City Engineer

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Port Townsend, Washington State
$97,072 - $118,305 DOQ
Sep 20, 2021
Oct 20, 2021
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Beautiful Port Townsend, Washington is seeking its next City Engineer. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative problem solver to work with an engaged community and to collaborate with the Public Works management team and engineering staff to continue building a sustainable community, further the City’s non-motorized transportation system, and tackle aging infrastructure challenges. The City Engineer serves an important statutory and technical role in supporting the entire City team and has a multitude of opportunities to lead capital improvements and rehabilitation projects. 


Under the direction of the Public Works Director:

  • Administer the activities of the Engineering division to assure quality delivery of capital projects, as well as support services to other departments. Anticipate, expedite and resolve problems in a way that enables the Engineering division to be productive and maximize its resources.
  • Provide support and back-up to the Public Works Director on public works operations.
  • Coordinate the meetings of the capital projects management team, obtaining input and feedback from the City Manager, City attorney, Finance Department, and Development Services Department.
  • Manage, plan, direct, and evaluate the operations, activities, and overall performance of the engineering division. Work in concert with the Public Works managers.
  • Work with the Director in the setting of short- and long-term goals, priorities, and project assignments. Provide leadership to assure the goals are met.
  • Initiate and lead reviews of public works related processes.
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of the annual TIP, CIP and CFP.
  • Participate in the development of the annual department budget, including capital improvement and contract services. Track and monitor project schedules, budgets, and expenditures. Develop and maintain appropriate financial records for tracking capital projects and engineering staff labor costs in coordination with the Finance Department.
  • Serve as a consultant and technical advisor on a variety of civil engineering matters; attend City Council, City Planning Commission, and other public meetings as necessary concerning Public Works projects and activities.
  • Respond to inquiries from contractors, bidders, developers, City officials, and the general public.
  • Manage public works infrastructure projects including project planning, scheduling, cost estimating, public participation programs, preparation of design plans and specifications, construction related activities, and other aspects of public works projects.
  • Provide transportation and traffic engineering oversight and analysis including working with the community and coordinating with Police Department traffic enforcement.
  • Maintain close coordination with the Finance, Development Services, and Administrative Services Departments in the execution of the City's capital projects program.
  • Oversee consultants performing work for the City on these projects.
  • Prepare environmental documents and permit applications for projects.
  • Prepare utility planning documents. Maintain project files and records.
  • Prepare grant applications and manage state and federal grant-funded projects per grant conditions and requirements.
  • Prepare written and verbal reports and maintain records as required for state and federal aid projects.
  • Oversee preparation and revision of development standards. Oversee review development projects for consistency with public works standards.
  • Assist City crews and other City staff by providing engineering expertise and regulatory guidance in the operation, construction, maintenance, and repair activities for the City's infrastructure.
  • Respond to citizen requests and concerns related to Public Works activities, addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Theory, principles, practices and techniques of public works, traffic engineering, municipal water and sewer engineering, utilities maintenance, and construction management functions.
  • Principles and practices of civil engineering as they apply to planning, design, and construction of municipal infrastructure.
  • Federal, State and local law, codes and regulations affecting civil engineering projects and governing the administration of public works and public utilities functions and activities.
  • Grants and other funding programs related to Civil Engineering.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training.
  • Municipal government budget preparation and control methods.
  • Proficient Microsoft Office Suite computer skills, including Word and Excel; computer systems, interfaces and data storage.
  • Ability to manage a diverse group of engineers and support staff.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports, contract documents, and other engineering documents.
  • Ability to prepare complex bids and specifications.
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment that requires conflict resolution skills, a keen awareness of deadlines and excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to manage infrastructure planning and design projects from design development through construction.
  • Ability to oversee and coordinate the work of engineering consultants and of other City staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, consultants, and the general public.
  • Ability to work independently and with others as a project team member.
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public and with general contractors.
  • Ability to work independently and with others as a project team member.
  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public and with general contractors.


  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related engineering program from an accredited college or university.
  • Eight years progressively responsible experience in civil engineering, at least two of which are at a management and supervisory level and at least five of which are in a public sector municipality.
  • Demonstrated experienced with the design and construction of public works projects and management of capital construction programs.
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or ability to obtain a Washington State P.E. license within one year.


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