The City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is recruiting to fill its Principal Engineer position. This position is charged by the Seattle Municipal Code with advising the SDCI Director on issues related to structural strength and design in the built environment. The Principal Engineer sets the tone and balance necessary to prioritize, and to effectively and reasonably enforce the construction codes for all work requiring permits from city government for Seattle's residential, commercial, and industrial communities. The position provides:
Technical leadership and direction for the Department regarding engineering matters of the construction codes and hazardous buildings
Technical leadership and direction for programs that develop, maintain, and enforce Seattle's building, mechanical, energy, and grading codes, in conjunction with the Building Official
Leadership and direction for SDCI's emergency response program. Directs SDCI's Emergency Response Division, when SDCI's Emergency Response Plan is activated
Tasks include coordinating with the Building Official to resolve technical issues and set policies for administration of the Seattle construction codes, and participating in the development of Seattle, Washington State, and national codes and standards.
SDCI is comprised of six divisions whose purpose is Helping people build a safe, livable, and inclusive Seattle. While the Principal Engineer resides in and works primarily with the Engineering Services Division (plan review and permit processing), they also have authority and influence in other divisions, particularly Inspections Services, as it pertains to structural safety and emergency response.
SDCI has a culture of promoting an equitable work environment that allows us to thrive by understanding how racial outcomes impact the individual employee and the community members we serve. To guide and strengthen our culture, this position requires a strong foundation in diversity, equity and inclusion and is a key player in promoting racial equity in the workforce and service delivery.
Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering or related field, with emphasis on structures
Five years of increasingly responsible professional structural engineering experience
Experience in engineering plan review in the context or reviewing building permit applications is considered to be professional structural engineering. Other combinations of education and/or experience which provide equivalent background will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
Registration as a Structural Engineer (SE) in the State of Washington within one year of hire
FEMA/NIMS ICS-100, ICS-200, and IS-700 certifications within one year of hire
Current, valid Washington Driver's License or evidence of equivalent mobility
Extensive experience in administering or applying construction code regulations, including decision-making on code issues
Previous experience in:
Direct supervision or management of subordinate staff
Leadership and mentoring
Coordinating/providing technical training
Writing code text or interpretations
Coordinating/conducting quality audits
Demonstrated good judgment and balanced approach in applying and administering the codes
Demonstrated capability to effectively learn and apply technical codes
Good written and oral communication skills, including experience in speaking to the public and media
Commitment to City of Seattle's and SDCI's Race and Social Justice approach to managing workgroups and making decisions
About City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections
The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) issues land use, construction, and trade permits, conducts construction- and housing-related inspections, ensures compliance with our codes, and regulates rental rules. SDCI is comprised of six divisions whose purpose is "Helping people build a safe, livable, and inclusive Seattle." SDCI has a culture of promoting an equitable work environment that allows us to thrive by understanding how racial outcomes impact the individual employee and the community members we serve.