Engineering Project Manager

City of Tacoma, WA
September 17, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

SPECIAL NOTE* This is a project position expected to end December 31, 2027, unless extended. * Applications received by June 21, 2023, will receive first consideration**

The Public Works Engineering Division has an exciting opportunity available for an experienced and highly skilled Engineering Project Manager to join our dynamic and innovative capital projects team. This position will provide project management services for capital projects including: complete streets projects, arterial road projects, active transportation projects, facility projects, trail projects, bridge projects and other projects as needed.

The Engineering Division currently manages over 70 multi-faceted capital projects. Many projects are grant funded and must be delivered to meet grant funding timelines and requirements. Project Management within the Engineering Division includes management of multiple funding sources and budgets, project partnerships, consultant procurement and management, project permitting, coordination with internal and external stakeholders, project advertisement, status reporting, and delivery to meet project milestones. The Engineering Project Manager works closely with Public Works in-house design and construction management teams as well as other City departments. Public outreach and stakeholder communications are critical components to the success of these projects.

If you have a proven track record of success in project management, exceptional leadership skills, and a passion for driving results in a fast-paced and challenging environment, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding career opportunity today.
Essential Duties:

  • Manages the scope, schedule and budget for assigned capital projects; develops and executes project strategy; coordinates with internal and external entities; leads the project team.
  • Manages and prepares project specifications; reviews plans prior to advertisement, bid and award phases.
  • Prepares RFQs, RFPs and bid solicitations as required to procure consultants and contractors.
  • Prepares stakeholder correspondence and project website updates; leads public outreach and stakeholder communications.
  • Updates and maintains data for internal databases and plans such as the capital facilities plan, transportation improvement plan and project database.
  • Prepares reports and presentations.


  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management, project management or directly related field
  • 4 years of progressively responsible professional capital construction project management experience

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
Valid Washington State Driver's License with maintenance thereafter


  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • LEED Accredited Professional (AP)
  • Experience in municipal facility project planning, design, procurement and construction management strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of various project management tools and software packages such as Microsoft Office, scheduling software (for example, Microsoft Project or Primavera), and earned value reporting preferred
  • Supervisory or Leadership experience strongly preferred

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check and reference checks with acceptable results.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before 4pm on the closing date of this posting.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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