Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Civil Engineer 4-Supervisor Development Review. The primary functions of this job include advanced engineering duties, such as directing and participating in the review and approval of civil engineering design reports and drawings, while effectively supervising other employees involved in this work.  Possession of the requisite engineering skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with individuals at all technical levels are essential for success in this position. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field, along with eight (8) years of civil engineering experience. A Professional Engineer's (PE) license is also required.  If this sounds like a good fit for you, we invite you to apply for this position.

**Please note that you must attach your cover letter and resume to your application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not substitute for attaching it to your application.  Incomplete applications may not be considered for this position.  If you experience technical difficulties, please contact our office Monday-Friday, between 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This is a full-time, benefited position that is not represented by a union. This recruitment is open until the position is filled.


$10,694.00-$13,019.00/month, depending on qualifications

For a listing of benefits, please use the following link: Employee Benefits | City of Kent (

Under the direction of the Development Engineering Manager, supervise Development Engineering staff in the review, approval, and permitting of private development projects.

Work is characterized by supervisory and administrative functions in the performance of advanced-level, professional engineering duties involved in the review, approval, and permitting of private development projects, including the establishment of conditions of approval for short plats, long plats, rezones, conditional use permits, SEPA submittals, and other private development project proposals. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, directing and participating in the review and approval of civil engineering design reports and drawings required for private development projects; performing supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies, procedures, and applicable laws; communicating with the public, contractors, developers, City personnel, and other agencies; assisting in the development of policies and procedures regarding various traffic-related issues; and participating in land use related and coordination meetings.

Work is performed under limited supervision. The manager sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed. The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives. The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications. Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.


Plan, organize, coordinate, oversee, and participate in the review of private development projects to ensure compliance with various state, federal, and local ordinances, codes, laws, and regulations in the assigned areas of transportation, public safety, land use planning, civil design, construction, and the environment; provide administrative support and assistance to the Development Engineering Manager as necessary.

Perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City’s policies and procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in interviews; making recommendations to hire and train employees; planning, assigning, directing, and evaluating work in progress and completed work; authorizing leave and hours worked; appraising subordinate work performance; recommending promotion and disciplinary actions; addressing complaints; and resolving miscellaneous personnel issues.

Supervise and participate in the establishment conditions of approval for land use applications such as subdivisions and rezones; and for construction permits to assure the mitigation of adverse transportation impacts and compliance with local ordinances, codes, laws, and regulation concerning transportation, construction, public safety, and the environment.

Supervise and participate in the review and approval of development plans and reports submitted to the City as part of the permitting process.

Compile and analyze statistical and technical information and data and prepare reports concerning projects and related activities; recommend procedural or operational changes, as appropriate.

Attend a variety of meetings including staff meetings as necessary; deliver oral presentations as requested.

Supervise the permit process for franchise utilities including, but not limited to, power, gas, telecommunications, TV, sewer, water, etc.

Participate in the selection of professional consultants; review and approve consultant’s scope of work, contract, reports, and plans; manage consultant contracts.

Provide work direction, technical guidance, and assistance to assigned Development Engineering personnel.

Prepare information, requests, and recommendations regarding public information

requests, City resolutions, and ordinances; prepare reports, information, and

other materials for public hearings, City Council Workshops, and City Council


Actively support the City’s mission, vision, values, and goals.


Act as the Development Engineering Manager in the manager’s absence as assigned.

Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Principles, practices, methods, and standards of civil engineering as applied to the planning, design, and construction of streets and utilities, traffic control devices, and related municipal facilities

  • Principles and methods of managing public liability and risk associated with public infrastructure design and operation

  • Design, engineering, and construction of public infrastructure

  • Established standards and specifications applicable to construction of public facilities

  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure; and applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances

  • Principals of planning including the research and application of City, state, and federal regulations pertaining to land use decisions

  • Application of policies found in the Comprehensive Plans for land use and public facilities

  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, especially as they relate to public infrastructure

  • Established standards and the preparation of drawings and specifications applicable to construction

  • Technical aspects of field of specialty

  • Engineering research, analysis, and problem-solving methods

  • Trends, legislation, and other developments in the field of construction and Civil Engineering

  • Effective oral and written communications skills

  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy

  • Supervisory principles

  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary as it pertains to the job

  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computers and related software such as CADD, word processing, permit tracking software, and spreadsheet programs

  • Advanced mathematics including calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and algebra

  • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications

  • Surveying principles and techniques


  • Communicating effectively both in oral and written communications

  • Demonstrating interpersonal relations using tact, patience, and courtesy

  • Analyzing, preparing, and reviewing technical engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates

  • Maintaining records and preparing reports

  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations

  • Using telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, contractors, developers, engineers, other City personnel, and agencies

  • Coordinate engineering projects and resolve conflicts with other agencies and organizations

  • Review, understand, and interpret complex designs, engineering plans, drawings, and specifications

  • Prepare clear and concise project plans

  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines

  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence, technical journals, engineering rules, and regulations

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action

  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

  • Work independently with little direction

  • Supervise, train, provide work direction, and motivate assigned employees

  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public

  • Make extensive mathematical and engineering computations accurately

  • Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

  • Review and understand complex designs and interpret engineering plans


Education: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, or related field; and

Experience: Eight (8) years of Civil Engineering experience.


  • Professional Engineer’s License (PE) is required

  • Valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment

  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City’s Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record

  • A minimum of three (3) years directly related to the supervision of professional and technical engineering staff is desired

  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry pursuant to RCW 43.43.832

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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