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25 Aug 2021

Full-Time Senior Design Manager-PSO – $105K-$165K – SENIO001976

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

SALARY RANGE: $105K to $165K annually

Sound Transit is expanding our light rail system and seeks a Senior Design Manager to lead a design team through design and construction of a major extension. Under the Deputy Project Director for the assigned project and in close collaboration with the Director of Infrastructure Engineering, this position will lead, manage and coordinate the delivery of civil engineering elements of major light rail projects. This leadership role provides oversight and direction to large consultant design teams, ensures compliance with agency technical requirements and standards in accordance with agency procedures. Collaboration is key for this role coordinating closely with Operations, Engineering, Environmental, Safety, Quality, and external 3rd parties staff.

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Under general direction from the Director of Infrastructure Engineering while assigned to the Project Director or Executive Project Director, leads, manages and coordinates the delivery of civil engineering elements of major light rail corridor projects, heavy passenger rail projects or bus projects within the Design, Engineering, and Construction Management (DECM) Department.  This leadership role requires providing oversight and direction of large design consultant teams and close coordination with the Sound Transit Operations, Engineering, Safety, 3rd parties, and Quality Staff.  Primary function ensures delivery of value and quality of design to fulfill the agencies mission while Engineering’s mission as the lead representative for the Infrastructure Engineering Division assigned to a project(s).


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.

• Supervises, coaches, trains and motivates staff; Supports work force planning efforts for Infrastructure Engineering division.

• Manages complex large or multiple smaller scale transit related civil engineering design including, architectural, civil, traffic, track, structural, geotechnical, landscaping, ventilation, station electrical, lighting, and urban design efforts, directing work teams and coordinating between work efforts of multiple design teams and multiple Engineering subject matter experts;

• Administration and management of engineering Consultant contracts, including peer reviews, design reviews, contract packaging, schedules, budgets, construction support, and risk assessments.

• Plans, develops, negotiates, and administers formal agreements and permits with third parties, including state and local agencies, utilities, and private property owners, as required for the delivery of corridor projects; works with real estate, legal, contracts, project control, quality, operations, facilities, maintenance and other Sound Transit departments in coordination and development of agreements;

• Accountable for design support during construction including design contract management, recommendation of error and omission, resolution of non-conformance issues related to design, and change management of design related issues.

• Provides support to the department/division 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 to Sound Transit leadership including Board and Executive leadership; 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 civil engineering, or closely related field. Five years of civil engineering/architectural design and construction experience that includes four years of experience with project and contracts management, preferably in a rail or transit related environment, and three years of leadership, budgetary, planning and workforce management experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

• Valid state driver’s license.

• A Professional Civil Engineer license or Professional Architect license issued by the State of Washington.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Advanced understanding of principles and practices of civil engineering.

• Strong knowledge of application of Federal, State, and local policies, laws and codes and regulations.

• Advanced knowledge of principles of project management.

• Operations, services, and activities of transit engineering, site civil and construction programs.

• Engineering consulting services and methods including scopes of work, reports, studies, cost estimates, plans, and specifications.

• Contract and procurement strategies and management principles.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills to concisely and accurately convey technical information to others.

• Strong public speaking skills and the ability to represent the Agency at public meetings and Sound Transit Executive Leadership and Board meetings.

• Supervisory and team leadership skills.

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

• Preparing, reviewing, interpreting, analyzing, and modifying complex engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved budgets.

• Applying advanced project management and contract management techniques and principles.

• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

• Excellent ability to collaborate with others and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

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

• Ability to work independently and demonstrate effective time management skills.

• Ability to effectively manage, prioritize, and delegate workload among assigned resources.

• Ability to work effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed in a standard office environment with visits to the construction site as required.

• 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, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.

• Subject to navigating uneven terrain during construction site visits, including compliance with compliance with agency safety policies such as right-of-way worker safety protocols.

• 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: LGBT. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: architectural engineering, budgetary, civil, civil engineering, Construction, Leadership, planning, and workforce management. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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