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City Engineer - City of Gig Harbor ( Job # 18-0014)

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Minimum Salary: $7,961.00
Maximum Salary: $9,951.00
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works - Engineering
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Monday, November 26, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


To be considered for the first review of applications, applications must be in by 8:00 AM on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Hiring Salary Range is $7,961 - $8,956 per month.

For a full list of benefits please visit our City website here.

Under the general supervision of the Public Works Director, the employee performs professional level of work directing the City’s Civil Engineering program.

Work involves supervising technical and administrative support staff.  Considerable independent judgment and initiative are required to carry out program objectives within the framework of adopted engineering principles, practices and established policies and procedures.  Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and for results obtained.

This is highly responsible administrative, professional and technical work. The employee occupying this supervisory position has the responsibility for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating activities of various units of Civil Engineering.  Engineering services include, but are not limited to, the design, permitting, and the delivery of city street, storm drain, buildings, parks, grounds maintenance; water and sewer system improvement projects, as well as maintenance and repair projects.

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Essential Functions




  • Prepares engineering designs for City projects; reviews and evaluates proposed projects; prepares reports and makes recommendations to the Public Works Director, City Administration, and City Council.


  • Directs the preparation of studies, reports, and recommendations on engineering matters for review and approval.


  • Prepares recommendations regarding the modifications of engineering policies, procedures, or standards pertaining to assigned areas of activities.


  • Determines priorities and work sequences necessary to achieve objectives and assigns work to subordinate personnel in accordance with priority and need.


  • Confers and coordinates with City staff, outside consultants, and/or stakeholders and provides written and oral responses to a variety of inquiries and problems regarding matters involving municipal engineering policies, procedures, standards, and environmental impact reporting requirement.


  • Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of plans and specifications for the construction of municipal infrastructure projects, including, but not limited to, roadways, sanitary sewer system, sidewalks, traffic control devices, landscaping, drainage and storm water management projects related to proper drainage of road and land areas; water, and parks.


  • Negotiates the purchase of real property on behalf of the City and the terms and conditions of those purchases.


  • Occasionally field inspects construction projects and provides field inspection input and direction to City inspection staffers.


  • Signs and affixes a seal of approval on plans prepared under direct supervision.


  • Prepares and manages department wide project budgets and schedules.


  • Ensures projects are in compliance with approved budgets, schedules, and contract specifications.


  • Prepares the City’s Capital Improvement budget with input from other City departments.


  • On a routine basis, presents projects or issues to City Council and/or other elected/appointed boards and committees as requested by the Public Works Director.


  • Prepares and/or directs the preparation of reliable concept and design cost and schedule estimates with respect to all aspects of project development.


  • Coordinates with Operations relative to cost and schedule estimates for construction.


  • Supervises and directs the review of engineering plans and specifications submitted to the City for private development.


  • Prepares private development review memos and attends Hearing Examiner hearings and provides City testimony before the Hearing Examiner.


  • Is the City’s designated City Traffic Engineer and ensures that City streets are safe to the motoring public.


  • Provides testimony in defense of “Tort” liability claims brought against the City/


  • Routinely provides input on modifications to City traffic control signage and implement roadside safety improvements.


  • Performs other duties as requested.




Knowledge, Skill and Ability:


  • Ability to effectively manage and lead the engineering staff in all aspects and facets of the engineering department.


  • Must possess effective communication written and verbal skills and must be able to tactfully interact with the public, fellow peers, and other agencies.


  • General familiarity with computer applications, including work processing, spreadsheets, database management, project management, computer aided design software, email, hydraulic modeling programs, water geographic information systems.


  • Prepares grant applications on behalf of the City.


  • Ability to oversee the construction oversight of all the City projects ensuring that projects are delivered on time and within budget.


  • Ability to effectively negotiate construction contract change orders and resolve conflicts between the City and the construction contractor.


  • Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals and accepted practices in municipal public works administration and Civil Engineering.


  • Independently interpret and make sound decisions and recommendations on a variety of complex engineering related issues.


  • Good knowledge of civil engineering theory, procedures, and practices as pertains to the design, construction, and maintenance of municipal public works.


  • Thorough knowledge of personnel and programs management principles and practices, including optimum use of human and material resources.


  • Good knowledge of state and local laws and procedures relating to municipal public works and of municipal government administration and the role Civil Engineering takes in that administration.


  • Ability to formulate and independently implement a sound, progressive Civil Engineering program and sustain operations and maintain responsibility for a variety of activities without regular direction.


  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates.


  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and to individuals.


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, contractors, engineers, property owners, other local, state, and federal agencies, and the general public and the ability to secure compliance with construction plans, specifications, and standards in a tactful yet effective manner.


Physical Requirements

Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven surfaces, and recurring bending, crouching, reaching and occasional lifting/relocating of moderately heavy items.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position directly supervises positions within the Engineering department and assumes full responsibility for department operations.  Supervises a staff of eleven engineering members and conducts routine employee evaluations

Work Environment

Work is performed both in the office and in the field, including project inspection and review involving driving to sites.  Work involves moderate risk conditions, such as high levels of noise, dust, grease or mud, moving vehicles or machines, exposure to heavy construction equipment, open trenches, and vehicular traffic, cold and/or wet weather.

Physical Demands

Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of sitting, standing, walking over rough, uneven surfaces, and recurring bending, crouching, reaching and occasional lifting/relocating of moderately heavy items (exertion of force 20 lbs. occasionally and/or 10 lbs. frequently to lift/carry/move objects, files and other materials), reaching, handling and grasping documents, binders, folders and books. Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately both in person and remotely. Repetitive motions for computer and telephone use.


A valid Washington State driver’s license (by the time of hire) and a history of safe driving. Driving for this position would typically be less than 8 hours a workweek. If driving on city business, must meet and follow all driving requirements.

Required Education and Experience
  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil engineering or comparable field
  • Registered in Washington State as a professional civil engineer (per RCWs)
  • Three years of experience in an engineering capacity with a city, county, or regional office or firm which does considerable work for local governmental agencies.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Ten years of experience in an engineering capacity with a city, county, or regional office or firm which does considerable work for local governmental agencies.
  • Five years of experience in an engineering capacity working with WSDOT local agency guidelines manual.
  • Capital project management background with familiarity with Construction Specification Institute (CSI) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) contracting specifications.


City of Gig Harbor Civic Center
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor, WA 98335