Engineer III

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 10, 2021
Summary

UPDATE: This recruitment will be used to fill multiple Term-Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or Special Duty Assignment (SDA) positions.  The TLT/SDA is anticipated to last up to 18 months.   This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  First review of applications will begin on July 23, 2021. 

The King County Department of Local Services, Permitting Division, is seeking multiple candidates for Engineer III positions. Our successful candidates will serve in a lead capacity in a multi-disciplinary team and oversee commercial and/or residential projects. The person in this position will 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, Engineer III's work with a higher degree of independence. They apply their years of engineering and project management experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from single-family projects to complex commercial projects, but may work more often on complex high profile, and/or time-sensitive projects. An essential part of the job is to work in a positive, solution-oriented manner with customers and their design/engineering professionals, members of the public, and colleagues.    

Job Duties

  • Act as a Lead for a Product line team by training, planning, directing, and monitoring their daily work on development applications.     
  • Providing feedback to product line manager regarding team performance; contribute to performance evaluations.     
  • Conduct final quality control review of development applications for compliance with applicable codes, standards, and best management practices.     
  • Work cooperatively with others in the division and other partner 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.     
  • Participate in the analysis, interpretation, and application of relevant federal, State, and local, laws and regulations.     
  • Review development applications independently for compliance with applicable codes, standards, and best management practices.     
  • Read and locate legal descriptions of property and easements.     
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.     
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.     
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.     
  • Approve plans and specifications for construction in consultation with higher level staff.    
  • Act as project manager for assigned projects. Initiate and/or review and approve revisions for assigned projects in consultation with higher level staff. 
  • Model and apply equity and social justice shared values, behaviors and practices.     
  • 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, structural, survey, and road geometrics.     
  • Advanced knowledge of functional discipline of engineering.     
  • Advanced policy and code analysis and development     
  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and principles     
  • Proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving, resolving conflicts and bringing others to consensus.     
  • Ability to convey technical information to the public, government agencies, engineering and environmental consultants, and developers.     
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of the King County Road Standards and the King County Surface Water Design Manual, or similar or equivalent standard/manuals.     
  • Experience in using common desktop tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.     
  • Demonstrated competence in applying advanced project management principles and practices.     
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including staff training and presentations.     
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service.     
  • Skill in handling multiple competing and changing priorities while producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes.     
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.     
  • Ability to research and interpret applicable codes, policies, and regulations.     
  • Ability to use engineering software to analyze proposals.  
  • Experience either designing or reviewing civil engineering plans for code compliance.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: 
   
  • Professional License in Civil Engineering, and/or Engineer in Training.     
  • Experience in local government permit processing and regulations, or experience in roadway and storm water design and construction.     
  • Experience with Blue Beam (Revu 2018 extreme) or similar versions.     
  • Experience with HEC-RAS, MGS Flood and GIS programs. 
 
 NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS: 
   
  • 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 the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle throughout the county.    
  • Must have the ability to work in the field in difficult terrain.


Supplemental Information

First Review of Applications: July 23, 2021
Interviews:  August 9, 2021

Second Review of Applications:  August 15, 2021
Interviews: August 25, 2021

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple special duty assignment (SDA) or term-limited temporary (TLT) positions. As with Career Service and SDA positions, the TLT positions will have full benefits.
 
This recruitment may be used to create an eligibility list for future Engineer III Career Service, TLT, and SDA vacancies. Lists may be active up to 6 months at the discretion of the hiring authority.

WHO MAY APPLY: First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.

  • SDAs are open to current King County career service or appointed employees who have passed their initial probationary period. 
  • Career Service and TLTs are open to all King County employees and the general public.
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.
 
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 Teams or Zoom.  Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
   
 UNION MEMBERSHIP:  PROTEC17
 
 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
 
Theresa Reynolds
  Senior Human Resources Analyst
  206-477-0380
  theresa.reynolds@kingcounty.gov
 
Teleworking Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly by teleworking; complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.)  Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
 
 Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
   
 King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
 
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Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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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Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • 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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If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

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