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Are you a Professional Engineer who has a minimum of six years of comprehensive and varied municipal engineering experience in urban planning, capital projects, residential development, and commercial development?  As the City Engineer, you’ll be the sole Engineer for the city and responsible for reviewing and approving all plans.  You’ll supervise one journey-level Engineering Technician; and you’ll consult with government officials and private parties daily regarding proposed and current projects, offering your expertise to ensure plans are compliant with all Federal, State and local laws.

This is a fast-paced position which requires the ability to thoroughly and accurately review a wide variety of plans, serve as the subject matter expert for the city, and perform all duties of a City Engineer.

The ideal candidate has all of the experience, education, knowledge, skills and abilities in the job description; and the ability to make an impact beginning the first day of work, continuing the progress of current and scheduled projects.

This position is open until filled.  Apply before May 23rd to be included in the first review of applications.

About City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 35,000 and plans for annexation in early 2021, which would make us the 4th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and, coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to our Benefits page for more information.

Position Purpose
This position plans, organizes, performs, directs, and is responsible for engineering activities of the City; performs and manages the design and construction review of capital improvement projects; conducts and oversees plan review and inspection of private development construction; reviews and approves Traffic Control Plans, permits and other matters relating to the compliance with city codes, standards and technical practices of utilities, streets, sidewalks, and other civil work; and manages assigned budgets for capital improvement projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Under the general direction of the Public Works Director, assigns and performs work activities; develops and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback, reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations for assigned staff.
  • Manages the workflow and prioritization of assigned projects and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary, providing advice and counsel to staff.
  • Interviews, trains, and hires employees; appraises performance; recommends promotion and disciplinary actions; addresses complaints; resolves problems; approves/schedules sick leave and vacation time; and recommends terminations as appropriate.
  • Prepares, manages, administers, and oversees assigned budgets.
  • Makes recommendations to the annual department budget, monitors expenditures and identifies needs, reviews and approves reports, purchases and payments according to established policies and practices.
  • Makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Assists or prepares the budget for the capital improvement program.
  • Monitors, tracks and prepares reports of project expenditures and capital project revenues from utilities, grants, gas tax, REET, impact fees, bonds, and inter-local agreements; analyzes and reviews budgetary and financial data and controls.
  • Monitors grant expenditures and prepares quarterly reports and invoicing for reimbursement.
  • Communicates effectively and provides expertise and administrative guidance to staff to meet the Department's goals, objectives and policies.
  • Oversees the administration of public works design and construction contracts on capital improvement projects for utility, street, City buildings and facilities projects.
  • Reviews and approves design plans, specifications and bid documents; advertises for bids and recommends award of construction contracts.
  • Negotiates, prepares and recommends change orders for approval; reviews and approves payments to consultants and contractors.
  • Organizes, prepares and approves agenda memos and exhibits for City Council review and approval.
  • Attends Council meetings, committee meetings and Public Hearings as needed; makes presentations and responds to questions or issues.
  • Oversees and performs the review of private development plans, application for permits, subdivisions, rezones as well as variances and other matters relating to compliance with codes, standards, planning and technical practices.
  • Applies and implements engineering provisions related to City Code and recommends new ordinances and standards as appropriate; organizes and directs field inspections on construction of private development improvements and utilities within the public right-of-way.
  • Oversees and coordinates updates to a variety of long-term plans including storm water and transportation comprehensive plans.
  • Prioritizes problems based on social, maintenance and monetary impacts.
  • Provides engineering support to functional managers in developing the capital improvement program and capital budget and in preparing and updating comprehensive plans for the City's roads and other public facilities.
  • Prepares applications for and administers federal and state grants for capital improvement programs.
  • Provides technical expertise, information and assistance to the Director regarding assigned functions, and assists as needed in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records and files related to assigned activities and personnel.
  • Prepares technical standards, administrative procedures and technical reports
  • Communicates with City Administrator, department heads, staff and outside agencies to coordinate activities and programs;
  • Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Public Works Director in their absence.
  • Provides operational leadership to assure standards are met for productivity, efficiency, continuous quality improvement, customer satisfaction and teamwork.
  • Performs work within scope of authority and training and in compliance with policies and quality standards.
  • Monitors assigned operations and assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations and policies; interprets policies and procedures and assures the consistent application of rules and regulations.
  • Under the general direction of the Public Works Director, serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions and committees and prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings.
  • Maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate and assigned.
  • Evaluates and provides response to citizen inquiries and requests in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Prepares grant applications and assists department heads in the preparation of funding request literature.
  • 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.
Peripheral Duties:
  • Perform the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.
Physical Demands and Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk; and hear. The incumbent frequently is required to sit for extended periods of time and type on a keyboard for extended periods of time. Work is usually performed in an indoor office environment, subject to driving to offsite locations to review/inspect progress of assigned projects or to investigate complaints. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, noxious odors, uneven terrain, different heights and depths of surfaces, vehicle traffic, and individuals who are irate or hostile. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in the office and loud to very loud in the field.

Please see the attached questionnaire for position specific physical requirements and typical working conditions.  The physical demands and work environment characteristics described in the attached form are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disability to perform the essential functions.

Evening or variable hours to attend meetings will be required.

Education and Experience Guidelines:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
  • Six years of increasingly responsible civil engineering design and construction experience in a municipal, State, or related environment that includes three years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; OR
  • Any combination of education and experience, which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job, may be substituted for these qualifications.  Examples of these skills include:

Knowledge of and skilled in:

  • Planning, organization and direction of Engineering functions and operations.
  • Civil engineering techniques and design.
  • State and federal funding procedures for Public Works projects.
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to water, wastewater and sanitary sewer systems, streets and other assigned areas.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Health and safety standards, rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of the long-range strategic planning.
  • Structure, organization and interrelationships of city departments, agencies and related governmental agencies and offices affecting assigned functions.
  • Effective oral and written communication principles and practices to include public relations and public speaking.
  • Administrative program/project management techniques and principles.
  • Contract negotiation and administration.
  • Research methods and report preparation and presentation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Principles of business letter writing.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Supervisory and training principles, methods, best management practices and techniques.
 Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, control, and direct the Engineering activities and operations.
  • Serve as representative of the City on local and regional Engineering issues.
  • Supervise construction, design and contracts.
  • Conduct project design reviews.
  • Develop and administer procurement and consultant contracts as necessary.
  • Create and produce effective grant requests.
  • Interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan and implement long-term strategies, including capital construction project planning and oversight.
  • Utilize personal computer software programs and other relevant software affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.
  • Maintain confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
  • Apply program/project management techniques and principles.
  • Direct the maintenance of a variety of reports and files and preparing, maintaining and reviewing comprehensive narratives and statistical reports.
  • Develop and monitor departmental, capital improvement, and program/project operating budgets, costs and schedules.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including public relations and public speaking.
  • Delegate tasks and workload assignments.

License, Certificate and Other Requirements

  • Current Washington State Professional Engineer (PE) license, with Civil endorsement.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license, or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire; and a driving record which meets the city’s requirements.
  • Completion of position-relevant background check.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community.  If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know.  We're happy to make the arrangements.  We’ll need to know ten (10) days in advance to make sure we get you situated, so call Human Resources at (425) 622-9400 or email   You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.

2306 131st Ave NE, Lake Stevens Full-time
Snohomish County Only This job is either located or can be performed in Snohomish County
Yearly Salary $105,000+
Estimated Start Date 2021/06/10
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