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Civil Engineer - Development Review - City of Kenmore ( Job # 19-0003)

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Minimum Salary: $6,337.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,746.00
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Development Services
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


This key position is expected to provide a high level of customer service, enjoy working with the public to resolve issues, and possess a high degree of creative problem-solving skills.  The Development Review Engineer performs independent review, approval, inspection, and acceptance of complex civil engineering development, civil site plan, plats, and right of way improvements for conformance with City construction standards, codes, and ordinances. This position also conducts research, performs parking and impact fee calculations, and maintains documentation such as transportation concurrency, and other tracking documentation related to the position and manages agreements and financial guarantees associated with private developments.  The Engineer also assists with code compliance of Right of Way concerns.  Because of the small number of City employees, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.  Salary is DOQ and excellent benefits are provided (see attachment).

Applicants selected for further consideration will be asked to complete a written exercise regarding development review.

Our Service Vision:

Propelling Kenmore Upward!  We Create a Thriving Community; We Help People Love Where They Live

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Possesses a high degree of creative problem-solving skills and provides superior customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Participates in the development plan review process for civil components (drainage, grading, utilities, etc.), select structural elements (earth walls, vaults), and right of way improvements.  Approves Engineering and Clearing and Grading permits and provides comments/recommendations on site development permits, parking requirements, and plats.  Reviews plans for conformance with City standards and ordinances. Responds to developer inquiries about City requirements and procedures for development. 
  • Conducts inspections and prepares inspection reports for right of way improvements and all private development projects as it relates to surface water management, erosion control, and grading.  Compiles and maintains project records, numerical data, and documents.  Ensures documents are updated to reflect project status and changes.   Provides final review of permits for acceptance.
  • Assists with conducting engineering studies for existing public works infrastructure.  Analyzes and performs advanced engineering calculations to assess load bearing capacity, volume, safety, traffic impacts, and other aspects for determining need to upgrade, repair, or replace.
  • Tracks all development permits that require drainage review to specifications outlined in the City’s stormwater municipal permit.
  • Manages developer agreements and financial guarantees associated with the construction and maintenance of private development projects.Assists in addressing code enforcement/compliance issues within private property. Prepares code enforcement documentation and manages code compliance procedures per City code.
  • Reviews right of way, public facilities, and private property development for compliance with federal ADA guidelines. 

Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The position requires specialized knowledge in civil engineering or an equivalent engineering discipline enabling job performance in civil, structural, traffic engineering, surveying and design applications.  Requires knowledge of the principles of surface water design, geometry and algebra applicable to engineering and the properties of building materials. Requires a working knowledge of the principles, modern techniques and equipment used in design, construction and maintenance of various public works and private projects.  Requires sufficient interpersonal skills to convey technical engineering concepts, to facilitate discussions and presentations, and to work cooperatively with internal and external customers.   Requires technical writing skills sufficient to prepare engineering review reports, process documentation, and communications suitable for external distribution. General knowledge of computer-aided-design and computer-aided-design programs is desirable.

Requires the ability to perform all the responsibilities of the position.  Requires the ability to derive information from plans, specifications, maps, laws, regulations and codes.  Requires the ability to write correct, clear and concise technical materials, such as project reports and standards.     Requires the ability to prepare and evaluate engineering studies.  Requires the ability to perform technical research and analyze engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending courses of action.  Requires the ability to compute accurate engineering calculations and cost estimates. Requires the ability to work as contributing member of a team, work productively and cooperatively with other teams and external customers, and convey a positive image of the City. 

The incumbent performs office and field work.  Requires sufficient ambulatory ability to walk to project locations, to stand for extended periods of time, and to bend and stoop for limited periods of time.  Requires sufficient arm-hand-eye coordination to operate a computer keyboard and pointing devises at a proficient level.  Requires visual acuity to create and read three-dimensional and detailed drawings and observe structural work-in-progress.  Requires verbal and auditory ability sufficient to carry on conversations with others and make presentations to groups. Requires ability to provide up to 50 lbs of lifting force and the ability to climb up and down vertical ladders in confined spaces.  Requires driving ability in order to transport oneself in and around Kenmore and King County.

Education and Experience

The position requires a bachelor’s degree with a major in civil, structural, or a closely related engineering discipline.  Position requires the employee to be a Professional Engineer, licensed in the state of Washington.   Requires 12 months working experience in development review and inspection, or similar related field.

Licenses and Certifications

Requires a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record

Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering

CESCL or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment

Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors and outdoors where some safety considerations exist from traffic, water flows, unstable surfaces, proximity to moving equipment and construction activity.


City of Kenmore
18120 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028