Professional Engineer - Site and Building Division

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Apr 13, 2021
Full Time Building and Safety Building Maintenance Construction and Skilled Trades Engineering
  • Salary: $96,345.60 - $123,531.20 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Commercial Site Review Group located in Site and Building Division of the Planning and Development Services Department (PDS), is recruiting for the Project Appointive position of Professional Engineer. We are seeking an outgoing, highly motivated person who is interested in diverse and challenging engineering projects to join our dynamic team.

If the below list of personal traits sounds like you, then you are just the type of person we are searching for to join our team!
  • Positive personality who enjoys detail oriented and diverse work,
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills,
  • Strong personal motivation and drive - an ambitious and committed self-starter
  • Interest in a wide array of interesting technical / engineering challenges

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny , has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Position Details:
This position's responsibilities will include plan review of site improvements for private and public development within the City's Right-of-Way and/or private property. Site improvements include but are not limited to stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure, sidewalk, curb and gutter, roadway construction and ADA ramps, with emphasis on compliance with the City of Tacoma's Stormwater Management Manual , Municipal Code, Right-of-Way Design Manual and other federal and state design manuals. In addition, the position will have responsibilities in as areas of NPDES permit compliance, permit review processes, review panel and customer service.

The Site Development Group provides a unique opportunity for engineers to work with a wide variety of City Departments and community stakeholders. The types of projects can cover the full spectrum of commercial, industrial, and single family residential projects.

Essential Competencies:
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand engineering site plans, technical reports and manuals.
  • Excellent customer services skills, specifically:
    • Responding to requests in a timely manner.
    • Reviewing engineering documents quickly, accurately, and thoroughly.
    • Providing clear explanations of recommendations.
Time management and leadership skills.Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively, and communicate frequently within small and medium sized teams. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
  • This is a professional environment with most activities occurring in an office setting with periodic field visits to active construction sites.
  • Field work consists of in-the-field collaboration with private contractors and City Inspectors.
  • Position may require driving, sitting, standing, walking or climbing for long periods of time.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.


Bachelor of Science Degree in civil or environmental engineering, or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university,


A Professional Engineering License at time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

  • Environmental or Civil Engineer with varied experience in the areas of civil, environmental and/or geotechnical engineering. Varied experience examples might include, but are NOT limited to:
    • Stormwater Management (Continuous Simulation Stormwater Modeling)
    • Site development design, review, and permitting
    • American with Disabilities Act design and compliance
    • Grading and erosion control including steep slope and retaining wall design
Multilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply

Current Washington State Driver's License at time of appointment.

Knowledge & Skills

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, and other municipalities and federal agencies. Ability to lead small to large working teams. Establish, coordinate and direct work teams to accomplish assigned tasks to a successful completion. Ability to work as a team member in a supporting or managing role. Ability to coordinate multi-disciplined project teams.

Problem Solving
Use intelligence, common sense, hard work and tenacity to solve particularly difficult or complicated challenges. Employ expertise and credibility, evaluate and resolve complex or sensitive issues and problems.

Communications Effectiveness
Effective communication both verbal and in writing including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Makes excellent customer service the standard, responding to changing customer needs, and helping customers implement complete solutions.

Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Maintain current knowledge of industry by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, practices, policies and procedures.

Program Management
Appropriately prioritize and concurrently provide guidance and consultation on multiple programs, integrating many factors into decisions, and ensuring that work progresses toward achieving goals and objectives.

Proficient in engineering practices and principles within the field of expertise. Ability to be innovative and make independent decisions.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity:
Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover
letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Those who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate minimum qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.
Closing Date/Time: 5/17/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Address

Tacoma, Washington United States View Map