• Kitsap County Public Works
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Mar 17, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Engineering Public Works Executive, Management, Mid to Senior Level, Supervisory
  • Salary: $97,427.20 - $137,633.60 USD Annually
  • Apply By: Apr 16, 2020


Kitsap County Public Works is seeking a leader that has exceptional management, communications and collaboration skills to lead the transportation planning, roads, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance programs.
Strong management experience, engineering technical skills, analytical abilities,
and interpersonal skills are essential to be successful in this role. 
The County Engineer needs to be innovative, agile, and service oriented to lead the road division through the challenges of a demanding environment of County growth, aging infrastructure, increasing transportation needs, and fiscal constraints.

Job Description

The County Road Engineer leads and manages the activities of the Road Division of the Public Works Department including the administration and management of the Roads Engineering, Transportation/Traffic Operations and Road Maintenance functions and serves as the Assistant Public Works Director – Roads Division.  The Road Division is composed of approximately 150 full time employees executing a $40+ million annual budget.

The County Road Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the Road Division is managed in accordance with the County Road Administration Board (CRAB) Standards of Good Practice and applicable State law.  Responsible for managing the revenue, expenditures, prioritization, and forecasting of the County Road Fund.  Establishes design criteria and standards for transportation related facilities. Prepares, updates and assures compliance with applicable County code.  Oversees the development of new and amended policies or ordinances to contribute to more effective operations.  Provides Road Division and County representation regarding road facility planning, engineering and maintenance related issues on various state, regional, and local committees and before community groups.  Serves as the key liaison with the Board of County Commissioners on related issues.

The primary focus of the County Engineer in the near term will be to address the revenue needed to sustain and preserve the County road system, retain and build the engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance staff needed, and shape the future organization to deliver levels of service required in a rapidly growing, urbanized transportation environment.

Work is assigned and performed in terms of broad general objectives by the Public Works Director. The County Engineer is given considerable latitude for independent judgment, initiative and resourcefulness on both technical and administrative matters, in adapting existing policies and practices to specific situations and in developing new or improved methods of obtaining effective results. Work is reviewed by the Director through reports, meetings, and conferences and evaluated for results obtained, fulfillment of program objectives, and for adherence to program budget.

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university in civil engineering or closely related field;
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington; or reciprocity from another state and the ability to secure WA State PE within six months;
  • Ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in engineering, planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of public or private transportation facilities, and
  • Four years of senior management experience of engineering, operations, and maintenance personnel.


Additional Information

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Master's Degree in civil engineering or closely related field
  • Experience with WA State County Road Administration Board Standards of Good Practice
  • Experience with WA State DOT Local Agency Guidelines and WSDOT Standard Specifications for engineering and construction services

Driving Requirements

  • The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy of a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment. The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver's License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as:
    • Category 1 Driver: operates County-owned vehicle, and
    • Category 2: Driver may operate a personal vehicle as an essential function for official County business.  Any employee using a personal vehicle on official County business shall be required to maintain auto liability insurance, in addition to having a valid driver's license.

Job Address

Port Orchard, Washington United States View Map