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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 a highway maintenance professional with extensive experience looking to advance their career into a leadership role. This highway maintenance professional will provide specialized leadership, guidance and support as the Northwest Region (NWR) Maintenance & Operations Superintendent for Area 4-Kent. This position controls, coordinates, and directs the use of personnel, materials, and equipment to safely operate, preserve, and maintain over 1,000 lane miles of state highway infrastructure. 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. If you are interested in taking on this rewarding position, we invite you to apply to join the team of outstanding maintenance staff, committed to the maintenance and oversight of the Highway System in the State of Washington. 

What to Expect

The purpose of the Maintenance Division is to ensure highway infrastructure, WSDOT facilities, and equipment are maintained properly in order to operate the highway system effectively and safely. 


Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Maintenance & Operations Superintendent will:

  • 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.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, Construction, or closely related field. 
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience in transportation, construction, or closely related field. (Additional work experience may substitute for degree requirement on a year for year basis)


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A without airbrake restrictions. 
  • Ability to plan, develop, and administer complex multimillion dollar budgets. 
  • Ability to make field assessments and be on standby duty 24/7 for emergencies. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of engineering design and construction principles. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of all facets of roadway, right-of-way, IR, signage, and rest area maintenance operations and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of labor relations and collective bargaining procedures and practices, including administration of collective bargaining agreements and application of corrective and disciplinary action. 
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, including environmental regulations. 


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • 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. 


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.


Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-1W002 in the subject line. 


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