Associate Engineer ( Engineer II)

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on September 6, 2020

In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the career-service position of Associate Engineer. 

The person in this position works under the supervision of a Product Line Manager to produce or help produce timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of building and land use development projects, including County-initiated comprehensive reviews of mining operations.  Working in a collaborative manner, Engineers work with a higher degree of independence.  They apply their engineering and project management experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from small site projects to complex commercial projects. This position may include review of ancillary permits such as conditional use permits, variances, adjustments, right-of-way use permits, boundary line adjustments, legal lot reviews and grading permits.  This position is responsible for carefully reviewing permit application plans and technical documents, working cooperatively with others in the department and other agencies, and writing technical permit, approval documents that are concise and accurate.   An essential part of the job is to work in a positively solution-oriented manner with customers, their design/engineering professionals, other members of the public, and co-workers. Some presentations to the public, and other agencies may be required on a periodic basis.


Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.
  • Act as review engineer for assigned projects, to assure compliance with applicable engineering standards. These may include; surface water design, roadway design, flood plain analysis and related site development standards; conduct related research and prepare staff reports/decisions.
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the department, and the incumbent.
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service; to the extent possible, help customers find the correct pathway to achieve their goals.
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.
  • Work cooperatively with others in the department and other agencies to resolve permit- and process-related issues, including those related to compliance with King County Road Standards and the King County Surface Water Design Manual.
  • Review /approve storm water and transportation engineering designs for assigned work projects.
  • Review and, as needed, author concise and accurate permit language, technical documents and staff reports that are consistent with applicable codes, laws and policies as assigned by the Product Line Manager.
  • Research and evaluate environmental data and/or environmental remediation reports prepared by external sources to determine compliance with County requirements; approve plans and specifications for construction.
  • Inspect the construction, maintenance, and compliance of specific projects.
  • Participate in the review and evaluation of complicated plans and specifications.
  • Be responsible for the technical quality assurance of policies, procedures and standards for assigned technical discipline.
  • Make presentations to community groups and the general public on projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering; or any equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge of engineering principles and site design such as surface water hydrology, soils, traffic, survey, and road geometrics.
  • Applied knowledge of a surface water design manual used by a government.
  • Applied knowledge of road standards used by a government.
  • Demonstrated skill in researching and making recommendations, conclusions, and decisions.
  • Experience in using common desktop workflow tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite:  Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving, resolving conflicts and bringing others to consensus.
  • Demonstrated competence in applying project management principles and practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentations to Hearing Examiners, legislative bodies, and the public.
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities and producing quality detailed working within tight timeframes.
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Desirable Qualifications: 
  • Experience in local government permit processing and regulations, or experience in roadway and storm water design and construction.
  • Knowledge of geotechnical engineering principles.
  • Knowledge of electronic review of construction documents.
  • Ability to use permit processing software.
  •   An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and a good driving record.  A complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Must operate a motor vehicle safely throughout the County.
  • Must be able to traverse difficult terrain in any weather condition.
  • Must be able to use office equipment and software.

Supplemental Information

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.  First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months.  Including special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.
WORK SCHEDULE: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours and/or on weekends.  This full-time position is overtime eligible. 

WORK LOCATION: King County is in a mandated telework environment through December of 2020; this position will initially work remotely. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King County as needed for your work.

OFFICE EQUIPMENT: A laptop will be supplied by King County

FORMS AND MATERIALS: An online employment application, resume, and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge and skills for the position.

SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.  Interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview on Monday, October 12, 2020 or Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  
King County is the local service provider for roughly a quarter-million people who live in unincorporated parts of the county.  If all of these residents lived together in a single city, it would be the second-largest city in the state.  The population of our urban unincorporated areas is there-to-four times more diverse than those of our rural unincorporated areas in terms of race, language spoken, and income.  The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office, a Community Service Areas group, a Road Services Division, and a Permitting Division.  It provides a single point of accountability for delivery of local services to all unincorporated areas in King County.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Theresa Reynolds
Senior Human Resources Analyst
UNION MEMBERSHIP: These positions are represented by PROTEC17.
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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

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  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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