Design Build Manager (TE4)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Design Build Manager (TE4)


Seattle, WA 


$78,334.00 - $105,323.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT is eager to hire an experienced engineer looking to advance their career into a leadership role and serve as our next Design Build Manager. As the Design Build Manager, this position is responsible for the daily project management and oversight of WSDOT Design-Build staff. Reporting directly to the Project Engineer, this position is responsible for construction/design oversight and quality management. A successful appointee will have extensive knowledge of a complex construction project’s daily operation with an ability to identify work activities with the greatest risk of failure. The Design Build Manager will play a vital role in WSDOT's successful delivery of WSDOT projects, maintaining public confidence and helping the public travel safely.
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Design Build Manager will:

  • Manage oversight of Design-Build project(s), participating and/or facilitating the evaluation of Design-Build proposals. 
  • Interpret and explain contractual language as well as complex civil engineering plans and specifications. 
  • Manage project risk through the review and resolution of issues related to the project and ensure adherence to WSDOT policies, procedures, and standards. 
  • Review Design-builder submittals including design documents, released for construction plans, and working drawings for contract compliance and constructability issues. 
  • Review monthly schedule updates and progress payments related to assigned work for verification of schedule activity progress and logical sequence between activities.  
  • Attend Design-Builder project task force and schedule meetings for the purpose of discussing the project schedule, quality and issue resolution to facilitate completion of the project.
  • Provide project updates on project progress, project related issues, potential schedule and change impacts. 



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 3 in construction, design, and/or design-build work or equivalent construction and/or design build engineering experience, OR 
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License

In addition to:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Bachelors degree in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, or closely related field of study, OR
  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Certification
  • Proficient in reading, understanding, and interpreting complex construction contract plans, technical requirements, special provisions, and standard specifications. 
  • Knowledge of transportation engineering, construction work methods, personnel management, estimating and risk analysis and scheduling. 
  • Proficient in the use of computer software programs including Microsoft Excel and Word. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Professional Engineering License
  • Two (2) years of Design-Build experience on complex engineering projects as a Transportation Engineer 3


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium. 
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • 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. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • 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, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?


How to Apply 

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. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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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.


Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-13115 in the subject line. 


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