Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Engineer IV-Supervisor
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$9,026.00 - $10,989.00 Monthly
$108,312.00 - $131,868.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location: 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Are you an experienced civil engineer and project manager with the ability to motivate and provide direction to a team of other civil engineering professionals?  The City of Kent is now accepting applications for Engineer IV/Supervisor in our Public Works Department.  The successful candidate will have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field, along with 8 years of progressively responsible civil engineering design experience.  Along with the technical skills related to the preparation and review of public works project-related documents, the Engineer IV/Supervisor must also have exceptional communication and project management skills.  A valid Washington State Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office 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 position is open until filled.  Interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 12 and/or 15.

Under the direction of the Design Engineering Manager, supervise Design Engineering staff in the design and preparation of project plans and specifications for streets, sanitary and storm sewers, water mains, and other municipal public works projects. 
Work is characterized by supervisory and administrative functions in the performance of advanced-level, professional engineering duties involved in the preparation and review of drawings, designs, specifications, schedules,  cost estimates, and construction plans for public works improvement projects.  The incumbent is also required to coordinate communications with the construction engineer during construction.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the review of streets, sanitary and storm sewers, water mains, and other civil municipal engineering projects; performing supervisor responsibilities in accordance with the City's policies, procedures, and applicable laws; and effectively communicating with the public, contractors, developers, City personnel, and other agencies.
Work is performed under limited supervision.  The manager sets the overall objectives and resources available.  The incumbent and the manager work together to develop 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 manager 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.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Oversee the review and design of streets, sanitary and storm sewers, water mains and other civil municipal engineering projects in accordance with established standards of safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
Perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the City's policies, 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; resolving miscellaneous personnel issues.
Review project requirements, physical location and other pertinent data; evaluate existing engineering drawings, maps, and survey data; and determine appropriate materials and information required for design purposes.
Review quantity calculations, cost estimates, and engineering calculations for assigned projects. 
Assure that project designs are in compliance with a variety of federal, state, and city laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations governing construction projects.
Review and approve project plans, specifications, and permits as needed; delineate project size, scope, limits, and intent; and review drafting work and related work assigned to Engineers.
Communicate and coordinate work with the engineers, engineering technicians, consultants, other agencies, and the public to exchange information, facilitate work processes, and resolve conflicts; communicate in person, in writing, and on the telephone with developers, contractors, property owners, City personnel, and other agencies to incorporate special requirements within City construction projects.
Work with the engineers and engineering technicians to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, utility companies, property owners, and engineering consultants; resolve concerns, issues, and complaints as necessary.
Oversee the engineers and engineering technicians in their preparation of calculations and right-of-way drawings involved in the acquisition of public rights-of-way and easements.
Oversee computations of excavation, embankment, and other quantities for the construction of projects; establish the appropriate grade and alignment of roadways and utilities.
Review and edit correspondence written by assigned staff prior to mailing.
Oversee and direct duties related to the formation of local improvement districts (LID); review petitions and establish LID boundaries; review correspondence and preliminary and final assessment rolls.
Prepare information, requests, and recommendations concerning resolutions and ordinances; compile and review information and other materials for public hearings and City Council meetings.
Attend bid openings, hearings, and other meetings concerning Public Works projects; answer questions from contractors, bidders, developers, and the general public.
Oversee and review the preparation of Federal and State grant applications.  Meet with grant agency personnel to determine funding availability, application requirements, etc.
Make recommendations to the Design Engineering Manager regarding expenditures of public funds.
Direct the engineers in consultant selection as needed for their projects.
Review consultant's scope of work, contracts, reports, and plans.
Represent the City in technical advisory committees for other municipalities.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Act as the Design Engineering Manager in the manager's absence as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and standards of Civil Engineering
  • Design, engineering, and construction of Public Works projects
  • Advanced mathematics including calculus, trigonometry, geometry, and algebra
  • Municipal Public Works construction techniques
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure; and applicable local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances
  • Funding agency requirements and procedures
  • Engineering research, analysis, and problem solving methods
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Trends, legislation, and other developments in the field of Civil Engineering
  • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications
  • Surveying principles and techniques
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Correct usage of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary
  • Modern office practices, procedures, and equipment including personal computers and related software such as CADD, word processing, and spreadsheet programs
  • Local Improvement District formation procedures
  • Using methods, equipment, computer software, and materials in Civil Engineering design and drafting, including the use of computer-aided design and drafting equipment (CADD)
  • Demonstrating interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • Using proper telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries
  • Preparing business letters
  • Analyzing, preparing, and reviewing technical engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates
  • Maintain records and prepare reports
  • Supervise, train, motivate, and provide work direction to others
  • Design Public Works projects in accordance with budget limitations and established safety standards
  • Design streets, storm and sanitary sewers, water mains, and other municipal engineering projects
  • Make extensive mathematical and engineering computations accurately
  • Read, review, understand, and interpret engineering plans, drawings, and specifications
  • Prepare clear and concise project plans
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, financial reports, operating and procedure manuals, general business periodicals, professional journals, government regulations, etc.
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence, project specifications, technical journals, engineering rules, and regulations
  • Operate machines, tools, and equipment as described below
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public
  • 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
  • Coordinate engineering projects and resolve conflicts with other agencies and organizations

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field; and
Experience:  Eight (8) years of technical Civil Engineering design experience.
Or: In place of the above requirements, 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.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Professional Engineering License (Washington State)
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry
The City of Kent is an equal opportunity employer.


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