Department Manager - Engineering at Michael Baker International in Palm Desert, California

Posted in General Business 11 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with global reach and mobility. The firm offers a comprehensive range of innovative services and solutions in support of federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of private development and commercial clients. Michael Baker International’s focus is on the safety and security of people across the world through planning and engineering improvements to infrastructure and the environment, and through protection of our quality of life and freedom in support of national and international security. With more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Michael Baker International has more than 5,000 employees in over 80 offices located across the U.S. and internationally, and is ranked as the 26th largest design firm in the U.S. by Engineering News Record (ENR).
Michael Baker International’s Mission is to make a difference by providing innovative solutions to sustain the future and further the safety, security and quality of life for people across the globe by providing the highest level of expertise, unmatched quality and effective project teams for a diverse range of projects and clients.
Michael Baker International offers excellent benefit packages that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Additional Paid Time Off, Flex-Time, 401-K Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement and Employee Credit Union. To learn more, please visit us on the web at . Michael Baker International is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/Disability/Veteran/e-Verify Employer


Supported by more than 3,000 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges.


Michael Baker International's civil engineering professionals manage and staff active projects in over 40 countries on five continents. Services are provided for a broad range of projects and capabilities, including highways, airports, bridges, rail and transit systems, government and commercial facilities, water and wastewater infrastructure, oil and gas infrastructure, and commercial/urban development. Our fields of expertise span all areas of civil engineering and include an extensive variety of specialty disciplines, such as environmental compliance and restoration, coastal engineering, urban development, and mining.


The Department Manager - Engineering / Public Works will be responsible for leading a team of engineers and designers in all aspects of design and plan preparation for street and public works improvement projects for Cities, Counties, and private clients in the Inland Empire particularly the Coachella Valley. In addition, the Palm Desert offices guides clients through the entire life cycle of land development projects, from due diligence, initial site planning, and entitlement approvals to final engineering, construction management and surveying. The Department Manager will be charged with development and implementation of a business strategy, overseeing the multi-disciplinary engineering group, and leading business development to win work and expand the Practice.


  • Maintain existing client relationships, generate additional opportunities with existing clients, and develop new clients.
  • Determine direction and lead market awareness including involvement in professional associations, technical articles, conferences and boards
  • Lead business development for the practice (pursuits, client engagement, revenue growth)
  • Oversight and management of Engineering's project portfolio, client engagement, and growth strategies.
  • Participate in ongoing strategic positioning for major project opportunities
  • Oversee delivery of projects per agreed to plan, budget, program and quality
  • Lead, assign, and review work of the project delivery team
  • Serve as Project Manager for street and/or public works projects
  • Staff oversight, mentorship, and development
  • Development and oversight of budgets and schedules


  • 10 to 15 years of Public Works experience with increasing levels of responsibility is required
  • Certified Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of California (or the ability to obtain quickly) is required
  • Knowledge of regulatory issues and key players in the Inland Empire transportation market is required Experience with overseeing a diversity of successful projects for and with City and County agencies is required
  • Strong relationships with San Bernardino and Riverside City and County agencies are required
  • Strong presentation and proposal writing skills are required
  • Strong engineering judgment with a background in Public Works is required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, public speaking ability, and problem-solving skills are required

Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.