Flood Chief Engineer - Council

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on March 17, 2020

This position will remain open until filled however, the screening process will move quickly. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials no later than March 31, 2020 before 11:59 p.m.

The King County Flood Control District is looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual, to conduct engineering review, technical oversight and quality control for the implementation of the King County Flood Control capital improvement projects and operating work programs. The Chief Engineer analyzes and reviews technical engineering, project and program work from service providers who implement river and floodplain management projects and programs on behalf of the King County Flood Control District. 

The successful candidate is a leader with a proven track record of using environmentally sensitive techniques used in river and floodplain management projects in the Pacific Northwest. This is an exciting opportunity to join the King County Flood Control District staff and play a role in improving levee protection, flood water conveyance and capacity and foster effective partnerships with communities within King County.  

This position requires a self-starter with a keen political acumen and experience working with service providers, local jurisdictions, tribes, and other parties to identify and prioritize projects and programs for implementation and ensure the Flood Control District understands the broad spectrum of issues facing the County, as well as the people they serve. The Chief Engineer is a salaried, at-will, overtime exempt classification that reports directly to the Executive Director but is responsive to all members of the Board of Supervisors.
King County Council is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment.  The Council encourages people of all backgrounds, cultures and religions to apply, including veterans, people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities.  We value diversity and strive to hire a workforce that reflects the County we serve.  We believe a diverse workforce is a strong workforce. 
The District is a countywide independent special purpose district authorized under Washington State statute (Revised Code of Washington [RCW] Title 86). Established in April 2007, by ordinance 15728 of the Metropolitan King County Council, the District was created to protect public health and safety, regional economic centers, public and private properties, and transportation corridors.
The members of the King County Council serve as the governing body for the District. In addition to the Board of Supervisors, the District's governance structure is comprised of an advisory committee, King County staff, and basin technical committees.
The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks carries out a majority of the approved flood protection projects and programs for the District under an interlocal agreement. In addition, the District partners with other jurisdictions such as the cities of Kent, Renton, and Snoqualmie for flood protection projects and programs by interlocal agreement. Take a look at the Flood Control District's message to county residents, flooding services and information. King County Flood Control District website

Job Duties

In order to be considered for this opportunity, an applicant must be able to do the following:

  • Provide technical expertise to assist the board of Supervisors in policy making decisions including capital project implementation and sequencing.
  • Carry out complex professional engineering and environmental assignments in river and floodplain management.
  • Identify and prioritize projects and programs for implementation within King County.
  • Provide technical and quality engineering review of capital improvement projects to apply accepted design and engineering standards.
  • Review approval of design and construction contract documents.
  • Acts as a resource for all government officials, staff and citizens on flooding services and information.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Our successful candidate is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the State of Washington or if licensed in another state, is eligible for professional engineering licensure by comity, skilled at preparing analytical and design reports and making presentations to a wide variety of audiences, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills, initiative, and judgment.
Competitive candidates will be a registered professional engineer with a minimum of seven (7) years of increasing responsibility in the application of river channel hydraulics and modeling, slope stability analysis, bank stabilization and levee design, project and construction management, permitting, and cultural resources requirements; or any combination of education and/or experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the scope of the job duties as described in the job description may also be considered. We know that historically marginalized people often do not have the opportunity for advanced education so we value "lived experience" when the candidate can demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Prepare and present engineering plans and specifications, detailed project quantities, and cost estimates;
  • Expertise using drafting and mapping software, such as AutoCAD and ArcGIS, for development of engineering drawings.
  • Conduct field reconnaissance, and river facility inspections and assessments.
  • Develop and maintain positive and influential relationships with cities, residents, stakeholders, and local, state and federal agencies within King County.
  • Flexible and agile thinker in sometimes chaotic political situations. Have a strong understanding geomorphic processes and sediment transport.
  • Understand environmentally sensitive techniques used such as bioengineering approaches for bank stabilization, incorporating riparian vegetation, and use of large wood in bank repairs and engineered logjams.
  • Knowledge and experience in scour and bank slope stability analyses as related to river facilities, e.g., levees and revetments; intergovernmental and tribal relations, legislative processes and policy issues and local, state, and federal permitting requirements.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with diverse, non-technical audiences on complex technical information.
  • Experience applying floodplain management policies and associated county, state, and federal floodplain management regulations; interpreting flood and channel migration hazard mapping, including Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies.

Supplemental Information

This position is open to all qualified candidates.  The annual salary range for this position is $111,212- $149,568, dental and vision insurance as well as a generous vacation and leave program.  To see all of King County's benefits, please visit our website at: http://kingcounty.gov/jobs/benefits.aspx
A King County application is required to be considered for this opportunity.  Interested applicants must submit:

  • A letter of interest
  • Resume
  • King County application
  • Responses to the supplemental questions
A complete job description can be downloaded by going to: Chief Engineer job description
If you have any questions regarding this opportunity to join County government, please contact Tracy Calderon at 206-477-0979 or tracy.calderon@kingcounty.gov.


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.

Are you a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Washington or a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) from another state with the ability to obtain a P.E. license in the State of Washington within six (6) months of employment? (Select one)
  • I do not have a Professional Engineer (P.E.) License
  • I am a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Washington
  • I am a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) from another state with the ability to obtain a P.E. license in the State of Washington within six (6) months of employment
Do you have knowledge and experience in the following areas: land development; real estate; permitting (Federal, State, and local); capital projects design/review; floodplain management; hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; project management, contract administration, budgeting and scheduling techniques and principles; Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; negotiation and conflict resolution; AutoCAD; GIS platforms; and Microsoft Office Products?
If you have experience in one or more of the areas listed above, describe your specific knowledge and experience in each area above using the following options: No Experience, Limited Experience, Intermediate Experience or Advanced Experience. (For example: Land Development – Limited Experience; Real Estate – No Experience Please limit your response to 250 words or fewer.)
Describe your experience communicating complex technical issues to elected officials, the public, or non-technical audiences. (150 words or less)
Describe your experience meeting, conferring, or negotiating with or making presentations to regulatory, governmental and/or elected officials, engineers/consultants, private property owners, committees, etc. Specify the types of interactions and the audience. (150 words or less)
Describe your experience writing and/or administering consultant and/or construction contracts. Include your role in the contract administration. (150 words or less)

Required Question