Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎110k - $‎180k


The Deputy Director manages, supervises and coordinates all aspects, activities and operations of the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the Agency; assigns specific projects to staff and ensures that staff has the appropriate skills and resources required to complete the assignment. The Deputy Director ensures that policies, procedures and guidelines related to administering the PLA are consistently applied throughout the Agency and are appropriate to complete the assigned project. The Deputy Director monitors labor relations issues concerning the PLA and provides ongoing support to provide consistent and effective administration of the PLA for the Agency. The Deputy Director develops, implements, and communicates short–term, long-term and strategic goals of the department ensuring consistency with the mission, values, and strategic plan for the administration of the PLA. The Deputy Director coaches, mentors and provides counsel and support to the PLA Team on PLA matters which includes mediating labor disputes with partners signatory to the PLA. The Deputy Director ensures that all work covered by the PLA proceeds on time and on budget; directs staff in developing programs and protocols to assure full implementation and compliance with the PLA; establishes processes for staff to respond to inquiries related to the PLA, including wage and hour rules, prevailing wage information, general labor relations policy and process, labor contract interpretation, and contract compliance. The Deputy Director coordinates assigned activities with other programs, divisions, departments/offices and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex support for the PLA.

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The following duties are 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 department 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 process and business analysis leadership to less experienced team members; determines what work will be done in-house versus out-sourced; and hires consultants and manages their work.
• Assesses the Agency needs as it relates to the PLA and reviews the staffing and resources needed to ensure that all construction work covered by the PLA proceeds continuously, efficiently, economically, on time, on budget and in compliance with FTA, EEO, PLA and contractual requirements, and as outlined by the Sound Transit Board policies. Identifies and prepares summaries of potential gaps, legal issues and initiates process improvement strategies for the Executive Leadership Team.
• Serves as the Administrator of the Project Labor Agreement and oversees Sound Transit's role with the Joint Administrative Committee (JAC) and all internal and external stakeholders and signatories to the PLA. Reviews the PLA and prepares recommendations for any amendments, as necessary, to ensure that the PLA meets the needs of the Agency. Develops and implements workforce initiatives that mitigate the risks of a potential labor shortage, including the implementation of requests for proposals for solicitation of RAPID program funds; coordinating Preferred Entry (pre-apprentice) and Apprentice support activities to increase the retention of apprentices on Sound Transit projects; and administering pre-apprentice support training funds to ensure that there is a skilled workforce for the completion of future Sound Transit construction projects.
• Ensures that staff educates and communicates the terms and conditions of the PLA at the pre-bid meetings, pre-award evaluations, pre-construction meetings; pre-job jurisdictional meetings and weekly progress meetings; provides information and responds to questions related to the Project Labor Agreement. Identifies critical factors in the administration of the PLA and prepares alternate processes or plans to offset potential gaps.
• Supports staff members who attend events and perform outreach responsibilities in order to inform public entities, special interest groups, stakeholders and the general public on Project Labor Agreements; responds to high level inquiries related to the PLA in a courteous and timely manner; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner.
• Represents the Agency in various forums of governmental entities, special interest groups, stakeholders and the general public; engages and develops collaborative relationships with peers, staff, labor partners, community partners, and others in the course of administering the PLA.
• Analyzes a variety of reports related to area of assignment including reports on EEO, Preferred Entry (pre-apprentice), Apprentice utilization and workforce development; prepares a summary analysis for the Executive Leadership team on a monthly basis with any required recommendations for changes, concerns, or other key identifiers that may be present. Manages and implements procedures to ensure the accuracy of necessary records, including, but not limited to logging all grievances filed by PLA partners and the response to grievances.
• 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.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, legal, public administration, business administration, or closely related field and eight years of professional level experience (directly related to the assignment) which includes responsibility for dealing with labor unions, labor relations, labor agreements and enforcing compliance; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Jurist Doctor Preferred.

Required Knowledge of:
• Principles, practices and standards of labor agreements and of industry principles and practices.
• Principles and practices of labor relations laws, prevailing wage law and code; and state and federal regulations related to area of assignment.
• Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving labor and related business problems.
• Understanding of labor compliance procedures and the enforcement of Labor compliance mandates. Experience with drug testing policy, procedures, rules and regulations.
• Demonstrated experience with Apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship progression, State policies and administration of apprenticeship maturation.
• Methods and techniques of mediation and dispute resolution.
• Public Works contracting, protocols and governmental compliance issues.
• Construction contracting policies, construction procedures and administration; as well as procurement policies and procedures sufficient to analyze reports and monitor contracts.
• Customer service methods and techniques including conflict management and problem solving methods and techniques.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment, including computers.
• Report preparation.

Required Skills:
• Interpreting and administering a Project Labor Agreement policies and procedures and in effectively gathering and analyzing data to develop reports and recommendations related to required programs and functions.
• Interpreting labor laws and labor relations issues.
• Identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner using sound judgment.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
• Applying project management techniques and principles.
• Problem resolution involving issues that may be sensitive in nature; resolving disputes in an effective and timely manner.
• Maintaining confidentiality and communicating with tact and diplomacy.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, management, building trades, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and numerical computations and comprehensive reports.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.

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.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Seattle, Washington

Sound Transit is transforming how the Central Puget Sound region moves by planning, building and operating regional transit systems that give millions of riders an alternative to sitting in traffic. As the agency prepares for nearly a million new Central Puget Sound residents by 2040, transit services are expanding to meet today’s growing needs. Thanks to voter approval of the largest mass transit expansion in the region’s history, Sound Transit’s light rail system will grow to four times the size it is today. When complete, the 116-mile light rail system will stretch from Everett to Tacoma and connect major job and population centers in Seattle including South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Ballard and West Seattle. It will also extend east to Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Mercer Island. As Sound Transit grows, we seek innovative, technical and creative professionals who are ready to come on board and make a difference. Career opportunities include Information Technology, finance, construction management and engineering positions. Apply today at

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