Utilities, ROW & Agreements Engineering Manager (WMS 03)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Utilities, ROW & Agreements Engineering Manager (WMS 03)


Bellevue, WA 


$105,537.00 - $135,298.00

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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

The I-405/SR 167 Program executive leadership team is eager to hire an experienced engineer to serve as our next Engineering Manager, who will be responsible and accountable for the successful delivery of design-build and design-bid-build projects on the I-405/SR 167 corridors.  As the Utilities, ROW and Agreements Engineering Manager for the I-405/SR 167 Program, this position supports the Director of Operations by managing all Right of Way, Utilities and Agreements in support of the I-405/SR 167 Program. This position will be responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating the long-term vision for the program and is delivered to meet local, state, and federal standards.  This position will strategically manage the policies that ensure the most efficient management of large amounts of funds and workforce involved in the highway construction program.
What to Expect

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

  • Oversee the negotiations with local agencies and utility companies on financial contributions, right-of-way dedications and highway improvements as mitigation for their impacts on state highways while implementing regional and statewide policy direction and the agency’s broad vision.
  • Develop and implement policies that ensure the most effective and efficient management of funds and workforce involved with utilities and agreement writing organizations and right-of-way plans and acquisitions. 
  • Provide administration and leadership for all design and construction engineering activities and contract compliance for the construction program, including design-build and design-bid-build contracts within the program. 
  • Investigate and help resolve contractual disputes and claims. 
  • Ensure coordination of engineering activities with engineering support services, maintenance, public information, and traffic necessary for efficient and constructible contract plans. 
  • Lead the development of a well-trained, motivated, and diverse workforce, and restructure organizations to improve efficiency and eliminate duplication, de-layer to empower employees to have more control of procedure and outcomes, and more clearly identifiable accountabilities. 
  • Work with Asphalt Paving Association, Associated General Contractors, American Council of Consulting Engineers, and WSDOT HQ Construction and Bridge Design offices to develop and enhance construction contracts and project delivery. 
  • Ensure that safety is emphasized in daily planning of work and emphasize working safely as WSDOT’s top priority. 



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

  • Professional Engineer (PE) license
  • Current driver’s license
  • Knowledge of the following areas:
    1. Highway and bridge construction
    2. Construction and contract administration,
    3. Managing project delivery techniques
    4. Principles of management
    5. Quality principles and tools
    6. Contract administration policy
    7. Construction contract law
  • Knowledge and experience related to design process, contract advertisement and award, WSDOT organization, merit system rules, affirmative action policies and laws, and union contracts.
  • Ability to develop and construct unique technical systems for large civil infrastructure, intelligent transportation systems, and environmental retrofits in sensitive natural environments with multiple stakeholders. 
  • Ability to develop and manage a complex multibillion dollar budget


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Eight (8) years of experience in delivering design and construction projects. 
  • Knowledge and experience of FHWA processes and requirements related to delivering federally funded projects 
  • Knowledge and experience in negotiating utility and local agency agreements and right of way settlements, etc.   


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 salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
  • 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 www.uscis.gov



  • 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 SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-1W016 in the subject line. 


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