OPENING DATE: 05/19/17 CLOSING DATE: 07/14/17, 12:00 AM GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities, operations, and functions of the Structural, CAD, Right of Way, Utilities, Civil, and rail engineering groups within the Civil and Structural Design Division in the Design Engineering and Construction Management (DECM) department of Sound Transit; manages the administration and implementation of light rail and commuter rail design and construction engineering activities to ensure that all capital projects successfully meet identified objectives and are completed in accordance with the Agency's policies and procedures and within established scope, budgetary and scheduling requirements; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, programs, Departments/Offices, and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex organizational support to the Director of Civil and Structural Design.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Assists the Director of Civil and Structural Design as lead Engineer in resolution of highly technical and complex design, construction and operational problem analysis and resolution. • Manages and supervises the services and activities of the Structural, Right of Way, Utilities, Civil Track and CAD engineering groups within the DECM department; manages the administration and implementation of engineering activities involving design, right-of-way (ROW), permitting, budget, utilities relocating and construction engineering support to ensure that all capital projects successfully meet identified objectives and are completed within established budgetary and scheduling guidelines; directs, manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned projects, services, and functional areas within the division; updates, modifies, recommends and administers policies and procedures. • Manages division consultants and contractors in the administration and implementation of projects and/or project phases; ensures that projects, services, and operations of are completed within the scope, schedule, and budget; and that all objectives are successfully met. • Assists Director in leading light rail design and construction support work by assigned staff, consultants, and contractors including street work, structures, tunnel and portals, trackwork, stations, traffic control, drainage, and utilities; ensures adherence to quality, budget, and schedules; develops, directs and applies design criteria, engineering standards, technical criteria and procedures, and quality control procedures for civil/architectural design and construction; directs coordination with other agency technical staff, utilities, and private entities; assists in the establishment of formal agreements and contracts; directs, manages and controls the work of engineering design consultants to assure adequacy, competence, economy, operational feasibility, and maintainability of design and construction; and assists in the selection and hiring of construction contractors. • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned Structural, Right of Way, Track, utilities, civil, and CAD staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations. • Provides responsible Structural, Right of Way, Track, utilities, civil and CAD staff and assistance to the DECM Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering, Project Directors, and the DECM Executive Director; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; summarizes and analyzes issues and provides recommendations to the Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends modifications to functional areas, policies, and procedures as appropriate; conducts follow-up to ensure that the issues have been resolved; and responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. • Assists the Director in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures that division, and where applicable individual project(s), expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the division and to their completion; review and approve division expenditures; and implement adjustments. • 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; 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. • Provides oversight and leadership to ensure consistency and timely management of agency design standards, processes and procedures. • Coaches, trains and motivates structural, Right of Way, Track and CAD, Utility, Civil and CAD staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the department and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, or closely related field and eight years of civil/structural engineering design and construction experience that includes four years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility, preferably in a rail or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications: • Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License. • A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the State of Washington.
Required Knowledge of: • Extensive direct experience with light rail design, structural, construction and operation programs. • Senior professional and/or technical expert experiences of light rail engineering principles and practices. • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in light rail design and construction. • Use of engineering consulting services and construction management. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to light rail design and construction. • Performing negotiations, partnering and technical problem solving with local jurisdictions and agencies, utilities, contractors, and community groups. • Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. • Engineering maps and records. • Contract and procurement strategies and management principles. • Policy and procedure development. • Risk assessment and strategic planning. • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. • Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration. 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. • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Required Skill in: • Directing light rail design and construction • Performing advanced level professional engineering duties involved in the design and development of a variety of light rail engineering projects. • Preparing, reviewing, interpreting, analyzing, and modifying complex engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved budgets. • Developing, reviewing, updating, and managing the ST design manual and specifications, which is the basis of the design for all DECM work. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public. • Outstanding communicative skills including presentation development and public speaking. • Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports. • Applying advanced project management and program development techniques and principles. • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports. • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies. • Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. • Applying project management techniques and principles and defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives. • Administering change orders. • Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals. • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies. • Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules. • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: • Work is performed in a standard office environment with frequent visits to construction sites. • Subject to normally 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.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
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.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.
All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.