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Civil Engineering Manager (Smart Light Poles)

Location: Office of Transportation


The salary range for this position is $54,700 - $72,900



The City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for overseeing the management, upkeep, and improvement of the City’s inventory of ~16,000 street lights. Many cities around the country have begun utilizing their street light networks for Smart City goals beyond lighting including; networked or motion sensored light deployment, small cell deployment, Wi-Fi hot spots, environmental sensors, and public safety support. The Department is looking for an experienced Lighting Engineer that can assist the City with the development of a master design which will incorporate many of these attributes while building capacity for future needs.  This expert will need to work with end business users to help develop and implement a vision for an innovative and sustainable Smart Pole system across the City’s 16,000 existing street lights. The ideal individual will perform professional, analytical and administrative work of developing, implementing, and managing smart utility pole programs and their respective communications, data, and security needs.


Reporting to the Public Works Manager, Senior of Signals and Street Lights, this senior level role will lead the Department of Public Work’s efforts to craft and build a next generation Smart Pole strategy which will include defining attributes, prioritizing locations, identifying needs, planning financial investments, and managing stakeholder relationships. This City-wide plan will be made in conjunction with Atlanta Information Management and key operational partners including: Georgia Power, local Community Improvement Districts, business and neighborhood groups, as well as the Atlanta Regional Commission. Additionally, this role will help administer the City’s current pole attachment program, including enforcement, analysis, and policy development.


The ideal candidate must possess the vision and ability to implement a comprehensive, future facing strategy that will set Atlanta as a leader in Smart infrastructure deployment. The candidate should have street lighting experience with strong leadership skills and comfort working with civic development, economics, and technology. Candidates will need to display both the ability to think and plan strategically while also managing day to day tasks, personnel, and communications to leadership.




  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of the City’s initial  Smart Utility Pole development plan for the City of Atlanta
  • Provide on-going updates to the initial plan as goals are systematically accomplished or new requirements are brought into scope
  • Provide administrative support to the lighting operations, equipment, service programs, and personnel administration
  • Coordinate the development and dissemination of information to the City and other constituencies to promote understanding of the goals of City’s Smart Utility Pole program
  • Directs studies pertaining to evaluation of various types of lighting equipment available, to ascertain the most suitable to use for any given project
  •  Keeps abreast of latest technical developments in the field of street lighting
  •  Develop, implement, and maintain benchmark and other performance-metrics data regarding lighting operation to support accurate analysis of the utilization, economic and environmental data gathered
  • Plans and directs utility cleanup programs or relocation programs in association with the City of Atlanta Street Lighting projects
  • Reviews numerous street lighting designs prepared for installation on City roadways as well as some plans prepared by outside engineering or architecture firms for attachments
  • Lead  the strategic planning of smart utility programs/services infrastructure development and maintenance
  • Provide the administrative oversight of ongoing training, qualification and certification programs for Smart lighting personnel
  • Responsible for the resolution of escalated customer complaints, including interpretation of attachment policies, rules and regulations
  • Other duties as assigned




  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, AND;
  • A minimum of six (6) years of administrative or program management experience with increasing responsibility in complex organizations which included supervision of professional-level staff


  • A masters or doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business Administration, Management, Political Science, Public Administration or a related field, and a minimum of three years administrative or program management experience with increasing responsibility in complex organizations which included supervision of professional-level staff may be substituted for the required work experience


  • Demonstrated responsibility for establishing and achieving organizational goals and objectives
  • Demonstrated responsibility for fiscal oversight for agency programs or operating areas.
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, collaboration and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer and community oriented agency services and the ability to develop and implement imaginative solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to persuasively represent organizational policies and to market its programs.
  • A valid driver license or the ability to obtain an Atlanta driver license



  • An advanced degree from an accredited college or university in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience working in large scale municipal lighting operations and related support programs such as permit allocation and design approval; traffic plan development; construction and maintenance; technical requirements enforcement; computer based access and control systems; and information technology based lighting program support applications
  • Experience with smart lighting systems, advanced technology firms, or systems implementation within complex environments


Essential Capabilities and Work Environment

Required physical, lifting, and sensory capabilities are requirements to perform the job successfully. Typical environmental conditions associated with job.


The City of Atlanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Last updated: 12/4/2014 11:37:55 AM