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Box 2806
211 Ninth Street South
Fargo, ND 58108





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FM Diversion Director of Engineering

FM Diversion Director of Engineering

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:DOE
  • Posted Date:04/08/2020
  • Deadline to Apply: 05/01/2020

The Fargo-Moorhead Metro Flood Diversion Authority (DA) is a local governmental entity authorized to develop the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project (the Diversion Project). Created in 2016 through the Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Moorhead (MN), the City of Fargo (ND), Clay County (MN), Cass County (ND), and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District (collectively, the Member Entities), the DA is managed by a Board of Directors (the Board) and an Executive Director (ED). Additional information on the DA and the Diversion Project can be found here: The DA is seeking to expand its staff to include a Director of Engineering. This individual will oversee and manage the development of projects which comprise the Diversion Project. Interested candidate should have a strong engineering background and an interest in project management.

The selected Director of Engineering (DE) will have overall responsibility for the management of all technical aspects required for the successful completion of the Diversion Project, including such tasks as life cycle analysis, design oversight, construction oversight, cost estimating, risk analysis, management of engineering contracts with consultants, progress reporting, and project prioritization. Member Entity staff and engineering consultants serve as technical advisors to the DA, which will require the DE to regularly coordinate with these entities on project development.

The selected DE will enter into an employment agreement with the DA and will work for and report only to the ED. The DE will receive benefit and retirement packages through Cass County pursuant to an agreement between Cass County and the Diversion Authority. The DA is an equal opportunity employer.


As noted above, the DE will be responsible for all engineering activities of the DA. Examples of DE responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage and oversee the development of, through both traditional and alternative delivery contracts, all components of the Diversion Project which are funded by the DA
  • Serve as the primary technical resource to the Board, the ED, the USACE, and the Program Management Consultant for all components of the Diversion Project which are funded by the DA
  • Coordinate day-to-day technical/engineering-related activities of Member Entities staff, consultants contracted to the DA including the consultant responsible for property acquisition and land management, and contractors working on the development of the Diversion Project
  • Establish annual budget, program budget, and, excluding projects that are not being developed nor funded by the DA, individual project budgets through coordination with the DA Director of Finance
  • Serve as a point of contact to City, County, State, and Federal officials, area elected officials and others interested in or regulating the technical operations of the DA
  • Manage the development of cost estimates for the program and individual projects which are funded by the DA, including cost estimates for operations and maintenance of the diversion channel and associated infrastructure anticipated to be delivered through a public-private partnership, and work with the ED, the DA Director of Finance, the USACE, the Program Management Consultant, Member Entities staff, consultants, and contractors to ensure cost estimates are accurate and remain current
  • Implement effective cost estimating, cost estimate updating, and technical review procedures and controls, and regularly evaluate and improve such procedures and controls, as necessary to maximize the efficiency of the engineering functions
  • Attend meetings with Member Entities’ staff, the USACE, the Program Management Consultant, consultants, and stakeholders on matters related to the development of the Diversion Project
  • Assist with external audits of the DA by independent third parties and other agencies
  • Perform other duties as requested


This position requires an individual who is results oriented and can stay focused on the program goals. Key attributes include the ability to identify potential obstacles and successfully address them through timely decision-making, effective planning, and cooperative teamwork. Personal accountability and self-management skills with the ability to self-prioritize activities, including the ability to make difficult decisions, as necessary to meet job responsibilities are critical for the success of this leadership position. This position is made for a proven self-starter who is resilient in the face of controversial projects while building and sustaining trusting relationships with the DA, their consultants, and project stakeholders

Minimum qualifications for individuals interested in applying for the DE position shall include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Master’s preferred)
  • 5+ years of engineering management experience
  • Experience with public-private partnership contract preferred
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of infrastructure project development, including review and oversight, is required
  • Excellent communication skills for effective public presentations and communications with elected officials
  • Must be a licensed Professional Engineer in North Dakota or able to obtain North Dakota licensure through reciprocity

The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major responsibilities and duties of the DE position. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the position not is it intended to be all-inclusive. The selected DE may be requested to perform other work duties not specifically listed herein.


Interested candidates should provide the following materials to Cindy Stoick by email before 5:00pm (Fargo time) on the Closing Date noted above:

  • Signed Cover Letter (1 page maximum)
  • Current Resume (to include salary history; 3 page maximum)
  • Signed Position Description Document (3 pages)
  • Three (3) Professional References – contact information only (1 page maximum)