Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.
WSDOT is currently seeking to fill a high level deputy role within our Construction Division. This position is accountable to the Construction Division Director to ensure that certain objectives are met in order to enhance the agency’s stature as an effective organization, lead public confidence, and position the agency as an owner of choice with respect to the contracting community.
What to Expect
In regards to the objectives mentioned above, this position ensures that all projects in the program are reasonable constructed in conformance with plans specifications, and estimates. Also, this position is responsible for defending the states contractual position, and makes business decisions associated with major contract dispute resolution efforts. Finally, the successful candidate is responsible for driving consistency across the state with regard to contract interpretation, risk allocation on contracts, and agency behavior associated with effective highway contract administration.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role like the objectives mentioned above, the Deputy State Construction Engineer will:
Award and execute WSDOT highway construction contracts. This position also awards some of the Washington State Ferries terminal and facility projects.
Maintain responsibility for all highway construction policies and procedures coming from the State Construction Office.
Promotes and oversees the collaborative work with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity to develop, implement, and administer specifications and resolve contract administration issues related to civil rights programs.
Speak for the agency and make business decisions in an effort to resolve disputes, recommend changes to legislation or modify the agency’s construction administration process.
Maintain responsibility for the day-to-day management of the State Construction Office including the Contract Advertisement and Award Office.
Advise the Director of the Construction Division on critical public, political or legal issues associated with projects or policy, often in response to executive or legislative requests.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Professional Engineering License and a minimum of 10 years’ experience administering highway construction contracts at a senior level within an organization, typically as a project engineer, engineering manager/region construction engineer, or assistant state construction engineer (or equivalent), OR
A minimum of 15 years or more experience administering or implementing highway construction contracts at a senior manager or executive within an organization.
Exceptional grasp of managerial/executive experience.
Ability to effectively lead and manage a large office with a significant percentage of senior-level experienced staff.
Ability to make appropriate decisions involving complex contractual and policy issues while weighing competing objectives, stakeholder perspectives, political fallout and future consequences.
Capability of creating long-range plans and goals and allocating resources to achieve those goals.
Ability to develop strong working relationships with internal staff and external stakeholders.
Ability to negotiate complex construction disputes and claims.
Ability to resolve contract administration issues related to civil rights requirements.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Extensive knowledge of:
Principles of Contract Administration.
State and Federal public contracting laws.
Specifications and Standards.
Alternate Dispute Resolution Process.
Civil Rights Laws.
Knowledge of Safety processes.
Work-Life Balance– We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future– WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eirik Landes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to reference 20DOT-HQ-0W092 in the subject line.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 20DOT-HQ-0W092
About Washington State Department of Transportation
WSDOT’s VisionThe Washington State Department of Transportation’s vision is to be the best in providing a sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.Mission statementThe Washington State Department of Transportation provides and supports safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.WSDOT’s Values•Safety - Promote the safety of the public and employees at all times•Inclusion - Ensure a wide array of perspectives, disciplines and backgrounds are represented in our outreach, decision making and workforce•Innovation - Foster an environment of trust that encourages creativity, finding solutions for challenges and leveraging opportunities•Integrity - Build trust with each other and our communities by being ethical, accountable, responsive and honest•Leadership - Inspire, motivate and support to give each other the confidence to do great things•Sustainability - Make decisions and take actions that promote the conservation of resources for future generations by focusing on the balance of economic, environmental and community needs