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6 May 2022

Full-Time Project Manager – Bus Rapid Transit – $80K-$130K – PROJE001991

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

Job Description

SALARY RANGE: $80,000 – $130,000

Sound Transit is changing the way we move around the region with an unprecedented number of system expansion projects taking place over the next seven (7) years, and more projects taking place through 2040, we will more than quadruple the current service area! Come and be part of the transformation as a Project Manager in the Stride Bus Rapid Transit capital program. This position will play an essential role in delivering a new mode of service for Sound Transit on an aggressive schedule. Four-plus (4+) years of experience in major capital project delivery and licensure as a Professional Engineer or Architect or PMP certification are highly preferred.

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Under general direction, manages, administers, and leads capital projects, and design and construction in assigned area of responsibility within the DECM Department; ensures that projects are designed and constructed within time and budget constraints and in full compliance with ST, local, state, and federal policies, procedures, rules, and regulations; develops and maintains productive relationships with project partners, jurisdictions and community groups; organizes and leads project teams through project initiation, development, and implementation; develops and manages project specific scopes, schedules and budgets; interfaces and works cooperatively with other Agency departments to implement and support Agency wide programs and to obtain consensus and approvals related to project or task; provides for the proper staffing of assigned projects; and represents the Agency on a local and regional level to inform and educate the public on current and future regional transit projects.


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.

• Participates as a member of the Sounder/BRT capital programs team, providing analysis, insight and recommendations to the program’s leadership.  Leads, coordinates, schedules, assigns, and inspects the daily work activities of assigned staff, consultants and contractors.

• Procures design consultants and third party agreements; coordinates and tracks consultant and agreement scope of work; monitors schedules; participates in the development of project feasibility studies, site selection, technical documentation of environmental analysis, and environmental reports for federal and state agency review and approval; supports the approval of project environmental phase and development of environmental documentation; negotiates and manages elements of scope, quality, schedule, costs, risk, personnel, consultants/contractors of design, construction and signage; manages project budgets and schedules for design and construction; ensures all scopes of work include proper adherence to all applicable codes and design practices; negotiates and approves change orders; forecasts future work for budget and schedule purposes; manages spending and monitors expenditures of project budgets and grants; and presents contracts and amendments to either the Capital Program Control Board, Sound Transit System Expansion Committee or Sound Transit Board of Directors for their consideration.

• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and communications with project partners, including local (Cities of Lakewood, Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, Kent, Tukwila, Seattle, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, Lynnwood, Kirkland, Bellevue, Renton, Tukwila, Burien), state (WSDOT), federal government officials (FTA, FRA, FHWA), and railroads (BNSF and Tacoma Rail), oversight groups such as the Citizen Oversight Panel, and key community stakeholders; negotiates and manages third party agreements to ensure compliance and accountability.

• Establishes relationships and builds consensus to reach, maintain and manage agreements between members of the affected communities or railroads and the design and construction team regarding station access improvements, track and signal improvements, design features, environmental impact mitigation, development and construction of improvements to the Sounder commuter rail system.

• Manages the progress of the design team including the budget and resources; maintains key project milestones; performs quality control of the design for best practices and code compliance; manages and reallocates contract funds if appropriate; distributes plans for review and approval by various sources both internal and external to Sound Transit; and monitors consultants work to determine if they are fulfilling the duties required by the scope of work.

• Manages reviews of design plans, environmental documentation, transportation studies,  and other design documentation required to develop and permit assigned projects; manages review of estimates for technical quality and adherence to applicable codes and standards; reviews and evaluates plan submittals, permit, environmental, and land use requirements and analyzes and solves complex technical problems and situations; reviews and gathers comments from interested parties and reviews the comments with the design team and determines how each comment is best addressed.

• Coordinates and mediates competing goals and expectations of the project with Sound Transit Operations and other Sound Transit departments, local cities and the surrounding community; coordinates with a wide group of users and operators of facilities to ensure proper operation and the completion of construction; and ensures the best practical project has been constructed.

