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9 May 2022

Full-Time Project Manager – Permitting & Regulatory Compliance – $65K-$145K – PROJE002289

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, the Project Manager – Permitting & Regulatory Compliance manages, administers, and leads permit and regulatory compliance efforts within Sound Transit’s regional transit network. This position develops, executes, and manages permitting strategies and regulatory compliance to ensure Sound Transit capital projects, small works projects, and existing capital facilities are developed, constructed, operated, and maintained in accordance with local, state, and federal codes and regulations.

This position will demonstrate independent decision-making and discretion in developing solutions to complex regulatory challenges; develops and manages project specific scopes, schedules, and budgets; manages and resolves challenges with regulatory stakeholders, project teams, internal staff, and contractors; and possesses excellent communication skills in interfacing with a diverse range of public stakeholders.


The following is a 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.

• Manages regulatory compliance for Sound Transit projects including monitoring successful execution of permit conditions with various partners during project execution, project closeout, certificates of occupancy, and maintenance and operations of Sound Transit infrastructure.

• Establishes and maintains collaborative, effective, and durable working relationships with local, state, and federal partners with diplomacy and composure. Engages diverse audiences, listens to different perspectives, build rapport, and defuses high tension situations.

• Manages, triages, coordinates, and resolves a variety of technical regulatory challenges with AHJ officials, project team members, discipline leads, construction management teams, and contractors through all phases of the project.

• Develops, reviews, and implements project regulatory strategic plans required to meet project regulatory requirements in collaboration with project leadership team.

• Technical expert and strategic advisor on regulatory environment, applicable codes, environmentally critical areas, public works, land use, and high-capacity transit issues. Evaluates the impacts of emerging regulatory and policy trends; evaluates emerging trends and policy impacts; identifies the need for new code development and possible revisions.

• Ensures design and contractor deliverables comply with all applicable permit conditions, codes, and standards including specifications, design drawings, technical memos, and calculations.

• Coordinates with construction management (CM) teams to resolve challenging field issues by providing technical expertise and guidance in managing on site permit conditions. Performs site visits to observe site conditions, water quality, BMPs, and related issues; verifies finished site conditions are met to ensure permit closeout, and project substantial completion.

• Collaborates with ST-Legal in managing legal interpretation, challenges or opportunities in the project regulatory environment; creating and implementing regulatory strategies and provide technical expertise to support Agency goals and objectives.

• Manages the preparation of permit packages and the review process through multiple regulatory agencies; review and audit inspection reports, deferred submittals, and other matters for regulatory compliance

• Identifies risks related to code compliance and develops mitigation measures.

• 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 construction management, urban planning, architecture, civil engineering, environmental science, public policy, or closely related field; and four years of experience providing technical support in the oversight and management of complex regulatory processes in construction, land use, public works, and environmental regulation compliance; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid state driver’s license.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

• International Code Council (ICC) technical certification.

• Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) technical certification.

• International Code of Building Officials (ICBO) technical certification.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• The diverse and multi-jurisdictional regulatory environment as well as expertise in the application of local construction codes and standards, land use/zoning, project management, urban, environmental and current planning, civil engineering, permitting, and construction management.

• Operations, services, and activities of a permit process program.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations as related to environmental compliance.

• Regulatory agency processes.

• Architectural, urban planning, environmental science, engineering, structural, and other disciplines.

• Understanding of erosion control and water quality issues.

• Principles and procedures of record keeping.

• Customer service and public relations methods and techniques.

• Methods and techniques of research and analysis.

• Project management techniques and principles.

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

• Principles of business letter writing and 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.

• 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.

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

• Applying advanced principles and practices of the regulatory approval process.

• Preparing and analyzing data and reports.

• Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients.

• Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.

• Collaborating with multiple regulatory agencies in advancing agency goals.

• Working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines, and adjusting to changing priorities.

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

• Applying project management techniques and principles.

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

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery and extreme noise 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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To apply, please visit the link below or visit soundtransit.org/get-to-know-us/jobs and click on "current job listings". https://recruiting.ultipro.com/SOU1036SOUND/JobBoard/dcc5dbea-875e-4cd1-bfd2-8e046cecc54f/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=14121d15-45ea-4aeb-baed-c2f7ce955e3a

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: architecture, civil engineering, construction management, design, engineering, environmental science, ICBO certification, ICC certification, project manager, public policy, urban planning, WABO certification, and  project management. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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