Are you a progressive leader looking for the next step on your career path? If so, Come Lead with Us by joining Washington County within the Department of Land Use & Transportation as the County Engineer!
The County Engineer serves as a member of the executive leadership team for the Department of Land Use and Transportation (LUT) and functions as the Chief Engineer for the County. The mission of LUT is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods, multiple modes, and a vital economy in partnership with a diverse community.
The Engineering, Traffic and Survey (ETS) division within LUT is seeking a driven leader with significant knowledge in the principles, practices and procedures of personnel management, road construction management, transportation engineering, road and land survey, and community relations. The incumbent in this role will be responsible for managing and directing county-wide road and traffic engineering, as well as surveying related activities and programs. The duties for this position include, but are not limited to: coordinating engineering and surveying activities with other divisions and departments; providing professional engineering oversight in the planning, designing, construction and operation of the County's transportation system; insuring consistency and compliance with applicable engineering design standards and specifications; assisting in planning, directing and managing the activities of the division; working collaboratively with department leadership to balance transportation and community development objectives, and providing highly complex staff assistance to the Director and Assistant Director of LUT. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a history of progressive, proactive and innovative program development and administration, as well as a track record of successful follow-through and implementation. This includes being an empowering leader and motivator who is open-minded, ethical, honest and accountable. The individual in this role must be enthusiastic about public service and exhibit superior quality traits such as:
Open minded to emerging trends in policy making;
Trustworthy and credible; is a person of integrity;
Commitment to inclusive leadership, diversity, empowerment and team member development;
A strategic and visionary outlook while being fully engaged in County programs and services;
Available and accessible to all levels of an organization while being responsive to all inquiries;
Values a culturally and geographically diverse community with the ability to work with various groups and individuals; and
Builds meaningful relationships; is collaborative and inclusive while embracing the organizational culture of the department.
Education and Experience: A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying, or a closely related field; AND
Ten (10) years of professional work experience in municipal land use and transportation engineering and development, including both technical and administrative responsibilities, of which six (6) years of work experience must be in a senior management role and two (2) years of which include supervising professional-level staff. OR
Master's Degree in civil engineering, traffic engineering, land surveying, or a closely related field; AND
Eight (8) years of professional work experience in municipal land use and transportation engineering and development, including both technical and administrative responsibilities, of which six (6) years of work experience must be in a senior management role and two (2) years of which include supervising professional-level staff.
Additional Licenses, Certificates, Physical Abilities, and Specialty Requirements:
Must possess a driver's license valid in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record.
Registration as a professional civil or traffic engineer with a license to practice in the State of Oregon within six (6) months following appointment
Internal Number: 2018-283
About Washington County
Washington County and the Portland metropolitan area are nationally recognized as being among the most livable areas in the country. Located on the western edge of the Portland metropolitan area, Washington County is the second largest and fastest growing county in Oregon, with an approximate population of 560,460. The community is one of Oregon’s most ethnically diverse, drawing from Europe, Central and South America, Asia, the Pacific nations and Africa. Residents and institutions alike reflect a global perspective.
Washington County encompasses 727 square miles, with 12 incorporated cities including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard and Tualatin, along with a large urban unincorporated population. Focused residential and industrial growth has enabled the county to preserve more than 80% of its agricultural and forestlands with the nationally acclaimed Urban Growth Boundary.
The community enjoys excellent schools, and a uniquely diverse array of cultural and recreational activities. With only an hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains and a half-hour to downtown Portland, Washington County enjoys the benefits of a healthy urban and rural environment. Ligh...t rail and commuter rail links our cities, and vibrant station area communities are growing around them.
The county’s developed regions are home to traditional suburban and new-mixed use neighborhoods, electronics leaders such as Intel, IBM and Tektronix, major new biotech (Genentech) and solar energy (Solar World) plants, and world headquarters for both Nike and Columbia Sportswear. Intel’s investment in Washington County exceeds that of any Intel site worldwide. Outside the Urban Growth Boundary, the county transitions to nurseries, wineries and other farm and forest enterprises.
Washington County is one of just nine Oregon counties operating under home rule charter. The Charter provides the county with the authority to design an organized structure that effectively responds to community needs. It establishes a Council-Manager form of government, with a five-member Board of Commissioners assuming the legislative role.
The Board Chair serves on a full-time basis and is elected at-large. The remaining four commissioners are elected by district voters and serve on a part-time basis. The Board appoints the County Administrator who is responsible for providing staff support to the Board and overseeing daily operations. In addition to the Department of Support Services (HR, IT, Finance, Facilities/Parks, Fleet), County offices and departments include: the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Housing Services, Health and Human Services, County Counsel, Juvenile Services, Land Use & Transportation, County Auditor, Cooperative Library Services and Assessment & Taxation. The Sheriff, District Attorney and Auditor are elected department head positions. County Counsel, like the County Administrator, is appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
Approximately 2,000 employees enjoy a collaborative culture and work-life balance. Working within our local government agency provides daily opportunities to serve, build and sustain communities now and into the future.