The Solid Waste Division of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is looking for an Engineer III. This position will perform senior level construction management duties associated with developing solid waste facilities. Additionally, this position will serve as the Division’s representative in managing the construction phase of a major (greater than $50M) capital project and/or multiple smaller capital projects and working with a Division project manager, will serve as the project resource for construction-related issues (including execution planning, schedule, budget and constructability) in the design phase of capital projects and manage consultants’ construction phase services.
The position will typically be assigned to work at a construction site. When not assigned to an ongoing construction project, this position will work out of an office at King Street Center or the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill (CHRLF) facility.
Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. King County and the Solid Waste Division values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.
How to apply: You should apply online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty. Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meets the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job. Your response to the supplementary questions in the application will be used for screening the application and determining your competitiveness.
Work Location: King Street Center - 201 South Jackson Street, Suite 701; Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, 16645, 228th Ave SE, Maple Valley, WA; or construction project location.
Facility Engineering and Sciences Unit Profile: Facility Engineering and Sciences Unit (FESU) staff plan and manage capital asset maintenance program (CAMP) projects to assist the maintenance and operation of transfer facilities, landfill areas and seven closed landfills. The unit also provides Project Engineering services for the Capital Project Management Unit, which manages projects at 7 closed landfills, the CHRLF and siting and constructing solid waste transfer facilities. FESU performs facility inspections and provides engineering support for facility operations and maintenance directly, and through the management of associated contract services. Staff also provides environmental monitoring, evaluation and reporting. In collaboration with Operations, they ensure regulatory and permit compliance for all solid waste facilities. Specialized FESU staff provide CAD and SCADA technical services.
Examples of Job Duties:
Provide Engineering services to apply Engineering skills to collaborate with and assist Centralized Project Managers with CIP projects to develop and manage project management plans, including scope, schedule, budget, risk register, communications management plan, procurement plan, and quality control plan as part of the project team.
Provide inspection services for construction at facility construction projects.
Regularly attend construction management and project meetings representing Solid Waste Division interests.
Maintain Owner’s project statistics. Create monthly reports on progress, schedule and budget for senior management.
Review consultant performance in responding to contractor questions, requests for information (RFIs), and in reviewing shop drawings, submittals and product samples, to ensure timely responses are provided.
Monitor performance of third-party construction management staff.
Participate in pre-construction planning and review of issues including construction planning and logistics, project safety, schedule, budget and constructability. Obtain permit approvals for use of new facilities, including building occupancy, solid waste handling and air operating permits.
Administer design, construction management and construction contracts as project lead, and working collaboratively with other staff to ensure compliance with engineering plans, technical specifications, King County policies, and regulatory requirements.
Negotiate and prepare change orders to construction contracts and evaluate impacts (cost and schedule) to contract work.
Review and evaluate merit of construction claims.
Provide routine engineering services including analyze, design, and review engineering elements, of building and landfill systems.
Write technical reports and issue papers for various technical and non-technical audiences to summarize and convey project findings and meet regulatory compliance requirements.
Determine consistency of engineering plans and products with all appropriate industry standards, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations, including Solid Waste Division policies and procedures.
Present to and discuss technical information with managers and staff, project managers, project teams, and landowners, regulatory agencies, public stakeholders, elected officials, and other jurisdictions and agencies.
Provide leadership to project and team members including providing technical mentorship, assigning project tasks and providing support to team members to encourage project and tasks meet the desired outcomes.
Negotiate regulatory permit conditions needed for projects including clearing and grading, building, surface water, landfill and air quality regulatory requirements.
Perform related duties as required.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Bachelor’s degree in construction management, civil engineering or closely related field.
Demonstrated expertise, preferably at least five years, in management of active construction projects at solid waste facilities or similar.
Experience in alternative construction delivery methods (e.g., design build, GCCM).
Demonstrated expertise, preferably at least five years, in analyzing, designing or reviewing various technical construction-related engineering elements.
Demonstrated high level construction management experience related to major solid waste facility projects, including site inspections, payment processing, change order and claims management, technical oversight, contract administration, and closeouts.
Demonstrated experience in effective communications management both in oral and writing formats with diverse groups of professionals, coworkers, contractors, consultants, regulatory/permitting agencies, businesses, and the general public.
Intermediate working knowledge using Microsoft (MS) Project to develop schedules for public works projects; MS Excel, MS-Word, MS Access, and basic working knowledge using MS PowerPoint.
Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary collaborative team settings and to actively engage in developing project designs that encompass multiple project objectives, while accommodating site constraints.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively across department lines and with senior level managers, supervisors, technical leads and operations staff.
Documented experience in negotiating, applying and obtaining various local, state, and federal permits required for implementation of public works and solid waste related projects.
Ability to work effectively in a rapidly evolving work environment that requires multi-tasking, planning and organizing work daily, responding to changing priorities and tight deadlines, and grasping and responding to complex issues quickly.
Ability to take initiative and function independently on assigned work, while keeping team members and stakeholders apprised of key issues and developments.
Ability to lead and encourage engineering and/or scientific support staff to complete complex solid waste related design and/or construction projects.
And The Following Competencies:
Ability to work independently. Possess excellent work ethics and strong organizational skills. Shows initiative and ability to obtain appropriate results with minimum direction.
Demonstrates ability to set priorities and deal effectively with interruptions and constantly changing priorities. Possess ability to handle stressful situations effectively.
Skilled in written and verbal communications and able to work with people in a tactful and diplomatic manner, using good judgment and exercising discretion and sensitivity.
Demonstrates ability to perform successfully as part of a team including providing technical and professional mentoring, and assigning tasks to team members.
Highly Competitive Candidates Will Have:
Washington State professional civil or environmental engineering (P.E.) license or license in another state with the ability to obtain Washington State license through reciprocity, or Certified Construction Management (CCM).
Construction and project management experience with systematically developing and applying project management documents such as project management plan, risk registers, communications plans, etc. per the guidelines of the King County Procurement Policies and Procedures.
Special Requirements: The selected person will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License or the ability to travel throughout the County in a timely manner.
Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented by Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 17A.
Solid Waste Division is part of King County’s Department of Natural Resources & Parks. The award winning and innovative Solid Waste Division (SWD) has been recognized for operational excellence. The division’s line of business is comprised of waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This robust and dynamic enterprise funded division has an annual budget exceeding $100 million. More than 400 employees create value for customers across ten active locations (eight recycling and transfer facilities). Resources are harvested on-site and recyclable refuse is transported by SWD to the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley, Washington. Through a public/private partnership, landfill gas is captured and converted to clean natural gas. In 2015, SWD and the partnership proudly produced enough pipeline quality fuel to heat 19,000 homes in King County.Our business is operated as an enterprise fund where we are solely dependent upon our revenue generation to fund our operations and environmental mission. The SWD Team is comprised of diverse talent ranging from heavy equipment operators and landfill technicians to marketing gurus and environmental scientists. Approximately... 25 percent work at the King Street Center in Seattle and the remainder work at the County’s eight Recycling and Transfer Stations, 2 Drop Box locations, 960 acre active landfill and ten closed landfills.