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City Engineer - City of Lake Stevens ( Job # 17-0011)

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Minimum Salary: $8,665.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $10,879.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works Department
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, May 12, 2017
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This position plans, organizes and directs the engineering activities and operations of the City; manages the design, construction and administration of capital improvement projects; oversees the plan review and inspection of private development improvements, permits and other matters relating to the compliance with City codes, standards and technical practices of utilities, streets, sidewalks and other civil work; develops, prepares and manages the Division budget and project budgets for capital improvements.

Hours of Work:  Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Classification:  Non-Union/FLSA Exempt 

Supervision:  Works under the supervision of the Public Works Director.


Essential Duties And Responsibilities


  • Under the direction of the Public Works Director, assigns work activities, coordinates schedules, projects, and programs, provides constructive feedback, reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.
  • Manages the workflow and prioritization of assigned projects and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary providing advice and counsel to staff.
  • Manages, administers, maintains and oversees assigned budgets.
  • Makes recommendations to the annual budget, monitors expenditures and identifies needs, reviews and approves reports, purchases and payments according to established policies and practices.
  • Makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Assists with the Develops and prepares the budget for the capital improvement program.
  • Monitors and tracks project expenditures and capital project revenues from utilities, grants, gas tax, REET, impact fees, bonds, and inter-local agreements; analyzes and reviews budgetary and financial data and controls.
  • Plans, organizes, controls and directs the Engineering activities and operations of the City including: streets, storm drainage, parks, transportations/traffic engineering and public information.
  • Communicates effectively and provides expertise and administrative guidance to staff to meet the Department’s goals, objectives and policies.
  • Oversees the administration of public works design and construction contracts on capital improvement projects for utility, street and City buildings and facilities projects.
  • Reviews and approves design plans, specifications and bid documents and advertises for bids and recommends award of construction contracts.
  • Negotiates, prepares and recommends change orders for approval; reviews and approves payments to consultants and contractors.
  • Organizes, prepares and approves agenda memos and exhibits for city Council review and approval.
  • Attends Council and committee meetings as needed and makes presentations and responds to questions or issues.
  • Oversees the review of private development plans, application for permits, subdivisions, rezones as well as variances and other matters relating to compliance with codes, standards, planning and technical practices.
  • Applies and implements engineering provisions related to City Code and recommends new ordinances and standards as appropriate; organizes and directs field inspections on construction of private development improvements and utilities within the public right-of-way.
  • Oversees and coordinates updates to a variety of long-term plans including storm water and transportation comprehensive plans.
  • Prioritizes problems based on social, maintenance and monetary impacts.
  • Provides engineering support to functional managers in developing the capital improvement program and capital budget and in preparing and updating comprehensive plans for the City’s roads and other public facilities.
  • Prepares applications for and administers federal and state grants for capital improvement programs.
  • Provides technical expertise, information and assistance to the Director regarding assigned functions and assists as needed in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records and files related to assigned activities and personnel.
  • Prepares technical standards, administrative procedures and technical reports; communicates with other administrators, personnel and outside agencies to coordinate activities and programs; resolves issues and conflicts and exchange information and assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Public Works Director in his or her absence.
  • Provides operational leadership to assure standards are met for productivity, efficiency, continuous quality improvement, customer satisfaction and teamwork.
  • Performs work within scope of authority and training and in compliance with policies and quality standards.
  • Monitors assigned operations and assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and policies; interprets policies and procedures and assures the consistent application of rules and regulations.
  • Under the general direction of the Public Works Director, serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings.
  • Maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate and assigned.
  • The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Physical Demands/Work Environment

Please see the attached questionnaire for position specific physical requirements and typical working conditions.  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described in the attached form are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.



Education and Experience Guidelines

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Six years of increasingly responsible civil engineering design and construction experience in a municipal, State, or related environment that includes three years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; OR
  • Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of:


  • Planning, organization and direction of Engineering functions and operations.
  • Civil engineering techniques and design.
  • State and federal funding procedures for Public Works projects.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to water, wastewater and sanitary sewer systems, streets and other assigned areas.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Health and safety standards, rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of the long-range strategic planning.
  • Structure, organization and interrelationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions.
  • Effective oral and written communication principles and practices to include public relations and public speaking.
  • Administrative program/project management techniques and principles.
  • Contract negotiation and administration.
  • Research methods and report preparation and presentation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Principles of business letter writing.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Supervisory and training principles, methods, best management practices and techniques.


Ability to:


  • Plan, organize, control and direct the Engineering activities and operations.
  • Serve as representative of the City on local and regional Engineering issues.
  • Supervise construction, design and contracts.
  • Conduct project design reviews.
  • Develop and administer procurement and consultant contracts as necessary.
  • Create and produce effective grant requests.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Plan and implement long-term strategies, including capital construction project planning and oversight.
  • Utilize personal computer software programs and other relevant software affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
  • Maintain confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
  • Apply program/project management techniques and principles.
  • Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports and files and preparing, maintaining and reviewing comprehensive narratives and statistical reports.
  • Develop and monitor departmental, capital improvement, and program/project operating budgets, costs and schedules.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including public relations and public speaking.
  • Delegate tasks and workload assignments.


License or Certificate Requirements
  • Valid State of Washington Driver’s License.
  • Current Washington State Professional Civil Engineer (PE) license.


Lake Stevens City Hall
1812 Main Street
Lake Stevens, WA 98258