Water Distribution Planning Supervising Engineer

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
Job Type


Position Description

An online application including response to the supplemental questionnaire must be fully completed for consideration. Please DO NOT attach resumes and cover letters, as they will not be considered in the review of candidate's qualifications .

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking an individual with experience in drinking water distribution system planning and engineering to join its Drinking Water Transmission & Distribution Systems Planning Section. The successful candidate will serve as the lead planner and manager for SPU's water distribution system assets including pump stations, steel storage tanks, water mains and appurtenances. This position is within Water Planning & Program Management Division in the Water Line of Business and Shared Services Branch of SPU. It reports to the Transmission & Distribution System Section Manager. The SPU Transmission & Distribution Systems Planning Section consists of engineering and planning professionals tasked with carrying out water system assessment, capital project planning, options analysis and initiation, and asset management of the drinking water system transmission and distribution system assets.

About Seattle Public Utilities (SPU): Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), please visit:

  • SPU Workplace Expectations (Download PDF reader)
  • Strategic Business Plan

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?

We know work isn't only about what you do it's also about who you work for and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:

  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities

  • Direct and oversee distribution system asset management and capital improvement programs. Programs under this position's oversight include:
    • water main rehabilitation and related distribution appurtenances
    • steel tank storage
    • water pump stations
    • transportation and other agency right-of-way project coordination
    • fire flow improvements
    • distribution system seismic upgrades
    • distribution system master planning.

Supervise and provide guidance for three (3) or more professional planners/ engineers managing the distribution system asset programs.Capital program management work includes lead responsibility for assessment, planning, and initiation of water distribution system capital investments, proposing and managing capital program budgets, working collaboratively with SPU's Project Delivery and Engineering branch to implement projects, and tracking execution of capital plans. Asset management work includes developing and implementing asset management plans for water distribution system assets, conducting condition assessments, developing rehabilitation/replacement approaches, and working collaboratively with frontline crews and others across the utility to implement asset management tasks. Serve as Program Manager for Water Main Rehabilitation Program. Lead distribution water main rehabilitation planning and identify and prioritize critical mains for replacement. Oversee implementation of InfoAsset Planner software as a water main rehabilitation planning tool and develop annual water main replacement package.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Experience: This class requires a total of 6 years: Three (3) years professional civil engineering experience equivalent to the Associate Civil Engineer level. Including two (2) years supervisory experience.

Education: A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology or other combinations of education and /or experience which provides preparation to complete professional civil engineering work.

Experience and Education Equivalency: Combinations of appropriate education, training, certification, and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the minimum education and experience requirements.

License, Certification and Other Requirements:

  • At the time of appointment must hold a valid Washington State Driver License .
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington is required.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, high voltage energized equipment and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in drinking water system planning, design, construction, and operations
  • Good working knowledge of drinking water distribution systems and facilities (including storage tanks, pump stations, water main, hydrants, valves, and other distribution system appurtenances).
  • Experience in water main rehabilitation programs and condition assessment.
  • Experience supervising and coaching planning/ engineering and project management staff.
  • Experience overseeing civil engineering consultant contracts focused on assessment, planning, and options analysis for water utility infrastructure.
  • Experience preparing asset management plans for utility infrastructure.
  • Experience with seismic-related pipe replacement decisions, use of earthquake resistant pipes, and water main seismic standards.
  • Familiarity with transportation ROW project construction, and identifying potential construction impacts on water mains, required protections measures and developing project scope for water main opportunity replacements.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Work experience in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to successfully work with internal and external stakeholder groups.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Demonstrated history with developing good working relationships, resolving conflict, and navigating complex networks to achieve results.
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to manage multiple, concurrent tasks.

Additional Information

How to Apply: Please fully complete an online application and supplemental questions. Please DO NOT attach resumes and cover letters, as they will not be considered in the review of candidate's qualifications .

Workplace Environment: This position allows for the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be required to come into the office twice a week. Individual schedules will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

The full salary range for this position is $62.74 - $72.75 per hour.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: https://www.seattle.gov/human-resources/benefits/employees-and-covered-family-members/most-employees-plans

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Charles Gilmore at charles.gilmore2@seattle.gov

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities at our web page www.seattle.gov/util/ .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources | seattle.gov

Closing Date/Time: 9/26/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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