Engineering Manager

EVERETT, Washington
$105,855.48 - $142,376.64
Jun 30, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Position Type
Contract Type
Organization Type

The award-winning Surface Water Management Division (SWM) is seeking an experienced and collaborative leader to manage key surface water programs and groups of highly talented staff and supervisors. This position will also help shape the future of the newly formed Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
About the Engineering Manager position
This important leadership position oversees key surface water programs, including SWM’s drainage and water quality capital projects, the county’s NPDES program, stormwater facility maintenance, the master drainage program, drainage system inventory, drainage complaint response, and water quality source control. Project delivery is vital for the drainage and water quality capital program, which manages the design and construction of between $8 - 9 million of projects that solve road and property flooding, replace failing drainage pipes, remove fish barriers, and improve stormwater quality. Other programs that this position oversees are essential for the County’s implementation of its NPDES program and for assisting residents and businesses with drainage and water quality issues.  
Vital to the success of this role are strong collaboration skills and the ability to establish and maintain strong partnerships with elected officials, staff, labor unions, citizens, regulatory bodies, other County departments and other governmental agencies.

Candidates will bring a proven track record of delivering results, building accountability and creating a positive working environment of teamwork and innovation. The ideal candidate will be recognized for building consensus and providing management leadership to SWM staff and supervisors, the newly formed department and community partners.
The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills and will be able to positively contribute to the overall management of the stormwater utility. The successful candidate will also have qualities in alignment with SWM's core values of providing and demonstrating high quality service, leadership, stewardship, accountability, respect, and integrity.
This position reports directly to the Surface Water Utility Director. A Professional Engineer's License is required for this position.

The Selection Process
To be considered for this position, please attach a detailed current resume and cover letter. 
As part of your cover letter, please respond to these four topics:  

  • Background and Experience

Describe your experience directly supervising staff, including years of experience and levels/general tasks of staff supervised (professional, technical, etc.).

  • Program Areas

Describe your experience managing programs of any kind, though with an emphasis on surface water or natural resource programs.  Specifically describe the program and its budget, the number and level of staff, and your specific responsibilities.  In this case, a "program" is defined as a collection of multiple projects and multiple staff under the authority of one person.

  • Technical and Engineering Experience

Describe your technical and engineering experience in surface water management, particularly in drainage project design and construction, water quality project design and construction, stormwater facility maintenance, and NPDES permit implementation.  Include years of experience and the tasks you performed.

  • Complex Issue

Describe a complex or contentious issue that you successfully addressed. How did you resolve the issue?  What did you learn from that process and how did it impact your team?
About Surface Water Management 
SWM is a stormwater utility that provides services to unincorporated Snohomish County. These services are funded by service charges paid by property owners in the unincorporated county. SWM is the largest division in Snohomish County’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. With an annual budget of $35 million, SWM maintains 95 full-time positions filled by dedicated professionals in their field. SWM works in partnership with other local and regional agencies to improve Snohomish County now and for future generations. SWM provides a variety of programs and services for reducing road and property flooding and preserving and improving the health of Snohomish County's water resources and natural systems. We focus on four core areas of service:

  • Drainage and road flooding
  • Clean water in rivers, streams and lakes;
  • Salmon and marine habitat; and 
  • River flooding 

You can find us responding to water-quality problems and complaints, monitoring river levels during flood season, maintaining drainage systems, managing habitat improvement projects and more. For further information on Snohomish County Surface Water Management's programs, please go to Our 2020 Highlights report is available here.   

About the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management, the Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture and aims to achieve high-priority environmental sustainability goals. Some of the greatest assets we have in Snohomish County are our unparalleled beauty and abundant natural resources. From the Puget Sound and five watersheds, to forestland, lakes, farms, ranches and parks, our quality of life, economic prosperity and future sustainability are dependent on protecting and improving our environmental resources. Visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources web page to learn more. 

About Snohomish County 
Snohomish County, north of Seattle, is located in northwest Washington between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The county has rich scenery, numerous activities and a thriving economy. Snohomish County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family.  When joining SWM, you will work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement is highly encouraged and supported.  We are proud to offer an outstanding benefit package to employees and their dependents. We are invested in your success and growth and offer competitive wages, job flexibility and stability, employer paid ORCA (transit) cards, and a friendly, diverse team atmosphere where employees are appreciated and make a real difference providing services for our citizens. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a lifelong career. Unfamiliar with Snohomish County? Learn more here
Declaration of Emergency
Snohomish County is currently under a Declaration of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County has put in place initiatives to protect the health of its employees, and as a result, this position may temporarily be assigned to telework. There may be occasions when this position may be required to come into the office to perform certain job duties. Safety guidelines in compliance with the state, CDC and Snohomish County Health District are required to be followed during those times.

