The Road Services Division of the King County Department of Local Services invites applicants reflective of our diverse local service area to apply for the position of County Road Engineer.
The County Road Engineer (CRE) serves as the steward of the King County unincorporated area road network and is the primary advisor on road related transportation policy issues. We are seeking a leader to maximize investments into the King County unincorporated road network by building and enhancing critical relationships with individual citizens, communities, jurisdictions, elected officials, and the County Road Administration Board (CRAB).
This leadership position reports directly to the Road Services Division Director, and as delegated, the CRE is authorized to make decisions, resolve issues, and put forth decisions on behalf of the Division Director. The duties and responsibilities of the position are required by Washington State RCW - County legislative authority as agent of state – Standards.
The County Road Engineer is primarily responsible for overseeing programs and staff involved in road, bridge and traffic engineering programs and projects. This leadership position will be involved with developing the division's transportation priorities, strategic plan, and work programs. The role of the County Road Engineer is to ensure the county delivers projects in a timely, efficient manner, and that transportation priorities are addressed as well as expending public funds appropriately within available resources.
The County Road Engineer will:
Provide leadership in workplace policies, public services and professional development; develop and implement policies and procedures.
Provide oversight and legislative accountability for all engineering functions for county roads and bridges.
Provide summary of the annual revenues and expenditures for construction programs and the six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Lead the development of new initiatives, efficiencies, operational methods and long-range plans.
Review and ensure statutory compliance for the performance and accounting of the Roads Services Division Maintenance work programs and expenditures.
Represent the county on internal and external committees; participate as a member of the Roads Division management team.
Stamp and sign engineering designs as Professional Engineer of record or CRE as needed.
Collaborate with the Roads Division Director to develop strategic planning initiatives and priorities and manage resources required to meet them.
Create and deliver presentations and briefings on issues, programs and projects to managers, department, division, Executive, County Council, other agencies and the public.
Review and resolve issues related to requests requiring technical, political, policy and field knowledge; make recommendations on settlements for claims filed against the section.
Provide information to and work with elected officials on road and bridge concerns, issues, projects, programs and funding.
Provide testimony and technical assistance to the King County Prosecuting Attorney; provide expert testimony in litigation.
Provide information to citizens and resolve complaints regarding activities.
Apply equity and social justice principles as a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.
We are looking for candidates who meet the following minimum qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, and a State of Washington Professional Engineer License, and eight or more years of professional engineering work experience preferably in the planning, design, and contract management of transportation systems
Knowledge of engineering principles in transportation planning, design, project management, traffic engineering, capital project design, field engineering, road maintenance, construction management and environmental impacts
Knowledge of roadway and bridge design, drainage systems, erosion control and facilities
Knowledge of public works emergency response activities
Advanced knowledge of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and procedures related to civil engineering, transportation planning and personnel labor practices
Knowledge of operating and capital budgeting procedures and processes; development, monitoring and administration
Knowledge of principles and techniques in strategic planning, project management including resource and budget allocation, and organizational and time management and the application of best practices
Advanced skill in interpreting, advising, explaining and applying pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies and guidelines
Skill in team building and working with others in achieving common goals and objectives including identifying and evaluating alternative program elements and solutions
Advanced skill in oral communication including making formal presentations to diverse audiences
Ability to manage multiple complex, highly visible and politically sensitive projects and competing priorities
Model and apply equity and social justice shared values, behaviors and practices.
In addition, the most competitive candidates will possess the following desired qualifications:
Have an exceptional record of successfully managing, developing, and implementing capital projects, strategic initiatives, policies, and systems.
Understand how to build key relationships, trust, and regional partnerships necessary to deliver projects in a timely and efficient manner.
Possess the strategic financial acumen necessary to advocate for resources in a dwindling funding environment.
Demonstrate experience managing and/or providing oversight of complex transportation projects including transportation planning, design, project management, traffic engineering, capital project design, field engineering, road maintenance, construction management and environmental impacts.
Be comfortable advising, partnering, and communicating with senior and executive-level management about complex initiatives, policies, and issues.
Internal Number: 2019ARJ10004
About King County Department of Local Services
King County is the local service provider for the roughly one quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.
The Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 182 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County.