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Construction Project Engineer (WMS3)

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking an experienced engineering professional with exceptional leadership skills to fill the critical role of Construction Project Engineer, located in Seattle, WA. This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the WSDOT and consultant staff to deliver the I-5/SR 520 Express Lanes Project for the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. The Construction Project Engineer will manage project oversight of construction operations, environmental inspection, manage traffic impacts, communicate with the public and outside agencies, and provide direction to the staff and consultant teams to develop and implement the policies and strategies of the project. The SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program has hundreds of millions of dollars of future projects left to build over the next ten years, and this Construction Project Engineer position could work on other future projects on the SR 520 Program during this timeframe. 

 What to Expect
Decision making is a critical component of this position, as the decisions impact the safety and mobility of the traveling public. To meet the aggressive schedule demanded by this project, the Construction Project Engineer must be able to obtain necessary information and make timely decisions or recommendations. 
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Construction Project Engineer will:
  • Provide leadership, management, and engineering oversight to an engineering office responsible for the delivery of design and construction projects on schedule, within budget.
  • Serve as a liaison between WSDOT Management and Project Delivery Team to meet project goals, objectives, and deliverables.
  • Assist in external agency agreement management: development of agreements, estimates, negotiations and payment authorization.
  • Identify and manage risks on the project.
  • Apply, recommend, and implement WSDOT’s Executive, Program, Design, Construction, Environmental, and Contracting policies/directions/procedures for effective project delivery.
  • Review and approve construction, design, and engineering decisions as per WSDOT policies and standards. 
  • Coordinate with other WSDOT offices and support groups and consultant services to plan, assign and implement the work.
  • Manage a multidiscipline staff of both WSDOT and consultant staff and effectively respond to the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT's) Management as well as needs and concerns of other customers.
  • Implement department policies as they relate to the office, highway design and construction contracts, and for initiating feedback resulting in modification of existing policies.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • A Professional Engineer license in the State of Washington. (License holders from other states will be expected to obtain a WA State PE license within six months of appointment).
  • Knowledge of the WSDOT's mission, goals, objectives, highway engineering practices, technical procedures, and management processes and principles, including scope, schedule, and budget elements.
  • Manage a multidiscipline staff of both WSDOT and consultant staff and effectively respond to WSDOT Management as well as needs and concerns of other customers.
  • Leadership skills with the ability to set clear expectations and inspire both the WSDOT and consultant workforce.
  • Ability to obtain necessary information and make timely decisions or recommendations.
  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and negotiation skills in working with a variety of people including the contractor, office staff, consultants, the public, other public agencies, permitting agencies, and utility companies to address a wide range of issues and concerns. The Project Engineer must have the ability to work with many different parties to reach consensus on controversial projects. 
  • Personnel management, communication, and leadership skills to manage, coach, and mentor a diversified team that must interact with a wide range of other organizations, agencies, and the public.
  • Extensive and diversified knowledge of WSDOT policies, standards and procedures, and engineering principles which includes knowledge of roadway geometrics, hydraulics, structures, right of way, utilities, traffic analysis, soils, traffic design elements, landscape, construction practices and delivery methods and environmental engineering. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of environmental processes, regulations, laws, policies and procedures.
  • A valid Driver’s license.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 
  • At least six (6) years of professional civil engineering experience, managing highway and bridge or heavy civil projects and directing staff.
  • Two (2) years of experience managing/supervising a diverse workforce of engineers & technicians on highway and bridge or heavy civil construction projects.
  • Ability to work with the WSDOT Communications team and occasionally the media. 
  • Experience working on large, complicated highway and bridge projects. 
Important Notes 
  • The salary listed for this position includes a legislative approved 5% premium for workers in King County.
  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this position may be remote in a telework capacity full-time. Once the restrictions are lifted, WSDOT supports a flexible work schedule with partial telework opportunities, depending on business needs and prior supervisor approval.
  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness. 
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
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For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Cori Shull, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-8W104 in the subject line.