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Douglas County  6690
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This classification provides coordination of construction projects, technical assistance and/or advice to Board of Commissioners, Building Facilities Director and other County department heads in the areas of research, data compilation, design, preparation of bid documents and contracts, contract management and recommendations for special projects that involve County buildings and facilities; serve as County representative to contractors.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Conduct comprehensive studies for architectural, construction, remodeling, corrective and/or preventative maintenance projects; inspect, evaluate problems, prepare and present recommendations, cost estimates and designs involving all County-owned facilities.

2. Review evaluations and recommendations from consultants assisting the County in special projects and determine whether County specifications have been met.

3. Review projects to be bid; prepare bid documents, review plans with Building Facilities and/or public works staff, determines County specifications. Review qualifications of bidders and bids; give recommendation for contract award.

4. Serve as project inspector and review contractor work for conformance to contract plans and specifications and appropriate Oregon Specialty Codes. Review payment and change order requests; contractor disputes; and approve requests or recommend appropriate procedure to Board of Commissioners. Determine accuracy of cost estimates and perform final inspection. Initiate close out procedures. Has final accountability for work performed.

5. Participate in and make recommendations for hiring engineers, architects and other consultants.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of laws, codes, rules, regulations and ordinances applied to design, construction and inspection of industrial, commercial and public structures; thorough knowledge of various building systems; thorough knowledge of contract administration, appropriate forms and procedures. Skill in: Preparing and review of project plans and estimating materials and labor costs; conducting research and technical report writing; performing mathematical computations related to construction estimating; use of modern office automated equipment and machinery. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; read and interpret blueprints, plans, and specifications; conduct plans examination/inspections, document findings, determine corrective actions, and implement compliance according to appropriate building codes; prepare comprehensive reports, recommendations, designs, cost estimates; establish and maintain records and reports; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively Board of Commissioners, department heads, other employees, architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, public agencies, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or architecture and five years progressively responsible work experience in building design, construction and contracts administration; or ten years para-professional work experience as a construction superintendent or construction project manager combined with any satisfactory equivalent combination of course work and experience which provides the required knowledge and skills necessary for the position. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon driver’s license.

Desirable qualifications: Registration as a professional civil engineer or architect with the State of Oregon.


This classification works under the guidance of the building facilities director. Project requests are received by director who prioritizes and assigns to employee. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibly in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of management requirements and expected results.


Work is performed within department policy and procedures, federal, state and county rules and regulations; Oregon Uniform Building, Mechanical, Plumbing Codes; city and county ordinances, zoning regulations; engineering reference material and manufacturer manuals, materials, catalogs and technical publications. Employee uses seasoned judgment in choosing and interpreting a wide variety of guidelines. Employee contributes to modification of existing department guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment. While in the office, work is mostly sedentary and requires hearing voice conversations and keyboarding. Field inspection work may be necessary. Field assignments require bending, climbing, crawling, hearing voice conversation, kneeling, lifting up to 15 pounds, reaching and walking. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.

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