Engineer IV

Charles County, Maryland, United States Full-time

The Position 

Charles County’s next Engineer IV has the opportunity to work in one of the fastest growing areas of Maryland and in an organization that is recognized as high performing, is committed to transparency and accountability, and has established an internal leadership philosophy and core values that demonstrate leadership’s commitment to its employees, the organizational work culture, and those it serves. The County’s core values are communication, innovation, integrity, initiative, respect, teamwork, and well-being. The Engineer IV leads the Engineering and Infrastructure Planning team, which is responsible for the planning, coordination, and management of the County’s public infrastructure and local drinking water resources.

The County is seeking a well-rounded engineering professional who has experience leading an engineering team, has a strong project management background, and is knowledgeable in the areas of water and sewer, stormwater, or roadway projects. This position is focused on water and sewer engineering and is responsible for the County’s Comprehensive Water and Sewer Plan, as well as managing the design projects for roadways, storm drains, stormwater systems, and floodplain areas. The Engineer IV will supervise a team of four, including a GIS Analyst, Planner II, and two engineers. The team is responsible for water and sewer infrastructure, planning, and design.

The Engineer IV is housed in the Planning Division within the Planning and Growth Management Department. The Planning Division prepares and maintains Comprehensive Plans, sub area plans, and special purpose studies and is responsible for the regulatory oversight of public water and sewer and transportation infrastructure. Staff is responsible for infrastructure management, including public water and sewer, public transportation facilities, and the administration of the County’s mapping services. Resource management includes the oversight and allocation of capacity for potable water supply, wastewater treatment capacities, and associated planning activities.

The Organization

Charles County is a Code Home Rule county governed by the Board of County Commissioners consisting of five Commissioners who are elected to four-year terms. The President of the County Commissioners is elected County-wide, and the four Commissioners are elected by District. The President serves on a full-time basis, and the other Commissioners serve in a part-time capacity.

The County employs approximately 1,648 full-time employees and has a Fiscal Year 2020 total operating budget of $711.2 million. The County’s 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is $457.5 million and provides funding for the infrastructure for schools, roads, parks, water and sewer, and public buildings.

The Ideal Candidate 

The Engineer IV for Charles County is a professional engineer who is a strong manager, excels at managing projects, and has multi-disciplined experience in water, sewer, stormwater, and roadway projects. This candidate also has a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of civil engineering, planning, budgeting, purchasing, capital projects, and policy development.

The ideal candidate will have strong project and time management skills and a demonstrated aptitude for managing multiple projects and deadlines. The successful candidate will have experience initiating projects and scheduling staff, as well as developing, reviewing, and evaluating studies and reports.

The Engineer IV will be an experienced manager who will lead a team of accomplished professionals and be fully invested in their continued success. He or she will provide staff with support, direction, and feedback, as well as challenge them to think creatively. The successful candidate will lead by example and serve as a mentor to develop staff professionally.

The ideal candidate will be a team player, collaborative in nature, and demonstrate the ability to build strong working relationships both within the department, throughout the organization, and within the community. The Engineer IV can effectively communicate complex ideas to elected bodies, residents, and other community stakeholders and is resilient in the face of controversy.

The successful candidate will have experience writing requests for proposals, awarding bids/contracts, and managing contracts. This individual will be an effective decision-maker who can work independently and make sound decisions and judgment calls. The Engineer IV will have the ability to formulate findings and recommendations on projects and take the appropriate action.

Experience and Education 

Minimum qualifications are any combination of education, training, and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and five years of progressively responsible engineering experience. Other requirements include a valid driver’s license and a State of Maryland registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) or the ability to obtain such registration within a reasonable timeframe.

Preferred qualifications include experience in a municipal government setting and supervisory experience. A master’s degree in a related field and demonstrated experience in water and sewer planning, stormwater management, and capital improvement planning are also preferred.

The Community  

Charles County, Maryland, located on the Southern Maryland Peninsula between the Patuxent and the Potomac Rivers, adjoins Prince George’s County on the north and west and St. Mary’s County on the east. It comprises approximately 500 square miles, of which 460 are land, and 40 are water with 305 miles of shoreline. There are three incorporated municipalities in the County: La Plata, Indian Head, and Port Tobacco. La Plata, the County seat, is 71 miles from Baltimore and 25 miles from Washington, D.C.

Charles County has retained its natural beauty while also being one of the fastest growing areas in Maryland. It is just a short drive from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA. Charles County enjoys all the cultural, entertainment, and economic advantages of a large urban region, while still being one of the state's most scenic areas, with hundreds of miles of shoreline, parks, history, and an agricultural and maritime heritage. From suburban convenience to nature's bounty, Charles County, Maryland is truly the best of both worlds.     


  • Population: 161,503
  • Median Household Income: $93,973 
  • Median Home Value: $294,000 
  • Median Age: 38.1 years 
  • Total Area: 643 square miles 


  • 47.5% Black or African American 
  • 44.3% White 
  • 5.8% Hispanic or Latino 
  • 3.4% Asian
  • 0.8% Native American 
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 
  • 3.9% Two or more races 


The salary range is $71,654$115,078depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package.  

How to Apply 

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume with salary history. Open until filled with first review of applications on August 5, 2019.


Please direct questions to Jennifer Reichelt at or 513-221-0500. 

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