Note: The salary above does not include the Legislative approved salary increase effective July 1, 2019.
The Opportunity: Are you ready for an amazing career opportunity? Are you a data-driven problem solver? Do you enjoy leading teams of creative, passionate, innovative people? Do you seek the chance to build an organization that will oversee the safety of millions of people?
The organization you build will work with 32 transit agencies, 4 fixed rail - guideway programs, tribes, cities, counties and more than 170 grantees to help ensure the safety of the travelling public throughout the State of Washington. The purpose of this position is to create and lead a team that will help ensure public and worker safety on public transportation systems through the development and implementation of safety standards, policies, programs, and procedures. This leadership position provides safety oversight of rail transit authorities (including Sound Transit, the Monorail, Seattle Streetcars, and Tacoma Link), drug and alcohol prevention programs, and public transportation asset management.
This position is crucial to WSDOT's mission of providing an integrated multimodal transportation system. Safety is a key to the ability of public transportation systems to provide multimodal service. If safety is a passion that has turned into a successful career for you, and you're looking to take the next step down that path, we strongly encourage you to apply today!
At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?
This position will perform the following work:
Developing, implementing and administering public transportation safety oversight policies, procedures, standards and protocols for public transportation providers.
Providing system oversight, analysis and review to ensure equipment and vehicles are in a state of good repair, operators and mechanics are drug and alcohol free, employees are well trained in safety practices and procedures and management and executives promote a safety first workplace.
Conducting safety audits to ensure compliance with FTA and state safety requirements.
Engaging FTA and national associations like the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on evolving safety issues.
Participate in a forum for state's public transportation safety offices across the nation to meet to continuously improve and update best practices.
Analyzing complex federal and state legislation and regulations to determine impact to agencies, grantees and WSDOT.
Establishing cooperative working relationships with transit agencies, not-for-profits, fixed rail guideway systems, regulators, and agency and national peers.
Providing leadership, establishing and deliver on work priorities, communicate effectively, reinforce a performance-based culture, and develop staff.
Chair cross- functional safety steering committee to establish biennial priorities and work plans.
Required Education and Experience:
At least ten years of progressive experience in management and a record of proven leadership.
Minimum of a bachelor's degree with emphasis in transportation, planning, urban design, or safety.
Knowledge of safety laws, regulations, and analysis procedures.
Demonstrated strategic leadership skills.
Effective communications including the ability to verbally present to large groups including, executive managers and leaders.
Effective written communications including reports and presentations.
Masters' degree in engineering, planning, urban design or safety.
Complete FTA Safety certifications.
Project management certifications.
Advanced technical skills.
Knowledge of federal, state, regional and local transportation legislative processes.
Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Eirik Landes at LandesE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WMS-0W548.
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/.
Internal Number: 19DOT-WMS-0W548-1
About Washington State Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs.