GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction from the Corridor Development Director or designee, this role manages, plans, oversees, and supports the planning and design functions for an assigned facility or corridor segment(s) of a High Capacity Transit (HCT) project, including Link Light Rail, Bus Rapid Transit and Sounder Commuter Rail projects; performs project management activities for assigned projects, including management of scope, quality, schedules, costs, risks, consultant/contractors, contracts and communication; may oversee contracts and assure contract compliance; may supervise, lead, provide daily work oversight and schedule work of assigned staff, consultants, and contractors.
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. • Serves as the primary point-of-contact for the project within the Planning, Environment, and Project Development (PEPD) division coordinating with staff in the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management (DECM) and Operations divisions throughout the project life cycle. • 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. • Develops and provides information to the Sound Transit Board; develops written and visual presentation materials as requested; provides briefings and presentations to Board members on high capacity transit project development topics, including design, engineering, environmental reviews, and stakeholder involvement. • Coordinates planning, environment, and project development activities; directs consultant project development, planning and engineering activities for assigned segments/projects; reviews and comments on consultant submittals of plans and reports; manages the communication and coordination of engineering work activities among Agency technical staff and consultant team; and participates in development of scope of work, schedule, budget, and contracting documents for consultant contracts. • Assists in managing preparation of environmental documentation; assists the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Division by reviewing and commenting on environmental documents; comments on proposed approaches to completing the environmental documentation; and ensures project development, planning and engineering activities are coordinated with environmental documents. • Communicates with project stakeholders including the general public, neighborhood groups, businesses, property owners, and other community members to keep them informed about the status of the project; serves as primary technical contact, and responds to requests for information from other agencies and the general public; participates in community outreach and education activities, such as writing and/or reviewing written and website materials and participating in public events; and prepares and make presentations to a variety of stakeholder groups representing diverse needs, interests and concerns. • Coordinates with staff of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), King County, affected cities and other local jurisdictions throughout project development to define and evaluate alignment and transit facility options; participates in the interagency work team; interacts, shares knowledge, negotiates issues, and develops collaborative relationships; prepares and makes presentations to City Councils and other jurisdictions; and develops and negotiates interagency and partnership agreements, including budgets, to accomplish project development. • Manages Sound Transit involvement in outside review panels providing an independent review of project elements; develops scope of work and schedule, prepares presentations and responses; and manages consultant work. • 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. • Coordinates with other agency staff to direct, manage, and monitor the project, including project controls, procurements and contracts, office of small business development and labor compliance, finance and information technology, and safety and quality assurance. • Provides support to the Division 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: Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering, urban planning, transportation, public policy, public administration, or closely related field and five years of experience in public transit, project management, development of intergovernmental agreements, transportation planning, engineering or closely related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications: Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers' License.
Required Knowledge of: • Operations, services and activities of high capacity transit systems. • Transportation planning, transit design, and traffic engineering concepts, practices, procedures, and policy issues. • Planning and transportation project development principles and practices. • Project management techniques and principles. • Principles of project budget preparation and administration. • Principles and procedures of record keeping. • Methods and techniques of data collection, research, and report preparation. • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis. • Third party negotiation, consensus building principles and practices, public involvement tools and strategies and conflict resolution. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including environmental review processes and SEPA/NEPA environmental laws. • 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. • 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. • Assuming project management duties for projects started by others and in a variety of stages in the project life-cycle. • Defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives. • Preparing a detailed project schedule and utilizing it as the primary work plan. • Managing multiple tasks, setting objectives/goals, and re-prioritizing as needed. • Adapting to occasionally changing project assignments as needed to balance workloads and achieve other Department objectives. • Negotiating and identifying solutions that balance the Agency's interests and those of the negotiating partner(s), within financial capacity and other constraints. • Conducting research and analysis and providing appropriate recommendations based on findings. • Interpreting technical information for a variety of audiences. • Public speaking, developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing. • Responding to inquiries using effective oral and written communication. • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques. • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency staff, and outside agencies. • Developing and monitoring 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; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, or physical harm when working in the field.
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.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.
All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.