Snohomish County will be invested in your success and growth. We demonstrate this by offering a generous compensation package to our employees. Your salary is only part of your Total Compensation Package. Our benefits include:

  • Retirement: County employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). The County’s current contribution rate to the PERS system is 12.97% of an employee’s reportable compensation. 
  • Medical benefits: The County offers a choice of three comprehensive medical insurance plan with low deductibles. The county’s contribution to this benefit is significant.
  • Sick leave: You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • Vacation Leave: You will start out accruing two weeks of vacation a year. Your leave accruals increase based on your years of employment with the County.
  • Holiday Pay: The County observes 10 paid legal holidays per year and provides employees with two floating holidays annually.
  • Other benefits include wellnessdentalvisionlife insuranceflexible spending accountslong term disability, and more.
  • Deferred Compensation: If you choose to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP), the County will match your contributions up to 1 percent of your base monthly salary.
  • Pay Increases: Each year you will be eligible for a step increase until you reach the top step. 
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): County employees typically receive yearly cost of living adjustments.  
  • Flexible work schedules. 
For information about this job opportunity and posting, please email: SPW-Recruitment.
Job Duties


  1. Manages the preparation of plans, specifications, estimates, construction documents, permitting and other material required for the planning, design and construction of projects included in the Annual Construction Programs.
  2. Assures that Public Works construction projects are constructed to the required specifications, within the approved budget, and in the specified time frame. Provides necessary survey control to comply with state regulations and Public Works project demands.
  3. Oversees a comprehensive storm and surface water program for the county including such activities as river improvement, drainage spot improvements, flood control maintenance program of water resources assessment and long-range comprehensive drainage plans.
  4. Manages program development of Public Works projects which include the coordination of program planning, transportation, funding environmental, traffic and right-of-way planning and operations programs.
  5. Plans, schedules, assigns and evaluates work of subordinate employees; provides assistance, training, guidance and performance appraisal to subordinate employees; selects, hires, promotes and disciplines subordinate employees as necessary.
  6. Conducts short and long-range planning efforts to establish pro­gram goals and objectives, budgets, work programs and staffing, facilities and equipment needs.
  7. Directs the preparation of reports and studies required for the planning and development of Public Works projects.
  8. Performs complex technical engineering work as a staff specialist engaged in the evaluation and application of engineering principles to difficult projects of major scope, subject to several independent standards for construction and/or operations.
  9. Proposes, develops and implements policies, procedures and budgets for work section; administers the approved budget including monitoring revenues and expenditures of assigned operations.
  10. Oversees the selection, negotiation and monitoring of consult­ants employed by the county.
  11. Represents the county at public hearings or meetings with public officials, agencies, special interest groups and citizens.
  12. Makes public presentations and responds to inquiries from citizens and the press concerning the development and scheduling of department projects.
  13. Acts as engineering expert witness in court cases relating to area of assignment.
  14. Reviews and develops program policies and procedures for Department of Public Works activities.
  15. Proposes, develops, and implements modifications to county codes and associated regulations, procedures, and engineering standards.
  16. Represents the assigned division Director or Director of Public Works, as directed. 
  17. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications


     A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or a related engineering specialty; AND five (5) years of professional engineering experience, including four (4) years of supervisory experience in the area of transportation, design, utilities or construction engineering depending on the area of assignment; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.  Must pass job related tests.
     A Professional Engineer's License required.
     A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment.


Additional Information


Knowledge of: 
  • broad knowledge of engineering principles and practices related to the planning, design and construction of complex public works projects
  • federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations related to area of assignment
  • comprehensive knowledge of a specialized area of public works engineering
  • the principles and practices of planning, organization, and administration
  • comprehensive knowledge of public works project management
  • the principles, practices, and procedures associated with budget preparation and administration
  • the literature, trends, and developments in the area of specialty
Ability to: 
  • administer diversified engineering programs
  • provide administrative direction and technical supervision to engineering, technical and clerical staff
  • develop short and long-range goals, objectives, plans and budgets for complex engineering programs
  • analyze and develop department policies, procedures and plans
  • provide technical assistance to county staff to resolve complex engineering related problems
  • manage staff to strategically meet delivery of Department of Public Works projects or program area responsibilities
  • delegate assignments to staff to best utilize resources and provide opportunities for career growth
  • provide staff training and develop their skills to meet program needs
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, department heads, associates, subordinates, representatives of other agencies and with the general public
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
     There is a moderate amount of walking required in variety project sites throughout the county. Seeing, reading and speaking is also required with occasional exposure to dangerous equipment, noise, noxious fumes and hazardous work sites.
     The employee reports to and receives direction from the Division Director. Direction is exercised over a staff of engineering and other professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Work is evaluated by the director through conferences and the review of reports to determine program effectiveness and adherence to established policies and objectives. 
     Work is primarily performed in an office environment, but driving is required to make site visits and attend meetings. Meetings or division requirements may involve working evenings, weekends or holidays as necessary.

Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer.
Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request. 
EEO policy and ADA notice

Minimum Qualifications


     A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or a related engineering specialty; AND five (5) years of professional engineering experience, including four (4) years of supervisory experience in the area of transportation, design, utilities or construction engineering depending on the area of assignment; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities.  Must pass job related tests.
     A Professional Engineer's License required.
     A valid Washington State Driver's License is required for employment.