GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the civil, structural, CAD, right-of-way engineering group within the Design, Engineering & Construction Management (DECM) Department; manages the administration and implementation of light rail and commuter rail design and construction engineering activities to ensure that all capital projects successfully meet identified objectives and are completed in accordance with the Agencies policies and procedures and within established scope, budgetary and scheduling requirements; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, programs, departments/offices, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the DECM Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering and the DECM Executive Director.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations. • Coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the department and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary. • Assumes management responsibility for the services and activities of the civil/structural engineering group within the DECM department; directs and manages the administration and implementation of engineering activities involving design, right-of-way (ROW), permitting, budget, and construction engineering support to ensure that all capital projects successfully meet identified objectives and are completed within established budgetary and scheduling guidelines; directs, manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned projects, services, and functional areas within the division; updates, modifies, recommends and administers policies and procedures. • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; and recommend Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels. • Directs division consultants and contractors in the administration and implementation of projects and/or project phases; ensures that projects, services, and operations of are completed within the scope, schedule, and budget; and that all objectives are successfully met. • Oversees all civil/structural design and construction engineering support work by assigned staff, consultants, and contractors including street work, structures, tunnel and portals, trackwork, stations, traffic control, drainage, and utilities; ensures adherence to quality, budget, and schedules; develops, directs and applies design criteria, engineering standards, technical criteria and procedures, and quality control procedures for civil/architectural design and construction; directs coordination with other agency technical staff, utilities, and private entities; assists in the establishment of formal agreements and contracts; directs, manages and controls the work of civil/structural design consultants to assure adequacy, competence, economy, operational feasibility, and maintainability of design and construction; and assists in the selection and hiring of construction contractors. • Directs engineering support to DECM Project Development and Community Affairs staff and the general public during design and environmental analysis; serves as the liaison for the civil/structural engineering functions with other divisions, programs, departments and outside agencies; supports the community relations and public information effort(s) applicable to the department, division and to the Agency in general; and negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues. • Supports the community relations and public information effort(s) applicable to the division and to the Agency in general; serves as the division's liaison with Agency Board members, elected officials, the media, local community groups, and the general public regarding division services and activities; and make regular briefings to the Board(s). • Provides responsible staff and assistance to the DECM Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering, Project Directors, and the DECM Executive Director; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; summarizes and analyzes issues and provides recommendations to the Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends modifications to functional areas, policies, and procedures as appropriate; conducts follow-up to ensure that the issues have been resolved; and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures that division, and where applicable individual project(s), expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the division and to their completion; review and approve division expenditures; and implement adjustments. • Provides support to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; 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; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, or closely related field and ten years of civil/architectural engineering design and construction experience that includes four years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility, preferably in a rail or transit related environment.
Required Licenses or Certifications: • Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License. • A valid Professional Civil license issued by the State of Washington OR the ability to obtain one within the first six months of hire.
Required Knowledge of: • Operations, services, and activities of engineering, structural and construction programs, particularly those involving light rail design and construction. • Complex principles and practices of civil engineering. • Senior professional and/or technical expert knowledge of light rail engineering principles and practices. • Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. • Engineering consulting services and methods. • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in civil engineering design and development. • Engineering maps and records. • Contract and procurement strategies and management principles. • Policy and procedure development. • Performing negotiations and partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, utilities, contractors, and community groups. • Risk assessment and strategic planning. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to civil engineering programs and operations, particularly those regarding light rail design and construction. • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. • Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration. • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation. • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases. • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Required Skill in: • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public. • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies. • Applying advanced principles and practices of civil engineering related to area of assignment. • Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. • Performing advanced level professional engineering duties involved in the design and development of a variety of engineering projects. • Applying project management techniques and principles and defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives. • Preparing, reviewing, interpreting, analyzing, and modifying complex engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved budgets. • Developing, reviewing, updating, and managing the ST design manual and specifications, which is the basis of the design for all DECM work. • Administering change orders. • Outstanding communicative skills including presentation development and public speaking. • Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals. • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. • Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports. • Applying advanced project management and program development techniques and principles. • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies. • Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules. • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Work is performed in a standard office environment. • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
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