the Public Works Director and has six direct reports, which include three full-time and one part-time project engineers, a program coordinator, and a right-of-way inspector. The Engineering Services Division Chief is one of four division chiefs within the Public Works Department. The other divisions in Public Works include Stormwater, Facilities Management, and Operations. Within the Department of Public Works, there are approximately 97 FTEs. The City’s residents receive water and sewer from the WSSC, a regional utility provider.

The Organization

The City of Gaithersburg is a municipality that shares local government taxing authority with Montgomery County, Maryland. The City operates under the council-manager form of government, wherein the Mayor and five City Council members serve as the legislative body. The Mayor and City Council are elected at-large to serve staggered four-year terms. The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the City’s chief executive officer. The City Manager is responsible for the implementation of policies and directions established by the Mayor and City Council.

The City of Gaithersburg employs 417.99 FTEs, and the City’s FY 2019 total adopted expenditure budget is $70.7M.

As mandated by state law, Montgomery County provides school, library, social services, and fire protection for the City of Gaithersburg. In addition to the Montgomery County Police, Gaithersburg residents are served by the City’s own Police Department.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for the City of Gaithersburg’s Engineering Services Division Chief is a professional who enjoys serving the public, excels at managing projects, and has experience in collaborating with a strong team to solve problems. This person is a civil engineering generalist with knowledge of City, County, State, and Federal requirements as they relate to municipal engineering, traffic engineering, land development, and surveying. This candidate has a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of civil engineering, planning, budgeting, purchasing, capital projects, and policy development.

The successful candidate is versed in strategic planning principles and practices, AutoCAD and Geographic Information System (GIS) software applications, multi-project management and scheduling, and program development and administration. This candidate can effectively communicate complex ideas to elected bodies and community stakeholders and is resilient in the face of controversy. The City’s next Engineering Services Division Chief is skilled in applying engineering principles, analyzing multifaceted organizational and operational issues, and overseeing highly detailed work on multiple concurrent projects. This person has experience preparing clear written communication for the public, specifications for requests for proposals and bids, and communication to contractors and vendors.

The ideal candidate will support division staff in professional development endeavors and in times of conflict, earn the respect of staff through an increased focus on teambuilding, and act as liaison and translator between staff and upper management. The successful candidate is approachable and empathetic, though capable of holding his or her own in contentious meetings with residents and contractors. Through the facilitation of increased engagement with the community, City Council, and intergovernmental and regional partners, this candidate will help build consensus, so needed infrastructure is completed. The City’s next Engineering Services Division Chief will set clear expectations and goals, motivate and empower division staff through acknowledgement of professional accomplishments, and provide staff with the necessary direction and leadership to succeed.

Gaithersburg is seeking an Engineering Services Division Chief with these traits:

  • Strong work ethic
  • Collaborative
  • Leader
  • Empathy
  • Levelheaded
  • Flexible
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to see the big picture

Experience and Education

The minimum qualifications are any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a closely related field and five years of experience in general civil engineering work, including supervision and/or strong project management experience.

Preferred qualifications include experience in a municipal government setting, supervisory experience, and a Professional Engineer (PE) license. Demonstrated experience in presenting and communicating complex issues in an understandable manner, outreach and community engagement on projects, and experience with traffic engineering, plans review, and pavement management programs are also preferred. The following certifications are also preferred but not required: Project Management Professional (PMP) or Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) certification.

The Community


  • Population: 68,710
  • Median Household Income: $85,773
  • Median Home Value: $380,300
  • Median Age: 34.8 years old
  • Total Area: 10.33 square miles

The City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a thriving, culturally diverse and vibrant community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, located north of the nation’s capital. Gaithersburg began as a small settlement at the juncture between two ancient Native American trails, now Frederick Avenue and Diamond Avenue. The arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873 sparked a business and agricultural expansion that made the Gaither settlement the commercial center for upper Montgomery County, and it was incorporated as the town of Gaithersburg in 1878. A second major expansion occurred in the 1960s, when the Atomic Energy Commission headquarters (now the Department of Energy) and the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology) relocated to the vicinity, spurring residential and commercial growth that continues to this day.

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) relocated to Gaithersburg, it brought tremendous growth in the fields of science and research. Today, NIST is the City’s largest employer, along with MedImmune, LLC Biologics; Leidos; Asbury Methodist Village; GeneDx, Inc.; Sodexo USA; and Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

Gaithersburg is the third largest city in Maryland and one of the state’s fastest growing communities. The City is a major international location for high technology companies and boasts award winning schools, neighborhoods, and commercial developments. Its respect for its heritage, demonstrated by the revitalization efforts in the Olde Towne residential and commercial district, coupled with thoughtful planning for new communities and a commitment to cultural and recreational activities, has earned the City national acclaim.

Thoughtful, innovative planning defines the Gaithersburg community and can be seen in developments such as the Kentlands, now celebrating its 31st anniversary. Kentlands, one of the first “New Urbanist” neighborhoods built in the United States, was designed to be a walkable, mixed-use community. It occupies land that was once the farmstead of Otis Kent, just as much of modern Gaithersburg is built on historic farmland. These rural roots still influence the soul of the City, which has retained its small-town commitments to character, customer service, and collaboration as it has grown.

Gaithersburg is consistently recognized for its high quality of life. In 2016, 24/7 Wall Street ranked Gaithersburg among the top 25 places in America to live, citing the community’s high median household income and extensive entertainment and recreational opportunities. In 2018, placed Gaithersburg among the top 10 Best Cities for STEM Workers. Additionally, the City has earned Tree City USA status since 1990 and has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA every year since 2002. For the past four years, WalletHub has identified the City as one of the top three Most Diverse Cities in America. The City’s racial and ethnic demographics are 48.2% White, 25.8% Hispanic or Latino, 18% Black or African American, 18% Asian, 0.3% Native American or Alaska Native, and 3.9% who identify as two or more races.

The City’s many special events and recreational opportunities make it a great place to work and live. Since 2010, the City has hosted the Gaithersburg Book Festival on the grounds of City Hall in Olde Towne. Gaithersburg is known for its entrepreneurial and startup business environment as new technology companies arrive each year to take advantage of the City’s excellent location and dynamic workforce.

Gaithersburg is accessible via many modes of transportation, allowing easy access to the Washington, D.C. area and the greater Mid-Atlantic. The City is bisected by the 12-lane, I-270 freeway connecting Gaithersburg to the Washington Beltway and is the western terminus of the newly opened Inter-County Connector linking I-270 to I-95. Gaithersburg is served by the Metro system’s Red Line, as well as the Maryland Association of Rail Commuters (MARC) rail system. It is within an hour’s drive of all three major airports in the Baltimore/Washington region.

Because of its proximity to the nation’s capital and major global industries, the City plays host to many international and domestic visitors. Gaithersburg enjoys one of the highest educated labor pools in the country. In fact, Maryland ranks fourth in percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree and second in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree.


The entire salary range for this position is $90,891 – $145,090, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. The City typically hires near the midpoint of this range, but consideration for a higher starting point may be given depending on experience.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide one document (Word or PDF) that contains a cover letter and resume with salary history. Apply immediately!


Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at or 513-221-0500.

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