This position (two openings) will supervise and direct the work of technical, professional and administrative staff within the Engineering & Technical Resources Unit.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates. This posting may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for position openings in the following six months.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Application and supplemental questions available at http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs Please also paste or attach a resume and cover letter during the application process. PLEASE NOTE: Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on 11/29/18 to be considered.
WORK SCHEDULE: This full time position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. The normal workweek is Monday – Friday.
Supervise and direct the work of technical, professional, and administrative staff and direct the work of staff matrixed to the group from other work groups. Hire, assign, and schedule work, evaluate performance and initiate disciplinary action when appropriate. Develop training plans, coach and mentor assigned staff.
Provide strategic direction and guidance to assigned staff. Develop a work plan for assigned work group and determine performance standards and measures for unit, individuals, and project work teams. Coordinate resource issues with other work groups.
Plan, organize and direct the work of assigned staff; monitor work distribution and resolve problems. Estimate labor needs and schedules to meet completion dates for projects assigned to the work group. Evaluate the progress of projects and results and develop or initiate changes to achieve overall project objectives.
Coordinate and facilitate the resolution of issues with other work units and sections as necessary.
Provide technical expertise in the evaluation and analysis of complex and sensitive planning, design, construction and political issues. Manage the resolution of design and coordination issues through all phases of projects from alternatives analysis through facility start up. Act as liaison on modifying and updating department, division and county policies and procedures.
Perform or direct the technical quality assurance review of drawings, specifications and contract documents prepared by assigned staff, to ensure completeness, accuracy, content and constructability of fully coordinated project designs that meet the design standards, goals and objectives of WTD. Coordinate operational review of engineering documents to ensure operational requirements are met.
Assist the unit manager in the development, implementation, and maintenance of standards, policies and procedures for the unit.
Assist the unit manager in the implementation and maintenance of staffing models for current, future and projected operating and capital projects and programs; planning, developing and implementing comprehensive short and long term resources planning model for assigned work program(s); and in accomplishing program objectives that involve multiple technical disciplines, regulatory agencies and the community.
Provide or direct startup assistance to operating departments to ensure staff is adequately trained to use new equipment and facilities following completion of projects.
May serve as Chief Engineer for the Engineering unit, reviewing and approving construction work orders, leading the Technical Standards Committee and related functions, providing expert technical input as requested and providing other similar duties as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following: Skill in building appropriate rapport and developing constructive and effective relationships. Use of diplomacy and tact and ability to defuse high-tension situations comfortably. Skill in dealing with problems firmly, in a timely manner and not allow problems to fester with direct reports while treating staff equitably. Ability to have candid discussions while practicing attentive and active listening.
The most competitive applicants will have the following experiences and qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent field is required
Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Washington is mandatory
Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in civil, mechanical, structural, electrical, I&C, environmental engineering or closely related technical experience beyond experience required under registration, and three years supervisory experience
Demonstrated advanced experience and knowledge in supervisory techniques and principles in a highly technical and political environment including demonstrated ability to lead, coach and mentor a diverse staff. Skilled in clearly setting objectives and measures. Monitors process, progress, results, and provides feedback.
Advanced knowledge of contract packaging and contract administration for public works contracts
Knowledge of project management, construction, project control, and contract administration techniques and principles
Ability to apply strategic planning techniques and principals to establish direction and make decisions regarding multiple competing internal and external programs, projects and objectives
Demonstrated skill in assessing and determining the necessary resources to successfully accomplish work program(s)
Strong leadership and team building skills including conflict resolution and facilitation skills
Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and convince others to initiate action
Knowledge of advanced budgeting techniques and principles
Additional education and/or work experience in sanitary engineering and business administration is desirable.
Thorough knowledge of current engineering principles and practices, construction methods, materials and equipment used for the construction and rehabilitation of collection and/or conveyance systems and wastewater treatment facilities.
Increasingly responsible experience in a large, complex industrial or utility setting, preferably wastewater treatment, with experience in engineering design, project management, construction and/or maintenance, in an environment associated with major asset management / capital replacement programs.
Washington State Driver's License or the ability to provide transportation to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation services
Internal Number: 2018SN08889
About King County Wastewater Treatment Division
King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) is a progressive, nationally recognized wastewater treatment utility serving a major urban and suburban area of 1.6 million. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, WTD provides wastewater conveyance and treatment services to 32 local governments in western King and south Snohomish counties through long-term service agreements. The individual local governments operate the local sewage collection systems that provide sewer service directly to residences and businesses, while WTD provides the major interceptors and treatment plants for the region. WTD employs approximately 600 people and has a current operating budget of $85 million. WTD is also engaged in a $1.7 billion capital improvement program intended to protect water quality and accommodate the substantial growth projected for the greater Seattle area over the next thirty years.
WTD is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, which also manages much of the region’s solid waste through its Solid Waste Division, and regional parks through its Parks Division. The department also undertakes and manages a variety of surface water services and water qua...lity activities through its Water and Land Resources Division. More information can be found at: http://dnr.metrokc.gov/
King County, one of the largest counties in the U. S., is governed by a directly elected executive and a thirteen member legislative body, elected by districts. It engages in a broad range of governmental functions and services and employs approximately 13,000 people.