Job Description

***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:


First review of applicants will be on 11/27/2023.



This position performs project management for assigned projects and assumes responsible charge of public works projects and programs relating to their development, design, construction, inspection, and administration. Functions as a project management expert in the field of Engineering. At Range 30, will also perform Professional Engineering duties for in-house project design.

– Salary upon hire is step 1 through 3 ($39.89 to $42.73 per hour) for a Project Manager, dependent upon qualifications. Progressive increases are based upon years of service with Skagit County, up to step 10 total steps (top step $53.05). Project Manager is range 29 of the General Salary Schedule (Non-Rep).

– Salary upon hire is step 1 through 3 ($42.73 to $45.79 per hour) for a Project Manager (Professional Engineer), dependent upon qualifications. Progressive increases are based upon years of service with Skagit County, up to step 10 total steps (top step $56.83). Project Manager (Professional Engineer) is range 30 of the General Salary Schedule (Non-Rep).


Essential Functions

Aides the Assistant County Engineer/Engineering Division Manager with the planning, organizing, designing, administration, and management of public works construction projects.

Maintains responsible charge and project management of assigned public works projects such as: roadways, bridges, non-motorized facilities, storm drainage facilities, marine structures, etc., by utilizing both in-house staff and professional consultants.

Supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of other engineering staff as it relates to assigned design and construction projects.

Directs the preparation of studies and preliminary field surveys for the design and construction of public facilities and infrastructure.

Performs or directs the research, collection, and compilation of the data and information necessary to produce the pre-design studies required in the preparation of public works projects.

Administers and/or coordinates project financing from federal, state, and local sources.

Develops, oversees, or contributes to the development of criteria for design, inspection, and maintenance of construction projects in coordination with a variety of interested parties such as: other Divisions of Public Works, other County Departments, State Agencies, Tribal Nations, Cities, Ports, Districts, etc.

Prepares or oversees preparation of project scope, environmental permits, right-of-way documentation, schedules, plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E), and bid and construction documents of assigned public works projects.

Ensures that assigned public works projects performed are in accordance with contractual documents; communicates and/or directs the communication of contract plans and specification information into construction requirements; prepares or directs the preparation of records, reports, and other needed paperwork to document and track project activities and costs.

Develops and implements public involvement programs including attendance at public meetings and formal public hearings on proposed public works construction projects; prepares or directs the preparation of maps, exhibits, drawings, charts, and graphs; provides technical testimony as required.

Directs the design of public works projects including but not limited to topographic base maps, rights-of-way plans, utilities, road design, and presentation layouts.

Performs or oversees the requests for bids and bid evaluation process of assigned public works construction projects.

Performs or oversees construction management responsibilities including field inspections, materials testing, construction documentation, submittal reviews, pre-bid and pre-construction meetings, progress payments, changes orders, and project closeout.

Performs and/or directs the research, analysis, and creative resolution of engineering problems encountered during the construction of public works projects.

Analyzes, negotiates, and resolves construction claims submitted by Contractors.

Performs and/or oversees quality assurance and quality control programs including; design, contract administration, construction management, inspections, project control, construction claims prevention and resolution, etc.

Participates in preparing and monitoring of active project budgets. Participates as a management team member in accomplishing departmental and section goals and objectives.


This position has direct supervisory responsibilities.


May be tasked with performing related duties. Related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the position description but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.


Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of the following: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and 2 years experience in project management, or Engineering Tech Degree and 4 years experience in project management, or 6 years experience in project management.

Fully qualified Range is 29. Fully qualified with professional engineer license is Range 30.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted which provides the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Requires knowledge of:

  • Problem solving and consensus building;
  • Team building and leadership techniques.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of engineering related to roads, stormwater drainage, structures, earthwork, and underground utilities;
  • Engineering mathematics;
  • Surveying principles and practices;
  • Principles, practices and techniques of geotechnical investigations;
  • Engineering plans and specifications;
  • Regulatory issues and permitting;
  • Project management, project control, contract administration, and construction management;
  • Construction inspection;
  • Bidding and construction techniques;
  • Value engineering;
  • Constructability reviews;
  • Tools and techniques of preventing, analyzing, negotiating and resolving construction claims.
  • Supervisory practices and policies.
  • LAG Manual, WSDOT Standard Specifications, WSDOT Construction Manual, WSDOT Design Manual, WSDOT Standard Plans, and other project related materials.

Requires the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
  • Develop, organize, and present project-related information to the public in various forums;
  • Set project delivery goals and manage all project activities to meet these goals;
  • Efficiently utilize assigned staff, consultants, and other departmental and County resources to meet project delivery goals.

Licenses and/or Certifications:

  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington is preferred.
  • Current Highway Runoff Manual certification from WSDOT is preferred.
  • Current certification as Certified Erosion Sedimentation Control Lead (CESCL) is preferred.


Work is performed both in an office environment and on project sites with varying weather and terrain. Physical effort is required for many of the activities including surveys, preliminary site evaluations, and construction inspections, etc.



Normal hazards found in an office environment. Hazards on-site include adverse weather conditions, variable terrain, traffic, and heavy construction equipment.


Supplemental Information

Skagit County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

It is the policy of Skagit County to follow all federal and state laws to ensure non-discrimination in its employment practices.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this position, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the workload. Changes to the position description may be made at the discretion of the employer.

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