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23 Nov 2021

Full-Time Strategic Advisor-PSO Initiatives – STRAT002052

Sound Transit – Posted by Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

Salary Range: $105,000.00 to $165,000.00

Under general direction from the Deputy Executive Director of Portfolio Management & Integrity, the Special Projects Advisor is responsible for ensuring that critical PSO responsibilities are resourced and implemented. Initially, the key responsibilities will focus on implementing the Board’s realignment resolution (R2021-05), including collaborating with staff from Finance, Government & Community Relations, PEPD, DECM, and the CEO’s office to develop and manage the work plan. Qualified applicants will be able to track details, collaborate with diverse staff, facilitate meetings, write and review documents, communicate clearly, exercise independent judgment and strategic thinking, take initiative, make informed decisions within defined guidelines, and deliver completed tasks on schedule. In addition to serving as a strategic partner to the DED of Portfolio Management & Integrity, the position is required to embody the agency values, incorporate principles of equity and inclusion, and serve as a change management champion.

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.

  • Responsibilities specific to the realignment implementation (near-term work:
    • Integrate the realignment work plan with the cost savings work plan
    • Project manage the work plan to ensure completion of tasks by responsible departments and single points of accountability.
    • Coordinate with accountable and responsible parties for each action (primarily Finance, GCR, PEPD, DECM, and Project Controls).
  • Other work could include:
    • Serving as lead staffer or implementer for special projects for the Portfolio Management & Integrity division.
    • Researching subjects and developing recommendation for the DED of Portfolio Management & Integrity.
    • Collaborating regularly with staff around the agency.
    • Writing and revising reports, summaries, presentations, and talking points.
  • General functions:
    • Manages competing priorities with a detail-oriented, organized approach.
    • Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
    • Follows the agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
    • Integrates sustainability into everyday business practices.
  • 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 project management, public administration, or related field and a minimum of five years of experience at in performing project management/implementation, research, analysis, and/or administration for planning, public policy, transportation, or construction.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Organization, attention to detail, and follow-through on small and large tasks.
  • Proven ability to take initiative to meet program and agency visions, missions, and goals.
  • Clear and effective verbal and written communication. Ability to distill complex, technical information into messages and communications for a variety of audiences. Strong visual and presenting skills.
  • Strong relationship management and interpersonal skills, especially working with a variety of people. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other agency staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
  • Adaptability to meet changing demands.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and address a wide variety of issues and problems in a mature and highly professional manner in a high-intensity environment.
  • Ability to respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and respectfully to inquiries from the public, agency staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in area of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Utilizing computer software programs to compile and prepare spreadsheets, briefings, and reports (e.g. Microsoft Office suite).
  • Techniques and methodologies of project and time management.
  • Methods and techniques of information synthesis and report preparation.
  • General understanding of public administration. Preferred knowledge of transit/transportation planning, engineering, construction, maintenance, or operations.

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.
  • 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: public administration and  project management. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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