Transit Capital Unit Manager & Engineering Services Project Controls, Mgmt. & Performance

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time
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$139,110.40 - $168,251.20 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number


3/28/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


King County Metro is looking for two (2) innovative, collaborative leaders to manage the Engineering teams and Project Controls, Management & Performance teams within the Capital Division.

The Engineering Unit Manager will manage a large Engineering work group providing Civil, Structural, Architectural, Electrical, and Mechanical or a combination of these disciplines, providing design services for projects that create or modify transit facilities using assigned engineering and CAD staff within the Fixed Asset Portfolio of Metro Transit. Incumbents are responsible for managing these work groups which are supervised by Transit Capital Supervisors.

The Project Controls, Management and Performance Unit Manager will be responsible for performance monitoring, budget and finance for the Division, data management, project administration, contract procurement, and process improvements. The unit includes the Project Control Office, Project Management Office and two program managers for Green Building and Equity and Social Justice.

Metro's Fixed Asset Engineering Team is responsible for providing or arranging for the official engineering position on issues related to the daily operation of Metro facilities and the design of future facilities including standards, standardized equipment, guide specifications and design philosophy.

The Engineering Unit Manager is skilled at managing their teams' individual workflows and contributions to ensure quality, on time, on budget delivery. This position ensures that their unit is utilizing the engineering resources effectively and efficiently by assigning the right engineers to the right work based on various factors like technical expertise, individual strengths and team culture. They direct the technical quality assurance review of drawings, specifications, and contract documents for compliance with established engineering or project standards and objectives. Oversees and assists, as needed, in the work of external consultants involved in design projects. Ensures that work is being performed according to agency guidelines.

Supervision: These positions provide supervision to assigned staff. They are responsible for personnel actions such as hiring, training, performance evaluations and discipline as directed by the department director or designee.

The Engineering Unit Manager will stamp and sign engineering plans as a Professional Engineer.

The engineering teams are accountable for delivering a wide variety of projects and programs within six sub portfolios in the Fixed Asset portfolio, including a variety of Facility improvements, Passenger Infrastructure, Speed and Reliability Improvements, Zero Emissions Infrastructure, Regional Transit Integration and State of Good Repair.

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As a Unit Manager you will:
  • Build and maintain successful relationships among Metro workgroups, management, and external stakeholders and partners; liaison to jurisdictional partners to create and build relationships and resolve issues/disputes or escalate when appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate and participate in discussions with key stakeholders to determine project goals, objectives and report on outcomes.
  • Act as an effective representative and advocate for the respective unit.
  • Lead, help develop, and motivate employees, helping them to recognize the important role they each play in achieving the overall agency goals and empowering them to perform accordingly.
  • Responsible for hiring new team members, guiding multiple engineering teams, and identifying training opportunities and career development strategies to help their teams improve.
  • Promote equity and foster an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Cultivate a work environment that actively encourages diverse viewpoints, embraces and appreciates diversity, expects and ensures mutual respect, and promotes collaboration and cooperation.
  • Model effective interpersonal, communication and leadership skills including listening, motivating, managing conflicts or crises with courage and composure, and dealing with difficult problems with flexibility and adaptability.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain standards, policies, and procedures for engineering, and related work. Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Analyze and interpret operating policies, procedures, and guidelines. Develop recommendations for improvements. (Engineering Services Unit Manager Only)
  • Oversee and support change order negotiations and monitor the implementation of assigned projects. Monitor, review and oversee through assigned engineering staff, the progress of consultants, vendors and contractors to ensure compliance with contract requirements and applicable codes and regulations. (Engineering Services Unit Manager Only)
  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to assigned Transit Capital Supervisors and multiple workgroups, including developing performance standards and measures for project workgroups.
  • Resolve issues amongst assigned supervisors, peer unit managers and escalate to leadership as appropriate.
  • Provide for quality assurance of the work group products, which may include signing and/or authorizing work project developed by members of the assigned workgroup.
  • Hire, assign, and schedule work, evaluate performance, and initiate disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Develop and implement section performance measures and annual goals and objectives. Support supervisors to develop performance measures and standards for workgroups and staff within the section. Participate in the development and implementation of Capital Division's goals, objectives, and key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Leverage industry KPI and expert project management and leadership skills to analyze, forecast and report to leaders and stakeholders on project/program/sub portfolio performance, including issues and integration between key projects.
  • Establish, monitor and report on the Unit's performance and make adjustments to achieve organizational goals.
  • Monitor regularly the overall Fixed Asset Portfolio and ensure stakeholders are full participants in the capital project development and execution. Also measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques, identify and quantify any variances, perform any required corrective actions, and communicate to all stakeholders.
  • Oversee complex, high priority, high-risk transit capital projects, which require considerable resources and high levels of function integration from concept through final implementation that require preparation of plans, specifications, estimates and scopes of work for public bidding, request for proposal process and/or internal use.
  • Provide technical expertise in the evaluation and analysis of complex, sensitive, and political issues. Oversee contract negotiations, interpretation, and compliance monitoring. Participate in Metro's development of the biennium capital budget process.
  • Monitor the unit's operating budget.
  • Manage workplace resources including staff, unit specific equipment, software, training, and contracting needs.
  • Act as the department's liaison with council subcommittees as assigned.
  • Assist in preparing and presenting reports and council resolutions to management staff and council committees as needed.
  • Participate in public meetings and hearings as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

