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Maintenance & Operations Superintendent (Multiple Locations)

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 

The Opportunity
WSDOT is seeking two professionals with extensive experience in a Maintenance Program overseeing Transportation Systems. These highway maintenance professionals will provide leadership, guidance, and support as a Maintenance & Operations Superintendent in the Northwest Region (NWR) with area oversight for either Seattle, Bellevue, and surrounding areas of King County; or Mount Vernon and surrounding areas in Skagit and Island counties. As the Maintenance & Operations Superintendent, this position will strategically assess and prioritize business needs, make long-term capital investment and budget decisions, and organize and direct operational resources to achieve maintenance goals for an expanding area. This position will oversee the operation and preservation of the transportation infrastructure systems throughout their assigned area, managing a biennial multimillion dollar budget and an equipment fleet worth multimillion dollars. This is a great challenge for a team minded person who thrives on being a leader and wants the opportunity to work with others knowing that what you do really does make a difference on our state highways and other WSDOT facilities. As the Maintenance & Operations Superintendent, this position requires a responsible, customer service oriented, safety-minded person to ensure delivery of the maintenance programs in a safe, efficient, and timely manner.

If you are interested in taking on one of these rewarding positions, we invite you to apply and compete to lead this exciting and highly successful multi-million dollar program, joining a team of outstanding maintenance staff committed to Maintenance and oversight of the Highway System in the State of Washington.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Maintenance & Operations Superintendent will:
  • Oversee a biennial multimillion dollar operations budget and an equipment fleet worth multimillion dollars.
  • Represent the organization to conduct and/or attend department and interagency meetings, plans reviews, pre-construction conferences, and public meetings and outreach events to ensure proper quality control from a maintenance perspective.
  • Develops and solicits bids for, and awards, and administers contracts for maintenance/preservation projects, including asphalt and aggregate procurement, equipment rentals, and contracts for miscellaneous goods and services.
  • Represent WSDOT as the expert witness/subject matter expert at public events and coordinate department activities with federal and state agencies, sovereign tribes, counties and municipalities, and public organizations.
  • Travel throughout the assigned area to perform field assessments and serves as the area’s Subject Matter Expert for the Snow and Ice Removal program during the winter season.
  • Ensures the Area meets the Department's environmental commitments including its NPDES and Integrated Vegetation Management requirements by development of long-term plans to achieve the goals and implementation of decisions regarding fleet, facilities and staffing that supports the plan.
  • Reviews monthly expenditure and accomplishment reports. Analyzes expenditure status and directs adjustments to the maintenance program to stay within labor hour and dollar allocations.
  • Track employee safety statistics and develops preventative action plans based on data and accident reports. Attains employee involvement in WSDOT’s safety program. Implements and evaluates new employee safety technologies, career development programs, and policies to reduce accident/injury occurrence.
  • Coach, mentor, and train new and veteran employees, overseeing the implementation of policies and practices that support employee diversity, career development, training and recognition. Administer WSDOT policies, labor contracts, and work rules.

Both positions will be filled under the Washington Management Service (WMS) schedule series. Due to the variance in the scope of responsibilities, the position located in Mt. Vernon (Skagit and Island Counties) will be filled at the WMS Band 02 level, and the Seattle/Bellevue (King County) will be filled at the WMS Band 03 level.

Candidates at any band level are required to have:
  • Valid unrestricted Driver’s License
  • College degree or significant coursework in civil engineering, construction management, or closely related field.
  • Extensive experience developing and managing multimillion dollar budgets.
  • Experience developing effective, professional working relationships with a variety of public and private individuals and stakeholder groups, including high-level agency managers and executive management. 
  • Completion of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command Structure (ICS) 100, 200, 700, and 800 or the ability to obtain within 1 year of date of hire.
  • Ability and willingness to act and be on a standby/on-call status, responding to emergencies 24x7 and working planned and unplanned hours outside of normal scheduled shift on an as needed basis.

Minimum Requirements for WMS Band 02 ($82,428 – $105,696 Annually):
  • Minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience in transportation and highway maintenance, construction management, civil engineering, or closely related field, including supervising subordinate staff.

Minimum Requirements for WMS Band 03 ($92,736 – $118,956 Annually)
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in transportation and highway maintenance, construction management, civil engineering, or closely related field with a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience managing and supervising maintenance operations, including subordinate staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management or closely related field.
  • Experience planning, developing, and administering budgets up to or in excess of $20 million
  • Knowledge of labor relations and collective bargaining procedures and practices, including administration of collective bargaining agreements and application of corrective and disciplinary action.

Important Notes
  • The listed salary for the King County position includes the Legislative approved King County Premium.
  • These position will require periodic local, regional, and state travel on an as needed basis.
  • These position may be required to respond to unexpected emergencies and work outside of the normal scheduled shift, including nights, weekend, and holidays as needed. 

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness. 

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?
How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

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Contact us:
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-NWR-MaintSuperintendent in the subject line.

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