February 2018

Washington State Association of County Engineers 
Seeks Managing Director

General Description

The Managing Director of the Washington State Association of County Engineers (WSACE) - a 501(c)6 professional organization - is the chief operating officer of the Association. In this capacity, the Managing Director facilitates the Association operations under the general direction of the Board of Directors of the Association and the joint supervision of the WSACE President and the Executive Director of the Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC).

This position is responsible for oversight of administrative and financial functions and helps lead strategic planning initiatives. The Managing Director works closely with the Board of Directors and Board Committees to strengthen the organization’s operations and programs including membership, professional development, and policy/advocacy. The Managing Director is the main point of contact for WSACE members and represents the Association in county road, bridges, transportation and public work matters with both the state legislature and executive branch agencies.

The Managing Director must develop and foster positive organizational relationships with the Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB), Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Department of Commerce, the Governor’s Office, Legislators, Non-Partisan Legislative Committee and Caucus Staff, and other partners and stakeholders.

Examples Of Duties

Administration and Operations

Establish and provide regular updates to the WSACE Work Plan which identifies annual projects and programs, and short and long-term goals to facilitate positive impact to the Association and counties.

Work in concert and create partnerships with the legislature, counties, cities, WSDOT, CRAB, and other agencies and associations in developing programs and positions that effectively serve the counties and citizens of the State of Washington.

Represent the Association on various federal, state, county, and local boards and committees with advisory, policy, and regulatory responsibilities with respect to issues of funding, labor, environmental, natural resources, technology, right of way, and other issues as deemed pertinent to the counties and county engineers.

Advocacy and Policy Development

Monitor state and national legislation and policy proposals associated with county road, transportation, and public work systems.

Provide regular advocacy communications and updates to WSACE members.

Evaluate proposed legislation and policies to determine its implications on county road, transportation, and public work systems and prepare summaries and recommendations to WSACE members and WSAC.

Member Communications and Partnership Development

Serve as the primary contact for WSACE members and represents the Association on county road, transportation and public works systems with other organizations and partners.

Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with all county engineers and various related local, state, and national agencies and organizations to ensure representation of diverse viewpoints and interests.

Oversee event planning processes, including site selection, negotiation of contracts, exhibition sales and service for annual conference(s). Assist conference planning committee(s) and WSAC staff in planning annual conferences and other retreats, workshops, and forums, including conference registration and logistical planning.

Budget / Finance

Develop, recommend, and upon approval, implement and monitor the annual WSACE budget, in cooperation with the WSACE Secretary/Treasurer and WSAC finance staff.

Manage the receipts and disbursements of all monies of the Association in accordance with policies and procedures and assure proper tax preparation and filings.

Provide regular and annual financial reports to the WSACE Board of Directors.

Education and Experience

A Masters or Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, Public Administration, Planning, or related field is required with 7 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experience, which includes 5 years of management experience in a public entity or public works organization, including supervisory responsibility.

In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


DESIRED: Licensed Professional Engineer.


The anticipated salary range is $99,398 – $125,558, and will be directly dependent on successful applicant’s qualifications and experience.

Read the Complete Job Posting.

To Apply

Submit a letter of interest and resume to Karlyn Shannon, Director of Finance and Administration, Washington State Association of Counties, kshannon@wsac.org.


Please contact Eric Johnson, Executive Director, Washington State Association of Counties, at ejohnson@wsac.org.

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