Assistant Area Consultant Liaison Engineer (TE4)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Assistant Area Consultant Liaison Engineer (TE4)


Shoreline, WA 


$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 technical engineer to join our Northwest Region (NWR) Consultant Liaison Office in Shoreline, WA, a few minutes north of Seattle. This position will perform essential functions including but not limited to consultant contract administration, acquisition services, and assisting with project development and construction ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. In addition, this position will play a strategic role in developing and facilitating contract procedures in accordance with State and Federal regulations, as well as WSDOT Headquarters Contracting Services Office. 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

While the majority of work will be located in WSDOT’s NWR, this position may be called on to provide services to other regional Area Consultant Liaison Engineers (ACLE) as requested. Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Assistant Area Consultant Liaison Engineer will:

  • Obtain, prepare, and administer consultant agreements for the WSDOT Northwest Region, from inception to termination and archiving, including payment processing. 
  • Oversee the management of the office records and files, and writes negotiation notes, Letters of Authorization, and other contractual documents as needed. 
  • Participate in and/or lead negotiations for services, partner with the ACLE in complex negotiations and agreement assembly, manage the invoicing process for payment of consultation services including requesting Certified Payroll information from consultants as needed. 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and answer technical questions from regional and local agencies regarding state and federal rules, regulations, procedures, policies, selection methods, negotiations procedures, and other contractual matters that arise. 



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


In addition to:

  • Strong writing, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills with attention to detail. 
  • Ability to interpret RCW, WAC’s, FWHA CFR’s, rules and guidelines involving consultant agreements and contract methods. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Experience applying negotiation skills.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting engineering contract pricing and cost proposals.
  • Knowledge of government contracting with a solid depth of understanding of RCW, WAC, and all relevant contract types. 
  • Working knowledge of the WSDOT’s Consultant Services Manual
  • Knowledge of WSDOT directions, policies, and procedures in project development, construction, and maintenance activities as well as state and federal laws and regulations. 
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License.


Important Notes 

  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 4% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2023.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 – 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-12769e 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.