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11 Aug 2021

Full-Time Director-Technical Standards & Requirements – $130K-$200K – DIREC001981

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

SALARY RANGE: $130,000 to $200,000

Sound Transit is building $65 billion dollars of assets spread across 116 miles of track and over 100 stations and operations facilities. This role is critical to achieving the agency mission through standardization of the transit system and clearly defined requirements ensuring performance and longevity of assets. Through a cost conscious and total cost of ownership mindset, in collaboration with many across the agency, this role will lead a team of subject matter experts in development and maintenance of agency technical standards and requirements with quality, integrity, and equity.

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Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the development, implementation, and maintenance of agency technical standards, requirements, and procedures necessary to support the agency’s capital projects and operational support. Directs the processes of fundamental design for all Sound Transit modes for over $65 billion dollars of assets spread across 116 miles of track and over 100 stations and operations facilities. Provides technical oversight and concurrence of the administration and implementation of technical standards and requirements management for all Sound Transit modes from planning, design, construction and in to operation to ensure that all projects (system expansion and non-expansion) successfully meet identified agency needs. Manages staff or consultants to ensure technical standards, requirements and procedures are issued and maintained to support project needs and agency strategic goals. Accountable for ensuring agency needs are secured and reflected in technical standards and requirements thru collaboration with other engineering disciplines, agency divisions, departments, programs, consultants, contractors and outside agencies as necessary. Provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the PSO Chief Engineer and Executive Director.


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.

• Directs the processes and procedures for design of all Sound Transit modes for over $65 billion dollars of assets spread across 116 miles of track and over 100 stations and operations facilities.

• Leads, plans, directs, coordinates and manages the work of assigned staff and consultants in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Engineering Division standards, requirements, and procedures for all modes. Provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions, recommendations and decision on behalf of Technical Standards and Requirements.

• Monitors and evaluates use of Engineering standards, requirements, and procedures to ensure they are interpreted and applied consistently. Ensures any necessary modifications or corrections are made to mitigate cost or risk to the agency.

• Directs, manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities in support of the Engineering Division, Portfolio Services Office and agency strategic goals; Updates, modifies, and recommends and administers Engineering Division policies and procedures.

• Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery method and procedures; and recommend Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.

• Represents agency in area of Technical Requirements and Standards, providing technical expertise and judgement in support of application of agency standards, requirements and procedures. Serves as the liaison for the Technical Standards and Requirements function of Engineering with other divisions, programs, departments, and outside agencies; Identifies and communicates agency risk issues and provides roadmaps of mitigation recommendations involving complex business problems.

• Supports the community relations and public information effort(s) applicable to the department, division and Agency in general; and negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues within the area of responsibility. Serves as the Engineering liaison with the Agency Board members, elected officials, the media, local community groups, and the general public regarding Technical Standards and Requirements services and activities; and make Board(s) briefings as requested.

• Provides responsible staff and assistance to the PSO Chief Engineer and the Executive Director; conducts a variety of organization studies, investigations, and operational studies; summarizes and analyzes issues and provides recommendations to the Chief Engineer on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends modifications to functional areas, policies, and procedures as appropriate; conducts follow-up to ensure that the issues have been resolved; and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

•Presents and provides training to diverse audiences including technical and executive management on technical documents.

• 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.

• Participates in the development and administration of the division’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies on support of Technical Standards and Requirements; ensures that division expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the division and to their completion; review and approve division expenditures; and implement adjustments.

• Provides support to the department/division and others 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.

• Provides other support to the department as directed.

• Champions and models Sound Transit’s core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• 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 any engineering or closely related field and eight years of experience in the area of civil/architectural/systems engineering design and construction experience and six years of leadership, budgetary, planning and workforce management experience, preferably in a rail or transit environment; Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

• Valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

• Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Advanced principles, practices, and tools of requirements management

• Operations, services, and activities of heavy civil and systems engineering design and construction programs.

• Senior professional and/or technical expert knowledge of industry engineering principles and practices.

• Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.

• Contract and procurement strategies and management principles.

• Policy and procedure development.

• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.

• Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.

• 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.

• Performing negotiations and partnering internally and with local jurisdictions and agencies, consultants, contractors, and community groups.

• 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.

• Administration and management of the ST technical requirements manual, standards, procedures and specifications, which is the basis of the design for all project work.

• Presentation development and public speaking skills.

• Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals.

• Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.

• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.

• Applying advanced project management and program development techniques and principles.

• Developing and monitoring departmental 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 with visits to construction sites, as needed.

• Subject to normally 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job Categories: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: architectural, civil, Construction, design, engineering, and systems. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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