Railway - Information Technology, Railway Engineering
4 Year Degree
Lead the development of a modern, regional fare collection system, and then lead an enterprise effort to adopt and implement that regional solution across all modes of transit, directly supporting mission-critical agency goals. The successful candidate will demonstrate strategic thinking ability, ability to coordinate across multiple work streams many of which are not under direct control of the program; ability to drive teams to consensus will be critical to success. This position will plan, coordinate, and oversee a broad mix of agency strategy, technology procurement, installation and commissioning, organizational development, business process changes, and civil work; spread across multiple phases over many years; requiring work on many fronts at the same time; under conditions of ambiguity; and oversee tactical delivery changes through the project management office.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 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.
• Ability to maintain a strategic focus in the face of changing timelines and requirements while continuing to drive the consensus necessary to deliver value to the agency and the region. • Plans, directs, coordinates, and assesses the work of staff assigned to the program; manages project consultants and vendors; monitors work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, budget guidelines, and programs; makes effective decisions and recommendations to the project steering committee; drives issue resolution through program and project governance. • Manages the portfolio of interrelated sub-projects within the complex, multi-year overall Fare Systems Program; manages project change control through project governance. • Provides oversight of the project team through the entire Fare Systems Program lifecycle, including agency team leads, consultant resources, and vendors; coordinates training; manages project team relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of work and measures the performance of the child projects' scope, schedule, and budget. • Manages performance of assigned teams, consultants, and vendors; takes appropriate mitigating and corrective actions when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff and to the program steering committee. • Coordinates and ensures Sound Transit’s meaningful participation in the ongoing design and development of the regional solution; plans and provides oversight to Sound Transit’s design, installation, and commissioning of that regional solution, including changes to related business processes; includes delivery of front office hardware solutions, enabling infrastructure, any related system or data integrations, and decommissioning of legacy components; and coordinates the release of fare systems changes with other large capital and system expansion programs. • Supports Finance, Design Engineering and Construction Management, Operations, and IT Divisions in the development of effective cross-departmental strategy, including representation of status and risks to the CEO level. • Provides policy and staff assistance to the Agency Board, Steering Committee, and associated groups on any program issues and provides recommendations on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends 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. • 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 business management, information systems, engineering, systems integration, project management or closely related field and eight years of experience managing the design and implementation of large and complex projects with multiple stakeholders; OR a combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications: None.
Preferred Licenses or Certifications: • Masters' Degree in business management, information systems, engineering, or project management. • Current Project Management Professional Certification.
Required Knowledge of: • Principles of leadership, training, and performance evaluation. • Advanced project management principles and practices for a range of alternative project delivery methods. • Systems engineering from both a business and technology perspective. • Advanced principles and practices of project controls, budget preparation, contract administration, change management, and contract performance assessment. • Policy and procedure development. • Risk assessment and strategic planning. • Principles of financial management (expenditure tracking, earned value, variance identification, revenue tracking). • Program and project scheduling with resource management. • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. • Excellent oral and written communication skills and effective presentation skills. • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
Preferred Knowledge of: • Principles and standards of enterprise technology systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), or fare collection systems. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit operations.
Required Skills: • Expert level experience managing the delivery of large, complex systems projects through design, build, and implementation. • Driving project direction while working collaboratively with project stakeholders at all levels including the Executive Leadership Team, Project Steering Committee, Agency officials, and subject matter experts. • Vendor and contractor oversight and performance management. • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public. • Conceptualizing, influencing, developing, and administering goals, objectives, guidelines, and procedures for the project. • Developing and monitoring project budget, cost, and schedule. • 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. • 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 and issue resolution and problem solving. • Presentation development and public speaking skills. • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial data and reports. • Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, consultants, contractors, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies. • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority. • 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. 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.
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Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit service throughout the urban region of Seattle. Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily.We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.