The Town of Paradise Valley is seeking an experienced Town Engineer. This is a unique opportunity for a creative and resourceful leader to help shape the future of this special desert community.
In 1889, the Rio Verde Canal Company sent two surveyors to what is now the Town of Paradise Valley. They were so taken by the beauty and tranquility of the desert landscape, they named the area “Paradise Valley.” In the 1950’s, fearing that their quiet desert living would be swallowed up by neighboring cities, a Citizen Committee organized and the Town was incorporated in May 1961. At that time, the residents wanted an efficient and interactive government that would preserve the unique lifestyle and environment of this wonderful place they called "paradise.” Today, and throughout the Town’s 55-year history, residents are very involved and committed to the original vision: preserving and maintaining quiet surroundings, open space and valuing limited government.
Paradise Valley lies in the heart of metropolitan Phoenix nestled between Phoenix and Scottsdale and encompasses 16.5 square mile. Due to the natural beauty of the desert and the surrounding hillsides and mountains, the Town provides residents and visitors with the sense that Paradise Valley is a very special place to be.
Despite the Town’s relatively small area and population (13,930) compared to other cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Paradise Valley is home to eight world class resorts, making it one of Arizona’s premier tourist destinations. Currently in construction are the Town’s newest resorts, The Village at Mountain Shadows and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Luxury Villas. Most of the Town’s homes are on lots of one acre or more and the median home value is over $2 million.
Limited commercial enterprise is permitted in town as long as it is compatible with the residential lifestyle. In addition to the resorts, there are several places of worship, public and private schools, medical offices and three golf courses. The combination of its temperate climate, central location, and unlimited recreational, cultural and shopping opportunities nearby makes Paradise Valley an ideal place to live, play and visit.
The Town of Paradise Valley has a Council-Manager form of government. The Town Council consists of the Mayor and six Council members. The Council members are elected to serve four year staggered terms and the Mayor is elected every two years. Since incorporation in 1961, Town government has relied on resident volunteers, including the Mayor, all Council Members, the Presiding Judge, Associate Judges, Judges Pro Tem, and Hearing Officers. The Council appoints the Town Manager, the Town Attorney, the Municipal Judges, and members of all committees, commissions and boards.
The Town budget of $38.2 million includes an operating budget of $22 million. The capital improvement budget is $8.9 million. Town revenues come primarily from Local Sales and Bed Tax (43.2%), State Shared Revenues (16.3%), Local Construction Sales Tax (12.7%), Fines (13%), License and Permit Fees (6.6%) and Franchise Fees (4.4%). The Town also relies on its neighboring cities for some essential services. It has intergovernmental agreements with the City of Phoenix for fire service and the City of Scottsdale for wastewater management. Those residents who are not covered by Scottsdale for wastewater management are either septic, or on the City of Phoenix sewer system. Other utilities, such as gas, electric, refuse collection and recycling, are provided by private companies.
The Town Manager is responsible for the management of the Town and oversees all departments (Community Development, Public Works, Engineering, Administration and Government Affairs and Police) except the Town Attorney and the Municipal Court. The Town currently has 87 authorized positions.
The Town of Paradise Valley is seeking a hard-working, creative, hands-on Town Engineer to lead its Engineering Division. This small but skilled department fills a core role in the Town’s limited government model. Engineering must solve complex, multi-faceted development engineering questions associated with large resorts and single family structures. The Town faces significant storm water management challenges due its proximity to desert mountains and limited past infrastructure planning. This position reports directly to the Town Manager and is part of the senior leadership team that guides the Town. The successful candidate will require a balance of administrative and engineering skills to fit this working manager position in the Valley’s premier community.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have exceptional personnel management skills and possess the following:
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of engineering management.
- Knowledge of public administration principles and practices, including budgeting, program planning and implementation, project management, and employee training and supervision.
- Knowledge of advanced principles of engineering as applied to planning, design, and construction of Town facilities and projects.
- Knowledge of methods, materials, and techniques employed in community development, storm water management, public works maintenance, construction and engineering, and traffic engineering.
- Knowledge of the Town code and ordinances.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with contractors, engineers, architects, other Town employees and officials, and the public.
- Skill in interpreting and evaluating complex public works and engineering designs, drawings, plans, and specifications, to ensure compliance with project goals and applicable statutes, ordinances, and safety standards.
- Skill in prioritizing, coordinating, and evaluating the work of employees.
- Skill in preparing and presenting complex technical reports and information in a format that is easily understood.
- A professional with a collaborative spirit who works well in a team environment
- A relationship builder who is comfortable working across all areas of the organization and the community
- Has the ability to establish credibility and trust skillfully and quickly among stakeholders
- Embraces the Town’s efforts to provide exceptional customer service for both internal and external customers.
- Capable of overseeing multiple projects and effectively translating direction clearly and concisely when delegating to others