Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎105k - $‎165k

GENERAL PURPOSE:

With limited direction, plans, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates Agency-wide activities leading up to rail activation of the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions. Develops and implements comprehensive implementation strategies for the start-up of service, coordinates assigned activities with other programs, divisions, departments/offices, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Project Transition Director.

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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
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.

• Prepares and implements the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions rail activation and start-up plans that include all necessary activities required to enable a successful, safe, and timely start of revenue service.
• Provides leadership, direction, and oversight in all facets of the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions rail activation, pre-revenue start-up, integrated testing, transition to operations, event day planning, and bus/rail integration.
• Monitors project start up budgets, costs, and schedule and reports changes or potential impacts to the overall rail activation program and elevates risks accordingly.
• Assumes management responsibility for the services and activities related to the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions rail activation and start-up which includes managing any impacts that require facilitation and coordination with other Agency Departments/Offices which facilitates solutions and resolves conflicts to ensure that timelines are met.
• Coordinates and leads groups or teams assembled to work on rail activation, start-up and testing; members may include Sound Transit, King County, King County Metro Light Rail staff, City of Seattle, City of Bellevue, and City of Redmond staff, consultants and contractors; ensures that participants have identified all items that require testing, planned each test, and prepared test programs and procedures under the oversight of Sound Transit.
• Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews project work plans or documents that contain rail activation activities including reviewing and evaluating work products, methods, and procedures; meeting with staff to identify and resolve problems while projects are in design, final design, or construction.
• Develops standard reports that align to the rail activation program to monitors overall performance related to the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions rail activation and start-up throughout the Agency.
• Serves as the liaison for rail activation and start-up of the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions to other programs, divisions, Departments/Offices, and outside agencies; serves as a point of contact to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and their Project Management Oversight Consultant (PMOC) for all rail activation, start-up, and testing related activity. Negotiates and resolves issues.
• Represents the Agency with outside agencies including police, fire, emergency response units, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), PMOC, FTA, elected officials, the public and other appropriate entities and organizations to ensure timely project delivery.
• Represents the Link light rail activation plan to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; works closely with other Agency departments and divisions to provide essential cooperation and communication related to activation, start-up, and integrated testing.
• Provides the Project Transition Director with timely communication regarding status of the rail activation plan and of current issues; monitors and reports the state of Agency readiness for start of revenue service.
• Serves as a primary contact for any inquiries or issues for the East Link Extension, Downtown Redmond Link Extension, and West Seattle/Ballard Link Extensions for rail activation. Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees as needed for the successful completion of the project. Performs high level negotiations and effectively partnering with other departments and divisions.
• Interfaces with project teams to address lessons learned from rail activation into current projects preparing for rail activation.
• Coordinates with project leadership to evaluate and recommend a potential revenue service date.
• Leads and motivates staff through the lens of Sound Transit’s values and assigns resources using interpersonal and management techniques. Demonstrates a consistent commitment and ability to work with diverse work groups and individuals as well as fostering a positive attitude within a customer service environment.
• Manages complex work by applying project management techniques and principles.
• Applies appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various project stakeholders ranging from Agency employees, contractors, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies. It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities.
• Interprets and administers policies and procedures.
• Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work public administration, project management, engineering, construction management, or in a related field or discipline and eight to ten years of increasingly responsible related experience, including three years of management, administrative, and supervisory responsibility, in heavy or light rail operations, rail operations, vehicle maintenance, scheduling, training and fiscal management OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
None.

Required Knowledge of:
• Operations, services, and activities related to light rail activation, start-up and testing.
• Design and construction of electrified rail vehicles and related components.
• Rail transit system design and construction and the critical relationship with operations.
• Advanced principles and practices related to program areas of assignment.
• Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Principles and technical characteristics of light rail design, construction and operations.
• Methods and techniques used in the performance of duties and responsibilities specific to the areas of assignment including those related to human resources, contract administration, real property, and other assigned areas.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers.
• Computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Required Skills:
• Performing high level exceptional negotiations and effectively partnering with other departments and groups.
• Leading and motivating staff and assigned resources using superior interpersonal and management techniques and demonstrating a consistent commitment and ability to work with diverse work groups and individuals.
• Managing large complex capital projects by applying project management techniques and principles.
• Fostering a positive and progressive attitude in a customer service environment.
• Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, contractors, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures.
• Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
• Monitoring program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.
• Using computer software programs to compile and prepare spreadsheets and reports.

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 www.soundtransit.org/jobs.

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