Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎90k - $‎140k


Under general direction, supervises and coordinates the successful implementation of the functions and activities of the Link Light Rail Operations from design phase through construction, final testing, and revenue service phases; oversees the Agency’s contracted operating agency by auditing performance, reviews costs, and manages work products; interacts with all internal and external customers such as state, federal, and/or city representatives; works with all local emergency services agencies in providing information and feedback on all aspects of the Link Light Rail operations plans; audits various third party contracts and contractors to ensure work is performed to specifications and budget; assists in setting operating budget criteria to meet Agency budget goals and guidelines; procures equipment and tools to meet operating needs as required; assists the Department by meeting departmental and Agency goals and objectives; and assists the Light Rail Operations and Planning Manager on any and all matters as assigned.

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.

• Interfaces with all internal and external representative to explain the role and responsibilities of Link Operations; requests information to clarify or explain Central Link Operations; explains link operations responsibilities, including various agreements and contracts.
• Develops and/or reviews documentation to meet operational needs and requirements in preparing the light rail system for testing, pre–revenue, then revenue service.
• Provides assistance and coordination to King County Metro operations superintendents in meeting Central Link obligations in meeting operating strategy, training, and support system testing.    
• Actively participates on various committees such as Fire/Life Safety, Light Rail safety, National Transit Database (NTD) reporting, Rule Book, Light Rail Standard Operating Procedures, System Certification, U Link and Yard expansion, and East Link Operations review.
• Responsible to audit, administer, and procure contracts to meet operational needs; start-up Task Order Process auditing between King County Metro and the Agency.
• Provides training oversight for operational needs; reviews all training submittals related to operations and monitors compliance; works with resident engineers on training contractual requirements; assists Link Control Center on operational readiness needs and equipment; develops various maps and aids to assist operational needs; and conducts reviews of design submittals and CADD drawings.
• 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 division/department and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; 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 operations field related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; develops MOA with outside jurisdictions as needed; 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.
• Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
• 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:
Bachelors Degree in engineering, planning, business administration, or closely related field and eight years of rail road operations experience that includes two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility for a service transit system; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
• Valid state driver’s license.
• May be required to obtain National Institute Management Systems certification.

Required Knowledge of:
• Extensive knowledge of Light Rail Transit operations and principals; knowledge of control room dispatch process to run train operations.
• Advanced principles and practices related to Light Rail Operations and Maintenance.
• Special applications such as AutoCAD, MS Project, Enterprise 1, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, and other basic software languages and interfaces.
• APTA Rail Standards & Practices, design criteria, federal reports such as those from FTA, NATB. 
• Contract management.
• Principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Contract procurement strategies and management principles.
• Policy and procedure development.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to light rail transit operations.
• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• 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.

Required Skills:
• 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.
• Interpreting and using all types of operating manuals related to a light rail system.
• Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
• Procurement of goods and services.
• Principles of research and analysis.
• Logical theory methods used for ridership forecasting.
• Flow-charting.
• Policy and procedure development.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
• Applying advanced project management and program development techniques and principles.
• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
• Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: 
• Most work is performed in a standard office environment, but does require inspection work in and around construction sites.
• 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, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and 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.
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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