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Sr. Development Review Engineer

City of Sammamish
Sammamish, Washington State
$99,912.00 - $139,008.00
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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Planning & Development
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
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Organization Type

                CITY OF SAMMAMISH POSITION DESCRIPTION               

POSITION TITLE.....................Development Review Engineer


FLSA STATUS...........................Non Exempt 

SALARY RANGE....................... $99,912.00 - $139,008.00



Serves as an in-house professional engineer assisting in the review of development proposals and City CIP projects; responding to citizen’s inquiries related to drainage and roadway issues. This position is also responsible for review of proposed commercial and residential development for traffic impacts, compliance with roadway and drainage standards, and facility maintenance and constructability. Other duties include a variety of complex engineering work associated with the planning, location, design, construction, operation, structural or maintenance of engineering projects. 



  • Reviews engineering elements of commercial and private developments from the pre-application meeting to project close-out. 
  • Overseas the Public Works engineering elements in the following City permits or permits related to subdivision, commercial site development, conditional use, clear and grade, right of way, wireless, and reasonable use exception permits.
  • Analyzes and reviews highly complex and/or controversial development proposals during preliminary and final engineering stages for conformance to City design and construction standards, conditions of approval, codes and ordinances including SEPA; evaluate design of erosion control, storm drainage, slope stability, streets, sidewalk, power traffic control, and other infrastructure for development.
  • Interprets, applies, and ensures compliance with codes, standards, specifications, policies, and procedures; ensures compliance with standard engineering principles for review of infrastructure plans.
  • Advises and confers with City staff and developers’ representatives on acceptable design alternatives and solutions; negotiates with developers’ representatives for plan design changes; develops mitigating measures to impose as conditions on projects with unmitigated impacts. Employs considerable engineering judgment, independence, code interpretations and exploring and negotiating alternatives with project proponents.
  • Serves as the lead Public Works development reviewer in coordinating reviews from traffic and drainage reviewers. Reviews geotechnical reports, traffic analyses, drainage reports, erosion control, traffic control and site plans during final engineering review. Performs field visits to proposed sites to evaluate variable on-site conditions such as drainage and traffic issues for proposed development plans. 
  • Reviews and provides recommendations to City Engineer on variations to the Public Works Standards.
  • Functions as the project manager for contracted additional consulting services for development review. Reviews and coordinates comments to developers’ representatives and answers engineering related questions as needed.
  • Prepares letters, memos, and reports addressing site design, traffic impact, and drainage issues, providing recommendations for developer conditions and responding to public inquiries.
  • Provides public testimony to hearings examiners, council members, and the public as needed to present information or recommendations related to development applications. Represent traffic and drainage reviewers at public hearings.
  • Participates in pre-application and pre-construction meetings; explains requirements of TESC, roadway, and drainage improvements as needed. Documents, reviews, and approves all engineering related field changes.
  • Manages project close-out of bonds, final drainage reports, and construction as-builts.
  • Coordinates developer and City Capital Improvement Projects, Water and Sewer District requirements/ projects, Fire Department requirements, county, and state highway department, and other related agencies or parties.
  • Represents the Public Works Department at the Permit Center. Answers general and technical questions regarding road, traffic, and drainage requirements.
  • Manages project schedules in a timely manner and organizes workload. 
  • Provides design assistance and writes project specification documents for erosion control, storm drainage, streets, sidewalks, and other street and storm drainage infrastructure facilities for private development projects and city CIP projects.
  • Coordinates work projects with contractors, government agencies, organizations and the public.
  • Responds to requests for technical information from other agencies and for publications.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those interacted with during work regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, military service, or diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.



Knowledge of:

  • Engineering concepts and practices as applied to municipal civil engineering projects and environmental engineering.
  • Principles and practices of engineering, surveying, hydraulics, traffic signals, ability to read and plot legal descriptions relating to easements and rights of way.
  • Advanced roadway design, construction practices, and materials, and environmental process requirements for roadway and drainage design.
  • Laws, regulatory codes, and professional standards applicable to civil and environmental engineering projects, and standard specification compliance methods.
  • Right-of-way acquisition/processes in public setting
  • Emergency response management pertaining to public works infrastructure and required response procedures and activities.


Skills / Abilities:

  • Interacts with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner to establish and maintain effective working relationships between City staff and other organizations and City departments.
  • Works independently as well as collaboratively in a team setting; makes appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Maintains confidentiality; demonstrates a strong sense of personal ethics and integrity along with professional engineering judgment and discretion.
  • Researches and analyzes complex problems and develop, recommend, and implement sound solutions.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintains records and prepare reports; ability to meet schedules and legal timelines within reasonable limits.
  • Develops comprehensive street and stormwater facility design, construction plans and specifications.
  • Analyzes and develops complex engineering plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Interprets and explains City, State, Federal code and APWA guidelines, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyzes situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Ability to influce others to comply with standards and/or contract terms.
  • Utilization of AutoCAD and other civil engineering design software packages.
  • Experience with Microsoft’s Office suite of products, including but not limited to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.
  • Reads and comprehends geotechnical reports and traffic impact analysis reports.



Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; supplemented by three (3) years of directly related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, certification, training, and/or experience.
Employees must be residents of Washington State. 


Washington State Professional Engineer (PE) License. Good driving record with a valid Washington State Driver License and the ability to drive a city owned vehicle per established policies, procedures, and safety guidelines.


Engineer in Training, P.E. license or the ability to obtain a Washington State Professional Engineering License within one year of hire, or a master’s degree in Civil Engineering or another closely related engineering field. A Professional Engineer is preferred.

Depending on functional area of assignment, tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (up to 20 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation and extended periods of time standing and/or walking.
Tasks are regularly performed inside and/or outside with exposure to adverse environmental conditions (e.g., dirt, fumes, temperature, weather, and noise extremes).
Some tasks require manual dexterity, in addition to visual and hearing acuity. Some tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally and in writing.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.







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