Senior Engineer III

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Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, VA, United States

Phone: 17032343368
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Senior Engineer III


Fairfax, VA 

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$5,000 Signing Bonus*

Are you ready to dive into the heart-pounding world of wastewater projects and take charge of the entire project lifecycle? Brace yourself for an exhilarating opportunity that promises to test your skills, ignite your passion, and push you to new heights of achievement.

Works as an engineer with project management experience in design and/or construction. Will be responsible for all phases of contract administration for a variety of wastewater capital improvement projects in the Wastewater Treatment Branch, in the agency of Capital Facilities. As one of our engineers, you will be at the helm of a diverse range of major and complex wastewater endeavors, including the design and construction of awe-inspiring treatment facilities, collection and transmission systems that span vast distances, and cutting-edge pump stations.

In the realm of construction contracts, you'll be the ultimate guardian of quality, timely delivery, and cost effectiveness. With your keen eye for detail, you'll avoid potential claims and tackle any contract disputes that may arise head-on, emerging victorious with your exceptional negotiation skills. Complex engineering and construction problems will bend to your will as you fearlessly resolve them, ensuring the successful realization of our projects, and when emergencies strike, you'll be the hero we turn to.

If you're ready to embark on this thrilling journey, to push the boundaries of what's possible in the realm of wastewater projects, then this is the opportunity you've been waiting for. Join our dynamic team, where every day will be an adrenaline-fueled adventure filled with challenges, triumphs, and the opportunity to make an enduring impact on our industry. Apply now and let the excitement begin!

The Senior Engineer III position may be responsible for the following:

  • Overall management and leadership of capital projects from concept through project close-out including: site and consultant selection and contract negotiation, coordination and collaboration with customers, manages consultants in all phases of design including schematic design, design development, and contract drawing and specification development. Also manages and coordinates value engineering and constructability reviews. Ensures schedule and budget requirements are met and maintains project documentation and reporting, coordination and management of bidding and construction, monitoring construction progress, change order and contract dispute negotiations and resolution, construction quality control, and project close out.
  • Serves as a primary point of contact with the engineering design consultant, contractor, and other agencies as required, and maintains all project documentation.
  • Responds to technical, design and scope related questions during the planning design and construction phase. May make presentations to senior County leadership and to County residents.
  • Performs all aspects of design and/or construction contract administration for complex wastewater projects.
  • Serves as Construction Manager (CM) responsible for bidding and construction contract administration.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced collaborative team environment; and provide outstanding customer service to using agencies and project stakeholders.
  • Stays abreast of technical codes and safety regulations.
  • Promotes safety, communication, teamwork, and collaboration with internal as well as external project stakeholders. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
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Fairfax County Government is committed to our employees, and offers comprehensive benefits, including a defined-benefit retirement plan; medical, life and disability insurance; paid leave; tuition reimbursement; and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Through our LiveWell Program and the County Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of wellbeing that empowers, educates and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial wellness. Please review our awesome benefits:
*A $5,000 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the Senior Engineer III position.


Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: 
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”)
Graduation from a four-year college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technologies with a bachelor's degree in the appropriate engineering or architectural field; plus four years of progressively responsible professional experience in the appropriate engineering field. 


  • A valid driver's license. 
  • Possession of a valid Virginia Professional Engineer or Architect license. 
An individual who possesses a valid Professional Engineer or Architect license in another state will be granted a temporary exemption to this requirement pending the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers & Landscape Architects decision regarding that individual's application for reciprocity.

Please note that if the selected candidate is licensed in another state, they will be required to obtain a Virginia PE or RA license through the reciprocity process within twelve (12) months of the award letter date as a condition of employment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

  1. At least 4 years of experience procuring, administering, and managing architectural/engineering and/or construction contracts in the water and wastewater fields.
  2. Experience with financial and budgetary planning, tracking, and reporting at the project and program level.
  3. At least 4 years of experience managing multiple capital projects in design and construction on projects ranging from small renovations and upgrades to new stand-alone facilities. Experience includes consultant selection, negotiations, contract management, planning, budget and schedule development, site assessment, coordination of property acquisition for public use, quality control, and construction administration.
  4. Project management experience with the approval and permitting phases of the development process, including land use and entitlement process to ensure approvals are in line with county proprietary and regulatory requirements.
  5. At least 3 years of professional engineer experience with local, federal, and state building and site development codes.
  6. Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certification or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Ability to lift 30 pounds overhead. Ability to participate in and understand verbal conversations at typical speaking volume and pace as well as respond to audio alarms and verbal warnings on construction sites, over the phone, and in the office workplace. Ability to produce organized and legible handwritten, typed/computer generated documents including the use of graphics. Ability to use computers/computer software for communication, report generation, electronic file-keeping, project metrics analysis, and project tracking purposes. Able to safely climb ladders and to go up and down stairs. Must be able to physically navigate rough and slippery terrain found at typical construction sites to perform field inspections at project construction sites or potential sites for future facilities to make direct observation of work in progress including recognizing unforeseen hazards such as sharp objects, warning signs, slippery surfaces, steep depressions, tripping and fall hazards, sudden movement of heavy equipment. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

NOTE: Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Positions within this classification that are general merit may be eligible for a one-time hiring incentive bonus for new county employees only. This bonus program requires a signed payback agreement between the department and employee.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.