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Engineering and Systems Support Manager (Mgr. 3)

City of Seattle
Seattle, Washington State
$48.93 - $73.38 Hourly
Closing date
Mar 31, 2023

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Engineer, Senior Engineer
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Are you interested in a challenging engineering management position that is responsible for dam safety programs and regulations, landslide mitigation, emergency response, utility engineering design, geotechnical engineering and more? Are you a natural leader or would you like to grow your leadership skills? 


If so, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has an exciting opportunity for an Engineering & Systems Support Manager position. Successful candidates will provide overall management of the Engineering & Systems Support section and assure efficient, effective, and equitable delivery of its services. As Manager you’ll also supervise and provide managerial oversight of three (3) work groups that perform the following functions:  landslide protection, spot drainage projects, asset inspection and analysis, dam safety, geotechnical engineering, claims evaluation, and cathodic protection. We are interested in candidates who are open to new ideas, have a desire to learn and grow professionally, enjoy collaborative work, and enjoy public sector work. If this sounds like you, please apply!


The Engineering & Systems Support section is part of the Engineering and Technical Services Division (ETSD), and it provides a broad range of engineering services to support all SPU lines of business and needs of other city departments including Asset Engineering, Dam Safety and Geotechnical Engineering. 


About Seattle Public Utilities: Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a community-centered utility that delivers vital services to Seattle residents and businesses including drinking water, drainage and wastewater, and garbage/recycling/compost. SPU also provides drinking water for 1.5 million customers in the region. SPU’s work includes system maintenance and improvements and keeping Seattle clean. Over 1,400 SPU employees work with our community to provide affordable and equitable stewardship of our water and waste resources for future generations.


For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), checkout the: 

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including: 

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities 
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment 
  • Generous benefits package  
  • Free Orca Pass
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions. 
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities 


Job Responsibilities


  • Direct, manage, supervise, coordinate the activities and operations of the Engineering Systems and Support (ESS) section and coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and the general public.
  • Establish and manage work processes providing initial point of contact for all requests for section services, and direct work appropriately. Determine and assess priorities for division work, redistribute or acquire needed resources, both internal and consulting, to meet high priority section needs. Establish and track section workplans.
  • Assist the ETSD Director in the management of O&M and project budgets, work plans, workload management, support of ETSD management team efforts, special initiatives, and issues that come up that require support from the position, or other work as assigned.
  • Communicate executive level messages and initiatives to supervisors and their staff and communicate staff level issues up to the ETSD Director when they require executive level involvement.
  • Provide the right balance of engagement vs. delegation to direct reports and staff on project, program, or other issues as they arise.
  • Coordinate with other work groups in ETSD, SPU, and other City Departments as needed to facilitate successful projects, programs, workload balancing, and issues resolution.
  • Participate as an active member of the division leadership team and member of branch or department-wide committees as assigned.
  • Procure consultants and non-professional service providers (such as drillers), negotiate contracts, develop and manage project scope, schedule and budget.

  • Apply innovative analysis of section and division processes and procedures and implement improvements using change management techniques.

  • Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



    Experience:  Five (5) or more years of professional civil engineering experience, including two (2) years supervisory experience.
    Education:  A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (other combinations of education and/or experience which provides preparation to do professional civil engineering work).

    Education and Experience Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

    License:  Registration as a Professional Engineer in Washington State (or ability to obtain through reciprocity within 6 months).


    Additional Information


    Application Requirement (s):

    • A full City of Seattle online application
    • Resume, & Cover letter addressing your knowledge and experience, related to this position.

    ~An application without a resume cover letter will NOT be considered~

    Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation): This position allows for the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor. 

    Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. 

    More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

    Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

    Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page

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