The Development Engineer will perform a variety of administrative, technical and engineering work related to the review and inspection of land development proposals in the City through coordination with the Community Development Director and under direction of the Public Works Director, City Engineer or his/her designee. The Development Engineer must be a motivated individual seeking professional growth, a life-long learner with an interest in emerging industry topics including climate resiliency, resource sustainability, disaster preparedness, and multimodal transportation.
The City of Sequim is a place unlike any other. Here you can solve diverse, complex challenges alongside thoughtful individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We believe that transformation happens by movement, not mandate. Sure, we work hard, but we also craft moments that allow all of us to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.
This position is open until filled. There is an option of working part time (30 hours per week) with full benefits depending on candidate interest.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reviews and approves complex civil engineering construction and private development engineering plans and documents for conformance to City design and construction standards, codes and ordinances; performs overall supervision and review of detailed and complex engineering calculations, plans, specifications, and required submittals for private development projects, such as street, water distribution, sewer collection, and storm drainage system.
Evaluates design of erosion control, storm drainage, streets, sidewalk, sewer, water, reclaimed water and irrigation and other infrastructure needed for development. Reviews professional studies and reports prepared by others, including but not limited to: Geotechnical, Traffic, Hydraulic, Sewer, Critical Areas and Drainage Studies. Reviews State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklists for development projects and prepares departmental comments for the Public Works Department.
May perform general civil engineering work for capital improvement projects depending on development workloads and trends, including the design of small-scale municipal projects. Provides complex technical, administrative, and other support to the Public Works Director and City Engineer as needed.
Conducts inspections of work-in-progress and ensures projects are completed in compliance with applicable codes, regulations and standards. Performs final inspections of infrastructure installed for subdivisions and private development and makes recommendations to the City Engineer for acceptance of said infrastructure and approvals of final plats. Performs warranty inspections of infrastructure as necessary.
Responds to questions and inquiries from the public and other agencies regarding street and drainage issues, public works standards and permits. Recommends changes to City Engineer in reference to the public works standards as they apply to private development.
Evaluates storm, road, grading, drainage, and other utilities as well as general site work for private construction projects and work performed in City right-of-way for compliance with applicable City codes, ordinances and regulations; reviews and/or prepares street and sewer construction cost estimates.
Coordinates with the Engineering Division on permit applications for work within City rights-of way as they apply to development proposals.
Calculates traffic impact and land use fees and administers the traffic impact fee system of the City.
Attends and participates in pre-application conferences and conducts pre-construction conferences to explain city construction and design standards, permit conditions, inspection and testing requirements.
Develops agendas, organizes meetings, prepares staff reports, communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public; makes private and public presentations to supervisors, council, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
Coordinates assigned engineering projects with outside contractors, government agencies and organizations and the public, and provides assistance to internal City staff.
Meets with citizens, developers, contractors, other agencies, and City departments. Responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning drainage, private construction, and other related issues. Responds to requests for assistance at the Department of Community Development counter for walk-in customers without appointments.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings. Serves on various employee or other committees as assigned. Provides backup construction inspection work as needed.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a four-year degree in civil engineering, construction management, or a related field as well as two (2) years of increasingly responsible civil engineering work, preferably in development services and/or in a municipal setting; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work. Engineer-in-Training (EIT) license in the State of Washington is required within six months of hire. Possession of (or ability to obtain) a valid Washington State driver's license is required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Thorough knowledge of principle and practices of civil engineering; knowledge of principles and practices of project management, engineering plan review; knowledge of standard specification compliance methods, the development community and contractor construction methods; knowledge of federal, state, and local codes, laws and regulations; knowledge of supervision, training, and performance management; working knowledge of the principles and practices of land development; considerable knowledge of infrastructure inspection principles and practices.
Skill in operation and of the listed tools and equipment; and
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected officials, other departments and the public; ability to understand and review development and construction plans; ability to prioritize workloads to meet deadlines; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public; ability to translate technical data into policy issues and plans; ability to identify and respond to community issues, concerns, and needs, ability to interpret and explain complex legal and administrative information to people lacking technical knowledge; ability to analyze problems, identify solutions, and project consequences; ability to provide customer service and sensitivity to the public process.
A key value of the City is customer service. This position requires considerable knowledge, ability and skill in the principles and practices of excellent customer service as practiced in both the private and public sectors. It requires the ability to effectively meet and deal with internal customers and the public; the ability to handle stressful situations; the ability to greet and respond to customers in a friendly, pleasant and professional manner using appropriate inflection, grammar and syntax; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the general public; the ability to maintain a professional, courteous, and pleasant demeanor in difficult and stressful situations; and the ability to diplomatically deal with difficult people. A willingness to expend extra effort to help the public find answers or information relative to their inquiry or complaint is expected.
Additional Salary Information: The City of Sequim offers a comprehensive benefits package including Medical, Dental & Vision insurances, plus WA State PERS Pension plan; 11 paid holidays per year plus personal, vacation and sick days.