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Grant Programs Manager (WMS 3)

at State of Washington

Pay: $90000 to $125000/year
$90000 - $125000
Posted: 11/14/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2627955
Keywords: operations

Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Grants Programs Manager
The mission of the Washington State County Road Administration Board (CRAB) is to preserve and enhance the transportation infrastructure of Washington Counties by providing standards of good practice, fair administration of funding programs, visionary leadership, and integrated, progressive, professional, and technical services.

The transportation systems owned, operated, and maintained by the state's 39 counties include almost 40,000 miles of roads, 3,300 bridges, and four ferry systems. The annual county road department budget exceeds $1.2 billion per year, funded by local property taxes, a share of the state motor vehicle fuel tax, federal and state grants, and other sources.

What you will be doing:

CRAB is hiring a new Grant Programs Manager.  The position is primarily responsible for administering grant programs to counties, which in certain instances, may be the initial funding obtained by a governing office.  As part of the process, CRAB improves and designs business strategies that are involved in the service delivery of the grant.  The statewide impact is significant covering thirty-nine (39) counties across the State of Washington.  The programs in itself is extensive and includes a comprehensive scope of critical function as it relates to road and bridge funding.  The funding programs include the following: Rural Arterial Program (RAP), County Arterial Preservation Program (CAPP), County Ferry Capital Improvement Program (CFCIP), and Emergency Loan Program (ELP).

This position is instrumental in providing the ability to review, analyze, and to communicate program strengths as they align with the overall business strategies. 

Who we are looking for:

This position must maintain a license as a Civil Engineer by the State of Washington.  Aside from having extensive civil engineering experience, CRAB is also interested in your public demeanor and ability to communicate with County Road Department personnel and CRAB Staff.  This positions key competencies include:  strong mediation, analysis, flexibility, and the willingness to take on challenges that can be relayed to the CRABoard.  Another item of importance is the ability to facilitate questions and projects within the engineering process.  

Allow us to explain why you would want this unique job:

CRAB is unique and has no comparison in the workplace nationwide.  Relative to other agencies, responsibilities are openly granted and provide the necessary depth for career development and personal growth.  Ideas, creativity, and thinking outside the box is highly encouraged.  The CRAB Engineering Division believes in collaboration of ideas in a wide variety of problem solving situations.

To demonstrate its commitment to the position, a mentor will be assigned for over a year and support your transition into the role.  Your success is vitally important and the team is there to ensure you succeed.

Please note:  travel will be at least 20% of the job and will include traveling to all areas of the state.


More of what you'll enjoy doing:

  • Administer the biennial funding arrays for allocation of Rural Arterial Trust Account (RATA) funds to county road and bridge reconstruction projects. 
  • Monitor and evaluate financial commitments of the RATA and review reimbursements to projects for payment.
  • Assess and determine statewide compliance with laws regarding CRAB/County Rural Arterial Program contracts and project prospectuses, grant application activities, agency Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and Revised Code of Washington (RCW) statutes, and CRAB/County contract enforcement.
  • Monitor county submittals of Six Year Transportation Improvement Programs for eligibility for RAP.
  • Assess and determine statewide compliance with laws regarding CAPP eligibility and requirements provided under agency WAC and RCW.   
  • Conduct bi-annual regional project and program review meetings to receive input from each of the five regions on proposed changes to RATA and County Arterial Preservation Account (CAPA) regulations.
  • Provide training for CRAB's online RAP project management application.
  • Develop independently researched analysis and reports in areas of technical expertise for presentation at CRABoard meetings.
  • Conduct field reviews to determine CRAB's required ratings for county use in RAP funding applications and to provide project closure audits.
  • Deliver proposed WAC revision language based on stakeholder input, quarterly RAP status analysis and report to the CRABoard regarding project status and program issues and provide staff recommendations for project time extension, cost increase, scope change, spending plan advancements, withdrawals, and emergent RAP funding.
  • Assess and provide recommendations on ELP applications from counties to CRABoard.
  • Independently represent agency and county needs and concerns on statewide construction design and project funding selection committees.



  • Licensing as a Civil Engineer by the State of Washington is required.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid WA State driver's license.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of civil engineering experience, preferably with a county road department.  Please note:  experience must reflect history of progressively responsible and complex engineering duties, such as county engineer, project engineer, construction engineer, maintenance engineer, or similar engineering management functions.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of civil engineering, WSDOT and county roadway engineering practices, county road department maintenance and operations procedures and methods, pavement management, traffic engineering, project and program management, and risk management.
  • General knowledge of supervisory techniques, team building, project funding, legislative process, and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to: 
    • Deliver effective public presentations;
    • Facilitate agreement between competing interests;
    • Foster a productive and supportive work environment,
    • Devise short and long range plans and practical implementation schedules;
    • Apply analytical and problem solving skills to conduct and direct job planning, cost estimating and scheduling;
    • Train and support agency and county staff involved in constructing and maintaining county road projects.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
  • Thorough knowledge of county regulations, procedures, and policies.
  • Thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, and standards applicable to county roads and county road departments.
  • Thorough understanding of WAC, RCW, and Standards of Good Practice for county road departments.

Supplemental Information

We are looking for someone who can be an active participant in improving our county road system.

When applying for this position, please attach the following:

  • Cover Letter:  We want to know more about you!  Why are you interested in this position and what would make you a good candidate?
  • A resume detailing your past experience and education as it relates to the position.
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current telephone numbers.
If you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Lolo Florentino Arevalo at (360) 407-8074 or
The State of Washington is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture. We encourage women, veterans, people of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.