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Engineering & Design Section Supervisor

Clark County
Vancouver, Washington State
Salary Grade M2.831 Salary Range $7,542.00 - $10,654.00- per month
Closing date
Mar 29, 2023

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Transportation Engineering, Other
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Job Summary

This position leads the county’s Engineering & Design Section, supervising a team of professional civil engineers and engineering technicians in the development of plans, specifications, estimates. The successful candidate will supervise preliminary engineering design efforts for the delivery of county capital projects for transportation, clean water and parks.

Engineering Services Manager III incumbents are responsible for supervising and planning the activities and operations of an assigned section within a division or program in the Department of Public Works. The section assignment for this posting is for the Engineering and Design Section within the Engineering and Construction Division of Public Works.

This position reports directly to the Division Manager. Flexible and hybrid work arrangements are available for this position.

Applications will be accepted until an adequate number of applications are received. This posting may close at any time with no additional notice.


QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience:

• Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, transportation, geology, or any other discipline applicable to the requirements of the position; and

• Five years of increasingly responsible engineering and project management experience, including the supervision of professional and technical staff.

License or Certificate:

• Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver’s license required; and

• Certification as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington; and

• Certification and/or license in specialized field desired. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities will be considered.

Knowledge of: The principles and practices of public sector organization and program operations; principles and practices of staff selection, supervision, training and evaluation; project management, including planning, scheduling, monitoring, and problem solving; methods and procedures of budget development, justification, and control; application and interpretation of County, state and federal laws and regulation relevant to the program area; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations; contract negotiation and administration; departmental policies and procedures; innovations, trends and best practices within the specialized area.

Ability to: Effectively plan, assign, direct, and evaluate the work subordinates, including delegating responsibility and authority; carry out policy directives of the governing authority in an effective and timely manner; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; supervise the preparation and maintenance of records and prepare comprehensive technical reports; interpret and explain pertinent Federal and State laws and County codes and procedures; set and meet deadlines; facilitate communication, negotiation and problem solving among developers, contractors, engineers, citizens and program staff; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; communicate and express ideas effectively - orally and in writing.

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Incumbents typically work in an office setting with occasional field work associated with site visits/meetings. Work involves management of multiple priorities and can involve face-to-face interactions in stressful or sensitive situations

Examples of Duties


• Supervises professional, technical and support staff, including recommendation for hire, promotion or discharge; initiates layoff, transfer and recall of staff; plans, directs, assigns and coordinates work; establishes standards of performance, evaluates performance, and initiates appropriate discipline as necessary.

• Prepares preliminary budget information for the Section and monitors actual expenditures; justifies funding and expenditures for section programs.

• Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, budget, and priorities for projects. Provides routine reports on project management performance measures.

• Serves as subject matter expert in specialized field on cross-functional project teams.

• Identifies opportunities for improving project management systems and procedures by conducting periodic reviews of projects in progress. Recommends and implements policies and procedures related to project management.

• Interprets administrative policies to subordinates, other departments, consultants, contractors and the public.

• Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays apprised of new trends and innovations within specialized field; communicates trends to staff and implements best practices.

• Develops and maintains effective relations with the public and represents the Department on various committees; at neighborhood organization and community meetings; public hearings; before governmental bodies and in legal processes.

• Prepares complex technical and administrative reports and develops critical correspondence and comprehensive reports in support of projects and decisions.

• Coordinates with other sections and departments on issues related to project delivery, grant and contract administration.

• Ensures compliance with safe work practices and rules.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.


If you wish to upload a resume or other documents: Resumes and documents must be attached together in the ‘Resume Upload’ section of the application.  Multiple files are allowed, but all applicant attachments must be uploaded simultaneously, as there is no way to edit or append uploaded materials after submitting the application.

Application Review (Pass/Fail) – An online application is required.  Attaching a resume does not substitute for a completed application; incomplete applications will not pass the application review.  Candidates deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in the remainder of the selection process.

Oral Interview – The interview will be job related and may include, but not be limited to, the qualifications outlined in the job announcement.  Top candidate(s) will continue in the process.

Employment References will be conducted for the final candidates and may include verification of education.


It is the general policy of the County that new employees should be hired at the lower steps of the applicable range and advance through the range at the normal progression.


Posting first published on 12/9/2022

Posting updated 2/23/2023

Next review of applications 3/20/2023.

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Salary Range

$7,542.00 - $10,654.00- per month


THE COUNTY Clark County is located in the southwestern part of the State of Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. With almost 600 programs serving nearly 430,000 residents, the County provides a wide variety of employment opportunities for more than 1600 people. Clark County’s governmental structure is a complex one, with eighteen elected officials, thirteen regional councils and districts, and numerous appointed boards. Although the county seat is in downtown Vancouver, County employees provide services to all of its residents, from urban cities and towns, to the hundreds of miles of beautiful countryside. Clark County offers excellent livability and a relatively low cost of living. There is no state income tax. Equal Opportunity Employer Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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