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Capital Program Specialist Senior – Public Works

Clark County, Vancouver, WA

Job - Government

Close Date: 04/25/2020

Capital Program Specialist Senior – Public Works

Job Summary

The Programming Unit in the Public Works Department seeks an innovative individual who is a self-starter, highly motivated and can work under tight deadlines and understands the sense of urgency with the ability to jump in and figure it out.

As the Capital Programming Specialist Senior, you will plan, prioritize, forecast and monitor the coordination of capital programs. You will have an understanding of methods and procedures of finance that include; reconciliating, grant accounting, and auditing. You will have to have the ability to clearly coordinate and communicate (verbal and written) funding availability, legalities, and regulations to remain in compliance with the funding partners.


Coordinating the annual development of the 6-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Develop criteria and prioritizes potential projects for various programs, as well as soliciting and coordinating public involvement.
Prepare information for and make presentations to official boards, including the County Council, The County Road Administration Board (CRAB), Transportation Improvement Board (TIB), and the Public Works Board, Planning Commission, the Regional Transportation Council. Other areas could include; neighborhood associations, community stakeholders and interest groups
Serving as a team member “client” to sustain accountability and provide guidance on scope, schedule, budget and vital funding regulations on specific capital projects representing the County’s needs.
Preparing grant, loan and other funding applications and contracts and monitors and tracks funding contracts; acts as the liaison with funding agencies.
Prepares preliminary project scopes in consultation with engineers and initiates capital project numbers to start official cost tracking.
Prepares annual reports for Title VI program, ADA Transition Plan, County Road Administrative Board, state and federal agencies to maintain the County’s Good Standards of Practice, Agency Certification and American Public Works Association Certification.

We are currently looking to fill this position as a Capital Program Specialist Senior; however, this position could be under filled as a Capital Program Specialist, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

This position is represented by Local 17 Engineers, Professional and Technical Employees.

This position is open until filled, with the first review date of March 6, 2020

Education and Experience:

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
• Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Public Administration, Planning, Project Management Or other related discipline and minimum two (2) years related work experience
• Or Associates Degree in a related discipline and minimum four (4) years related work experience.
• Minimum four (4) years’ experience in a position comparable to a Capital Programs Specialist
• Ability to pass a Grant Writing Exam
• A valid Washington State driver’s license at time of hire
Ideal attributes:
• Strong critical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent report writing skills
• Highly organized, with the ability to prioritize and manage time well in order to meet deadlines
• Possess the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high growth environment
• Attention to detail to be vigilant in analysis to come to correct conclusions
• Be a team player who is approachable and supportive; able to contribute ideas and recommendations
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all level of the organization
Knowledge of: Public agency and public works system operations and financing; organizational and management practices as applied to the development of projects; capital program planning, scheduling, and monitoring; grants and contract administration; methods and procedures of finance including grants accounting; application and interpretation of County, state and federal laws and regulation relevant to capital programs; trends and practices within capital programs.

Ability to: Accomplish multiple priorities/projects within established timeframes; develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including a variety of County and other government officials, community groups, and the general public; lead professional and technical staff; ensure completion and maintenance of project documentation and reports; prepare a variety of grant/loan applications that will compete successfully for funding; manipulate large and complex databases; work independently and within multidiscipline teams to plan, finance and construct capital projects; apply and interpret County regulatory codes, departmental policies and procedures, work standards and codes applicable to the job.

Selection Process:

Please submit your resume and the responses to the supplemental questions as the first step in completing the application. You will not be able to upload any documents after you have completed the application. You will not be able to change any information once you have submitted your application.

Supplemental Questions
Please answer the following questions in a separate document. Upload the responses prior to applying. You will not be able to upload your responses after you have completed the application. Applicants who do not submit this material will not pass the application review.
• Please explain your experience with grant writing? Please be specific.
• What type of contracts have you administered? Please be specific.
• What vital information should be considered when administering grants and contracts?
An online application is required. For complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line, please visit our website at:
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Clark County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is available at
If you are in need of ADA/Section 504 assistance for accommodations, please contact Human Resources at (360) 397-2456; Relay (800) 833-6388.
Salary Grade: Local 17 Engineers.211 ($32.59 - $41.62) per hour
Close Date: Open Until Filled

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