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21 Jun 2022

Full-Time Principal Construction Manager – $95K-$170K – PRINC002167

Sound Transit – Posted by Sound Transit Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Salary range is $95k to $170k, with a midpoint of $135k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


Under the direction of the Director of Construction Management, the Principal Construction Manager manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of assigned areas within the Construction Management (CM) division; manages Link Light Rail, Sounder Commuter Rail, and/or Bus Rapid Transit construction projects; represents the CM division during planning, design, and pre-construction project phases; creates, optimizes, and/or implements systems, processes, and procedures for management of construction projects delivered with Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and/or General Contractor (GC)/CM delivery methods; manages the activities of assigned construction management staff; solves construction, design, and facilities related issues associated with design and construction of the organization’s facilities; retains and manages the services of construction management consultants (CMC) and/or design-build project management (DBPM) consultants; coordinates assigned activities with other programs, divisions, departments/Offices, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex construction-related administrative support to the  Director of Construction Management, Project Directors, Executive Project Directors, and others as assigned.


Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties. The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities.

• 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.

• Manages the work and performance of assigned Project Coordinators, Construction Managers, and Deputy Construction Managers. Operating from a central office or construction field office location, makes frequent site visits to observe site conditions, site safety and security, construction activities, and incident response.

• Provides overall construction management direction for assigned projects, ensuring thorough understanding and application of the General Conditions, production of the Special Conditions and Division 1 Specifications, and ensuring consistency in application and interpretation of contract requirements and contract changes.

• Manages and coordinates the activities of the CMC and/or the DBPM consultant for assigned project(s) including, but not limited to: creation of the CMC and/or DBPM scope of work; negotiating, establishing, and monitoring CMC and/or DBPM tasks, staffing levels, qualifications, and effectiveness; application of lessons learned; review of contract documents for elimination of errors, omissions, and conflicts; verification that contract documents are clear, concise, and logical with respect to the administration of the contracts during construction; and the daily administration, tracking, and documentation of construction contracts.

• Manages, participates as a multi-discipline team member, and/or coordinates construction management relevant activities during planning, design, and pre-construction phases, such as risk assessments, constructability assessments, value engineering, and contracting methodology selection.

• Solves construction, design, and facilities related issues associated with design and construction of the organization’s facilities.

• Participates in the development and administration of the assigned program’s/project’s annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures that project expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored to their completion; reviews and approves expenditures; and implements adjustments.

• Provides support to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as requested; 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.

• 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:

Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering, construction management, architecture, or closely related field and five years of construction management experience that includes heavy civil, buildings, and underground structures experience, contract administration, and design management, that includes three years of leadership, budgetary, planning and workforce management experience, preferably in a transit/transportation related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of Washington, certification as a Certified Construction Manager issued by the Construction Management Certification Institute, and/or certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the Design, Engineering and Construction Management (DECM) department.

• Advanced business/industry principles and practices for project management, civil engineering, and construction management for delivery of projects under Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build contracting methods.

• Contract document production, strategies, purpose and layout, coordination, administration, and interpretation including specific sections such as General Conditions, Special Conditions, Division 1 Specifications, and Technical Specifications.

• Construction elements including: materials, equipment, labor, means and methods, safety, temporary structures, and risks.

• Methods and techniques of contract negotiation and administration.

• Principles, methods, and techniques of developing, analyzing, and managing schedules.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit construction and operations.

• Principles of financial management such as budget preparation, expenditure tracking, variance identification, and revenue tracking.

• 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, statistical databases, scheduling, and contract management programs.

• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

• Utilizing personal computer software programs to effectuate assigned work, analyze complex data, and to compile and prepare spreadsheets and reports.

• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.

• Researching, interpreting, and administering policies and procedures to ensure consistent administration by CM staff and other constituencies.

• Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive Civil Engineering and Construction Management Program that includes a series of inter-related projects or functional areas of significant depth and complexity.

• Negotiating and administering construction and engineering services contracts and third party agreements.

• Conceptualizing, influencing, developing, and administering goals, objectives, guidelines, policies, and procedures for the Division/Department.

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

• Complaint resolution.

• Critical and strategic problem solving.

• Effectively responding to inquiries, both orally and in writing.

• 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 primarily performed in a standard office environment, with occasional work in a field construction environment.

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; Occasional exposure to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, heights, traversing uneven terrain, 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: #transportation, architecture, civil engineering, construction management, Coordination, design, design management, engineering, light rail, principal construction manager, Supervisor, and Transit. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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