Deputy Project Director - Multiple Positions

Sound Transit in Seattle, WA

  • Industry: Executive Management - Administrative/Operational Support
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $114,210.00 - 179,160.00 / Year*
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Deputy Project Director - Multiple Positions

SALARY: $?110k - $?180k Sound Transit is changing the way we move around the region with an unprecedented number of system expansion projects taking place over the next 7 years and more projects taking place through 2040, we will quadruple the current service area! The Deputy Project Director positions will manage one of two major projects - Lynnwood Link Extension or Federal Way Link Extension. Ideal candidates will have a Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, construction management, transportation/urban planning, or closely related field and eight (8) or more years of senior-level experience leading integrated teams and managing design and/or construction of large, complex public transit projects, that includes alternative project delivery methods.

GENERAL PURPOSE:Under administrative direction, assists the Executive Project Director in directing, managing, supervising, and coordinating the activities of the project within the Design, Engineering & Construction Management (DECM) Department; coordinates assigned activities with other programs and divisions throughout the Agency and major external partners including the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and various counties, cities, transit agencies, and other jurisdictions; provides highly responsible and complex project management, technical, policy, administrative, and team leadership in support of the Executive Project Director and the assigned project.

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.

The primary function of this position will be to assist the Executive Project Director by providing general oversight and direction of the design and construction management functions with the objectives of delivering a quality project safely, on schedule, and within budget.
The Deputy Project Director will have accountability for construction budget and schedule and for developing and implementing strategies to best ensure both are met.
The Deputy Project Director will be a leader in promoting quality and safety awareness and adherence to safety policies and procedures, and will have accountability for ensuring construction contracts comply with safety certification requirements.
Oversees major project construction management and project control teams consisting of staff and consultants to ensure achievement of key project milestones and quality within the project budget.
In conjunction with the Executive Project Director and the Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering, ensure timely management and resolution of design issues during construction; oversee and prioritize the activities of the Corridor Design Managers (Civil and Systems) during construction to efficiently provide design support for review of submittals, responses to requests for information, interpretation of design requirements, and preparation of drawing and specification revisions as required.
In conjunction with the Executive Project Director and the Director of Construction Management, ensure timely management and resolution of construction contract issues and claims.
Prepare and lead discussions and presentations on construction strategies, project status, and issues to the Executive Project Director, the DECM Deputy Executive Director of Project Management, the DECM Executive Director, the Sound Transit CEO, the Sound Transit Board, municipalities, King County, Snohomish County, WSDOT, community groups, media, and federal agencies including the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.
Leads, plans, directs, coordinates, reviews, and assesses the work of assigned staff, consultants, and contractors; assigns and monitors work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and provides input on work evaluations of matrixed staff, and makes and implements effective suggestions and recommendations to the Executive Project Director and the DECM Executive Director.
Supports the community outreach and public information effort(s) applicable to the Project and to the Agency in general; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive stakeholder and project partner inquiries and complaints.
Provides policy and staff assistance to the Executive Project Director; summarizes and analyzes program issues and provides recommendations on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends and implements modifications to functional areas, policies, standards, and procedures as appropriate; and conducts follow-up to ensure that the issues have been resolved and that the project remains on schedule.
Provides support to the department and others on matters as directed.
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, construction management, transportation/urban planning, or closely related field and eight years of senior-level experience managing design and/or construction of large, complex public transit projects, including alternative project delivery methods; OR a combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid state drivers license.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
A valid Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of Washington.
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Certification.

Required Knowledge of:
Principles and standards of construction methods and processes for large public transit projects regarding civil, mechanical, electrical, and systems (e.g. signals, communications, traction electrification, light rail vehicles) for light rail transit.
Project management principles and practices for a range of alternative project delivery methods including Design-Build and GC/CM.
Transit systems construction, operations, maintenance, fire life safety systems, facilities, and planning.
Public transportation construction principles and practices.
Advanced principles and practices of governmental project controls, budget preparation, contract administration, change management, and contract performance assessment.
Project development and management processes and operations and maintenance of public transit facilities, preferably light rail.
Procurement and management of design consultant and other professional services contracts, construction contract procurement, contract management, and evaluation.
Policy, procedure, and best practices development and implementation.
Risk assessment and strategic planning.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit operations.
Principles of financial management (expenditure tracking, earned value, variance identification, revenue tracking).
Principles of Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling, schedule management, and associated software programs.
Operations, services, and activities of assigned division programs and functional areas.
Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, effective presentation skills, and familiarity and comfort engaging with elected officials and the media.
Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

Required Skill in:
Managing large, complex public transit projects during construction, preferably light rail.
Performing high-level negotiations and partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, project partners and key stakeholders, utilities, consultants, contractors, and community groups.
Applying excellent oral and written communication techniques to inform and address concerns from various individuals ranging from Agency employees, consultants, contractors, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies, and the media.
Applying advanced project management, program development, and project control techniques and principles.
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.
Conceptualizing, influencing, developing, and administering goals, objectives, guidelines, and procedures for the project.
Identifying and responding to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Complaint resolution and problem solving.
Presentation development and public speaking skills.
Critical and strategic thinking.
Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial data and reports.
Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies and stakeholders.
Developing and monitoring project budget, cost, and schedule.
Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
Researching accounts payable transactions and reconciling accounts payable problems.
Planning and organizing work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
Identifying and resolving general issues in a timely manner using sound judgment and effective oral and written communication.
Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment, with frequent visits to project sites.
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 contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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