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19 Oct 2022

Full-Time Project Manager – High Capacity Transit (HCT) – PROJE002426

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

Job Description

Salary range is $65k to $145k, with a midpoint of $105k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.



Under general direction from the High Capacity Transit (HCT) Development Director and/or Development Manager(s), the Project Manager role supports the planning and design functions for an assigned High Capacity Transit (HCT) project; This position will aid in performing project management activities for assigned projects, including  participation in development of scope, coordination with consultant/contractors, contracts, and communication; interagency partnership agreements; and in coordination with the HCT Development Director and/or Manager(s), provides daily coordination with work of assigned matrixed staff, consultants, and contractors.


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.

• Serves as a point-of-contact for the project within the Planning, Environment, and Project Development (PEPD) division coordinating with staff in the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management (DECM) and Operations divisions throughout the project life cycle.

• In coordination with the Corridor Director, Project Development Director and/or Manager(s), plans, coordinates, and reviews the work of matrixed staff; and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs.

• In consultation with the Corridor Director, Project Development Director and/or Manager(s), supports Sound Transit leadership, Board Administration, and Government & Community Relations staff to provide information about the HCT project to Board members, local elected officials, and the Federal Transit Administration; and develops written and visual presentation materials as requested on high capacity transit project development topics, including design, engineering, environmental reviews, and stakeholder involvement.

• In consultation with the Corridor Director, Project Development Director and/or Manager(s), coordinates planning, environment, and project development activities; assists in directing consultant project development and planning activities for assigned segments/projects; reviews and comments on consultant submittals of plans and reports; assists in managing the communication and coordination of project development/planning work activities among Agency technical staff and consultant team; and participates in review of scope of work and schedule consultant contracts.

• Assists in managing preparation of environmental documentation; assists the Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Division by reviewing and commenting on environmental documents; comments on proposed approaches to completing the environmental documentation; and ensures project development, planning, and engineering activities are coordinated with environmental documents.

• Assists in communicating with project stakeholders including the general public, neighborhood groups, businesses, property owners, and other community members to keep them informed about the status of the project; serves as a technical contact and responds to requests for information from other agencies and the general public; participates in community outreach and education activities, such as writing and/or reviewing written and website materials and participating in public events; and prepares and makes presentations to a variety of stakeholder groups representing diverse needs, interests, and concerns.

• Coordinates with staff of Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), King and/or Pierce Counties, affected cities, local transit agencies, other local jurisdictions, and tribes throughout project development to define and evaluate alignment and transit facility options; participates in the interagency work team as directed; interacts, shares knowledge, assists in, negotiates issues, and develops collaborative relationships; and prepares presentations to City Councils and other jurisdictions.

• Assist in developing and negotiates interagency and partnership agreements, including budgets, to accomplish project development.

• Provides support to the Division on matters as directed; 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, urban planning, transportation, public policy, public administration, or closely related field and four years of experience in public transit, project management, development of intergovernmental agreements, transportation planning, engineering or closely related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid state driver’s license.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Operations, services, and activities of high capacity transit systems.

• Transportation and transit planning and related design concepts and policy issues as may be appropriate.

• Planning and transportation project development principles and practices.

• Project management techniques and principles.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping.

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

• Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis.

• Third party negotiation, consensus building principles and practices, public involvement tools and strategies, and conflict resolution.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including environmental review processes and SEPA/NEPA environmental laws.

• 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.

• Familiarity with principles of project budget preparation and administration.

• 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.

• Completing project development duties for projects started by others and in a variety of stages in the project life-cycle as assigned

• Managing and completing multiple tasks, setting objectives/goals, and re-prioritizing as needed.

• Adapting to changing project assignments as needed to balance workloads and achieve other Department objectives.

• Negotiating and identifying solutions that balance the Agency’s interests and those of the negotiating partner(s), within financial capacity and other constraints, as directed.

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

• Interpreting technical information for a variety of audiences.

• Developing and delivering presentations and presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing

• Responding to inquiries using effective oral and written communication.

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

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, or physical harm 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 Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: #transportation, civil engineering, public administration, public policy, and urban planning.


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