Sound Transit Program Manager

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • 700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full Time Project Management Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $47.85 - $71.80 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Description
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) provides essential utility services to a rapidly growing and increasingly complex city and region. This Is an exciting time-- there are more people living in the region than ever before and the challenge before us is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We offer a dynamic work experience and are looking for people excited to embrace the challenge of achieving our vision of COMMUNITY-Centered, ONE Water, ZERO Waste.

~ First Consideration given to candidates to apply by Tues. June 14, 2022~

About Seattle Public Utilities : Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We actively take steps to dismantle systemic racism and increase service equity. We value diverse life experiences and strive to create a workplace that is welcoming to all. We take steps to be inclusive and equitable in our recruiting, hiring and promotional opportunities.

Why join us?
We know work isn't only about what you do it’s also about who you work for, and with! SPU provides a fun and family-friendly work environment that supports a work life balance, including:
  • Hybrid work schedule opportunities
  • Family-friendly and multicultural work environment
  • Generous benefits package
  • Free public transportation options
  • City pension plan with employer/employee contributions
  • Growth potential and advancement opportunities

Job Responsibilities
Are you an experienced project manager with proven stakeholder engagement skills? Do you get excited about negotiating and managing contracts for large, complex projects? If so, consider applying for Seattle Public Utilities Sound Transit Program Manager job! This position will function as SPU's program manager and primary lead for Sound Transit’s (ST) two ongoing major expansions of light rail: completion of the North Link, East Link and Lynnwood Link Segments and the West Seattle and Ballard Link Segments (estimated to cost $12B). This major regional mass transit program is the largest in Seattle history and has significant impacts to SPU’s interests which must be carefully managed to protect SPU’s ratepayers while simultaneously supporting the ST program

Roles and Responsibilities for this position will include :
  • SPU primary point of contact for the Sound Transit Light Rail and Bus Rapid Transit program (ST2 and ST3) impacting SPU assets, both within and outside the City of Seattle limits.
  • Manage SPU portions of the existing City/ST contracts, covering design review, real property services, construction administration and SPU services. This program includes ensuring consistency in approach across 10 active projects. Negotiate contract amendments, track scope and costs, and prepare monthly invoices.
  • Represent SPU in complex, multiple agency coordination for ST and related transportation projects impacting SPU assets or presenting opportunities for improvements to SPU’s systems.
  • Negotiate and manage future SPU portions of City/ST contracts for WSBL and the Bothell to Shoreline Bus Rapid Transit for planning, design and construction administration and services. This will include negotiating SPU’s scope and budget for the SPU portion of the City/ST contracts, tracking scope and costs, and preparing monthly invoices.
  • Actively provide leadership, focus and direction as SPU’s authoritative representative for the City’s WSBL team that includes participating in and organizing SPU’s participation and coordination with the following City-wide workgroups: Engineering, Environmental, Planning, Permitting and Funding.
  • Manage the SPU team of subject matter experts, including design engineers, Lines of Business representatives, construction engineers and real property staff. Direct supervision of one or more support project managers. As necessary, develop the team to ensure effective engagement and to represent SPU interests as the WSBL program ramps up into design and construction.
  • Coordinate closely with other City department ST teams including primarily SDOT, but also City Light, Seattle Dept of Construction and Inspection and Seattle Parks Department.
  • Coordinate closely with other permitting jurisdictions, such as City of Shoreline and Washington State Department of Transportation, for review, approval and implementation of right-of-way permits and building permits for work that impacts SPU assets in the right-of-way and SPU-owned facilities.
  • Identify and communicate policy issues and options for resolution and provide policy recommendations to SPU executives on all aspects of this program, as required (e.g., part of the City WSBL Team to develop and recommend permitting process policy changes and City code changes for streamlining the permit process to implement the largest infrastructure project in Seattle)

Experience : Five (5) years of experience leading a project team, managing scope, schedule and budget for complex utility and/or transportation capital projects
Education : Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Public or Business Administration, Urban or Transportation Planning, or related field.

Combinations of appropriate education/training, certification,

and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability to the

minimum education and experience requirements.

To be successful in this role, you should possess some of the following knowledge, skillls, and/or experience :
  • Experience representing one agency on an inter-departmental / inter-agency team executing a large transportation project.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent graphic, analytical, interpersonal, and writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to grasp complex issues, identify alternative approaches to problems and issues, develop policy recommendations, and exercise sound judgment. Demonstrated ability to balance support for large multi-agency public priorities (such as ST Light Rail) while advocating for and protecting the interests of utility ratepayers.
  • Comprehension of and direct experience with capital delivery life cycle: planning, design, construction, and closeout.
  • Experience working with multiple and varied stakeholders including capital project team members, vendors, consultants, permitting agencies, community members, and customers.
  • Experience negotiating contracts and/or other agreements.
  • Success leading and influencing the work of staff who do not directly report to you.

Additional Information
Application Requirement(s) :
  • A full City of Seattle online application
  • Resume & Cover letter describing your skills and experience, related to this position.

~Candidates submitting an incomplete Application Packages will NOT be considered~

City of Seattle COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.

Workplace Environment (*Telework Expectation) :
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 state and local restrictions, hybrid telework/office/field assignment work will be available that's consistent with HR guidelines, and as circumstances dictate. We continue to seek guidance from local public health agencies and will proceed accordingly with any necessary changed or needs regarding "workplace location" expectations.

Who may apply : The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimumqualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104 United States View Map