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Senior Project Engineer - City of Kirkland ( Job # 20-0034)

Minimum Salary: $101,891.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $119,872.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Senior Project Engineer (SPE) provides high level administration and management on more complex municipal capital improvement projects for the Capital Improvement section of the City of Kirkland Public Works.   The SPE will assist in oversight of individual project assignments/work flow for project engineers, inspectors, and engineering assistants/interns and serves as a technical expert/resource for other departmental personnel.  

Position Highlights
  • Provides administrative, design and construction management services for water, sewer, surface water, transportation, parks, and real property capital improvement projects.
  • Assists Project Engineers in the coordinated development and completion of the individual CIP projects within established performance measures
  • Functions as technical resource to peers, providing leadership, direction and motivational support.
  • Ensures projected timelines and work quality are consistent with established performance measures.
  • Assists in planning, distributing, and coordinating project assignments and work-loads among the Project Engineers, Inspectors, Engineering Assistants and other support staff.
  • Serves as program lead in environmental and permitting issues associated with the City’s Capital Improvement Program.  Examples include: environmental permitting, mitigation, surface water design’ hazardous material cleanup.
  • Assists in the development of the six-year CIP through various tasks including participation in the master planning of facilities, grant procurement, project scoping and estimating of individual projects.
  • Assists the Capital Projects Manager in the development and implementation of Public Works’ six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
  • Plays a leadership role in the development of CIP environmental programs, for example: advance mitigation; regional storm water design; approaches to Low Impact Development on Capital Projects’ permit coordination.
  • Coordinates and maintains standardized procedures, policies, and documentation for the Capital Improvement section to efficiently deliver CIP projects to the public consistent with City and community goals.
  • Assists the Capital Projects Manager in the recruitment, interview, and performance evaluation of CIP staff.
Skills and Abilities
  1. Understand and be able to apply principles and practices of civil engineering and construction project management as they apply to the planning, design, inspection, and construction of public works projects.
  2. Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with the public, public officials, other department heads and staff, consultants, and contractors in a knowledgeable and professional manner.
  3. Position often requires construction conflict resolution with the ability to rapidly analyze technical and/or legal implications in decision making, working directly with the City Attorney and Washington Cities Insurance Authority when necessary.
  4. Exhibit positive leadership skills and intradepartmental cooperation through involvement with diverse work groups, community interests, or service teams.
  5. Ability to successfully prioritize competing deadlines, schedules, and limited resources among a variety of customers to insure timely delivery of programs and projects.
  6. Ability to develop and implement new programs.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent directly related experience and education which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.
  2. Professional Engineer registration is required.
  3. Seven years of increasingly responsible municipal engineering experience including three years of direct project management.
  4. Three years computer experience with CPM, database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications.
  5. Valid Washington State Driver's License and ability to remain covered by the City's insurance carrier.
Selection Process

Position requires a cover letter for consideration of application. 

Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within that letter.Applicants who are invited to participate in the interview and testing process will be notified by phone or email.

While this position is open until filled, the first review of applications will take place on October 23, 2020.

Hours of Work

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; a flexible work schedule will be considered.

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

Primarily office work, but the position also involves visiting construction sites under varying weather conditions.  Potential hazards at construction sites include vehicular traffic, construction equipment, and uneven terrain. The position may require climbing ladders, scaffolding, and working in trenches or other confined spaces.

Union Affiliation

This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME).  Membership options available upon employment.


This opportunity includes a full benefit package: 100% paid medical/dental/vision premiums for employee and dependents, free health clinic, generous employer deposits to HRA/VEBA account, deferred compensation plan, 2x annual salary life insurance, vacation and sick leave accruals, paid holidays, free onsite parking, onsite workout facility, wellness club, transportation incentive, and more!


City Hall Annex
310 First Street
Kirkland, WA 98033