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 Engineering Manager - Tacoma, Washington, United States

Job information
Posted by: Pierce County 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Engineering - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 15BEq6NzRFOu8lzzvtGC4YnIOrsXkl / Latpro-3537520 
Date posted: Apr-01-2017
State, Zip: Washington, 98401


Engineering Manager - Planning and Public Works


SALARY: $101,997.97 - $130,115.72 Annually

OPENING DATE: 03/30/17

CLOSING DATE: 04/23/17 11:59 PM


Public Works strives to support a livable Pierce County where people choose to live, work and play. Public Works infrastructure, facilities and services protect the environment, improve public health and safety, contribute to economic vitality, and enhance the quality of life in our community.  Pierce County Public Works is responsible for the maintenance, operation, preservation and improvement of 1550 miles of county roads with 145 bridges, a regional sewer system with 100 pump stations and over 700 miles of pipe, a regional stormwater system with 67 miles of levees and over 500 ponds, solid waste facilities, ferries, and airports.  Learn more about us at
This is professional field and office managerial work in the field of civil engineering.  Work primarily involves the coordination and supervision of activities in field and office units or provides expertise in the areas of design development, project construction and right-of-way management. The incumbent is responsible for a section or several groups, establishing section policies and programs and/or performing special project assignments.  Assignments are typically of such breadth and complexity that the incumbent is required to anticipate and take positive action on relevant issues.



  • Manage, supervise and coordinate activities of the unit; determine work procedures, prepare work schedules and determine methods for expediting workflow.  Ensure consistent interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Manage special project assignments; consult with staff on issues pertinent to the effective functioning of the division.
  • Manage the resources of several groups or a section through acceptable methods of planning, forecasting, review, feedback and control.
  • Provide leadership and direction in the administration of operations; delegate authority to professional personnel commensurate with assigned responsibility; ensure proper performance.
  • Train and educate staff on criteria and standards of section/division.  Provide engineering guidance to staff and makes engineering recommendations to County officials and other departments.
  • Assist in developing recruitment and selection processes for technical and professional level positions.
  • Conducts performance evaluations and develops performance measures and standards.
  • Investigate grievances involving subordinates and recommends resolution; recommend promotional and disciplinary action; approves leave requests and overtime; provides adequate coverage during staff absences.
  • Ensure effective communication with county departments and staff to facilitate and ensure adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the preparation of the departmental budget and is responsible for the allocation of funds within the appropriate budget areas.  Make decisions on budget matters and cost control and monitoring.
  • Coordinate Department activities with other governmental agencies.  Ensure County compliance with state and federal regulations including technical and policy coordination with outs ide agencies.
  • Participate in establishing and revising the Department-wide goals and objectives
  • Oversee and the development, implementation and management of departmental project management systems; determine complexity of projects and assigns responsibility.
  • Plan capital improvement programs for the department; integrate programming and operations with other departments; coordinate and monitor programs in accordance with overall county goals and objectives.
  • Evaluate the need for employing outside consultants; review the scope of the work to be performed and evaluate the performance of consultants.
  • Utilize knowledge of civil engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields, and provide engineering advice, support and assistance to subordinates and to officials and other departments.
  • Implement the County's Annual Road Program while minimizing delays and inconveniences to the traveling public.
  • Optimize coordination of County work with utility companies and their relocation work.
  • Maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance during regularly scheduled work hours at assigned worksite.  Meet travel requirements of the position.
  • Perform the physical requirements of the position; work within the established working conditions of the position.
  • Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.?


  • Participate in, or prepare proposals for, labor negotiations and evaluate impact of alternatives on departmental operations.  Represent the County in professional organizations.
  • Establish and interpret standards and policies of various funding entities; provides input into new policies and legislation.  May be on 24-hour call.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

 This announcement is not intended to reflect all duties to be performed by our next team member, but shall present a descriptive list of the range of duties that may be performed.  To view the complete classification, click here.  


Certification as a Professional Engineer by the State of Washington, graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in civil engineering or closely related field, and five or more years of supervisory or management experience is required. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS: A valid Washington State driver's license may be required when travel is required of the position. May be required to pass a Pierce County background check which includes a criminal history check.  Individuals who have been convicted of crimes (which includes a deferred sentence) involving crimes against vulnerable adults, crimes against children, sexually related crimes, DUI, vehicular homicide, drug possession, drug manufacturing with the intent to distribute, assault, fraud, and theft of any kind within the last ten years may not meet the recruiting requirements for this position.


Accepting online applications only at

Pierce County Human Resources Dept

or (253)798-7480 or

TDD (253)798-3965. EOE



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