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Water & Sewer Senior Systems Engineer - City of Bellevue ( Job # 12-0091)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $6,399.09 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,832.63 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Utilities
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position is being re-advertised to draw a larger qualified candidate pool.  The next review date of applications will be 12/28/12.  Please submit your on-line application as soon as possible.

This position provides professional, technical and strategic direction to Utility System Planning engineers and support staff; manages complex water and wastewater planning studies including periodic updates to the Water and Wastewater System Plans (aka Comprehensive Plans); manages and runs water and wastewater system hydraulic computer models; and provides technical services for engineering staff, in support of proposed land development reviews, and for other departments that need water and wastewater system capacity analysis.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provides professional, technical and strategic direction to Utility System Planning staff.  Currently consists of 2 Utility Engineers (one temporary), and one student intern.  Oversees all projects and programs assigned to this team.
  • Oversees development and maintenance of accurate, complete, calibrated computer models of the water and wastewater utility systems.  Oversees use of these models to analyze system capacity and operation, identify deficiencies, and evaluate impacts of proposed or completed improvements.
  • Manages complex water and wastewater planning studies, including Water and Wastewater System (aka Comprehensive) Plan updates. 
  • Provides technical expertise/input to utility system performance issues (operational, capacity, anticipated life, etc.).  Communicates and coordinates such information with engineering design and construction, operations and maintenance, land development review, and asset management staff, and staff from other departments as appropriate.
  • Manages the review of development proposals and city projects for consistency with water and wastewater utility comprehensive plan policies, utility system needs, and engineering standards relating to system planning and development.  Coordinates this review with Utility design engineers for Utility CIP projects.
  • Develops and tracks Utility System Planning section performance measures relating to program goals, schedules, and budgets.  Assists the manager in developing and managing section work plan.
  • Reviews and assists in the development of or revision to inter-local agreements with adjacent jurisdictions for enhanced emergency response and/or system ownership/operations/maintenance agreements.  Participates in the development or review of contractual agreements with regional water and wastewater suppliers & service providers.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness and response planning and emergency response.
  • Supports inter-departmental initiatives as assigned.
  • Oversees development and delivery of any Director, Commission or Council presentations associated with Utility System Planning projects and programs.
  • Supports biennial development of Utility CIP, particularly the water and wastewater CIP programs and projects.



  • Demonstrated understanding of and at least five years of experience managing and hands-on use of complex water and wastewater system computer hydraulic models.
  • Proven success managing utility comprehensive planning or alternatives analysis projects, and associated engineering consulting contracts.
  • Enthusiastic, highly productive, and results-oriented individual who works well with minimal supervisory oversight. Collaborative, constructive approach to solving problems and making decisions. Strong customer service ethic. Ability to prioritize, organize, and deliver results for multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and communicate effectively orally and in writing with many audiences: engineering staff, operations & maintenance staff; utility managers; elected Council and citizen oversight Commissions; the public.
  • Understanding of municipal utility operations including applicable regulatory requirements, municipal code authority.
  • Demonstrated capability to research issues and develop innovative alternative solutions to engineering problems; logical evaluation of the pros and cons of various alternatives.
  • Experience using performance indicators to measure progress against targeted objectives and industry benchmarks. Familiarity with industry benchmarks for water and wastewater system performance.
  • Experience negotiating inter-local agreements between utility service providers.
  • Understanding of Washington State regulations regarding water and wastewater system management and operations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of asset management principles and practices is preferred.
  • Experience in storm water system analysis is desired, with the understanding of Washington State and Federal regulations regarding stormwater system management and operations.
  • Understanding of High Performing Organization principles and Process Improvement methodologies is preferred.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) certifications for emergency management response; experience participating in ICS roles is a plus.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering or closely related engineering discipline.
  • Five or more years of professional related experience in water and wastewater system analysis. 
  • Additional experience in storm water system analysis (hydrologic; hydraulic; basin planning) is preferred.
  • Washington State Professional Civil Engineering license (or become licensed in Washington through reciprocity within 1 year of hire).
  • Passing NIMS training courses  IS 100, 200, 300, 700 & 800 is required within 1 year of hire.


Physical Demands

  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 40 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office or moderately loud when in the field.



For further information about the job, please contact Pam Maloney at 425.452.4625.  For help with the online application, please contact the IT Help Desk at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Senior Engineer     Position ID#: 1024


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004