Utilities Construction Manager

Bellevue, Washington
$104,148.36 - $143,714.76
Jun 25, 2020
Jul 25, 2020
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Bellevue Utilities provides future focused, valued, and sustainable utility services to the community, for current and future generations.  Our mission is to actively support public health and safety, quality neighborhoods, a healthy and sustainable environment and economy by effectively managing drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and solid waste. 

We have an exciting opportunity for you to utilize your knowledge and abilities to support the delivery of the Utilities Capital Improvement Program (CIP) as the Construction Services Manager for the Utilities Department.  This key management position in the Engineering Division is responsible for leading and managing the construction phase of both public and private infrastructure projects for the drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities.  This position is an integral member of the Utilities Engineering Division team, working collaboratively to build our infrastructure with quality and efficiency.   

At the City of Bellevue, we are committed to providing exceptional customer service, upholding the public interest and contributing to meeting the community’s vision.  Our people bring unique skills and qualities to the table, embrace the values of integrity, accountability and commitment to service, and take pride in the work we do.  You’ll work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement is highly encouraged and supported.  Also, our motto is “Bellevue Welcomes the World, Our diversity is Our Strength”, and that’s what makes the City of Bellevue an exciting place to work, live and explore.
The mission of the Construction Services Section, Engineering Division is to provide construction management and inspection services for both public and private capital improvement projects to build public and private drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects with high quality and efficiency for the City of Bellevue.  Under limited supervision, this manager oversees and directs section staff, manages program and work unit budgets, and manages the development and implementation of professional services and construction contracts. This position collaborates closely with other managers and staff within the Engineering Division and across other City departments and divisions, serves as a community and project liaison, provides complex technical engineering support, facilitates resolution of difficult technical and policy issues with other city staff, consultants, contractors, businesses, private utilities, developers, other agencies, and community members.

More specifically this position:
  • Serves as member of the Engineering Division leadership team, overseeing the contract management and inspection roles for both the CIP and private development programs.
  • Plans, organizes, evaluates, coordinates, and directs the work of staff; selects, hires, coaches, counsels, and disciplines staff and makes other personnel decisions; prepares and delivers performance evaluations.
  • Implements the Employee Safety and Training Plans
  • Develops and implements policies, establishes procedures, and performs work planning; expedites workflow.
  • Identifies, develops and implements inspection process improvements
  • Develops, implements and monitors performance measures for the CIP and private development inspection programs.  Analyzes and evaluates data; makes recommendations to Assistant Director regarding needed adjustments.
  • Makes presentations and compelling business cases to department management, the city council, citizens, and advisory groups; prepares city council agenda materials.
  • Prepares budget requests; administers adopted budget for the Construction Services Section
  • Works with other city departments and agencies to coordinate with and provide information on utilities infrastructure and environmental projects. Determines applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects; reviews city code and collaborates on implementation of policy changes.
  • Supports the development of engineering plans and specifications, construction contracts, and competitive bid processes by working closely with project engineers and other engineering managers; city, state, and federal regulatory agencies, professional and technical groups; and the community members as needed. 
  • Investigates and resolves technical issues, disputes, claims and legal issues.
  • Takes leadership of and/or provides direction to staff; resolves problems in the section.
  • Provides management support to staff in the public outreach, engagement and communication regarding capital projects and programs; provides technical support to the City Attorney’s Office on legal matters, including acting as an Expert Witness in matters related to utilities.
  • Serves in command roles as part of the department’s emergency management team.
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, trust, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in civil engineering, construction management or a related technical field, and
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in municipal public works construction inspection and construction contract management including at least two years of supervisory experience, and
  • Seven years of experience in water, sewer and/or stormwater engineering management;
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.


  • Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of Washington, or ability to obtain license via reciprocity. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • Ability to pass a criminal background investigation