Assistant Program Development Manager (TTE)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Assistant Program Development Manager (TTE)


Seattle, WA 


$86,461.00 - $116,298.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure 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’s NWR Program Development Office is eager to hire an engineer looking to advance their career to serve as the Assistant Program Development Manager.  This is a unique opportunity to learn WSDOT’s project delivery process from planning through construction, and this knowledge is important for career growth within WSDOT. The NWR Program Development Office oversees the development of the biennial Highway Construction Program (HCP), which includes managing the preparation of all project scopes, schedules, and estimates, performing feasibility analysis of different modal alternatives for proposed projects, determining project priorities, selecting projects based on funding allocations for inclusion in the biennial program. As the Assistant Program Development Manager, you will be responsible for developing strategies and methods to scope complex projects within the urbanized central Puget Sound region. This position will coordinate with various offices within WSDOT and other state/local agencies, therefore excellent communication skills are vital.  We encourage you to apply if you are interested in taking on this challenge to lead a diverse team to successfully deliver the program.
What to Expect

This position is primarily an office position, with field work and meetings at off-site locations on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis. Field work may require traversing uneven ground, conducting reviews during poor weather conditions and

alongside busy highways.


Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Assistant Program Development Manager will:

  • Manage and coordinate scoping activities between NWR Program Development and other internal departments. 
  • Develop and supervise the development of project scopes, schedules and cost estimates for projects identified by the strategic plan and statewide prioritized lists to build the HCP.
  • Develop and review scoping-level cost estimates for proposed WSDOT construction projects. 
  • Research engineering records, contract plans, and reports for use in developing scoping documents. Analyze data and determine conformance with current design standards.
  • Apply engineering guidelines and judgment during development of scoping documents.
  • Read and comprehend engineering reports/analysis and develop solutions to address deficiencies.
  • Utilize data and information to assess and evaluate scoping alternatives, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. 
  • Develop ArcGIS maps and graphics. 
  • Utilize the WSDOT Design Manual, Standard Specifications, Standard Plans, Cost Estimating Manual for Projects, Plans Preparation Manual, and other manuals or resources for development and documentation of project scopes and estimates.
  • Oversee subordinate and project office staff assigned scoping and estimating tasks; supervise and review the collection of project information to ensure accuracy and completion.



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

  • One year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 4 or equivalent such as Bridge Engineer 4 or Transportation Planning Specialist 4 - OR -Three years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 3 or equivalent such as Bridge Engineer 3 or Transportation Planning Specialist 3
  • Working Knowledge of engineering standards and procedures and computer engineering applications, methods, practices, and principles and effectively apply them when scoping and estimating projects.
  • Ability to perform field reviews and collect data for the purpose of scoping and estimating projects.
  • Ability to employ effective written and verbal means to document and communicate important observations and information to others.
  • A valid driver’s license. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • One (1) year each of design and construction experience as either a Transportation Engineer 2, Transportation Engineer 3, or equivalent.
  • Working knowledge of current WSDOT standards, procedures and policies in design and construction.
  • Proficient use of ArcGIS Desktop software and ArcGIS Explorer.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.   
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • In additional to the salary range listed, a general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022. 
  • Travel is an expectation of the position and will be required on a regular, sporadic, or as needed basis. Travel is typically within assigned region.
  • 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.   
  • 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, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • 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.  
  • 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.

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 explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 


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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. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.govPlease be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-11737e in the subject line.