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7 Apr 2022

Full-Time Executive Project Director-Revenue Vehicles – $135K-$225K – EXECU002116

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Salary range is $135k to $225k, with a midpoint of $180k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


Under general direction, leads  project team(s) in planning, directing, managing, and overseeing all activities for all phases of light rail vehicle fleet expansion,  state of good repair, and enhancement projects, including design, construction, manufacturing, start-up/testing, and rail activation involving high-risk work in an operating environment combined with the installation of or integration with state-of-the art systems such as signals, communications, and traction electrification for a fully-integrated high-capacity transit system; assists the department Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors in strategic oversight including planning, directing, and managing of activities and operations of the DECM department.  This is an executive leadership position requiring close collaboration with peers across disciplines particularly in the Operations department Transportation and Maintenance, Assets and Technology divisions.


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, leads, manages, and oversees capital project performance including scope, budget, schedule, risk, safety, security, and quality for all phases of procurement and delivery including design, construction, manufacturing, start-up/testing, and rail activation;; takes lead responsibility to ensure that new light rail vehicles are designed, manufactured and commissioned in accordance with Sound Transit’s (ST) policies and procedures; and delivered to ST Operations as an essential part of a safe, secure, and reliable high-capacity transit system.

• 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.

• Embraces agency values in activities and focuses on internal and cross-departmental collaboration to reach successful outcomes on matters that impact Federal Way Link and other agency projects.

• Assists the DECM Executive Director and senior management team in the oversight of strategic planning and implementation of activities and operations of the DECM department; and performs other duties as directed by the DECM Executive Director.

• Maintains effective working relationships and communications with ST Board, federal- state- and local-officials, project partners such as WSDOT, FTA, FHWA, PMOC, King County and other local jurisdictions; and key community stakeholders

• 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.

• Actively participates in ST’s Senior Management Team and assists in the planning and implementation of strategic business priorities.

• Develops, administers, maintains, and oversees the annual budget for Link light rail vehicle fleet expansion projects; makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and reviews and approves department expenditures and implements adjustments.

• Collaborates with the ST Operations Assets and Technology, and Transportation and Maintenance divisions to coordinate and effectively integrate fleet expansion projects with delivery of vehicle systems enhancement or state-of-good repair projects.

• Provides support to the department 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 and industry 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.

• 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 engineering, business administration or closely related field and eight years of experience in engineering, construction management, and/or manufacturing that includes management of large, complex projects and six years of leadership, budgetary, planning and workforce management experience, preferably in a rail transportation or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

• A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of Washington.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Project management principles and practices for a range of alternative project delivery methods including Design-Build.

• Principles and standards of construction methods and processes for large public transit projects regarding civil, mechanical, electrical, and systems (e.g. signals, communications, traction electrification, light rail vehicles).

• Principles and practices of transit system operations and rail vehicle maintenance.

• Strategic policy management (principles and practices) and procedure development.

• Relevant federal, state, and local regulations (including applicable laws and codes).

• Applied principles and practices in project control.

• Applied principles and practices in cost estimating, budget preparation, and schedule performance.

• Standards and codes that govern construction in Washington State, Public Works contracting law, construction safety manuals, and contract plans and specifications and general industry practices.

• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.

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

• 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.

• Leading diverse, multidisciplinary teams and establishing and maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships within the team and with other department/agency 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.

• Developing, managing, and directing assigned division’s programs, and functional areas.

• Performing negotiations and partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, utilities, contractors, and/or community groups.

• Presentation development and public speaking skills.

• 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.

• Applied principles and practices in partnering with contractors, designers, local jurisdictions, public/private stakeholders, and community groups.

• Applied skills/experience in construction management for civil facilities and/or systems (signals, communications, traction electrification, light rail vehicles).

• 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.

• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.

• Developing and monitoring divisional 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.

• 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, 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: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: budgeting, business administration, construction management, DECM, design, directing, engineering, Leadership, light rail, management, Manufacturing, planning, project director, revenue vehicles, and workforce management. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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