King CountyRenton 98057
Full Time

Act as a Lead for a Product line team by training, planning, directing, and monitoring their daily work on development applications.

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Engineer Iii

King County
Full Time 919 SW Grady Way suite 300, Renton, WA 98057, United States


In order to hire and maintain a quality workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and works well within our True North values-based organization, the Permitting Division of the Department of Local Services (DLS) is accepting applications for the career-service position of . 
Our successful candidate will serve in a lead capacity in a multi-disciplinary team and oversee commercial and/or residential projects. The person in this position will produce timely, accurate, quality reviews and approvals of building and land use development projects, including County initiated comprehensive reviews of mining operations. Working in a collaborative manner, Engineer III's work with a higher degree of independence. They apply their years of engineering and project management experience to review a variety of permit types ranging from single-family projects to complex commercial projects, but may work more often on complex high profile, and/or time-sensitive projects. An essential part of the job is to work in a positive, solution-oriented manner with customers and their design/engineering professionals, members of the public, and colleagues.    

Job Duties

Applying is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

  • Act as a Lead for a Product line team by training, planning, directing, and monitoring their daily work on development applications.           
  • Providing feedback to product line manager regarding team performance; contribute to performance evaluations.     
  • Conduct final quality control review of development applications for compliance with applicable codes, standards, and best management practices.     
  • Work cooperatively with others in the division and other partner agencies to resolve permit- and process-related issues, including those related to compliance with King County Road Standards and the King County Surface Water Design Manual.     
  • Participate in the analysis, interpretation, and application of relevant federal, State, and local, laws and regulations.     
  • Review development applications independently for compliance with applicable codes, standards, and best management practices.     
  • Read and locate legal descriptions of property and easements.           
  • Communicate on the job in ways that reflect well upon King County, the County Executive, the department, and the incumbent.     
  • Exhibit and support a culture of superior customer service.     
  • Scrupulously honor commitments made to customers and others.     
  • Approve plans and specifications for construction in consultation with higher level staff.   
  • Act as project manager for assigned projects. Initiate and/or review and approve revisions for assigned projects in consultation with higher level staff. 
  • Model and apply equity and social justice shared values, behaviors, and practices.     
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering; or any equivalent combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge of engineering principles and site design such as surface water hydrology, soils, traffic, structural, survey, and road geometrics.     
  • Advanced knowledge of functional discipline of engineering.     
  • Advanced policy and code analysis and development     
  • Knowledge of supervisory techniques and principles     
  • Proficiency in analytical thinking, problem solving, resolving conflicts, and bringing others to consensus.     
  • Ability to convey technical information to the public, government agencies, engineering and environmental consultants, and developers.     
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of the King County Road Standards and the King County Surface Water Design Manual, or similar or equivalent standard/manuals.     
  • Experience in using common desktop tools, including but not limited to the Microsoft Office suite: Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.     
  • Demonstrated competence in applying advanced project management principles and practices.           
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including staff training and presentations.     
  • Skill in providing excellent customer service.     
  • Skill in handling multiple competing and changing priorities while producing quality detailed work within tight timeframes.     
  • Skill in working effectively and cooperatively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.     
  • Ability to research and interpret applicable codes, policies, and regulations.     
  • Ability to use engineering software to analyze proposals.  
  • Experience either designing or reviewing civil engineering plans for code compliance.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Professional License in Civil Engineering, and/or Engineer in Training.     
  • Experience in local government permit processing and regulations, or experience in roadway and storm water design and construction.     
  • Experience with Blue Beam (Revu 2018 extreme) or similar versions.     
  • Experience with HEC-RAS, MGS Flood and GIS programs. 
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.     
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver's license and the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle throughout the county.    
  • Must have the ability to work in the field in difficult terrain.

Supplemental Information

Those applicants who pass the initial screening will be invited to interview the week of October 9, 2023. 
Second interviews will be held the week of October 16, 2023.
If you are selected as a finalist, you will be invited to come back the week of October 23, 2023, for a third and final interview. 
This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months. Including career service, special duty assignments, STT and TLT opportunities.
Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer.
Work Schedule: The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 7.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but may at times require work outside of normal business hours. This full-time position is overtime eligible.
Forms and Materials: A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter (no more than 2 pages) summarizing how you meet the experience, qualifications, knowledge, and skills for the position.

Selection Process: Applicants will be screened for clarity, completeness, and competitiveness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews. Interviews will be conducted via Teams. Reference checks and file reviews will be conducted.
Union Membership:  PROTEC17

Teleworking Requirement 
This is a hybrid position. The work associated with this position will be performed by teleworking, field work, onsite work and meetings as needed. The responsibilities of this position may include regular and ongoing in-office work involving in person customer service in accordance with the division's available customer service options.
Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities.) Employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Vivienne Swai
    Human Resources Analyst
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