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Engineer III / Grants Coordinator

King County
Seattle, Washington State
$47.60 - $60.34 Hourly
Closing date
Sep 22, 2023

King County Road Services Division, Engineering Section is currently seeking a highly organized, team-oriented, results-driven Engineer III with grants experience to join a highly collaborative team with growing responsibilities.

The Engineer III position will participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment working on a diverse portfolio of grant applications for roadway, drainage, and bridge projects. This position will support grant application activities with project teams in the Engineering Section and Roads’ Grant team to ensure the work is consistent with Road’s strategic goals based on research of emerging grant opportunities and will provide technical support to grant applications for the Engineering Section. This position will support the three units in the Engineering Section (Bridge, Drainage, and Traffic) on grant development, grant writing, and grant submittal processes.

This position requires skilled facilitation, planning, collaborating, engineering, technical editing, and project management skills. Our ideal candidate will enjoy research, data analysis, design engineering, and technical editing; possess strong written and verbal communication skills; embrace technology; embody a plan/do/check/adjust mindset; and remain calm in the face of emerging issues or shifting priorities.

The position will be located in the Bridge Unit but will support the entire Engineering Section and will work with engineers and project/program managers of various disciplines, the grant team, the budget team and many other subject matter experts across the division. In addition, this position will work with project management teams on many aspects of engineering including design and managing road/drainage/bridge projects. If you have working experience in civil engineering and grant applications and have a passion for working with an enthusiastic and dynamic problem-solving team that encourages, embraces diversity, and provides opportunities for professional development, come work with us!

Job Duties:

  • Provide technical analysis and work with Engineering Section Management, project managers and Roads’ Grant team on grant program regulations, guidelines, and department-adopted priorities to identify projects that match the requirements for grant programs.
  • Support and review grant applications; Work with Roads’ Grant Team to provide supporting documentation to be included in various grant applications
  • Manage multiple Local, State, and Federal grant applications in coordination with planning, engineering, financial team members, and other subject matter experts. 
  • Prepare technical supporting documents for complex grant proposals; prepare project background, scope of work, cost estimates and project schedule of the proposed project for grant applications; provide project information to Roads Grants team for incorporating into grant opportunity-specific forms, templates, and databases.
  • Work cooperatively with staff from across the division to administer the grant applications.
  • Perform civil engineering design and project management of road, drainage, and bridge design projects in support of a multi-disciplinary team and under the direction of a supervising engineer. 
  • Develop and review drainage, roadway, and bridge design plans and specifications; assure conformance with King County standards and environmental regulations.
  • Develop, support, and maintain organized and accessible files, reports, and other records related to the Grant projects; maintain clear records in division-wide SharePoint sites, shared drives, network, and databases.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering (BSCE) or closely related field in transportation planning, engineering, or equivalent training and experience
  • Demonstrated experience in civil engineering including drainage, roadway, and structural design and experience in preparation of grants applications, preferably in the field of transportation
  • Experience in developing and reviewing bridge, drainage, and roadway design plans, specifications and cost estimates
  • Experience in project management or planning and Monitoring of project scope, budget, and schedule.
  • Experience with technical writing for various engineering reports and supporting documentation of grant applications 
  • Strong presentation skills, including preparing and delivering presentations for a diverse range of internal and external partners/audiences.
  • Expert skills in analytical thinking with an authentic, collaborative, and consultative approach to work; demonstrated understanding of the importance of building effective relationships with team members and partners.
  • Superior attention to detail with strong follow-through.
  • Culturally aware and comfortable having complex and challenging discussions about race and diversity in the workplace. Effectively contribute to a work environment that embraces and encourages diversity in its workforce and where differences are valued
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Ability to remain calm in the face of tackling emergent issues and shifting priorities

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of GIS (or similar tools) to perform simple geospatial analyses and map production.
  • Experience in use of AutoCAD for engineering plan preparation.
  • Skilled and comfortable using a variety of technology to gather data and conduct technical analyses, including GIS, SharePoint, PowerBI, Airtable, and other internet-based data sharing and project management tools. 
  • Ability to prepare visual management boards using simple and concise visual approaches.
  • Experience with LEAN principles and focused on continuous improvement.

Necessary Requirements:

  • A Valid Washington State Driver's License

Desirable Requirements:

  • A Valid Washington Professional Engineer (PE) License or the ability to transfer license to Washington State within 90 days of hire

Supplemental Information:

  • The typical work schedule for this position is 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. This position is overtime eligible.
  • This position is represented by Professional Technical Employees Local 17.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies to include Full Time Employment, special duty assignments, and Term Limited Temporary positions for up to 6 months.

Why King County?

  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Fourteen – Twelve paid holidays and Two Additional personal holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program!

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. The individual in this position will be meeting with community members and organizations and will be expected to engage in face-to-face interactions, as COVID-19 restrictions permit, throughout unincorporated King County.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions may be required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of the unincorporated areas.

The King County Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner to protect the public's investment and facilitate safe travel. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 182 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation. To learn more, please visit

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants. First consideration will be given to current PROTEC17 members in the same classification that are eligible for lateral transfer. 

Are you ready to APPLY? 
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process, or if you have questions, please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement. The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Antonio, HR Analyst, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-263-2003.

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