A Bachelor's degree in, engineering, construction management, architecture, transportation planning, or closely related field, and 10 years of progressively responsible capital project and/or construction management experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.
  • Washington State Engineering License (Engineering Services Unit Manager Only)
  • Five years of project team lead or supervisor experience, including experience assigning, directing, and monitoring work. Have demonstrated experience building effective teams in diverse work environments while creating strong morale, instilling vision and purpose, and fostering open dialogue.
  • Knowledge of workforce planning and budget administration.
  • Experience working with large organizations and matrixed workgroups.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information, prepare clear and concise materials and communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Washington State Driver's License or the ability to provide transportation to remote work locations with limited or no public transportation services.

Core Competencies Include
  • Values Differences: Know how to build relationships and treat all employees and customers equitably, with respect and dignity, as well as solve problems for the good of all.
  • Drives Engagement: Collaborates well in a team environment; experience leading, organizing and motivating multi-disciplined work teams and working with individuals at all levels within an organization.
  • Builds effective Teams: Are interested in and inspired to develop and lead direct reports, furthering people's career goals, providing a challenging and stretching tasks and assignments, and effectively developing all levels of staff.
  • Collaborates and Communicates Effectively: Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds, to develop partnerships, negotiate agreements, and to facilitate consensus.
  • Ensures Accountability: Demonstrated history of managing and leading change, ensuring project execution and quality while successfully managing and mitigating risk.
  • Instills Trust: Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and facilitate group discussions.
  • Architectural certification
  • PMI or similar certification
  • Advance Knowledge of Construction management techniques and principles to plan, develop and implement field inspection policies, procedures and standards in accordance for contract provisions or federal, state, local laws and regulations. Work with other supervisory staff in the identification and resolution of construction management, contract, and inspection issues for all projects.
  • Knowledge or experience in multiple engineering disciplines related to development and implementation of transit facilities, such as operations and maintenance facilities, transit speed and reliability improvements on corridors, regional transit integration with partner transit agencies and zero emission charging infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of sound engineering principles, pertinent laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of human resources management techniques and principles.
Supplemental Information

Application & Selection Process
An online employment application, a cover letter describing how this position fits within your career goals, and responses to supplemental questions are required. A resume and any other additional materials are not required and will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, attention to detail and written communication skills. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews.

Who May Apply:
These positions are open to all King County employees and the general public.

Work Schedule

The work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. This position is not subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore is not eligible for overtime pay if scheduled.

Union Representation /Job Code/Grade

Work Location

The primary location of this position is in the King Street Center (201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA)

Teleworking Requirement

The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly in a hybrid work environment working in the office and at home. Employees will have access to shared
workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact: Manal Tirhi,

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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way, and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities 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. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.
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King County

Pioneer Square, WA