• Kitsap County, WA
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Jun 01, 2024
Full Time Engineering
  • Salary: $86,197.29 - $121,794.55 Annually USD

Job Description


Position Overview

Manages and performs a variety of advanced professional engineering assignments in the project management, design and development of County infrastructure improvements, requiring advanced expertise in a specialized area of engineering or in multiple engineering-related functions. The incumbent acts as a resource to engineers and technicians on complex projects and manages or oversees projects, project components, and professional contracts. Work assignments are received with little technical instruction and require the selection of course of action and resolution of complex or unique problems with considerable latitude for independent judgment to develop procedures, systems and establish priorities working within the frameworks of established administrative guidelines.


Required Education and Experience
  • Licensed as a WA State Professional Engineer (PE), or in process of securing WA State comity; or Certification as a Construction Manager from Construction Management Association of America, or, Certification as a Project Management Professional; and six years relevant requisite engineering experience, to include two years of supervisory or lead experience; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in related field and six years requisite engineering experience, including two years of supervisory or lead experience; and successful applicant m ust obtain WA State Professional Engineer (PE), or Certification as a Construction Manager from Construction Management Association of America, or, Certification as a Project Management Professional, within one year of employment.

*Engineering means the “practice of engineering” as defined in RCW 18.43.020.

Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Six years of contract administration and project management experience.
  • Certified as a Project Management Professional.
  • Certified as a Construction Manager from Construction Management Association of America.

Driving Requirements
The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
  • Category 1 Driver: operates County-owned vehicle, and
  • Category 2: Driver may operate a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business. Any employee using a personal vehicle on official County business shall be required to maintain auto liability insurance, in addition to having a valid driver's license.
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit copies of valid certifications and/or official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Authorize and complete a criminal background check. Information received is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will not necessarily remove a candidate from consideration.
  • Driving record review to verify their eligibility to drive for Kitsap County.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • Engineering theories, principles and practices including specific principles of infrastructure improvements.
  • Engineering mathematics
  • Development of plans, maps, specifications, and drafting terminology and symbols
  • Applicable permit requirements for design and construction projects
  • Contracting processes and construction methods for public works infrastructure projects
  • Application and interpretation of federal, state, and local rules, regulations, codes, and ordinances as they relate to area of assignments
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including program planning, budgeting, direction, coordination, and evaluation.
Skilled in:
  • Leadership, supervision, and personnel management
  • Project and program management
  • Planning, budgeting, and development of engineering plans for assigned area
  • Analyzing engineering plans, specifications, and technical reports
  • Organizing and overseeing work projects, including planning and monitoring work schedules contract compliance, and progress reviews
Abilities to:
  • Perform the essential functions of the position
  • Plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of assigned staff
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, contractors, consultants, the general public, partner agencies and other local, state, and federal agencies
  • Apply judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Make informed decisions based on policies and procedures

Working Conditions/Physical Activities
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
  • Working in an office environment with routine field inspections/activities around construction sites.
  • Walking short or long distances
  • Bending, reaching (over shoulders, at waist and below waist), or stooping
  • Handling documents
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person, on the telephone, and/or by computer
  • Ability to enter data and retrieve information from a computer
  • Exertion of force of up to 25 pounds occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or 10 pounds consistently to lift, carry or move objects


  • Manages the scope, schedule, and budget for assigned capital projects; develops and executes project strategy; oversees and prepares project specifications, plans, and estimates; provides project management and coordinates Engineer of Record support during construction; coordinates with internal and external entities including private and public utility providers; assures compliance with grants for assigned projects; completes, submits, and coordinates with resources agencies for project permit requirements; and leads the project team.
  • Prepares RFQs, RFPs and bid solicitations as required to procure consultants and contractors; negotiates and manages contracts with selected consultants; reviews and approves reports and studies prepared by consultants; and assures compliance with federal, state, and local laws related to contracting with consultants.
  • Supervises assigned staff including setting work priorities, procedures, planning, organizing, assigning, advising, assisting, motivating and training as necessary. Evaluates the work of assigned staff, establishes standards of performance, and participates in the selection of new employees, including making recommendations regarding hiring, discipline, transfer and termination.
  • Attends public meetings and hearings on assigned capital projects. Manages, coordinates, and prepares applicable maps, exhibits, drawings, charts, and graphs and provide technical testimony as required. Prepares and makes public presentations of oral and visual reports to committees, community groups, special interest groups, elected officials, and the Board of County Commissioners to explain and present progress on assigned capital projects.


  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • This position is non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual. Internal applicants should be aware that a change in union status or bargaining unit may impact your benefits and accruals. Please contact Human Resources if you have questions.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the application materials submitted. Per RCW 42.56.250, all applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant are exempt from public inspection.
  • This recruitment is being used to fill an existing open position, and may be used to fill future openings for up to six (6) months.
  • Flexible hours are available, as approved by management.
  • Additional 10% premium pay: Paid bi-weekly on the base salary; expires December 31, 2024.
  • Ten percent (10%) signing incentive payments will be provided in consideration for the candidate’s agreement to remain employed with the County for a minimum of two years.
  • Advancements equal to 12 months accrual of vacation leave or general leave for immediate use by candidates who accept these positions. Additional vacation/general leave hours will accrue beginning the 13th month of employment. All other provisions of the Personnel Manual regarding vacation/general leave will apply.

This position is open until filled. This position will be reviewed weekly.

At Kitsap County, we strive to take care of our team! Our employees are the greatest asset of Kitsap County, and we take pride in offering a highly competitive compensation and benefits package to all eligible employees.

County Paid Benefits Include:
Medical - Kaiser Permanente (HMO) or Aetna (PPO)
Dental -Delta Dental or Willamette
Vision - VSP
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Life Insurance - Basic, Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D), Voluntary Term Life Insurance (VTL)
Disability - Short-term disability & Long-term disability
Voya Voluntary Insurance
Transportation incentives
Employee Assistance Program
Travel Assistance Program
Wellness program
Benefits become effective on the first calendar day of the month following the month in which the employee is hired except if the employee's hire date is the first calendar day of the month, benefits begin on the day of hire. More information about employee benefits is available on the county's website at: or the Kitsap County Digital Benefits Guide .

*Voluntary benefit options also available at the employee's expense

Employees are covered under the PERS retirement plan provided through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and Social Security.

Deferred Compensation (IRS Plan 457b): tax-deferred savings program

11 paid holidays and 2 additional floating holiday per year

Vacation Leave
New employees are credited with 48 hours of annual leave upon hire and will be begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 360 hours from one calendar year to the next. Annual leave accrual will increase upon tenure, as follows:

Upon completion of 3 years: 15 days per year (10.00 hours per month)
Upon completion of 5 years: 20 days per year (13.33 hours per month)
Upon completion of 10 years: 25 days per year (16.67 hours per month)
Sick Leave
All new hires will be credited with 48 hours of sick leave upon hire and will begin accruing at the rate of 8 hours per month starting on their 7th month of employment. Employees may carry over 1200 hours from one calendar year to the next.

***Part-time employees benefit contributions and leave accruals will beprorated***

Current County Employees
If you are transferring or promoting into this position you are responsible for reviewing these benefit changes; prior to accepting a position. In addition, it is your responsibility to notify the Auditor's Payroll Division of a change in union status.

NOTE: This is a general overview of the benefits offered through employment with Kitsap County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts or is incorrect with the provisions of the Personnel Manual, applicable laws, policies, rules or official plan documents they will prevail. The Personnel Manual is available at:

Job Address

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