Open until filled, apply early, applicants will be reviewed as they come in.
Under the general direction and supervision of the City Engineer, this position performs a variety of professional-level engineering assignments in design, construction, and land development. Preparing plans, specifications, estimates, and maintenance of projects involving significant capital and private development requires the application of standard engineering principles and methods. This includes, but is not limited to, new construction or improvement projects involving streets, water distribution structures and systems, wastewater, drainage, solid waste, and storm sewer systems.
Essential Job Functions:
The incumbent must perform each essential duty satisfactorily to perform this job satisfactorily. The requirements below represent the required knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Perform highly skilled duties such as assembling, coordinating, and participating in a multidisciplinary technical development review team.
Participate in the initial planning of proposed projects; conduct studies and coordinates surveys for design and construction; collect, gather and interpret engineering data for more complex projects.
Review and analyze project scope and impact, respond to inquiries, or provides information on projects to other technical staff, department managers, and the general public.
Prepare or oversee the design of projects, preparation, and review of plans, specifications, contract documents, cost and quantity estimates (budgets), and building and special maintenance projects.
Manage all aspects of complex projects from inception to conclusion, including consultant design or in-house design projects, design conceptual phase, preliminary and final design, construction phase, and project close-out.
Perform project design and engineering activities, maintain records of contracts and projects in progress, and recommend final acceptance of projects.
Negotiate and administer consultant contracts. Ensure contractor compliance, recommend, and approve materials and schedules, resolve problems, initiate, negotiate and approve change orders, recommend pay estimates, provide quality control, recommend the award of contracts, and monitor contractor progress.
Provide highly skilled technical and management assistance, advice, and feedback to department and management-level personnel.
Facilitate and troubleshoot problems associated with developing complex systems or with coordinating development and design projects.
Coordinate assigned projects and activities with other divisions and City departments, regulating agencies, and utility companies, including significant contact with private consultants, engineers, developers, the public, Federal, State, and County agencies, as well as representatives of NAS Whidbey.
Coordinate and participate in pre-bid, pre-construction, technical, and design meetings with all parties. Ensure plans are consistent with City, State, and Federal codes and in compliance with Council conditions.
Assist in researching funding sources such as grants, loans, and federal appropriations for municipal projects: coordinate funding resources and inspection schedules. Administer federal and state grant funds for assigned projects, liaison with grant-funding agencies, and ensure projects comply with grant conditions.
Respond to inquiries, complaints, or requests for information regarding the area of assignment from other departments, agencies, and the general public; provides information and resolves concerns regarding City engineering requirements and processes within the scope of knowledge and authority.
Establish, coordinate, and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and officials, employees, contractors, developers, other professionals, intergovernmental agencies, and the general public; respond courteously and helpfully sometimes in stressful situations.
Meet with citizens, developers, consultants, and contractors to discuss projects or proposals and explain/negotiate needed changes. Review proposals with City staff. Make public presentations. Recommend contract awards and other actions to the City Council.
Attend City Council and other meetings, as required, act as a division and City representative, and serve on boards as assigned. Chairs various project reviews and pre-submittal meetings.
Assist with agencies in other cities, act as a representative, and serve on boards, committees, and commissions as assigned by the City Engineer.
Associated Job Functions:
Attend various continuing education meetings, seminars, and conferences.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned, including work in other functional areas or special projects.
Performance Requirements (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
Extensive knowledge of modern civil engineering principles and practices used in design, construction, inspection requirements, and methods, preferably specific to public projects.
Knowledge of engineering and land surveying.
Knowledge of State and Federal regulations governing public works projects.
Knowledge of project planning, budgeting, contract administration, and project management techniques.
Knowledge and skills to perform substantial analysis and interpretation; and ability to make sound judgments.
Strong communication skills and the ability to effectively speak and present in public, facilitate and negotiate complex information to officials, agencies, staff, and the community.
Knowledge of business writing skills with proficiency in spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and mathematics as demanded of the position.
Ability to compose complex documents and the ability to research, organize and compile data into meaningful reports.
Ability to make sound decisions and convey decisions to other professionals, developers, and citizens, using discretion and tact.
Ability to utilize a computer and associated City, engineering, and specialized software.
No direct supervisory responsibilities though management of projects includes directing project-related activities of the project team members. This position may assume the role of City Engineer in the City Engineer"s absence.
Working Environment & Physical Demands:
The physical demands and characteristics of the work environment described here are representative of those occurring in the performance of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed indoors in an office environment and in the field at construction sites in all weather conditions. Must have normal hearing, visual acuity, and manual dexterity and be able to stand, walk, bend, stoop, and move items in excess of 50 pounds. Fieldwork exposes incumbents to the hazards of machinery and equipment used in the construction of public works projects. Work requires occasional attendance at evening meetings.
To help us understand why you would be the best fit for this position, please provide:
Cover letter and resume. Past 5-10 years of work history with a description of your duties on the application, please do not say "see resume". Any additional information to assist with considering you for the position. Three (3) professional references, including one reference from a supervisor.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
Minimum four (4) years of experience in a broad range of professional engineering responsibilities, including infrastructure planning, funding, design, construction, and testing.
Current Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in the State of Washington or must be able to obtain a State of Washington P.E. through reciprocity within six (6) months of hire.
May be required to obtain applicable and relevant certification(s) within one (1) year of hire.
Must pass a pre-employment background check and have a good driving record with a valid driver’s license.
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential job functions may be considered.
The City of Oak Harbor is committed to creating a vibrant community by delivering quality services, enhancing the quality of life, and fostering economic opportunities. We offer diverse employment opportunities to people who want to work for our unique community through public service. We offer a exceptional benefits package, and a chance to work with great people.