CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
SURVEY BUREAU MANAGER
This is surveying work at the administrative level directing the surveying and regulating
activities of the City's survey districts, a street design program, and the maintenance of current
street and land maps, and records of registered property lines. The employee in this class serves
as an office holder on the Board of Surveyors, administering the official plans of the City's
streets system. Work includes the responsibility for preparation of all street plan change
ordinances and the establishment of conditions to effect such changes. Conferring with
governmental officials, representatives of public utilities, and major contractors on matters of
street and highway development within the City is of major significance to the work. Work is
performed under the direction of the Chief Engineer and Surveyor.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Directs the activities of all of the City's survey districts; supervises the work of surveyors
and regulators engaged in field studies to prepare plans for land subdivision and property
surveying, furnishing of lines and grades for new buildings and street construction, and the
preparation of City plans and assessments against property owners; presides at meetings of the
surveyors and regulators to resolve problems within a given district or conflicts involving
determination effecting more than one survey district; reviews personnel matters and arranges
for the transfer of personnel to alleviate staff shortages.
- Directs, through a subordinate supervisor, a staff of technical employees engaged in
planning and designing street systems, determining the legal and physical status of existing
streets, rights-of-way, assessments, and registry data, and performing related research; interprets
the City plan and City plan ordinances; directs arrangements for public hearings and special
meetings before the Board of Surveyors; supervises the preparation of deeds of dedications and
- Serves as Vice President of the Board of Surveyors; presides at hearings and supervises
the taking of testimony from persons interested in City plan changes; presides over the voting
by the board to confirm City plan changes; approves temporary curb line regulations; arranges
for field inspections to gather data; approves changes in street names and ensures uniformity in
spelling and designations.
- Advises groups responsible for coordinating and directing the engineering and design of
urban projects, highway, and street development and improvements with regard to procedures
for scheduling and arranging street openings.
- Writes ordinances that detail the conditions and requirements for City plan changes and
opening and closing of streets.
- Serves as departmental representative at public hearings; testifies as the departmental
witness in reporting on City plan changes, street openings and special street ordinances;
recommends bills to effect changes in the City plan; represents the department at meetings with
the City Planning Commission; prepares reports of recommendations on bills and establishes
specific conditions for all street change ordinances.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles, techniques, instruments, and practices of surveying and city street
- the principles and practices of public administration as they relate to surveying
street design and property line regulating.
- mathematics and its application to field surveying and related computations.
- the principles and practices of engineering drafting as related to survey and street
- public sector management and supervisory principles and practices.
- state and local laws relating to real estate conveyancing and land title work.
- supervisory methods and techniques.
- state and local laws pertaining to real estate conveyancing and land title work.
- building codes used in structural and street construction.
- make administrative and operational decisions regarding survey district activities
involving the interpretation and application of acts of the General Assembly,
Ordinances of Council, municipal departmental policies, rules and regulations,
difficult field surveys and regulatory problems.
- plan, direct, and administer a departmental surveying and regulating program
through a group of surveyors and regulators performing construction and land
- resolve the more complex field surveying, estimating, and related mathematical
and drafting problems encountering in surveying activities.
- read and interpret various construction plans and blueprints.
- explain codes and ordinances firmly, tactfully, and impartially.
- reassign personnel to effect a more efficient surveying and regulating program.
- interpret and apply regulatory codes and regulations affecting the work.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the
- express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement
represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject
applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based
on training and experience requirements as approved on /92.)
- Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
- Eight years of surveying and regulating experience.
- Two years of experience either directing the work of a survey district, or supervising a
unit engaged in maintaining a street record system, urban street system layout, design and
related technical research.
Or any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable
by the Personnel Department, that has included the specific experience listed above.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions
required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Chief Surveyor and Regulator.
- Possession of a Professional Land Surveyor License as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of appointment as a Survey Bureau Manager.
PAY RANGE: EP26
CSC - 8/1967 ; Ad Board - 8/1967
CSC - 5/1992 ; Ad Board - 8/1992
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 3F17