Program and Project Support Services (Engineer III)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on November 15, 2022
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The Program and Project Support Services group in the Strategic Business Operations Section (SBOS) of the Road Services Division (RSD) has an opportunity for an Engineer III. This position will support the Division in the areas of contracts administration, plans, specifications and estimates, constructability reviews, construction documentation, and project control. Standardized project and construction management policies, processes, and protocols will be applied to support project teams and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects to ensure compliance with King County policies, ordinances, guidelines, and procedures. If you have the desire to work together with a highly motivated team, we want to hear from you!

Job Duties

  • Prepare and review specifications, special provisions, bid item lists and quantities, and engineer’s estimates for construction of CIP projects using WSDOT standards.
  • Prepare, schedule, and monitor construction contract procurements, including development of complete bid package.
  • Ensure contracts comply with best design and construction practices. 
  • Coordinate WSDOT Local Programs review of contract package for FHWA-funded projects, response to bidder questions, and bid evaluations.
  • Prepare, maintain, and monitor architectural, engineering, and professional (AEP) contracts documentation for road, bridge and drainage capital improvement projects, including invoice review, and contract payment processing. 
  • Recommend changes to engineering plans and other technical documents to ensure compliance with governmental regulations. 
  • Review contract documents including change orders and amendments for compliance with policies, procedures, and department processes.
  • Prepare and oversee correspondence to consultants, contractors, and public agencies.
  • Oversee, perform, and/or support the final closeout of AEP contracts and consolidation of documentation.
  • Participate in WSDOT and FHWA audits and documentation reviews, and King County internal review of capital improvement construction projects, by facilitating reviews and working relationships between auditors and project personnel.
  • Coordinate with internal and external parties to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. 
  • Compile, research, assemble and manage project data using SharePoint, PRISM, Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and Teams.
  • Collaborate with project management, engineering, construction management and inspection services staff to ensure that capital improvement projects meet contract requirements, including UDBE, DBE, and SCS goals.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in developing Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) for road, drainage or bridge projects utilizing APWA/WSDPT Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction format. 
  • Skill in project management and contract administration techniques and principles including budget, schedule development, and monitoring.
  • Knowledge of road, bridge, and drainage design, and construction techniques for capital improvement projects.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving and a process improvement mindset.
  • Ability to manage a high volume of diverse assignments and projects; can handle multiple competing priorities and maintain attention to detail.
  • Meticulous grammar, technical editing and writing, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge about how large organizations work, including how to get things done through formal and informal channels.
  • Cultural awareness, comfortable having complex and challenging discussions about race and diversity in the workplace and be dedicated to building bridges.
  • Ability to work affectively with the public, on a team, and with minimal supervision.
  • Skill in conflict resolution, negotiation, and ability to handle the unexpected, and maintain composure in stressful situations. 
  • Experience working as part of a team, as well as working as an individual contributor.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and difficult situations.
  • The ability to communicate, establish, and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Strength and proficiency in using Office Productivity tools in your daily work.

Supplemental Information

We Would Love it if You Have:

  • Experience working in the roads industry.
  • Skills in prioritizing projects, time management, and resource coordination.
  • Action-oriented mindset.
  • Experience in workflow development and documentation, 
  • Experience handling multiple competing priorities and maintain a high level of attention to detail. 
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multitask and manage competing timelines.
Working Conditions
  • Work performed in the office  
  • Required to sit, talk, listen and hear; frequently required to use hands to finger, feel or handle writing utensils, computer and office supplies which require repetitive arm, wrist and hand movement 
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Pre-employment physical examination
Why King County Roads Division? 
  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Twelve – paid holidays and Two Additional personal holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of 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. The individual in this position will be meeting with community members and organizations and will be expected to engage in face-to-face interactions, as COVID-19 restrictions permit, throughout unincorporated King County.
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 may be 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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If you have any questions, please contact Jerrell Hollis, Senior HR Analyst, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-477-4318.

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
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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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