Supervisor, Senior Construction

Dakota County
Full Time $84,851 - $132,580 Per year MN Dakota County Highway Department, Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States


General Description

POSTING TYPE: Open competitive
DEPARTMENT: Transportation
HOURS: Full-time
HIRING RANGE: $84,851 - $106,064 /year (110 Grade Level)
SALARY RANGE: $84,851 - $132,580 /year
LOCATION:  Transportation Facility, Rosemount
CLOSE DATE: The posting will remain open until the ideal candidate is identified.

What You'll Do
The Senior Construction Supervisor is responsible for Construction Supervision and Inspection of complex construction or engineering projects. The position is responsible for supervision of project managers, construction, and seasonal staff in the day-to-day operation of the construction section. Work is done independently under the general supervision of the Construction Engineer.

Engineering/Construction is an ever-changing field with advancements in technology. Incumbent should strive to stay current and implement new technologies as they become available and are cost effective and applicable to the construction group.

Who We Are
Dakota County is Minnesota’s third largest county and home to more than 400,000 residents. Our motto is “Be More” and we strive every day to achieve excellence in public service, with a focus on four values: Service, Integrity, People, and Innovation.
Dakota County aims to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and experiences. Our goal is to have a workforce that is reflective of the communities and individuals we serve. We promote an equitable and culturally aware work environment where everyone can be their authentic selves.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management or a closely related field(s) AND four (4) years of direct experience in highway construction and/or engineering project experience.
• An equivalent combination of education and experience to equal or exceed eight (8) years


• Valid Driver's License 

Candidate must complete the following within one year of hire:
• Bituminous Street Inspector
• Level I & II Concrete Field Inspector
• Level I & II Grading and Base Inspector

Preferred Experience, Education & Licenses beyond minimum qualifications:
• Experience working with the public through projects including addressing citizen concerns.
Three or more years of progressive experience in leading staff on transportation projects or direct experience as a manager or supervisor.
• Managing transportation projects and delegating tasks to construction staff.

**Pursuant to Dakota County Policy and Procedures Manual Section 3102 (L), this position is designated as Safety Sensitive.

Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

1. Supervise Construction, Inspection, and Management: Anticipate, plan and schedule staffing to meet project needs for construction projects; Ensure staff understand the duties and authority for each assigned project; Supervise the inspection so that all phases of the project are built in according to the plans, special provisions and specifications; Serves as a technical resource for project managers; Oversees the measurement and verification of quantities for construction projects.
2. Supervise Construction Project Development: Ensure plans from other agencies are accurate for preliminary surveys; review contract documents and contract bid items for conformity to Mn/DOT design standards.
3. Select, Develop and Manage Engineering Technical Staff: Participate in hiring process, assigns duties, trains, schedules work, monitors performance, evaluates and recommends disciplinary action for highway technicians and seasonal help; Ensures that staff has plans special provisions, appropriate knowledge for each project; Assigns work appropriate to capabilities and workload of employees.
4. Lead Construction Management Activities: Ensure application of Mn/DOT standard specifications and project special provisions; Ensure proper use of Mn/DOT standard plates; Initiate and negotiate contract changes or review changes developed by Principal Engineering Specialists.
5. Coordinate Construction Activities with Utilities Cities and Other Agencies.
6. Represent the County's interest in dealing with the contractor, public or others.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Duties 1 through 4 are essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

• Knowledge of transportation and engineering principles and practices.
• Knowledge of principles and processes of management in the public sector.
• Knowledge in developing and coordinating construction projects.
• Knowledge of governmental functions and organizations.
• Ability interpret plans, direct field changes and perform complex calculations.
• Ability to develop effective working relationships at all levels.
• Ability to communicate and present ideas orally and in writing.
• Ability to coordinate and address multiple priorities and issues.
• Comprehensive knowledge of Mn/DOT Specifications, Federal Highway rules, Dakota County Standards and Special Provisions, City Specifications.
• Knowledge of surveying principles equipment and construction staking methods.

Work Environment
Work is performed inside and outside. Exposures may include, but are not limited to, dust, dirt, exhaust, electricity, traffic, noise, heat and/or cold. Physical demands include the ability to work outdoors in the elements walking and working on uneven surfaces on constructions sites.  Equipment used but not limited to includes: personal computer, printers, telephone, cellular phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, personal safety equipment, and survey instruments.


  • Comprehensive and affordable medical, dental, vision, and other benefits
  • Excellent work-life balance
  • Generous paid time off (accrual rate starts at four weeks per year)
  • Eleven paid holidays and one floating holiday each year
  • Pension with a generous employer contribution
Selection Process
  • You submit an online application that includes supplemental questions
  • We assign you a score based on your qualifications 
  • Top scoring candidates are referred to the hiring manager for interview consideration
  • We conduct interviews and reference checks before extending an offer 
  • We extend an offer and conduct background checks