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Surface Water Program Supervisor - City of Kirkland ( Job # 18-0133)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $7,752.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $10,002.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Closes: January 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Applications first reviewed on: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Surface Water Program Supervisor supervises a professional staff of engineers, planners, scientists, education/outreach specialists, and other surface water program staff to address the City’s surface water management goals for water quality improvement, infrastructure maintenance, flood reduction, and aquatic habitat protection.  Manages the implementation of the City’s NPDES permit to ensure compliance with federal and State regulations, and administers Kirkland Municipal Code sections relating to surface water management.  Responsible for achieving the surface water management group’s work program.  Assists with surface water management policy analysis, development, and interpretation.  Oversees projects and programs within the work group.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Supervises, plans, and directs the activities of the surface water management group; assists with budgeting; addresses and resolves personnel issues, including interviews and performance appraisals.
  • Manages the implementation of the City’s Surface Water Master Plan, Master Plan updates, and other surface water management planning efforts.
  • Works cooperatively with others within and outside the organization to ensure the City’s compliance with surface water management laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Applies professional judgement to prepare policy, code, and procedural recommendations to the Public Works Director, the City Manager, and the City Council.
Essential Functions
  1. Assists with the development of the surface water group’s work programs, assigns tasks, monitors and reports performance, provides guidance and serves as a resource
  2. Manages administrative responsibilities within the surface water group; assists with the development and implementation of budgets; assist with the development of fees and fines related to surface water management and their assessment methods; reviews and manages/monitors contract development and performance; creates reports
  3. Supervises, plans, and directs projects and programs assigned to the surface water management group
  4. Coordinates activities regularly with and provides technical support to the department’s Maintenance and Operations division; manages the design and/or preparation of as-built drawings by the surface water management group for certain surface water repairs or improvements installed by the maintenance and operations division
  5. Coordinates regularly with the department’s Capital Improvement Program division to clearly scope surface water management capital projects, looks for opportunities to leverage companion projects, maintains involvement as CIP projects are built, and assists with project close-out; assists with planning for replacing aged infrastructure
  6. Presents technical information effectively to a variety of audiences, including the City Council, appointed bodies, members of the public, and colleagues
  7. Provide information, advice, and technical assistance to staff, neighborhood groups, task forces, committees, developers, media, and other interested parties
  8. Coordinates surface water programs and activities with other divisions and departments, citizen groups, and intergovernmental agencies
  9. Serves as staff to the City Council and appointed officials on surface water management issues; prepares and presents reports and documents to the City Council, boards, commissions, and committees
  10. Manages and develops updates or amendments to regulations, codes, standards, and specifications related to surface water management
  11. Identifies, supports, and oversees applications for grant or loan opportunities and administers grant and loan agreements
  12. Other duties as assigned
Minimum and Preferred Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, environmental science, planning, public administration, or a related field
  2. Five years’ experience in surface water management
  3. Valid Washington State driver’s license
  4. Experience supervising or leading a technical and/or multidiscipline work group preferred
  5. Master’s degree in surface water management, public administration, or a related field preferred
  6. Professional Engineer’s license preferred
Hours of Work

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

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

This position works primarily in an office environment but also outside at streams and natural areas, construction sites, and sites with existing development.  The fieldwork may occur in varying weather conditions and involves investigating existing drainage conditions, issue identification, and private and public construction monitoring related to surface water management.  Potential hazards encountered during field work may include vehicular traffic, construction equipment, and uneven terrain.  This position may require climbing ladders, scaffolding, and working in trenches or other confined spaces.  The position will require working extra hours, including nights and weekends, to attend and/or make presentations at meetings of City events. Extra hours also will be required for emergency response operations.

Union Affiliation

This is a non-represented position and a member of the Management and Confidential (MAC) group.

Selection Process

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

Finalist(s) will be required to complete a criminal history background check.


City Hall
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033