Project Manager-Innovation - $65K-$145K - PROJE002227

Best practices, Budget, Collaboration, Communication skills, Compliance, Consulting, Creative problem solving, Database, Decision-making, Facilitation, Finance, Financial analysis, Governance, Graphics design, Infrastructure, Implementation, Innovation, Internet, Intranet, Investigation, Issue resolution, Leadership, Middleware, Negotiations, Networking, Operations, Optimization, Performance improvement, Planning, Policies, Policies and procedures, Presentations, Project development, Project management, Project scoping, Reporting, Research, Resource planning, Service delivery, Software, Strategic thinking, Sustainability, Transportation
Full Time
$65,000 - $145,000
Travel not required

Job Description

Salary range is $65k to $145k, with a midpoint of $105k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


Under administrative direction, manage projects initiated by the Sound Transit Innovation Program. Develop project scope and manage, administer, and lead projects with a focus on cost and schedule certainty. Provide oversight to program activities, including piloting, evaluation, and implementation of innovation projects and initiatives. Manage the work of consultants/contractors, inter-divisional and inter-departmental staff teams and other stakeholders – including stakeholders from other public agencies, community groups and private entities with a stake in the outcome or who are project partners – to  provide daily coordination, reporting and support. This will require strong communication, organization and leadership skills and collaboration with project teams throughout the project life cycle. 


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.

• Leads development of pilot projects operated within the Innovation Program and by internal project partners; gathers requirements, establishes success measures, develops project scopes, schedules and budgets; communicates progress, identifies and manages risks, supports decision making processes and coordinates stakeholder alignment to ensure on time delivery.

• Leads interdisciplinary work team(s) in working toward assigned objectives, including ensuring that team objectives are met, assigning tasks within the group, facilitating group discussions, prioritizing work and resolving group conflicts. 

• Leads projects that might involve a mix of technical domains: projects based on new and updated Sound Transit systems, applications, infrastructure, networks, client/server topologies, hardware, custom software implementations, “off the shelf” software solutions, databases, middleware, Saas solutions, and internet/intranet sites.

• Facilitates working sessions to define project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility. 

• Manages changes to the project scope, schedule and costs using appropriate verification techniques. Tracks project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals. Meets budgetary objectives and makes adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis.

• Represents Sound Transit on projects initiated by other entities that Sound Transit is a participant in, but is not leading.

• Develops and negotiates partnerships with other agencies, jurisdictions and research institutions to leverage resources to achieve common goals and objectives.

• Monitors transit industry best practices, emerging trends, and innovations at peer transit agencies.

• Engages in program resource planning activities including managing consultants, monitoring work activities and coordinating project schedules; drives issue resolution through project and program governance.

• Identifies and tracks key performance indicators to measure project success and progress.

• Participates on diverse project teams, committees, and work groups with inter-departmental Sound Transit staff and public and private partners, as an advocate for performance improvement through mobility innovation.

• Develops and manages partnership and joint project agreements and vendor/consultant contracts.

• Presents information to senior management, elected officials, advisory groups, partner transit agency and local jurisdiction staff, and other external stakeholders.

• Develops policies and policy changes; prepares background research, staff reports for Board actions, and coordinates and briefs stakeholders internal and external to the Agency.

• Presents as needed to senior executives, Board and stakeholder groups as well as at industry and professional conferences and meetings.

• Develops new program elements as needed.

• Provides support to the division/department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies, and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures compliance with Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations. 

• Owns development and reporting for a wide range of reports and measurement tools, tracking progress toward goals and proactively making recommendations for optimization. 

• Manages file libraries, ensuring that all content is accessible to required users and stakeholders and that all content is up to date.

• Champions and models Sound Transit's core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency.

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy.

• 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:

Bachelor’s Degree in transportation/urban planning, public administration/policy, social science or closely related field and four years of project management experience, preferably in a transit/transportation environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience as a Project Manager is strongly preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:


Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

PMP Certification.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

• Project management techniques and principles.

• Financial and non-financial (social equity, sustainability, etc.) performance measurement.

• Principles of team leadership.

• Principles of negotiation.

• Principles of business letter, technical, and narrative writing and basic report preparation.

• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing and spreadsheets.

• Developing and writing visual presentation materials such as illustrations, charts, and graphics.

• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing schedules, 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. 

• Direction and oversight of consulting staff. 

• Defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives.

• Preparing a detailed project schedule and utilizing as the primary work plan.

• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.

• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.

• Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.

• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.

• Developing and monitoring divisional and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

• Creative problem solving.

• Strategic thinking.

• Project management.

• Technical writing.

• Translating technical information for lay audiences.

• Responding to inquiries with effective verbal and/or written communication.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

• Professional knowledge of planning and transportation project development principles and practices.

• Experience with agreement development, administration, tracking, and execution. 

• Transit operations and planning concepts, practices, procedures, and policy issues.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed in a standard office environment with some field work at transit facilities.

• 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 contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Dice Id : RTX1d793c
Position Id : PROJE002227
Originally Posted : 2 months ago
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