• Negotiates and manages Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) with partner cities and agencies; agreements include joint use of capital funds or shared operations of a given facility; defines each project partner’s roles and responsibilities.

• Serves as team leader for design and construction projects performed by Agency staff, consultants, and contractors ensuring adherence to quality, budget and schedules; plans, prioritizes, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of assigned staff; establishes schedules and methods for providing assigned services; identifies resource needs; reviews needs with appropriate management staff; allocates resources accordingly; leads working groups to implement Agency programs; and interacts with project partners, local agencies, and jurisdictions to share knowledge, negotiate issues and develop collaborative relationships.

• Coordinates with construction management teams in the delivery of the project; ensures constructability reviews are performed; reviews plans and specifications for constructability and bid-ability at all milestones; provides suggestions and recommendations for better design; analyzes construction risk factors using experience and knowledge to determine risk and develop methods to minimize and control risk; for construction of projects in the state right-of-way (ROW), works with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) team to ensure Agency goals and objectives are met; establishes budgets and task orders; and approves changes.

• Negotiates and manages the commitments of agreements with local jurisdictions, project partners, and developers.

• Maintains project-level records concerning design, environmental, contracts, meetings, and other; prepares reports and briefings on project status, progress, changes, and related items related to scope, schedule, and budget; analyzes, tracks and reports on trends in project development, schedule, and budget in conjunction with the Department’s Project Control group.

• Represents Sound Transit on a local and regional level to inform and educate the public on current and future transit projects; develops meeting agendas and writes speaking points; and responds to and resolves inquiries and complaints.

• Provides support to the department and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety 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 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, architecture, construction management, environmental or closely related field and four years of experience in major capital project delivery, project management, and design work and construction administration that includes four years leading or supervising small to mid-size projects, and reading construction plans and specifications, preferably in a public sector transit related organization; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:


Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Registration as a Professional Engineer or Architect; Project Management Institute certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP); Design-Build Institute of America certification as a DBIA Professional or Associate;.

Required Knowledge of and Skills:

• Project management principles and practices, and third party agreement negotiations and management.

• Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.

• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

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

• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

• General principles of commuter rail design and construction.

• General principles, practices, and procedures of business administration and public administration.

• Project control principles, practices, and procedures.

• Public contract administration principles and practices.

• Principals of construction management, materials sampling and testing, and surveying procedures and terminology.

• Methods and techniques of data collection, research, and report preparation.

• Methods and techniques of statistical and financial analysis.

• Building codes and other industry standards of practice and design.

• Product specification and performance literature.

• Agency procedure manuals and other staff resources.

• Principles and practices of record keeping and records management.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

• 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 team leadership including project-lead/supervisory principles and practices.

• 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.

• Presentation and public speaking, representing the Agency and assigned projects in meetings with partners, stakeholders, and affected communities.

• Interpreting and administering contracts, policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.

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

• Providing technical expertise and assistance in administering the project management functions for a variety of programs and projects.

• Collecting, evaluating, and interpreting information and data from multiple sources.

• Conducting research and analysis and providing appropriate recommendations based on findings.

• Performing constructability reviews.

• Analyzing and reviewing financial plans and related budgetary information to determine impact on projects and cost controls.

• Preparing clear and concise analytical, administrative and financial reports.

• Assisting with budget preparation and administration.

• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.

• Maintaining good customer relations with positive customer service orientation.

• Applying project management techniques and principles.

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

• Monitoring program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

• Leading, supervising, delegating, communicating, and providing feedback and work direction to assigned staff.

• Understanding and interpreting design and construction contracts, including general conditions, FTA/FRA provisions, drawings and specifications.

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 when 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: architecture, budgeting, bus rapid transit, capital project delivery, construction management, design, design-build institute of America, development, engineering, environment, project management professional, project manager, scheduling, and  project management. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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