Job Posting: Area Construction Manager

Department of Transportation

Area Construction Manager

$12,525.00 - $14,228.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/18/2022

Job Description and Duties

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 and, as a result of the COVID-19 rapid out-break, Caltrans will continue its hiring practices as they are deemed necessary to “maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure…,” Candidates who participate in the interview process will be considered essential in promoting this effort and are not in violation of Executive Order N-33-20. Virtual interviews via web portals or phone will be offered as deemed appropriate and feasible by the hiring manager – standard in-person interviews will still be offered if conditions permit. Please speak with the Hiring Unit contact for more information.

This position reports to the Division of Engineering Services (DES) Deputy Chief, Structure Construction (SC). The incumbent has responsibility for coordinating and managing all Structure Construction activities within their assigned geographical area. The incumbent handles complex and often controversial technical engineering and administrative problems; represents the Department at meetings, public hearings, conferences; prepares correspondence and reports. The incumbent must maintain a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer in California.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Area Construction Manager
$12,525.00 - $14,228.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Caltrans Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated, and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.

Caltrans Vision: A performance-driven, transparent, and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation, and teamwork.

The Caltrans workforce is made up of diverse and unique individuals who contribute to our organizational success. Caltrans is about celebrating diversity, valuing one another, and recognizing that Caltrans is strong not in spite of the diverse attributes of our workforce, but because of our diversity. 

Please Note: Main communication for this position will be through email.  Please ensure to have a valid email address on your application.

Special Requirements

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations § 549.90, this position will be filled via the California Department of Transportation Managerial Selection Program (MSP) Process.

This process provides for examination and job-selection specific to each position and consistent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the classification.

This is a Caltrans Promotional examination.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a permanent civil service appointment with the Department of Transportation and meet the minimum qualifications by the final filing date to participate in the examination.

Possession of a valid certificate of registration as a civil engineer issued by the California
State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. and

Either I 

Experience: One year of structure engineering experience as a Senior Bridge Engineer in the California state service.


Experience: One year of experience equivalent in level of responsibility to a Senior Transportation Engineer in the California state service AND at least two years of structure engineering experience as a Transportation Engineer (Civil), Range D, or higher in the California state service.


Experience: Broad and extensive (five or more years) engineering experience in the design, construction, and maintenance inspection of bridges, major transportation-related structures, or transportation- related buildings. [Three years of the experience applied to this pattern must include: (a) one year of bridge design, construction, or maintenance inspection experience, and (b) two years in a supervisory capacity comparable in level of responsibility to a Senior Bridge Engineer in the California state service.]

Examination Information

This examination will utilize an evaluation of each candidate’s experience and education (E&E) compared to a standard developed from the Class Specification. For this reason, it is especially important that each candidate take special care in accurately and completely filling out his or her State application (STD. 678).  List all experience relevant to the “Minimum Qualifications” in the Class Specification linked above (See “Minimum Requirements”).

Out of Class Experience: If using Out of Class experience, you must submit a copy of your signed and approved Out of Class documentation. Failure to do so may result in your Out of Class experience not being considered during the evaluation process of this examination.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 1/18/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Transportation
Attn: Shirley Phan (21MSP110)
Managerial Selection Process (MSP) MS-86
1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Transportation
Shirley Phan (21MSP110)
Managerial Selection Process (MSP) MS-86
1727 30th Street, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816-8036
Please place in examination unit drop box in the lobby
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted along with your State application. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as your response to the SOQ.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.


Go to the link to view the Benefits Summary for Civil Service Employees in the State of California.

Let us know if you have any questions.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Human Resources Contact:
Shirley Phan
(279) 234-2221

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Caltrans EEO Office
(844) 368-3367
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.


A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted along with your State application. The SOQ is a discussion of how an applicant’s education and experience meet the evaluation criteria below and qualify them for the position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each applicant's ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. You must include specific examples addressing each evaluation criteria listed below. The SOQ must not exceed two (2) pages in length and written in no less than 12 point font. Each evaluation criteria must be addressed separately and in order.

Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as your response to the SOQ. The SOQ will be utilized as screening criteria for the hiring interview only and will not be used for the purposes of examination. In your SOQ, please number and repeat each criterion and provide full answer under each criterion.

1. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the application and evaluation of structure design and construction laws, policies, and procedures as it relates to transportation structures.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of supervisory, management skills, and responsibilities (e.g., workload balancing, managing budgets, employee safety, employee development, equal employment opportunity policies and employee conduct and discipline).

3. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing (e.g., writing technical reports, group presentations and public forums).

4. Demonstrated ability to analyze facts, data, and situations using a variety of problem-solving techniques, develop new and innovative ideas, recommend solutions for improvements, and adopt an effective course of action.

5. Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain positive and effective working relationships with internal and external partners and customers.


Please include MSP# 21MSP110 and the title of the position you are applying for on the STD. 678 application form.

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Effective January 1, 2009, Government Code Section 18991 was enacted which permits persons retired from the United States military, honorably discharged from active military duty with a service-connected disability, or honorably discharged from active duty, shall be eligible to apply for promotional civil service examinations, for which he/she meets the minimum qualifications as prescribed by the class specification. Persons applying who qualify as a Veteran under Government Code Section 18991 must submit a copy of their DD214 with their Examination Application (STD. 678).

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.