Job Description

Salary: $89,436.00 - $108,840.00 Annually
Closing: 1/31/2020 5:05 PM Pacific
General Purpose


The City of Kent is seeking a Construction Engineering Supervisor for the Development Inspection section of the Construction Engineering Department.  The successful candidate will have extensive experience coordinating and supervising private development construction projects.  If you are confident in your ability to ensure that work on private development construction sites is accomplished in the most effective and efficient manner possible, while complying with applicable specifications, standards, policies, procedures and laws, this position may be a good fit for you.   The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field, along with eight (8) years of experience in construction inspection, general contracting, civil construction, and/or project management. 

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This is a non-represented, benefited position.  Interviews are tentatively planned to take place on February 6.

Under the direction of the Construction Engineering Manager, or designee, perform a variety of professional construction management duties.  The incumbent of this position generally oversees all Public Works projects under construction, with an emphasis on City of Kent Capital Improvement and/or private development construction management.
Work is characterized by a variety of professional construction management duties including, but not limited to, analyzing system requirements; reviewing and making recommendations on the preparation of appropriate drawings, designs, and specifications with engineers, technicians, and consultants; coordinating construction projects; supervising assigned personnel; overseeing all aspects of reviewing and submitting pay estimates and change orders; ensuring grant compliance; and communicating extensively with the public, the Capital Projects Administrators, Sr. Construction Inspectors, Construction  Inspectors, consultants, contractors, developers, media, businesses, City personnel, and other agencies.  The incumbent is also required to visit construction sites to monitor work progress.  The incumbent in this classification may specialize in City of Kent Capital Improvement construction or private development construction.
Work is performed under limited supervision.  The Construction Engineering Manager sets the overall objectives and resources available. The incumbent and Construction Engineering Manager work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out assignments, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The incumbent keeps the Construction Engineering Manager informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed only in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and supervise all aspects of construction management on public and private projects under the Construction Engineering Manager's control. This includes supervising and coordinating construction projects and personnel assigned to the construction inspection of private development and Public Works Capital Improvement projects including, but not limited to, street, water, sewer, storm, signalization, channelization, lighting, private utilities, water reservoirs, stormwater detention ponds, pump stations, flood control levees, non-motorized facilities, structures, etc. 
Perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City's policies and procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting in interviews; making recommendations to hire and train employees; planning, assigning, directing, and evaluating work in progress and completed works; authorizing overtime; appraising subordinate work performance; recommending promotion and disciplinary actions; addressing complaints; and resolving miscellaneous personnel issues.
Coordinate project inspections and communicate with other Engineering sections, City departments, governmental and private agencies, consultants, architects, contractors, vendors, the media, businesses, and the general public.  Resolve conflicts and problems, respond to inquiries, and provide information regarding public and private construction projects in person, on the phone, and/or through written communications.
Provide assistance to resolve public concerns related to construction-related complaints and other related issues.
Resolve field issues by making minor changes related to Public Works and developer projects which would not significantly affect the design characteristics of the construction projects; resolve disputes resulting from changes or conflicts in plan specifications or design.
Coordinate revisions to approved plans and resolve construction problems with the Capital Projects Administrators, Sr. Construction Inspectors, Construction Inspectors, contractors, engineers, and/or developers; coordinate Public Works requirements with other City department requirements to resolve conflicts
Review, approve, or deny requests for products and materials for use on Public Works projects; review, negotiate, and submit pay estimates and change orders to the Construction Engineering Manager for concurrence and/or approval on City of Kent Capital Improvement construction projects.
Attend and conduct pre-construction meetings to explain and interpret City requirements and standards.
Attend final walkthrough inspections to identify deficiencies in construction and generate a list of issues for repair. Check as-built/record drawings of plans of construction to verify project has been built per approved plan or within acceptable limits.
Coordinate the billing and payment of inspection costs and overtime.
Assist the Construction Engineering Manager in the planning and development of construction management procedures for capital improvement and private development projects assigned to the Construction Engineering Section.
Ensure that the paperwork required by funding agencies for City of Kent Capital Improvement construction projects is maintained; ensure various records, files, and materials related to Public Works and development construction projects are maintained.
Actively support the City's mission, vision, values, and goals of the department and City.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Act as the Construction Engineering Manager in the manager's absence as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Principles, practices, and methods of planning, designing, and constructing streets and related municipal facilities
  • Standards, rules, and regulations related to construction inspection of public and private projects
  • Guidelines and other funding rules, regulations, and requirements of state, federal, and local grant agencies for capital improvement design and construction
  • Department of Ecology and King County Storm Water Management requirements
  • Advanced mathematics including trigonometry, geometry, and algebra
  • Design principles, strength of materials, and stress analysis required in planning commercial or public construction projects
  • Appropriate research, analysis, and problem-solving methods
  • Trends, legislation, and other developments in the field of construction and project management
  • Surveying principles and techniques
  • Engineering and planning principles of transportation system engineering
  • Established standards and the preparation of drawings and specifications applicable to construction
  • Technical aspects in field of specialty inspections
  • City organization, operations, policies, and objectives
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Project and budget administration
  • Effective leadership principles and practices
  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including, but not limited to, personal computers and related software such as Microsoft Project, Primavera, word processing, and spreadsheet programs
  • Contract and Project Management
  • Leadership principles and practices
  • Effectively using interpersonal skills in a professional, tactful, patient, and courteous manner
  • Coordinating and supervising City of Kent Capital Improvement construction and private development construction project inspection and construction management
  • Remaining professional, tactful, patient, and courteous when dealing with hostile and/or irate contractors, owners, and citizens
  • Applying construction management and inspection principles and practices
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Analyzing, preparing, and reviewing technical engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations and business letters
  • Using proper telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries
  • Supervise, train, provide work direction, and motivate assigned employees
  • Coordinate the work of numerous construction projects concurrently
  • Make extensive mathematical computations accurately
  • Coordinate construction engineering projects and resolve conflicts with other agencies and organizations
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence, technical journals, rules, and regulations
  • Review, understand, and interpret complex plans and designs
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends, legislation, and other developments in the field of construction management and inspection
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, consultants, contractors, developers, engineers, businesses, and others
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures relating to construction
  • Prepare and effectively deliver oral presentations and respond to questions appropriately
  • Work independently with little direction

Education, Experience and Other Requirements

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field; and
Experience:  Eight (8) years of experience in construction inspection, general contracting, civil construction, and/or project management. 
Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

  • Washington State Professional Engineering License (Civil) preferred.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of and experience with the documentation requirements of federal, state, and local funding agencies is highly desirable
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry

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