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Road Design Project Manager (Engineer III)

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

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Transportation Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer, Project Manager
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Organization Type

King County Road Services Division is looking for a Road Design Project Manager (Engineer III) to join our dynamic team! This position will give you the unique opportunity to manage and coordinate road and traffic construction projects and be responsible for the pre-design, final design, construction, and close out of complex capital improvement projects. If you have knowledge and experience in civil engineering and have a passion for working with a team that encourages and embraces diversity, come work with us! 

Job Duties:

  • Manage multiple capital improvement projects utilizing the standard project management techniques and tools. 
  • Coordinate a multidisciplinary team to prepare plans, specifications and estimates for the advertisement of capital improvement projects.
  • Report on the status of assigned capital projects; maintain projects plans, schedules, budgets, and project management databases for all assigned projects.
  • Lead the review by in-house staff of construction documents and design packages.
  • Serve as a liaison between the County and the public, permitting agencies, operations, maintenance and engineering staff, and other internal and external stakeholders for assigned capital projects. 
  • Manage internal and external stakeholder expectations and resolve project conflicts.
  • Prepare and give presentations to senior management, elected officials, public meetings, and others on project progress and issues.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or closely related field OR an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engineering principles in managing and coordinating the preparation and review of plans and contract preparation for road and traffic construction projects. 
  • Demonstrated recent experience in successfully managing large complex capital infrastructure projects including preparing and monitoring scopes, budgets, and schedules.  Project experience must be demonstrated on projects that have progressed through pre-design, final design, construction, and close out.
  • Knowledge of technical disciplines including but not limited to Geotechnical, Environmental, Hydraulics, Traffic, Construction, Survey, etc. required for implementation of roadway, traffic, bridge and drainage projects.
  • Experience in developing road, traffic, and drainage design plans, specifications, and cost estimates 
  • Experience performing field evaluation/review and provide recommendations for project scope and construction cost estimates
  • Working knowledge of the APWA/WSDOT Standard Specifications for Road, Bridge, and Municipal Construction.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in various phases of completion, concurrently and effectively.
  • Experience in performing capital program project management or project control functions.
  • Experience in consultant contract preparation, negotiation, and administration 
  • Knowledge of construction techniques for civil engineering capital improvement projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution and ability to handle the unexpected and maintain composure in stressful situations.
  • Skill in Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Power Point and Access.
  • Team Building: ability to lead, collaborate, work and make decisions in a team environment. 

Necessary Requirements: 

  • Valid Washington Driver's License or the ability to obtain a Washington State license within 30 days of hire 
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination 
  • The selected candidate will be required to complete a Board of Ethics' Statement of Financial and Other Interests form

Desirable Requirements: 

  • Valid Washington Professional Engineer (PE) License or the ability to transfer license to Washington State within 90 days of hire 
  • AutoCAD and Civil 3D experience
  • Project Management Training and/or Project Management Certification

​​​​​​​Supplemental Information:

Working Conditions:  

  • Work performed in the office and field. 
  • Work performed in the field may be under inclement weather conditions and require walking on uneven, steep, rocky or rough ground.
  • Must be able to safely negotiate and traverse steep slopes and around heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to bend and lift in order to load equipment into vehicles
  • Must be able to work around heavy equipment and other potentially dangerous activities associated with construction sites.
  • Specific vision abilities include close, distant, and color.
  • Physical activity includes lifting up to 25 lbs. at least waist height; carrying and moving objects.
  • Must be able to work in an active, high volume traffic environment
  • The typical work schedule for this position is 7:30 am – 4:00 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 vacancies for up to 6 months. Including special duty assignments and TLT opportunities.

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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