Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations (WMS03)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations (WMS03)


Shoreline, WA 


$105,537.00 - $135,298.00

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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. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on June 6th, 2022. 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.



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 traffic engineer looking to advance their career into a leadership role and serve as our Assistant Region Traffic Engineer – Area Operations for WSDOT’s Northwest Region (NWR). The primary purpose of this position is to guide, manage, and direct professional traffic engineering and operations services within Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties. The successful candidate hired into this position will have the authority and responsibility for approving traffic design features and the implementation of operational actions. As the Assistant Region Traffic Engineer, this position is relied upon to lead innovative actions and projects that are sustainable and cost-effective. The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer will play a vital role in WSDOT's successful delivery of WSDOT projects, maintaining public confidence, and ensuring a safe and efficient transportation system.
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Assistant Region Traffic Engineer will:

  • Lead several traffic engineering/operations teams in innovative analysis, design and operations consistent with national and state standards and guidance. 
  • Lead development and implementation of Safe Transportation Systems and Complete Streets approaches for projects within the Region.
  • Lead and monitor program budget utilized for traffic operations, project development, and project construction. 
  • Lead and coordinate review and/or policy development originating from WSDOT HQ, as well as solely within assigned region. 
  • Facilitate and implement work process improvements, with focus on development/delivery of Practical Solutions. 
  • Facilitate the establishment of intra-agency agreements for implementation and/or operation of traffic control systems; particularly traffic signal systems. 
  • Develop and administer traffic operations related to consultant contracts, including developing scope, tracking schedule and budget, and performance measurement. 
  • Interpret and apply national and state policies and standards for ensuring safe highway design and operations. 



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

  • Professional Engineer (PE) License in Civil Engineering
  • Combination of ten (10) years in traffic design and/or traffic operations, particularly in channelization, signing, multi-modal, active transportation, access management, traffic signal operations. 
  • Three (3) years of experience in transportation safety management, including investigation, analysis, low-cost project development/implementation, and performance measurement. 
  • Ability to develop and administer a complex multimillion dollar budget


It is desirable that qualified candidates also have:

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering specializing in Traffic Engineer, Operations, or Planning
  • Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification


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 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. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on June 6th, 2022. 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. 
  • Paid Leave - In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 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 – Permanent 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 professional 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 22DOT-NWR-1W405 in the subject line. 


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