(Full Time)

The Municipality of North Cowichan (population 31,900) is located in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Southern Vancouver Island, between Nanaimo and Victoria. Our communities of Chemainus, Crofton, Maple Bay and the South End, including University Village, are home to a multitude of artistic, cultural and outdoor recreational activities. The Municipality provides a stable and varied work environment, competitive pay and benefits.

We are inviting applications from candidates with the proven skills, qualifications and abilities for the position of Senior Manager, Engineering. If you are self-motivated, looking to take on a new challenge where you can make a difference, enjoy both responsibility and accountability, and are ready to join one of British Columbia’s most inclusive and environmentally-conscious municipalities, we look forward to receiving your application!

The Engineering Department is responsible for the Municipality’s extensive infrastructure networks including: three treatment and distribution systems (240 km of pipes, 5 dams, 7 pump stations, 16 reservoirs, 10,000 connections); four sanitary collection and treatment systems (150 km of pipes, 14 pump stations, 4 wastewater treatment plants); an extensive road network (280 km of roads, 7 bridges) as well as an extensive drainage and flood protection network (160 km of pipes, 4 km of dikes, 5 flood pump stations).

Reporting to the Director, Engineering this position provides senior leadership and supports the day-to-day management of the engineering team. The engineering team is comprised of an infrastructure group and a land development group, which includes the Deputy Approving Officer. The Senior Manager, Engineering liaises closely and works collaboratively with the Operations Department, the Environmental Services team, the Planning and Building Department, and other senior leaders. The Senior Manager, Engineering supports the Director, Engineering in long-term planning for the department, the Manager, Infrastructure who is responsible for implementing the capital program, and the Manager, Development. The position is also responsible for implementing the Municipality’s strategic priorities and goals, including preparing and making global decisions related to the Engineering Department capital and operating budgets and asset management.

This position may be called upon to prepare for and attend regular Council and/or Committee of the Whole meetings when required, attend routine senior leadership meetings, and may represent the Municipality at regional functions, liaise with other government agencies and institute provincial and federal regulations. Deployment to other duties may be required from time to time at the direction of the Director, Engineering.

As the preferred candidate, the incumbent must be a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) or equivalent, be a full member in good standing with APEGBC, and possess 7+ years of experience as a civil engineer, with at least three years of progressive experience in senior engineering positions, preferably in a local government environment. 

The successful candidate will also possess experience in the following key areas:

  1. Technical skills:
    1. planning and design of civil engineering works such as: 
      1. roads and active transportation;
      2. water distribution and treatment;
      3. sanitary collection and treatment;
      4. stormwater water management and flood protection;
    2. proficiency in using Microsoft Office program
  2. Management skills:
    1. strong project management and budget management skills;
    2. the ability to deal effectively with the general public and development community;
    3. demonstrable ability to manage engineering and project team staff in a unionized environment;
    4. demonstrable innovative problem-solving abilities;
  3. Communication and consultation skills:
    1. superior communication skills, including outstanding oral presentation and report-writing skills, in order to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, senior management, Council and members of the public; and
    2. public communications and engagement including consultation with First Nations.

You will also possess and maintain a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver's Licence; a satisfactory current driver's abstract will be required. Candidates being considered will be required to undergo a comprehensive evaluation of skills, qualifications, and abilities. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a police information check.

In return for your valued contributions, you can expect a competitive compensation package and the opportunity to work with an outstanding team. This position is excluded from union membership. 

To Apply:

Visit the Municipality of North Cowichan Career Portal at to apply for this position. 

Please note that all candidates must apply via the Career Portal; we do not accept resumes via email or hard copy.


Application Deadline:

4:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2022