Manager, Engineering

Company: Capital Regional District (CRD)
Location: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Email: [email protected]

Make a difference and become a part of the Capital Regional District’s vibrant future! Located in one of the world’s premier places to live, work and visit, the Capital Regional District (CRD) strives to create liveable, vibrant communities, practice exemplary environmental stewardship and build a prosperous and sustainable economy. We are an outcome-driven, high-performance organization respected for its commitment to the citizens we service and the services we provide.

This position is located on and within the beautiful idyllic community of Salt Spring Island, the largest of the Gulf Islands with a population of about 10,000 residents, with number of distinct neighborhoods and village centres, picturesque forested and pastoral landscapes, and a stunning coastline.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Senior Manager Salt Spring Island (SSI) Administration, the Manager, Engineering - SSI, manages and provides professional expertise to SSI utility operations, and capital projects; and provides technical support to the SSI transportation service. The incumbent collaborates regularly with other CRD service functions (e.g., utility operations, engineering services, etc.), external contractors, and outside agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation, Islands Trust, and Improvement Districts with the aim to reach mutually agreeable goals. This position is responsible for project management, engineering, planning, design, and construction functions to ensure the timely and cost effective completion of projects. Please note that this position resides on beautiful Salt Spring Island.

Key Accountabilities/Position Outcomes

  • Leads and is accountable for engineering, planning, design, and construction functions related to CRD’s SSI water and sewer utility operations. This includes: planning and implementation of capital systems improvements, delivery of water and wastewater initiatives, budget development and monitoring, strategic asset planning, conducting feasibility studies and technical reports, and providing recommended actions.
  • Working closely with the Senior Manager and senior staff of other Service Areas (e.g., Integrated Water Services), evaluates operating alternatives and approaches for the delivery of water and wastewater services, with a goal of integrating the services within the SSI Administration function as feasible.
  • Provides technical, project management, and operational support to the SSI Transportation Service.
  • Ensures structures, systems, resources, and management practices are in place and effective to support the timely and cost effective completion of projects and initiatives.
  • Assumes managerial responsibility for the scope of work, and exercises authority over staff and consultants as necessary to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, guidelines, agreements, policies, and procedures. Provides professional engineer sign off for engineering design work.
  • Manages and is accountable for projects and the contract process including preparing contract documents, developing terms of reference, evaluates consultants’ and their work and assists in tender calls and analysis for work to be carried out by outside contractors ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget.
  • As required, provides leadership and direction necessary to ensure the success of Operational projects and initiatives, including leadership during operational emergencies.
  • Uses diplomacy and strong communication, presentation, and relationship-building skills to create and maintain collaboration among stakeholders including partners, regulatory authorities, elected officials, various municipal, provincial, and federal agencies, and other internal and external groups.
  • Attends Commission meetings of areas of responsibility, and provides advice, recommendations and seeks information on issues and initiatives, ensuring the efficient, effective, and economic delivery of services.
  • Performs other duties as required.


A university degree in civil engineering plus significant progressively responsible experience (e.g., 5–8 years) preferably in the municipal engineering field, with particular emphasis on the design, construction, and operation of water and wastewater facilities. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Must be registered as, or eligible for registration as, a professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of BC. Project management professional certification is an asset.

Role-specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated experience with project management methodologies and implementation initiatives.
  • Ability to generate, coordinate, and manage multiple projects for a number of program areas and to meet required objectives and deadlines.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive technical reports and specifications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and exceptional abilities in working with, collaborating with, and providing leadership to special interest groups, community stakeholders, internal and external partners and agencies.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act and other legislation and regulation affecting utility/waterworks’ systems, operations and maintenance.
  • Proven experience and demonstrated expertise in providing leadership and management to senior professional and unionized staff, including motivating and mentoring, conducting performance appraisals, and carrying out grievance and disciplinary provisions of a collective agreement.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively deal with public officials and the public on a variety of issues. Ability to build and maintain inter-agency relationships.
  • Excellent communication skills, including strong written, verbal, and listening skills combined with effective and proven meeting facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Sound judgment and a positive, solution-oriented attitude.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with computers and Windows applications.
  • A valid Driver’s Licence for the Province of BC is required.


To apply for this exciting opportunity, please submit your resume and covering letter online at under “Careers”.

The CRD wishes to thank you for your interest and advises that only those candidates under active consideration will be contacted.

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