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Principal Executive/Manager H - Chief Engineer/Technical Services Manager (ODOT17-1236oc) more...
Location:Salem, OR
Company:Oregon Department of Transportation
First posted:April 21, 2017 (last updated 1 week 4 days ago)


Chief Engineer/Technical Services Manager - Principal Executive/Manager H 

ODOT17-1236oc - Salem

Per the state of Oregon  Executive Order 17-07 , this position is exempt from the hiring freeze.   

Innovator.  Strategist.  Engineering Expert.  Visionary Leader.  ODOT has an exciting opportunity as our Chief Engineer and Technical Services Manager - a pinnacle engineering leadership position in a dynamic transportation climate. 

This executive level role strategically leads, manages and integrates the work of seven section managers across a wide spectrum of technical disciplines.  The sections of Technical Services (TS) Branch are:  Bridge, Construction, Engineering Automation, Geo-Environmental, Right of Way, Technical Programs, and Traffic-Roadway.  This position participates in critically important statewide leadership, management and steering teams within and external to ODOT.

Technical Services ensures appropriate statewide consistency in technical policy, procedure, and practice.  That technical oversight reduces agency risk and ensures compliance through governance of the technical aspects of project development and construction. TS is responsible for researching  and analyzing best practices and trends related to transportation solutions and is on point to maintain key strategic relationships with regulatory agencies and other business partners.  TS conducts value engineering and other review activities; develops tools, techniques, analysis and performs specialized and as-requested direct work in support of Region project delivery. A key responsibility for TS is to ensure systems entrusted to ODOT are understood, managed effectively and efficiently, and that the right jobs are done at the right time, and ensuring that maintenance and systems improvements are performed in a timely manner.

As the Chief Engineer, this role approves all engineering standards, practices and procedures in compliance with Federal and State statutes, rules and regulations.  By delegated authority from the Director, the Chief Engineer approves and executes the award of construction contracts.

Additional Information:

  • This announcement will remain open until filled. We request your immediate response as this recruitment may close at any time without advance notice at the discretion of the agency after a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. The next round of screening may begin as early as  06/26 / 2017 .
  • If you are hired, you will become part of the State's Management Team.

  We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background.  ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon.  We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us.  We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.  

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Foster a Technical Services Branch culture of collaboration, integration with a focus on cohesive, intermodal transportation solutions.
  • Lead and manage TS through seven Section Managers, by providing strategic vision and goals, progressive leadership, clear direction, effective coaching, performance evaluation and specific feedback.
  • Provide leadership on broad policy areas pertaining to transportation, civil engineering, personnel management, diversity, safety and related areas.
  • Lead improvements and innovation in products, services and deliverables.
  • Ensure agency technical competency sustainability through the implementation of Technical Services-led standards, guidance, training, workforce development and resource plans and strategies.
  • Ensure open, timely communications throughout the Branch.  Ensure executive management decisions and policies are communicated consistently to and through section managers.
  • Establish and monitor TS' annual budget, work plans, and performance measures.
  • Lead and/or represent TS on a variety of statewide project delivery management, leadership, and ad-hoc teams and taskforces. 
  • Ensure excellent working relations between Technical Services Branch and central and regional work groups.
  • Provide direction, advice and support to local government agencies.
  • Provide oversight leadership to the effort of establishing and updating engineering and design related standards and practices.
  • Resolve major design issues, resulting from conflicting standards, needs, public desires, technical limitations, and professional differences of opinion; approve exceptions to design standards and guidelines.
  • Approve and execute the award of construction contracts included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP); complete transactions and sign all construction contracts or related documents that the Oregon Transportation Commission has approved.
  • Assist the Director and Highway Division Administrator in communications with external stakeholders, such as legislators, local agency official, FHWA, professional organizations.  Participate in statewide or national external groups such as Transportation Research Board (TRB) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO.)

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications :

Eight years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:
a) development of program rules and policies,
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
c) program evaluation, AND 
d) budget preparation;
A valid Professional Engineer's (PE) license in Civil, Structural, or Transportation-related engineering

Note: In the "Work History" section on your resume, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

Preferred Attributes:

  • Adept decision maker and visionary leader of significant organizational initiatives and change.
  • Demonstrated commitment to planning, developing, and constructing of environmentally-sensitive, multi- and inter-modal transportation systems.
  • Innovative, forward thinker with a track record of exploring new technology and ways of accomplishing work within limited resource availability.
  • Excellent communicator and coalition builder with the ability to manage the conflicting priorities of diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Oregon state, county and local government operations that affect transportation development, delivery and operations.

Additional Information


To compete for this position, you must attach a resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications for this position as listed below or we will disqualify your application materials.

Your resume must include dates of employment (Month/Year) as it will be used to help determine how you meet the qualifications listed below. 

Your cover letter must address the "Preferred Attributes" above.   

Pre-employment Checks:
We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates, including current ODOT employees.  All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS, and/or education verification as required for the position.
Veterans' Preference:
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be give veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website:  Veterans Resources.  Please title your DD214 like this, "[Your Last Name] DD214" and your disability letter "[Your Last Name] Disability Letter." Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-(see application details).

*Note: Member-1 copies of  D D214s   typically do not include character of service and are usually not acceptable.
For questions about the job announcement, call 1-(see application details).
For technical help with online application, call 1-(see application details).
Electronic Application Checklist:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Veteran's Documents -  If Applicable

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12
355 Capitol St NE
Salem OR 97301-3871
Fax 1-(see application details)
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at (see application details) or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1.
ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Questions: 1-(see application details) (EEO-ODOT) or through Oregon Relay Service at 7-1-1.
ODOT is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is our policy not to discriminate against any qualified employment applicant because of a disability. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process by contacting the  Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager  at 1-(see application details) (EEO-ODOT)
ODOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by State or Federal laws.  For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, contact the  Employee Civil Rights & Diversity Manager  at 1-(see application details) (1-877-EEO-ODOT).

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.
Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation
  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments
  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year
  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources. 

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents
  • Long-term and short-term disability
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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