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Date: Feb 1, 2019

Location: BARTOW, FL, US, 33830

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Requisition No: 49658 

Agency: Department of Transportation


Position Number: 55007403 

Salary:  $62,511.23 - $80,896.89 

Posting Closing Date: 03/05/2019 



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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES AND SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.  QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance.  

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Perform technical assignments related to all aspects of specification preparation within the District and assist the Plans, Specifications and Estimates (PS&E) Engineer in activities related to specifications preparation. Direct the overall daily activities of the District Specifications Section in the production, compilation and review of all District Specification packages. Supervise and direct employees, including communicating regularly, motivating, and planning employees' work. Participate in applicant selection and hiring process for the Specifications Coordinator and Specifications Specialist.  Provide employee orientation, training, counseling and disciplinary actions and prepare employee performance evaluations for direct reports. Review and evaluate employees in all phases of their work and provide regular job performance feedback.

Determine and verify that the proper standard specifications, special provisions, modified special provisions (MSP), supplemental specifications, developmental specifications and technical special provisions (TSP), that are required in conjunction with the plans, properly describe the work and are included in the specification package for all state, federal and district contracts within the District's area of responsibility. Supervise staff in the development, review, routing process and direct responses of all MSP and TSP for compliance with the Specifications Handbook and for potential conflicts between MSP/TSP content and the plans & specifications. Perform plans reviews for bid ability phase submittals including processing of TSP. Ensure valid electronic/digital delivery and storage of specification packages in compliance with Department procedures. Sign and Seal in-house prepared specification packages as required.

Track and monitor production of specification packages within the District and ensure they are produced on schedule. Provide support in resolving specifications issues, establishing subordinate work priorities and scheduling deadlines to ensure staff workloads and resources are well balanced.

Serve as the District specifications point of contact for the State Specifications Engineer and District Professional Services. Responsible for coordinating with above to resolve discrepancies as reported. Actively participate in the Standard Specifications development process by reviewing specifications posted on 'Industry Review' and making comments as appropriate.

Coordinate and provide assistance, as necessary, to other units including, but not limited to, the District Design, District Maintenance, District Construction, District Environmental, and Legal offices regarding alternative contracting methods, project specific requirements and general process improvement.

Ensure that Quality Assurance of in-house and consultant prepared specifications packages is in accordance with standards, procedures, policies, formats and guidelines as set by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Ensure that consultants comply with their own Project Quality Control Plan (PQCP) as applicable to specifications preparation. Coordinate quality assurance reviews (QARs) conducted periodically by Central Office.

Analyze, interpret and stay informed of changes to the FDOT design criteria, procedures, policies, and guidelines as set forth by the FDOT and FHWA with special emphasis on specifications as it relates to transportation projects. Disseminate changes and provide consistent, predictable and repeatable guidance in the interpretation of modifications with in-house staff, contractors, and consultants.

Coordinate with the State Program Management Office as necessary to support District training needs. Attend Specifications and Estimates workshops and training sessions as offered. Utilizing planned and on-the-job training, ensure staff has the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to teach others in order to provide support in the preparation of specification packages and answers questions with consistent, predictable, and repeatable responses. Provide procedural and technical training as required.

Oversee the generation of the Design-Build Division I specifications required as part of the Request for Proposal. Assist in the review and approval of Division II and III specifications prior to beginning construction as well as any TSP's that may be necessary for Design-Build projects.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of FDOT Standard Specifications, Technical Special Provisions, and Developmental Specifications; Knowledge of standards and practices used by FDOT for construction contracts; Knowledge of the concepts, terminology, principles and analytical techniques of highway design; Knowledge of basic management/supervisory principles and practices; Ability to read and interpret engineering design plans and specification packages for accuracy and quality while simultaneously identifying conflicts between plans and specifications; Ability to supervise and manage direct report technical staff; Ability to establish and maintain effective internal and external working relationships; Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and perform multiple work assignments and establish priorities; Ability to read, interpret, understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; Ability to understand, interpret and prepare construction contract documents, particularly specifications; Ability to make decisions; Strong communication skills in both plain language and engineering; Skill in Microsoft products such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Skill in communication, including verbal, written and active listening; Skill and understanding of writing in the imperative mood, active voice.

REQUIRED LICENSURE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION: Registration as a Professional Engineer in accordance with Chapter 471, Florida Statutes.

OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS: Employee will be required to be responsive to emergency situations within a very short timeframe and serve in the Transportation Emergency Management Team.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Lakeland