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Engineering Assistant Director - Utilities - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0107)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $7,992.95 per month
Maximum Salary: $11,033.58 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Utilities
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 3:05 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Bellevue, WA is currently recruiting for Assistant Director, Engineering in the Utilities Department. The Assistant Director, Engineering, performs highly responsible and complex technical and policy work, assisting the Deputy Director and Director of Utilities in the leadership and management of this department. This position reports directly to the Utilities Deputy Director and is part of the leadership team of the department.


*******This position close date has been extended to 11/22/13************ 


Provide leadership to the Utilities Department:

  • Implement City’s and Utilities’ vision and mission; Support Utilities Strategic Planning;
  • Ensure quality of services, sound financial performance, and customer satisfaction;
  • Manage resolution of major departmental issues;
  • Create collaborative work environment and open communication;
  • Model core values, work rules, and Utilities Department culture;
  • Support department leadership team decisions and understand organizational dynamics.


Manage Utilities Engineering Division:

  • Provide leadership and management oversight of division comprised of primarily technical staff (Engineers, Hydrologist, Technicians, Scientists);
  • Lead budget development, analysis,  and monitoring for Engineering Division;
  • Provide leadership and management of the following programs:
  • Planning activities preparing Bellevue Utilities for 20-75 yr. planning horizon, including; systems comprehensive plans, asset management, floodplain management, and stream, fisheries, and habitat data collection and trending analysis.
  • Development and implementation (design and construction) of Utilities CIP (~$25-35Million/year); and
  • Permitting and inspection program for all water, sewer, and storm water utility facilities associated with private development.



  • The Assistant Director works with Deputy Director and Director to develop department policies by identifying regional and local policy needs; identifying/recommending policy options for City management and Council; develops programs/procedures to implement policies.
  • This position reviews and obtains proper interpretations, where necessary, of the laws, rules and regulations affecting operation of a multi-faceted utilities system.
  • This position establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork. The position oversees a team of engineering managers responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, and developing staff in the areas of capital project design and construction, system analysis and planning, and development services. This position allocates, directs, motivates and evaluates ENGR division personnel to ensure employees growth and accountability.
  • Uses performance data objectively to maintain and improve Utilities’ functions. Establishes and leads results oriented innovation and continuous process improvement projects.
  • The Assistant Director plans, develops and implements programs; identifies program outcomes, budgets, processes and priorities; obtains resources via budget, contracting, inter-local agreements, etc.
  • Negotiates and administers contracts and professional services agreements with contractors, consultants, and franchise operators.
  • This position develops interdepartmental and/or partnerships with outside stakeholders; acts in a liaison capacity with other governmental agencies including regional water and wastewater providers.
  • Prepares and presents oral and written reports and responses to the department director, City Council, or other city departments, the Environmental Services Commission, regional committees and subcommittees, and the public, as required.
  • This position may serve as Acting Director in the absence of the Deputy Director and Director of Utilities.



The Assistant Director, Engineering, works under the general supervision of Deputy Director and/or Director of Utilities. This position exercises supervision over professional, technical, and support staff, either directly or indirectly through supervisors, as assigned.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering, environmental studies, water resources management, public administration or related field. An MS Engineering or MPA is preferred.
  • Eight or more years of progressively responsible managerial and administrative experience in public utilities systems.
  • Minimum of 10 years management of planning, design and construction programs for municipal utility facilities; with at least 5 years of experience in each utility (water, wastewater, stormwater), for a program of similar scope/complexity (at least $15Million/year Capital program value.
  • Experience/knowledge about Utility operations and maintenance and environmental issues associated with utility work is highly desirable.
  • Washington State Professional Civil Engineering license (or ability to acquire through reciprocity within 6 months).
  • Certifies as a Water Distribution Manager IV by Washington State Department of Health (or ability to acquire certification within the first year of employment).
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.



  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience using the principles, standard methods and practices of the operation and maintenance of water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, and stormwater flow control and conveyance systems required. Experience with water and wastewater treatment, reclaimed water systems, and water resource policies preferred.
  • Knowledge of water system hydraulic principles, and demonstrated experience in water system optimization including energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Proven ability to plan, supervise and coordinate long range technical and administrative programs.
  • Knowledge of public utility project planning, budget development, design methods, alternative project delivery methods, contracting principles, project change management, and value engineering principles.
  • Ability to express self clearly, complete, and concisely, orally, and in writing. Ability to listen and question effectively to better understand customer/employee needs and requests to ensure mutual understanding. Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to various audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and encourage people to accept changes in the organization. Ability to model positive attitudes towards change to reassure others.
  • Ability to interpret legislation, rules and regulations. Demonstrated understanding of federal and state regulations for public utility systems of the size/scale of Bellevue Utilities.
  • Understanding of City’s political environment and sensitivities; and proven ability to function effectively within that environment.  Demonstrated experience representing politically sensitive or otherwise high profile Utility issues to elected body and executive manager (City Manager)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with department employees, other City departments, community officials, citizens, State and Federal officials.  Proven success in a collaborative environment, working with Financial and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) stakeholders to achieve Utility objectives.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully negotiating terms for collaboration with other jurisdictions/entities.
  • Successful experience in public engagement.
  • Proven ability to plan, assign, review, and supervise the work of direct reports. Ability to provide leadership, counsel, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff, securing their respective commitments to the department’s goals.
  • Proven success as a leader, based on input from past subordinates, peers, and supervisors.
  • Ability to create team environment in which information and trust flows freely both up and down the workforce.



  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • 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 and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office or moderately loud when in the field.

Additional Information

This is an At-will, non-union, exempt position

How To Apply

Click “Apply Now” to complete the application for this position. For further information about the job, please contact Aleksandra Gancheva at 425.452.4876 or email at  Questions regarding the on-line application should be directed to the IT help desk  at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Assistant Director Utilities                          Position ID: 0911


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