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Chief Engineer

By July 13, 2022

Oregon Department of Transportation

Initial Posting Date:
Application Deadline:
Department of Transportation
Salary Range:
$9,959 – $15,420
Position Type:
Position Title:
Chief Engineer

Job Description:
Engineering Administrator 2 – Chief Engineer

Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Engineering and Technical Services Branch
Salem (Hybrid/remote work options)

The role:  

We are recruiting for our chief engineer to lead our Engineering & Technical Services Branch in Salem! The branch consists of six engineering and technical sections with approximately 249 employees and an operating budget of approximately $52 million. As chief engineer, you will have overall department authority for engineering and technical services within the agency. You will oversee all agency engineering standards, practices and procedures and ensure we stay in compliance with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.

As a key leader within the Delivery & Operations Division, you will have a strong voice in the strategic direction of the division, the ongoing development of more than 2,700 employees. In this role, you will work with the Maintenance & Operations Branch, Statewide Project Delivery Branch and the five Delivery & Operations Division regions to maintain, operate and improve Oregon’s multimodal transportation system.  Apply today!

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.

If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

A day in the life:

  • Provide oversight and leadership in establishing, implementing and maintaining engineering and technical standards and practices.
  • Lead and support improvements and innovation and in how work is performed.
  • Develop the quality control/quality assurance minimum requirements for the engineering and technical disciplines and ensure each of these disciplines has an effective and efficient program.
  • Resolve major design and engineering issues resulting from conflicting standards, needs, public desires and technical limitations.
  • Develop and implement actions to guide the strategic direction of the Engineering and Technical Services Branch.
  • Manage the branch through the six section managers by providing progressive leadership, clear direction, effective coaching, performance evaluations and feedback.
  • Establish and monitor the branch’s annual budget, staffing, resourcing, work plans and performance measures.
    Represent the branch on statewide teams and committees.
  • Ensure statewide program funds are administered and expended in accordance with program requirements.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with other business lines, divisions and partners.
  • Assist in communications with legislators, local agency officials, the Federal Highway Administration, professional organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Hybrid remote work options available! Work in an office environment with occasional travel required.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email ODOTRecruitment@odot.oregon.gov.

What’s in it for you?

  • Hybrid/remote work options available! Frequency of remote work will be determined between successful candidate and hiring manager at time of hire.
  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
    Live, work and play in Salem, Oregon!

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What we need:
A valid professional engineer’s (PE) license in civil engineering.
Note: If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration within six months of hire.


Seven years of management experience.
Four years of management experience and a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

What we’d like to see:
If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.  

  • Thorough knowledge of and extensive experience in developing and managing transportation engineering standards and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal transportation laws and regulations.
  • Proven ability to guide and manage a large, diversified staff and to give responsible, expert direction and advice.
  • Proven ability to interpret and communicate organizational policies and initiatives and to support staff in implementing changes.
  • Proven ability to develop staff into leaders with a focus on continuous improvement and professional development.
  • Excellent communicator and coalition builder with the ability to manage the conflicting priorities of diverse stakeholders.

How to apply:

  • Before applying, click here to visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process.
  • Complete the following required steps:
      • Attach a resume. Your resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer. Please contact the recruiter under the ‘Need help?’ section if you have any questions about how to attach a document.
      • Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the qualities that you have under the “what we’d like to see” section above.
        • Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages.
        • Please address your cover letter to Mac Lynde, Delivery & Operations Division Administrator.
        • Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the qualities that you have under the “what we’d like to see” section may receive lower scores than those that addressed the desired qualities.
        • If you are an external applicant, you must upload your cover letter in the ‘Resume/CV’ section of the application.
  • Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application.
  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. The task to claim preference will come after the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

Need help?

For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email ODOTRecruitmentEM@odot.oregon.gov.
The fine print:​

  • This recruitment is to augment the candidate pool generated by job announcement REQ-95871. If you have previously applied for this position, you do not need to reapply. Names of qualified applicants will remain on the list for further consideration.
  • This announcement was revised on 5/3/2022 to clarify that the person in this position must be a registered civil engineer per ORS 184.628.
  • Management positions are currently being reviewed and revised by the DAS Chief Human Resources Office. Based on their review, the classification for this position was recently changed to engineering administrator 2.
  • We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferable skills, experience, education, and alignment with ODOT values.
  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
  • Don’t attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for.
    We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.
  • We will conduct name-based 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 (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
  • You will become part of the state’s management team.

Close Date:  07/14/2022

Learn more and apply: 

This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on 07/14/2022.

Click here to learn more and apply! Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

Questions? Call 971-273-8687 or email ODOTRecruitmentEM@odot.oregon.gov.


ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


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ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do 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 in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.


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