Deputy Project Director - Downtown Redmond Link Extension

Sound Transit – Seattle, WA

SALARY: $110k - $180k


Under administrative direction, assists the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director in directing, managing, supervising, and coordinating the activities of the Downtown Redmond Link Extension within the Design, Engineering & Construction Management (DECM) Department, coordinates assigned activities with other programs and divisions throughout the Agency and major external partners including the City of Redmond, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Federal Transit administration (FTA), King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, King County Metro, other agencies having jurisdiction, and project partners; provides highly responsible and complex project management, technical, policy, and administrative leadership in support of the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director and the Downtown Redmond Link Extension project.

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.

  • A primary function of this position will be to assist the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director by providing general oversight and direction of the Downtown Redmond Link Extension construction management functions related to a design-build contract with the objectives of delivering a quality project safely, on schedule, and within budget.
  • The Downtown Redmond Link Extension Deputy Project Director will have accountability for construction budget and schedule and for developing and implementing strategies to best ensure both are met.
  • The Downtown Redmond Link Extension Deputy Project Director will be a leader in promoting the agency values including quality and safety awareness and adherence to safety policies and procedures and will have accountability for ensuring Downtown Redmond Link Extension construction contracts comply with safety certification requirements.
  • This position will oversee, prioritize, and coordinate the activities of the Principal Construction Managers (Civil and Systems) assigned to Downtown Redmond Link Extension. Those positions will manage and control construction contracts and activities and will be matrixed to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension project and the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Deputy Project Director.
  • This position will prepare and lead discussions and presentations on construction strategies, status, and issues to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director, the DECM Deputy Executive Director of Project Management, the DECM Executive Director, the Sound Transit CEO, the Sound Transit Board, the City of Redmond, King County, WSDOT, community groups, media, and federal agencies including the Federal Transit Administration.
  • In conjunction with the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director and the Director of Construction Management, ensure timely management and resolution of construction contract issues and claims.
  • In conjunction with the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director and the Deputy Executive Director of Design and Engineering, ensure timely management and resolution of design issues; oversee and prioritize the activities of the Corridor Design Managers (Civil and Systems) to efficiently provide design support for review of submittals, responses to requests for information, interpretation of design requirements, and preparation of drawing and specification revisions as required.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, reviews, and assesses the work of assigned staff, consultants, and contractors; assigns and monitors work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and provides input on work evaluations of matrixed staff and makes and implements effective suggestions and recommendations to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director and the DECM Executive Director.
  • Oversees contract delivery management and project control teams consisting of staff and consultants to ensure achievement of key project milestones and quality within the project budget.
  • Develops, manages, and implements strategies to ensure that design, construction, permitting, right of way, commissioning, start-up/testing, safety certification, and rail activation activities are coordinated and integrated successfully for the Downtown Redmond Link Extension to achieve performance goals and objectives for scope, budget, schedule, risk, safety, security, and quality; provides comprehensive analysis and coordinates resolution of complex issues involving cost, value, schedule, quality, safety, and risk considerations with Executive Project Director and project management team.
  • Responsible for all activities necessary to obtain a City of Redmond occupancy permits. Also responsible for all activities required to achieve full safety certification, acceptance by ST Operations, acceptance by the City of Redmond, WSDOT, and completion of testing prerequisite to both pre-revenue service and revenue service operations in 2024.
  • Coaches, trains, and motivates the project team; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages project team relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of work and measures the performance of the project scope, schedule, and budget; manages staff and consultants and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff and the Executive Project Director; develops work plans, budgets, and schedules for staff, consultant, and contractor work; recommends corrective actions, discipline, and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary to effectively and efficiently deliver the project.
  • Supports the community outreach and public information effort(s) applicable to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Project and to the Agency in general; responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive stakeholder and project partner inquiries and complaints.
  • Provides policy and staff assistance to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director; summarizes and analyzes program issues and provides recommendations to the Downtown Redmond Link Extension Executive Project Director on strategies to resolve these issues; recommends and implements 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.
  • Provides support to the department and others on matters as directed.
  • 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:
    Bachelors Degree in civil engineering, construction management, transportation/urban planning, or closely related field and eight years of senior-level experience managing design and/or construction of large, complex public transit projects, including alternative project delivery methods; OR a combination of education and experience.

    Required Licenses or Certifications:
    Valid state drivers license.

    Preferred Licenses or Certifications:
  • A valid Professional Civil Engineer license issued by the State of Washington.
  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Certification.
  • Required Knowledge of:
  • Principles and standards of construction methods and processes for large public transit projects regarding civil, mechanical, electrical, and systems (e.g. signals, communications, traction electrification, light rail vehicles) for light rail transit.
  • Project management principles and practices for a range of alternative project delivery methods including Design-Build and GCCM.
  • Transit systems construction, operations, maintenance, fire life safety systems, facilities, and planning.
  • Public transportation construction principles and practices.
  • Advanced principles and practices of governmental project controls, budget preparation, contract administration, change management, and contract performance assessment.
  • Project development and management processes and operations and maintenance of public transit facilities, preferably light rail.
  • Procurement and management of design consultant and other professional services contracts, construction contract procurement, contract management, and evaluation.
  • Policy, procedure, and best practices development and implementation.
  • Risk assessment and strategic planning.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit operations.
  • Principles of financial management (expenditure tracking, earned value, variance identification, revenue tracking).
  • Operations, services, and activities of assigned division programs and functional areas.
  • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
  • Advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, effective presentation skills, and familiarity and comfort engaging with elected officials and the media.
  • 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:
  • Managing large, complex public transit projects during construction, preferably light rail.
  • Performing high level negotiations and partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, project partners and key stakeholders, utilities, consultants, contractors, and community groups.
  • Applying excellent oral and written communication techniques to inform and address concerns from various individuals ranging from Agency employees, consultants, contractors, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies, and the media.
  • Applying advanced project management, program development, and project control techniques and principles.
  • 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.
  • Conceptualizing, influencing, developing, and administering goals, objectives, guidelines, and procedures for the Downtown Redmond Link Extension project.
  • 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 resolution and problem solving.
  • Presentation development and public speaking skills.
  • Critical and strategic thinking.
  • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial data and reports.
  • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies and stakeholders.
  • Developing and monitoring project budget, cost, and schedule.
  • Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Researching accounts payable transactions and reconciling accounts payable problems.
  • 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.
  • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

  • Physical Demands / Work Environment:
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment, with periodic visits to project sites.
  • 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.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information.

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