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Capital Projects Supervisor - Public Works - City of Kirkland ( Job # 20-0069)

Minimum Salary: $96,798.05 per year
Maximum Salary: $124,899.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Supervisor position provides first-line supervision overseeing a professional staff of project engineers; oversees Capital Improvement Project groups, annual work program and project output; manages and improves work group's operating policies and procedures.  Coordinates individual project assignments/work flow for project engineers, consultant inspectors, and engineering assistants/interns and serves as a technical expert/resource for other departmental personnel.  Provides senior level administration and management on complex municipal capital improvement projects and programs.


  1. Supervises project engineering staff; monitors timeliness and quality of work product, conducts interviews and performance appraisals, and provides direction and consultation to staff
  2. Plans, distributes, and coordinates project assignments and work loads among staff. Ensures projected timelines and work quality are consistent with established performance measures, policies, and procedures
  3. Assists the Capital Projects Manager in the development and implementation of Public Works’ six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and work group’s annual operating budget
  4. Provides advanced level administrative, design monitoring and construction management services for all types of municipal capital improvement projects
  5. Functions as technical resource, providing leadership, direction and motivational support.
  6. Attracts, retains, leads and motivates a competent and professional engineering staff

Desired 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. Possess 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 attract, retain, and motivate professional staff
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent directly related education
  • Professional Engineer registration is required
  • Five to eight years of increasingly responsible municipal engineering experience including three to five years of direct project management
  • Three years computer experience with CPM, database, spreadsheet, and word processing applications
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with:

  • Senior level management, supervision, and administration
  • Municipal capital improvement projects and programs
  • Project administration
Special Note

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  While final selection will not occur until after closing, screening may commence prior to the closing date.

Hours of Work

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

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

The Capital Projects Supervisor position is a member of the Management and Confidential (MAC) group. It is a non-represented position.

Selection Process

This position recruitment requires a cover letter and resume' as well as a complete job application.  Please note how you meet the required qualifications of the position within your cover letter.

First review date: October 23, 2020.

Applicants who are invited to participate in the interview process will be notified by phone or email.

Special Note

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, and much more!


City Hall
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033