Assistant City Engineer

City of Kelso | Kelso, WA

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Posted Date 4/07/2020

Under direction from the City Engineer, performs the planning, supervising and coordinating of the city's engineering activities.  Oversees the administration of the department in the absence of the CD Director/City Engineer.

Essential Functions

  • Participate in the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities.
  • Responsible for compliance and coordination with various Federal, State, and local agencies involved in the funding or permitting process.
  • Supervise, coordinate, and review all engineering activities.
  • Analyze, plan, assign, and direct the use of all available resources to ensure timely project completion.
  • Manage projects including scope of work, consultant contracts, agency coordination, deadlines and budget.
  • Manage department activities including monitoring and reporting on performance measures.
  • Prepare departmental recommendations on a variety of public policy issues, procedural requirements, plans, ordinances, and regulations.
  • Prepare and submit grants.
  • Coordinate activities with other departments and divisions as appropriate.
  • Ensure that professional, technical, administrative, and project management staff work meets all applicable City, State, and Federal requirements.
  • Determine the appropriate project design and methodology for all assigned projects.
  • Responsible for consultant selection and management; including contract negotiation, progress monitoring and project delivery.
  • Administer and/or oversee the administration of contracts; review and approve all payments and billing for contracted services.
  • Punctual, regular, and reliable attendance is essential for successful job performance.


Stormwater Management Emphasis:

  • Responsible for work and administrative activities to meet the requirements of and obtain compliance with the City's Phase 2 NPDES Permit
  • Act as the primary liaison between the City and the Washington Department of Ecology
  • Represents the City at regional stormwater manager meetings
  • Develops engineering standards and policies to support the City's stormwater management program
  • Reviews development applications for conformance with City stormwater requirements 
  • Identifies and defines stormwater projects for the capital improvement program


POSITION REQUIREMENTS (Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the attainment of the knowledge and abilities listed below):


  • Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Six years progressively responsible experience with two of the years in a supervisory role and three years' experience in municipal engineering design preferred.
  • Additional experience in related civil engineering may be substituted for the college degree with one-year experience being equal to one year of college education.



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Speciai Requirements


  • Knowledge of current principles, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering, transportation engineering, natural resource management, water resource engineering, environmental sciences or related disciplines.
  • Knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, computer modeling, soils, chemistry and environmental sciences.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to transportation, environmental, water resource or natural resource issues.
  • Knowledge of both project and municipal budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of current municipal construction standards, methods, processes, materials, costs, and cost estimating.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to municipal activities, including rules applicable to the formation and closeout of a Local Improvement District (LID).
  • Skill in analyzing, assessing, and recommending solutions to complex and challenging public works/municipal utility engineering problems.
  • Skill in the use of spreadsheets, graphic editors, databases, word processors, project management software and in the operation of various engineering specific computer programs.
  • Ability to work from general written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to interpret engineering plans, survey notes and legal descriptions.
  • Ability to perform research, analysis and advanced computer modeling on complex civil engineering, transportation, environmental or water resource issues, problems, and data.
  • Ability to create and present technical information in data or graphic format.
  • Ability to accurately complete assigned projects within time lines and budgets.
  • Ability to communicate with groups of varying levels of technical sophistication in a courteous, tactful manner.
  • Ability to read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform complex engineering computations either manually or with the aid of computer or calculator.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, productively, effectively, and successfully with others in a public service dedicated, customer centered, team-oriented environment, where open communication is the norm.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the work of others.


  • Successfully pass a modified background investigation.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or registration from another state with the ability to obtain Washington registration within six months.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Appointees not possessing a valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire must obtain one within the currently effective statutory time limit.


  • The Assistant City Engineer position has varied contacts, including City employees, private consultants, contractors, public officials, property owners and citizens. 
  • Contacts are for the purpose of listening to various concerns and issues and to provide explanations of current city projects and/or practices.
  • Contacts will also be for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information. Issues and/or projects may be controversial in nature, where the ability to explain the City's position at a level equal to the audiences' level of technical sophistication is vital to success.
  • Serve as staff to a variety of City and outside commissions, boards and committees as assigned.


  • Receives direction from the City Engineer.  Exercises direct and indirect supervision over professional and technical staff.Accountability:
  • The Assistant City Engineer is accountable for the quality, accuracy and timely completion of departmental projects and tasks.

Working Conditions:

  • The Assistant City Engineer typically spends a majority of the workday in an office. 
  • Some projects and tasks will require fieldwork to gather information and review existing conditions. 

Deadline: May 4, 2020



Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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