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Project Development Engineer

Employer
WSDOT Washington State Department of Transportation
Location
Olympia, Washington State
Salary
$98,724 - $126,612 Annually
Closing date
Oct 24, 2022

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Specialty
Transportation Engineering
Position Type
Manager / Leader
Contract Type
Permanent
Organization Type
Government
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To be considered for this opportunity, please apply at www.wsdotjobs.com 

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Project Development Engineer in Olympia, WA. The Project Development Engineer manages and oversees the engineering and construction for all Local Agency federal aid projects being developed throughout the state by local agencies. The main purpose of this position is to ensure that Local Agency federal aid projects are developed and constructed to meet local, state, and federal standards, and specifications. The Project Development Engineer has delegated authority for the Local Agency Bridge Program which includes the responsibility for over 4000 Local Agency bridges. This work includes ensuring that local agencies throughout the state are compliant with the National Bridge Inspection Program. 
 
The Project Development Engineer is also responsible for the Local Programs Certification Acceptance Program which is a proficiency-based delegation of authority that allows local agencies to “self-perform” certain types of work on federal aid projects. The position is responsible to administer Project Management Reviews which evaluates every Local Agency federal aid project to ensure compliance with state and federal rules and guidelines. This position also recommends corrective actions when local agencies are found non-compliant. 
 
The Project Development Engineer is responsible to set Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) goals on all Local Agency projects, as necessary. This also includes necessary reporting on goal attainment. The Project Development Engineer is responsible for the contents of the Local Agency Guidelines (LAG) Manual which details rules, laws and procedures related to administering Local Agency federal aid projects. 
 
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Project Development Engineer will:

  • Manage the Local Agency Bridge Inspection Program to ensure that Local Agency bridges are inspected on a timely basis to protect the traveling public and to ensure that the federal dollars allocated for the replacement and rehabilitation of Local Agency structures are properly spent.
  • Manage the Certification Acceptance and Project Management Reviews to ensure that local agencies and the Region Local Program offices manage the federally funded transportation projects in compliance with federal laws and regulations. 
  • Manage the Local Agency DBE Program to ensure the goals and DBE regulations on Local Agency projects are met. Responsible for collaborating with the WSDOT Construction Office, Office of Equal Opportunity, and others (various DBE reform committees) to improve the statewide DBE Program. 
  • Manage semi-annual updates to the LAG Manual to ensure that local agencies have access to current rules and regulations on proper management of federally assisted projects. 
  • Provide technical and engineering assistance on federal aid infrastructure improvement projects to local agencies, regional staff, and consultants on resolving challenges and problems as these occur on Local Agency projects throughout the state. 
  • Ensure proper documentation is completed processed and approved to ensure design deviations, change orders and other project documentation is complete. 
  • Participate as necessary in forums (internal and external) in developing solutions, to emerging issues, as necessary. 

 
Qualifications
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering in the State of Washington.
  • Ten (10) years of Construction or Project Development Experience or a combination of education and experience to demonstrate proficiency. 
  • Knowledge of design and construction with in-depth understanding of various programs and requirements 
  • Ability to work with FHWA in a cooperative manner to seek, advise, research, and interpret alternative courses of action that comply with federal regulations and that meet with the approval of the State Attorney General’s Office.
  • Ability to teach in a formal classroom setting. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and applying WSDOT Standard Specifications to WSDOT highways construction projects or equivalent. 
  • Two (2) years of additional progressive experience in interpretation of WSDOT standard specifications and contract law. 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

 
Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov 

 
Why WSDOT 

  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. 

 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 
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