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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 598Q
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Manages the highway maintenance operations program for an assigned maintenance area or a specialized district-wide program such as bridge maintenance, landscape maintenance or in Transportation District 1 or 3, the traffic signal program; or in the district or headquarters maintenance office assists in the management of a specialized maintenance program or specific function of a statewide maintenance program.

Typical Work

Directs, supervises and prepares four-year and yearly work plans and budget requests for an assigned District Maintenance Area; assists in the preparation or modification of District budgets, rules, regulations, standards and procedure changes; monitors budget expenditures;  

Develops and recommends Department policies and procedures regarding various maintenance and operations activities; 

Interviews, evaluates and recommends new and promotional candidates for employment, promotion and dismissal; prepares and reviews employee performance evaluations; provides career counseling and employee corrective action; supervises the assignment and training of staff;  

Prepares and presents written and oral presentations as requested by the Department; represents the Department in matters relating to assigned responsibilities at meetings involving the news media, civic groups and other governmental agencies;  

Organizes, directs and supervises action taken in responding to emergencies involving both man-caused and natural disasters; prepares and administers maintenance contracts and emergency repairs to assigned sections of highway and highway facilities; establishes emergency road restrictions and temporary highway closures;  

Supervises the application of and compliance with Department Directives and Merit System Rules for the recording and granting of leave, payroll, distribution of charges, overtime and equipment assignment;  

Responsible for the proper application of the provisions of the Department collective bargaining agreements, labor relations policies and grievance procedures; processes Step I (second level) grievances;  

Directs and supervises occupational safety programs to ensure compliance with Department policy, Federal and State statutes for the safety and health of personnel, facilities and equipment supervised; reviews reports on industrial and vehicular accidents and recommends action to be taken;  

Directs and supervises District Maintenance Area office staff; establishes work priorities for clerical, accounting and mechanical repair work; may supervise and direct Area TEF mechanics and other TEF personnel;  

Directs, supervises and is charged with the security, maintenance and proper use of plant facilities, motor vehicle equipment, tools, materials and supplies; 

Directs and is responsible for the acquisition of materials and supplies in accordance with purchasing authorities and procedures;  

Monitors the level of staffing and spending on a monthly basis; 

Develops, monitors and coordinates District fiscal year and biennial maintenance budget; 

Consults with District personnel on roadside landscape maintenance matters such as rest area operations, fertilizer, irrigation and pesticide operations, the purchase and operation of equipment, budgeting and manpower scheduling;  

Consults with architects and engineers on inter-district equipment loans, material transfers, inspections, backflow prevention and potable water systems;  

Responds to public inquiries in regard to their concerns pertaining to Department matters;  

Reviews highway location and construction plans; attends plan review and preconstruction conferences; reviews construction work in progress and completed projects;  

Reviews permit and franchise applications; recommends requirements and approval; inspects all permit and franchise work;  

Directs and supervises the issuing of overweight and oversize vehicle permits and the collection of fees; 

Directs preparation and approves billing for third-party damages;  

Inspects roadway and Rights of Way for structural integrity, draining, signing, plant life investment and general maintenance;  

Responds to emergencies 24 hours a day; 

Performs other work as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

A valid driver's license is required. 

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Four years of experience as a Maintenance Supervisor, Transportation Engineer 3, equivalent or higher classification.   

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class: 12-16-77
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-12-78
Revised definition and minimum qualifications: 2-9-79
Revised definition, minimum qualifications and general revisions: 9-12-80
Title change (formerly Highway Superintendent): 12-9-83 General revision: 4-9-86
Title change (formerly Maintenance Superintendent, Highways): 6 14 91
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, general revision and title change (formerly Maintenance Superintendent, Transportation): 9-10-93
Revised new class code: (formerly 71220) effective July 1, 2007