GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction from the Manager of Operations Design Review, reviews and provides oversight throughout the design, engineering, and construction of the Sound Transit capital expansion program. Projects include commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, park and rides, and a variety of other transit improvements throughout the Region. Ensures future operations and maintenance are being considered by senior level professional engineering, architectural staff, and consultants through all phases of project development. Coordinates with Corridor Operations Directors and other Operations and Maintenance subject matter experts while working collaboratively across the agency through Planning, Design and Construction into Revenue Operations ensuring operational needs are met. This role includes ongoing improvements to construction project design and materials focusing on maintainability, quality, reliability, durability and operability. Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, programs, departments/offices, and outside agencies. Requires the ability to focus on the future customer experience while ensuring longer-term total cost of ownership (TCO) remains financially sustainable. Utilizes industry best practices and use the agency’s existing and future capital expansion project’s lessons learned. Documents lessons learned and shares across the division/agency building a stronger collective knowledge. Candidates should be self-starters, team focused, good communicators, and able to educate others on design challenges, and learning all aspects (track, civil, systems, etc.) of design review related to ST capital transit expansion.
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.
• Performs design reviews; reviews plans and specifications focused on operations and maintenance at multiple phases throughout design and construction. Provides constructive feedback on project design issues including recommendations based upon lessons learned; analyzes operations and maintenance risk factors using experience and knowledge to determine risk and recommends methods to improve safety and minimize risk. Provides regular updates for the Design Criteria Manual and other Agency standards and guidelines. Implements or recommends corrective actions. • Supports Operations effort on complex, large architectural, civil, traffic, guideway, track work, structural, geotechnical, landscaping, ventilation, station electrical, lighting, fleet vehicles, urban design analyses and design efforts, assisting teams and coordinating between multiple capital projects and multiple design teams. • Coordinates with Corridor Operations Directors for project related activities and is responsible for the coordination of Operations long-term needs in the design effort, resolution of design issues, assuring the civil-systems interfaces are well-coordinated, and coordination with third parties including WSDOT, the Cities, and the Counties for facilities and utilities design. Coordinates with other ST departments, (System Engineering, Systems Integration, Construction, Community Outreach, Project Control Lead, and Rail Activation). Provides design support during construction. • Provides Operations support to Design, Engineering, and Construction Management (DECM) in reviewing and providing input during the development and negotiation of formal agreements and permits with third parties, including state and local agencies, utilities, and private property owners, as required for the delivery of expansion projects; working with real estate/right-of-way, legal, contracts, project control, Quality Assurance, maintenance and other Sound Transit departments. • Arranges for and participates in various Division and Department meetings relative to assigned roles and responsibilities; writes project profile documents and progress reports; compiles meeting notes for follow up; becomes conversant with all operations relevant concepts and issues facing the Division, Department and Agency; evaluates and proposes improvements to facility capital processes where practical, including better efficiency, cost containment, quality, customer satisfaction, staff collaboration, and TCO. • 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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Associates Degree in construction management, facility management or closely related field and three years of experience is preferred, and/or certifications/licenses for DBIA or other construction delivery methods; and/or experience in specific rail/bus, transit/transportation, including track, facilities (vertical/horizontal circulation), vehicle maintenance or control center operations. Preferences given to trainings, qualifications or certifications provided by the National Transit Institute (NTI), American Public Transit Association (APTA), and the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI). Experience with rail or transit related projects is highly desired. Reviewing drawings, specifications and agency - jurisdictional agreements, providing input during design phases through construction and transitioning to operations. Working with stakeholders, and policy and procedures development that includes total cost of ownership responsibility, preferably in a transit/transportation related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications: Valid state driver’s license.
Required Knowledge of: • Operational characteristics, services, and activities related to operations and facilities management, preferably in a rail or transit related environment. • Technical knowledge of industry engineering principles and practices. • Architectural and engineering design techniques and practices. • Agency design criteria manuals, policies and procedures, standard contract documents, surveys, right of way policies. • Building construction principles and practices including a very strong familiarity with building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical trades. • Ability to interpret CAD architectural and engineering drawings. • Principles and practices of program development and administration. • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices. • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. • Project management techniques and principles. • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers, mobile devices and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases at an advanced level of proficiency.
Required Skill in: • Overseeing multiple public and private service providers over a large geographic area including multiple, sometimes overlapping jurisdictional authority. • Assures adherence to Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) with partner cities and agencies. • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports. • 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. • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. • Critical and strategic problem solving. • Preparing and analyzing data and comprehensive reports. • Responding to inquiries in effective oral and written communication. • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies. • Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients.
Physical Demands / Work Environment: • Work is performed indoors and out of doors throughout the service area of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. • Work off hours during special projects and inspections. • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 50 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, infectious disease, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field. • Work near/adjacent to active rail and bus lines. • 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.
About Sound Transit
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.