The Port of Seattle is looking to fill our Director of Engineering. You will work in close collaboration with leadership and project teams to ensure the development of critical maritime and aviation transportation infrastructure in the region. A role at the Port of Seattle means that you are a part of a passionate, entrepreneurial, and dynamic team that builds strong sustainability and resiliency features into capital investments and ensures quality service to our customers and employees.
As the Director of Engineering, you will lead the Port of Seattle’s Engineering Department, consisting of technical design, survey and mapping, construction management, construction safety, and administrative support work groups ensuring quality and consistency in the design and construction of capital and expense projects for the Port's Aviation, Economic Development, and Maritime operating divisions including the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
You will strategize long-term department goals, and set department policies, and standard operating guidelines and procedures specific to the Engineering Department.
You will approve all major capital projects for construction bid advertisements and provide monitoring and oversight of all major construction projects for the Port’s Capital Improvement Programs as well as tenant reimbursement and expense projects.
You will ensure execution of work in compliance with Public Works contracting requirements including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, General Contractor Construction Manager, and Job Order Contracting.
You will provide oversight to Project Labor Agreements, Priority Hire, Apprenticeship, and WMBE/DBE programs. You will provide final acceptance approval of all major contracts, including partnering with stakeholders throughout the process.
You will ensure the delivery of quality work products, including analysis, recommendations, studies, design, survey and mapping, and construction of Port facilities including drawings, contractual specifications, and technical specifications, and ensure the quality of the engineering archives.
You will lead and manage the Engineering Department staff including hiring, salaries, promotions, disciplinary actions, development, organizational structure, and terminations.
You will support the professional development of your staff and focus on ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion principles are applied internally and externally.
You will oversee the Engineering Department’s budget which includes both expense and capital expenditures and execute emergency contracts, change orders, and utility agreements.
You will provide leadership and resources to operate all remote offices and vehicle fleets.
You will represent Engineering Services and provide consistency within the integrated work groups across the Port.
You will collaborate with project delivery directors and sponsors throughout the Port to provide an integrated process for project delivery.
You will sponsor the Engineering Safety and Construction Safety Programs and ensure that the Engineering Department provides public safety in terms of professional engineering services.
You will represent the Port in safety-related issues with the contractors, trades, and consultants; and oversee recognition programs for positive safety behaviors.
You will provide leadership and management for emergency preparedness, responses, and recovery which includes coordinating with other entities of the Port for maintaining operations, life safety, and repairing damage to facilities because of natural disasters or system/facility failures in accordance with RCWs.
You will recommend declarations of emergencies, obtain approvals, provide notifications and develop processes, and procedures, for declarations and responses; monitor and document actions; and bring closure to incidents.
You will provide a personal on-call emergency response as the Chief Engineer for the Port, maintain proficiency and certification in emergency response activities and direct the Damage Assessment Team Activation plans and training.
You will represent the Port in highly complex negotiations relating to project and construction management claims and issues and provide major construction claims resolution services as part of the tiered resolution process as well as provide leadership in the final resolution of construction claims as requested.
You will represent the Port in highly complex negotiations relating to project design issues and provide leadership and manage the errors and omissions process and procedures in seeking restitution from consultants.
You will represent the Port in several administrative and technical committees and promote professional growth within the Port and at a national level.
Who you are:
Two years of experience may be substituted for one year of education:
Experienced – You have fifteen (15) years of experience in engineering design, project management, construction management, and/or contract administration and ten (10) years of experience in leading and managing professional staff.
Educated – You possess a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field.
Desired – We hope you have a Master’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field.
Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work. At the Port of Seattle, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all Port employees.
Strategic Leader – You have demonstrated leadership and management skills that include an ability to direct and facilitate long-range initiatives and objectives. You create a strong team culture that motivates and inspires your team as well as supports efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Engineering Expert – You possess a strong understanding of design principles and construction/project management practices, means and methods of construction, regulations, and policy that allows you to effectively analyze issues and direct sound decisions.
Effective Communicator – You are skilled both in verbal and written delivery of information. You are a dynamic and persuasive presenter who can effectively communicate with elected officials, senior leadership, and external stakeholders.
Strategic Thinker – You can develop and implement strategies that align with overall Port goals and objectives while influencing and leading change throughout the department.
Problem Solver – You have the ability to see the big picture and come to a resolution, including crisis management. You take into consideration and balance multiple, sometimes competing, stakeholders’ interests, and can facilitate conversations discussing solutions.
What else you need to know:
Work Schedule – Your normal work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). You may be required to work any and all assigned shifts, including weekends and holidays. You may be required to work during emergencies.
Work Environment – You will primarily work in an office environment.
Washington State Residency Requirement – Employees must establish a residence in Washington state within 30 days of their first day of employment and must maintain a residence in Washington State during their employment with the Port of Seattle. If a position is eligible to telework, work performed while teleworking must be performed in Washington State.
Security Requirements – As the successful candidate, you will/must pass a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) background check as well as a criminal history background check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Your employment will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge upon clearance. You will also be required to obtain a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Customs Seal within 30 days of hire.
COVID–19 Vaccination Requirement – The Port of Seattle will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID–19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions at the Port of Seattle. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two–dose series or two weeks after a single–dose vaccine. Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
The Port of Seattle plays a key role in bringing international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, and supports industries as diverse as tourism and commercial fishing. The port is also a key builder of road and rail infrastructure, partnering with other agencies to improve freight traffic from Tacoma to Everett. The port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport - the nation’s 15th busiest – handling more than 34.7 million passengers in 2013. Sea-Tac's Air Cargo operations rank 21st in the U.S. Our passenger cruise terminals at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Terminal handled 202 ship calls and an estimated 934,900 passengers during the 2012 season. State-of-the-art cargo handling facilities helped rank Seattle as the nation’s 8th busiest U.S. seaport in 2012, serving 18 international steamship lines moving more than 1.88 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent unit containers). The port also operates four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and broad economic advantage. Our tagline, “Where a sustainable world is headed” to communicate our goal to be a national leader in sustainable port operations, and the Port’s man...y award-winning environmental programs provide measurable benefits to the community and a competitive edge for our customers. The Port of Seattle’s economic impact is strong. Seattle’s Seaport and Airport generate nearly 200,000 jobs throughout the region with payroll in excess of $6.8 billion. Five commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, Washington, serve four-year terms and establish Port of Seattle policy. The chief executive officer, in carrying out these policies, leads 1,700 employees in five divisions. The Port of Seattle began creating a “Century Agenda” vision and strategic plan that focuses on the port’s next quarter-century of business and operations. The goal of the Century Agenda is to build upon the accomplishments of the past century with a visionary look forward to the emerging challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.