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Wastewater Engineer, Supervisor

King County Wastewater Treatment Division

Seattle, Washington 98104
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Full Time
1st Shift
  • Design/Development Engineering
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Management
  • Signal Processing
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Job Details

In this position you will supervise and direct the work of technical, professional and administrative staff within the electrical and instrumentation and controls (I&C) group of the Engineering & Technical Resources Unit. For additional details on this position please go to

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates.

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Application and supplemental questions available at Please also paste or attach a resume during the application process. PLEASE NOTE: Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm on 11/23/17 to be considered.  

WORK LOCATION: King Street Center, 201 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, Washington.


  1. Supervise and direct the work of technical, professional, and administrative staff and direct the work of staff matrixed to the group from other work groups.  Hire, assign, and schedule work, evaluate performance and initiate disciplinary action when appropriate.  Develop training plans, coach and mentor assigned staff.
  2. Provide strategic direction and guidance to assigned staff. Develop a work plan for assigned work group and determine performance standards and measures for unit, individuals, and project work teams.  Coordinate resource issues with other work groups.
  3. Plan, organize and direct the work of assigned staff; monitor work distribution and resolve problems.  Estimate labor needs and schedules to meet completion dates for projects assigned to the work group.  Evaluate the progress of projects and results and develop or initiate changes to achieve overall project objectives.
  4. Coordinate and facilitate the resolution of issues with other work units and sections as necessary.
  5. Provide technical expertise in the evaluation and analysis of complex and sensitive planning, design, construction and political issues. Manage the resolution of design and coordination issues through all phases of projects from alternatives analysis through facility start up. Act as liaison on modifying and updating department, division and county policies and procedures.
  6. Perform or direct the technical quality assurance review of drawings, specifications and contract documents prepared by assigned staff, to ensure completeness, accuracy, content and constructability of fully coordinated project designs that meet the design standards, goals and objectives of WTD.  Coordinate operational review of engineering documents to ensure operational requirements are met. 
  7. Assist the unit manager in the development, implementation, and maintenance of standards, policies and procedures for the unit.
  8. Assist the unit manager in the implementation and maintenance of staffing models for current, future and projected operating and capital projects and programs; planning, developing and implementing comprehensive short and long term resources planning model for assigned work program(s); and in accomplishing program objectives that involve multiple technical disciplines, regulatory agencies and the community.
  9. Provide or direct startup assistance to operating departments to ensure staff is adequately trained to use new equipment and facilities following completion of projects.
  10. Other duties as assigned.


Our ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

Skill in building appropriate rapport and developing constructive and effective relationships. Use of diplomacy and tact and ability to defuse high-tension situations comfortably. Skill in dealing with problems firmly, in a timely manner and not allow problems to fester with direct reports while treating staff equitably. Ability to have candid discussions while practicing attentive and active listening.

The most competitive applicants will have the following experiences and qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent field is required
  • Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Washington is mandatory
  • Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in electrical and/or I&C engineering or closely related technical experience and an additional two (2) years of project management experience, beyond experience required under registration
  • Demonstrated advanced experience and knowledge in supervisory techniques and principles in a highly technical and political environment including demonstrated ability to lead, coach and mentor a diverse staff. Skilled in clearly setting objectives and measures. Monitors process, progress, results, and provides feedback.
  • Advanced knowledge of contract packaging and contract administration for public works contracts
  • Knowledge of project management, construction, project control, and contract administration techniques and principles 
  • Ability to apply strategic planning techniques and principals to establish direction and make decisions regarding multiple competing internal and external programs, projects and objectives
  • Demonstrated skill in assessing and determining the necessary resources to successfully accomplish work program(s)
  • Strong leadership and team building skills including conflict resolution and facilitation skills
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences and convince others to initiate action
  • Knowledge of advanced budgeting techniques and principles
  • Additional education and/or work experience in sanitary engineering and business administration is desirable.
  • Thorough knowledge of current electrical and/or I&C engineering principles and practices, construction methods, materials and equipment used for the construction and rehabilitation of collection and/or conveyance systems and sewerage facilities.
  • Increasingly responsible experience in a large, complex industrial or utility setting, preferably wastewater treatment, with experience in engineering design, project management, construction and/or maintenance, in an environment associated with major asset management / capital replacement programs.
  • Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to provide transportation to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation services