Senior Engineer

King County   Snoqualmie, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 28, 2020

King County Permitting Division, is looking for two Senior Engineers (Engineer III). Our successful candidates will serve in a lead capacity in a multi-disciplinary team and oversee commercial and/or residential projects. The persons in these positions 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, Senior Engineers 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 September 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 Thursday, August 27, 2020 or Friday, August 28, 2020.
As the only county in the United States named after Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant community with residents that represent countries form around the world.  It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the artistic and social traditions of many cultures.  Together, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
King County employees provide more than 2 million residents with essential services that make this one of the nation's best places to live, work, play, and raise a family.  We continue to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement.  With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda aimed at advancing regional change and is developing the systems and standards necessary to achieve better outcomes for all of our residents, regardless of their race or income.

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.

King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences.  The Department of Local Services encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.  We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Theresa Reynolds
Senior Human Resources Analyst

UNION MEMBERSHIP: These positions are represented by PROTEC17.




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.