County Engineer

Washington County | Hillsboro, OR

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Posted Date 12/17/2018


Are you a progressive leader looking for the next step on your career path? If so, Come Lead with Us by joining Washington County within the Department of Land Use & Transportation as the County Engineer!

The County Engineer serves as a member of the executive leadership team for the Department of Land Use and Transportation (LUT) and functions as the Chief Engineer for the County. The mission of LUT is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods, multiple modes, and a vital economy in partnership with a diverse community. 

The Engineering, Traffic and Survey (ETS) division within LUT is seeking a driven leader with significant knowledge in the principles, practices and procedures of personnel management, road construction management, transportation engineering, road and land survey, and community relations.
The incumbent in this role will be responsible for managing and directing county-wide road and traffic engineering, as well as surveying related activities and programs. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to: coordinating engineering and surveying activities with other divisions and departments; providing professional engineering oversight in the planning, designing, construction and operation of the County's transportation system; insuring consistency and compliance with applicable engineering design standards and specifications; assisting in planning, directing and managing the activities of the division; working collaboratively with department leadership to balance transportation and community development objectives, and providing highly complex staff assistance to the Director and Assistant Director of LUT.
The ideal candidate must demonstrate a history of progressive, proactive and innovative program development and administration, as well as a track record of successful follow-through and implementation. This includes being an empowering leader and motivator who is open-minded, ethical, honest and accountable. The individual in this role must be enthusiastic about public service and exhibit superior quality traits such as:   
  • Open minded to emerging trends in policy making;
  • Trustworthy and credible; is a person of integrity;
  • Commitment to inclusive leadership, diversity, empowerment and team member development;
  • A strategic and visionary outlook while being fully engaged in County programs and services;
  • Available and accessible to all levels of an organization while being responsive to all inquiries;
  • Values a culturally and geographically diverse community with the ability to work with various groups and individuals; and
  • Builds meaningful relationships; is collaborative and inclusive while embracing the organizational culture of the department.

Please use the following link to view the Land Use and Transportation Careers Website: LUT Careers.

Washington County offers employees a collaborative culture, work-life balance, and a comprehensive benefits package. Working within Washington County provides daily opportunities to serve and build communities now and into the future. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Duties may include:

  1. Plans, organizes, controls, integrates, provides oversight, and evaluates the work of the Engineering, Traffic, and Survey Division, in LUT which includes: engineering design and review, floodplain management, traffic design and operations, and survey programs. 
  2. Leads, motivates, and nurtures division staff to foster a healthy and successful workforce; participates in recommending the appointment of personnel; monitors performance, provides coaching for performance improvement and development, works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures; and recommends employee termination. 
  3. Provides leadership and works with supervisors and professional staff to develop and retain highly competent, service oriented employees through selection, training, and day-to-day management practices. Supports the department mission and service expectation through daily management practices; provides leadership; and participates in programs and activities that promote workplace diversity and positive employee relations. 
  4. Establishes long and short-term planning goals for the division and sets and communicates division priorities to subordinates. Provides general direction and oversight related to the activities of personnel engaged in project management, and the construction, and inspection of improvements to the Washington County transportation system. 
  5. Monitor and ensure the coordination of division work with the work of other department divisions, Washington County departments, federal, state, regional, local agencies, and other entities. 
  6. Directs, oversees, and participates in the development of the division work plan. Assigns work activities, projects and programs; implements policies and procedures; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; and monitors work program activities to achieve department/division mission, goals, and performance measures against the division budget. 
  7. Oversees the preparation of specifications and standards for work to be done on County roads and bridges. Oversees the design and construction activities on County roads and bridges to ensure compliance with specifications and standards established by the Board of County Commissioners. 
  8. Oversees development and implementation of standardized value engineering process during the execution of major County public works projects and recommends methods to be adopted for the construction, improvement, repair, and maintenance of roads and bridges. 
  9. Attends public and inter-jurisdictional meetings and represents the department and County on public works/county engineering issues. Interprets division and department policies; presents reports and recommendations; and encourages community participation. 
  10. Performs department/division project and program planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and control; and performs design review and engineering studies. 
  11. Develops and negotiates inter-jurisdictional agreements for capital projects which may include planning, engineering, surveying, right?of?way, and construction. 
  12. Interacts with the Board of County Commissioners, legislative groups, media, and professional groups as requested by Director or Assistant Director. 
  13. Oversees and participates in the preparation, implementation, and administration of   the annual budget for the Engineering, Traffic, and Survey Division. Participates in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administers the approved budget; and prepares and presents annual budget recommendations. 
  14. Reviews and provides input into legislative proposals affecting transportation capital improvement programs. Works with federal, state, and local agencies regarding transportation issues in association with capital programs and participates in interagency policy revisions.



Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying, or a closely related field; AND
  • Ten (10) years of professional work experience in municipal land use and transportation engineering and development, including both technical and administrative responsibilities, of which six (6) years of work experience must be in a senior management role and two (2) years of which include supervising professional-level staff. OR
  • Master's Degree in civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying, or a closely related field; AND
  • Eight (8) years of professional work experience in municipal land use and transportation engineering and development, including both technical and administrative responsibilities, of which six (6) years of work experience must be in a senior management role and two (2) years of which include supervising professional-level staff.

If you have completed education in a foreign college or university and are using this education to meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received within the United States' accredited college or university system or your application will not be accepted.

Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities, and Specialty Requirements:

  • Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Registration as a professional civil or traffic engineer with a license to practice in the State of Oregon within six (6) months following appointment

Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review this classification, please use this link: County Engineer.

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.  

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:
Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: Driver's License & Records Policy



Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Selection Process:
1. An evaluation of training and experience of submitted applications will be performed by Human Resources beginning January 14, 2019.

Please attach a current resume or a curriculum vitae that clearly describes your experience, skills and/or knowledge related to the requirements of the position and demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications as listed above. Resumes must include the month and year when listing your dates of employment. 

Please attach a cover letter explaining how your background and experience meet the skills and/or knowledge related to the essential job duties of the position. Please also explain your role and level of responsibility in prior positions. 

2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after January 21, 2019.
3. Washington County will perform DMV records checks on candidates that successfully pass the SME Panel review step in the selection process. Applicants that do not possess an acceptable driving record or have not submitted their records or Oregon Driver's License number will not pass this step and will be disqualified from this particular recruitment

4. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully passed the DMV evaluation step as soon as possible. 

Veterans' Preference:
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans Preference Points Instructions (Download PDF reader).
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment.  To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation.
Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" of email notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.
Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment:
Nicole Stewart, Talent Acquisition Business Partner


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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