Technical Program Specialist (TE4)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Technical Program Specialist (TE4)




$80,879.00 - $108,750.00

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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 a program manager to serve as our next Technical Program Specialist. This position will plan, organize, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate WSDOT’s Northwest Region (NWR) highly specialized Maintenance Training Program. As the Technical Program Specialist, responsibilities will include the direction and supervision of staff and vendors who deliver front-line training activities in multiple general and specialized maintenance areas of practice, including legally mandated, technical, and employee developmental training. The successful candidate appointed to this unique position will serve a vital role in support of WSDOT’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality.  
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Technical Program Specialist will:

  • Develop and administer program budgets and conduct training needs assessments. 
  • Research, design, and develop curriculum. 
  • Organize, schedule, and coordinate program delivery as well as measure, monitor, and document program results. 
  • Ensure program goals are achieved. 
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of legal, technical, and developmental training policies, practices, procedures, and standards. 
  • Support NWR Maintenance Superintendents to ensure training needs are met. 
  • Evaluate developmental needs and create curriculum to help address those needs. 
  • Assists in recommending, developing, and implementing new strategies for more effective training program delivery to NWR employees. 
  • Manage NWR’s leadership training program and succession planning for maintenance personnel. 
  • Recommend, develops, and deploys region policies regarding specialized maintenance activities such as the Snow & Ice Program and the Highway Activity Tracking System (HATS). 



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

  • One year of experience coordinating leadership forums, leading leadership trainings, conducting equipment safety training, conducting Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training, or leading or supervising a training program. 
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A
  • Ability to manipulate up to 50lbs. 
  • Ability to climb in and out of equipment, work in all weather conditions including confined spaces, uneven terrain, and next to fast high volume highway traffic


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • WA Flagger Instructor certification
  • CPI 260 certification
  • ICS 100, 200, 700, & 800 certifications.
  •  Knowledge and experience in Traffic Control operations. 
  • Experience performing maintenance activities including pavement repair, highway drainage features and maintenance, vegetation management and noxious weed control, snow and ice operations, right-of-way construction and maintenance.  


Important Notes 

  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate 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.   
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • 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.
  • This position is subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • 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 12 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 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. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, 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 via email.

Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-11108 in the subject line. 

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