Principal Engineer

City of Cedar Falls, IA

City of Cedar Falls, IA – Principal Engineer

$76,012 - $123,519

The Community

Located in Black Hawk County, Iowa, Cedar Falls is home to the University of Northern
Iowa, one of Iowa’s three state universities, and is a close-knit community
with big city appeal. Residents and visitors enjoy exploring the historic
Downtown District which features unique local shops, breweries, restaurants,
and entertainment. With events for all ages including the Sturgis Falls summer
celebration, Holiday Hoopla, College Hill Arts Festival, and much more, there
is always something for everyone. Nestled next to the Cedar River, Cedar Falls
delivers an abundance of recreational opportunities, and for those looking to
stay connected online, Cedar Falls Utilities will keep you connected with
world-class 10 gigabit internet access. Come put down your roots where
adventure awaits for you, in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

The City

The organizational structure of the City of Cedar Falls is comprised of four
departments: Finance & Business Operations, Community Development, Public
Safety, and Public Works. The city employs approximately 289 permanent fulltime
and part-time employees, as well as numerous seasonal and special purpose
employees. The annual city operating budget is approximately $62 million. The
City Council consists of seven council members who serve four-year terms and a
mayor who serves a two-year term.

The Division & Position

The Engineering Division falls within the Public Works Department. The Division is
overseen by the City Engineer who reports to the Director of Public Works. The
Engineering Division currently has an approved budgeted staff of 13 employees
not including the Department Director. The total annual budget is approximately
$1.75 million. Engineering services include, but are not limited to: pavement
management program, residential subdivisions, inspections of all right-of-way
work, liaison with private consultants hired to design highway/bridge projects,
storm water detention design and review, sanitary sewer design, project
management, and public inquiries.

Under the direction of the City Engineer, the Principal Engineer exercises direct
supervision over positions such as: Civil Engineer I, Civil Engineer II,
Engineering Technician I, Engineering Technician II, and Civil CAD Technician.
This position will perform highly complex professional civil engineering work
including designing various projects, preparing cost estimates, drafting
specifications and collecting site data. The Principal Engineer will supervise
the design and construction of public infrastructure projects, review and
approve consultant design plans for new City subdivisions and provide highly
complex staff support to the City Engineer.

For a full job description, please view the attachment found here.

Opportunities & Challenges

Nutrient Reduction Project:

The position will manage a large-scale project at the water reclamation facility.
This project involves upgrades to the existing treatment facility to meet
current Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Agency standards. The schedule for this project is tentatively scheduled for
design to begin in 2023 and construction to be completed by 2029.

Infrastructure Maintenance:

Maintenance of aging infrastructure as it related to sanitary and storm water collection
systems are a priority. The Principal Engineer will plan, program, design and
construct new systems to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies.

Environmental Challenges:

Regulations continue to change regarding wastewater treatment and stormwater compliance.
This will require monitoring permit requirements and ensuring compliance with
the State/Federal regulations.

Contract Management:

The Principal Engineer will manage contract scopes for consultants, contractors,
etc. for various infrastructure projects within the City.

Education & Experience

-A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major
coursework in environmental engineering or a related field.

-Four (4) years of professional civil engineering experience and a Professional
Engineering license issued by the State of Iowa OR six (6) years of
professional civil engineering experience without a Professional Engineering
license issued by the State of Iowa, and  the ability to obtain an Iowa
Professional Engineering license within six months of hire.

Compensation & Benefits

-$76,012 - $123,519 DOQ

-Health and Dental Insurance (Employee contribution of approximately 4.7% for health

-Cafeteria Benefits Plan (Section 125)

-Life Insurance


-Longevity Pay

-Iowa Public Employees Retirement System

-Negotiated Vacation DOE

Paid Holidays


Deferred Compensation Plan

Assistance Program




Duty Pay

Safety Glasses, Shoes, Boots, and more.

Expense Reimbursement


To learn more about the benefits provided, please view the attachment found here.

$76,012 - $123,519

Type of Job
Full Time

Closing Date
(open until filled)

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