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Location:Seattle, WA
Company:Sound Transit
First posted:June 13, 2017


Closing Date/Time: Mon. 06/26/17 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $94,482.00 - $118,103.00 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: Union Station, Seattle, Washington

General Purpose   Benefits   Supplemental Questions

Under administrative direction, this position is responsible for establishing and managing a process to plan, and develop preliminary designs for High Capacity Transit (HCT) systems in partnership with local governments, community groups, and citizens for an assigned segment/corridor of the Sound Transit HCT system; manages and oversees the project development and environmental process to build consensus and reach agreements between members of the affected communities and the design team regarding the alignment, station locations, design features and environmental impact mitigation of the HCT system; manages the scope, budget, and schedule within policy direction established by the Board; collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain project support; works in concert with other Departments which will provide civil and system engineer, construction management, project control, real estate and community outreach support to the assigned Corridor Team through preliminary engineering; supports the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management department during final design and construction with permitting, third party agreements, outreach and property acquisitions and provides the Board and other decision makers with information needed to make timely policy decisions related to project implementation.

 Essential Functions:

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.
  • Coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the division and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.
  • Provides leadership and direction for day-to-day management of the assigned corridor project team while working closely with the Design and Construction Department which will provide civil and system engineer, construction management, project control, real estate and community outreach support during preliminary engineering; manages preliminary design budget and scope development for construction program; manages the engineering and cost-estimating used to develop the budget for the corridor project; and procures, directs and manages consultant contract(s) for preliminary engineering, environmental review, and community outreach; and supports the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management department during final design and construction with permitting, third party agreements, outreach and property acquisitions.
  • Follows all FTA related guidelines for New Starts funding during the planning, environmental and design phases of the corridor project.
  • Establishes and manages a process for developing the design of the corridor project in partnership with local governments, community groups, and citizens; and. analyzes problems, identifies alternative solutions, projects consequences of proposed actions, and implements recommendations in support of goals.
  • Supports the Sound Transit Board's decision-making by maintaining communications and managing the development of briefing materials with clear and concise written, oral and visual information, responding to requests, and presenting project details as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and communication with project partners, including local, state, and federal government officials, oversight groups such as the Citizen Oversight Panel, and key community stakeholders; negotiates and manages third party agreements to ensure compliance and accountability.
  • Develops partnerships with local jurisdictions to support station area planning and encourage innovation and opportunities for transit-oriented economic development, land use and urban design improvements, and joint use in association with Link station locations and designs.
  • Coordinates with Board administration and Communications and External Affairs staff to provide information about the HCT project and its importance to the region to Washington's congressional delegation, other elected officials and the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Manages preliminary environmental review and outreach for a proposed HCT project; manages internal staff and consultants in development of the engineering plans and environmental analysis; represents Sound Transit during the assessment; responds to issues and questions; oversees environmental analysis to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and that project impacts are identified and appropriate mitigations are developed during the project development and design phase, and monitor during construction.
  • Works as a fully integrated team with other Agency departments to coordinate design and construction efforts and maintain established budget and schedule.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, priorities and budgets for assigned projects, services, and functional area within the Division; and makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Provides support to the Department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.

 Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, urban planning, transportation, business administration, public administration, or closely related field and six years of public transit related experience in project management of urban design, community planning, public involvement, engineering, architecture, or closely related field that includes three years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License.

Required Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the Division as it relates to area of assignment.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Transportation planning and traffic engineering concepts, practices, procedures, and policy issues.
  • Transit technologies and their application to specific projects and services.
  • Transportation planning, transit design and SEPA/NEPA environmental law.
  • Federal New Starts process for funding light rail projects.
  • Governance processes at the local state and/or federal levels, including legislative and regulatory decision making processes.
  • Development and third party negotiation and consensus building principles and practices and conflict resolution.
  • Contract and agreement administration.
  • Advanced project management techniques and principles.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Required Skill in:

  • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
  • Transportation planning, transit design and SEPA/NEPA environmental law is required, with demonstrated ability to read and understand engineering drawings and apply technical findings in planning, environmental and engineering fields.
  • Negotiation and partnering skills with local jurisdictions, contractors and community groups and successful experience with consensus-building,
  • Analyzing problems and identifying alternative solutions; projecting the consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in the support of Agency goals.
  • Preparing and administering large and complex public projects.
  • Public speaking and in developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
  • Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
  • Developing and monitoring divisional and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.
  • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.

 Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.

The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

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