Executive Transportation Leader of North Central Region
Washington State Department of Transportation
May 10, 2018
$115,896 - $144,864 annually
Full Time - Experienced
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is enthusiastically seeking a dynamic transportation executive with extraordinary, proven leadership skills to serve as the next North Central Regional Administrator based in Wenatchee, WA. With 300 days of sunshine and close proximity to the Puget Sound, year-round recreation and tourism are key attractions for the region (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan, and portions of Adams, King, Kittitas, Skagit, and Franklin counties), drawing thousands of visitors annually to the majestic mountains, unique towns, fields and lakes. Combined with agriculture as a backbone of economic vitality throughout the area, these industries rely heavily on the North Central Region’s transportation system, which includes seven mountain passes, 2,673 lane highway miles, 175 bridges, and access to an international border crossing, in order to remain operational and sustainable.
Internally, this position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the region’s 300 employees, systematically fostering a work environment that promotes the agency’s mission and strategic direction, while encouraging innovative performance, quality, to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain the transportation system. Externally, the incumbent must be an effective ambassador and spokesperson for the department on transportation matters, establish strong relationships with stakeholders to build coalitions, create constituent support, and influence public opinion on issues of vital importance locally and to the State of Washington.
Challenges and opportunities of this position include:
Understand and strategically use the interrelationships of state of good repair, safety, operations, demand management, capacity, and funding limitations to deliver transportation projects to address the public needs.
Achieve consensus and effectively facilitate partnerships among legislators, local officials, community members, regulatory agencies, and other internal/external stakeholders involved throughout the complex process of public involvement along with legal, environmental, engineering and fiscal limitations.
Strike a balance between the myriad of needs and limited resources available, all while in the public eye and with high levels of legislative interest.
Align the processes and efforts of the North Central Region with WSDOT’s Strategic Plan, the Governor’s initiatives, and the agency’s priorities, which include Practical Solutions, Inclusion, and Workforce Development.
This position’s essential functions include but are not limited to:
Determine the overall focus of North Central Region programs, projects and positions within budget constraints to enable WSDOT to deliver a balance of state of good repair, safety, operations, demand management capacity, while considering the users of the transportation system.
Develop organizational structure and work plans to align with and successfully carry out the agency’s strategic goals and objectives.
Determine and provide direction for the region’s transportation planning and budgeting efforts necessary to preserve and enhance the statewide transportation system, to include serving as a board member of various state and regional transportation planning organizations.
Provide guidance and direction to resolve issues necessary to meet project, scope, budget, and delivery timelines, while overcoming challenges associated with coordination, legal, social, environmental, engineering, and fiscal matters.
Coach, mentor, and encourage career development for employees, while providing leadership for the safety program, maintaining morale, and managing personnel issues.
An ideal candidate for this position will have the following:
Reputation for building trust and consensus, including facilitating competing interest groups/individuals in solving complex problems.
Successful experience modeling leadership and performance characteristics that promote professionalism, integrity, accountability, and public service.
Advanced written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information to diverse technical and non-technical groups, legislators, and the media.
Record of accomplishment in formulating, implementing, and encouraging continuous improvements and change.
The ability to translate strategic plans into details, goals, and objectives.
Strong foundation of professional transportation and civil engineering practices and standards, including environmental and highway design laws and regulations.
A valid driver's license.
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field is desirable.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.
Internal Number: 18DOT-EMS-2E009
About Washington State Department of Transportation
WSDOT’s Vision The Washington State Department of Transportation’s vision is to be the best in providing a sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.Mission statement The Washington State Department of Transportation provides and supports safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.WSDOT’s Values•Safety - Promote the safety of the public and employees at all times•Inclusion - Ensure a wide array of perspectives, disciplines and backgrounds are represented in our outreach, decision making and workforce•Innovation - Foster an environment of trust that encourages creativity, finding solutions for challenges and leveraging opportunities•Integrity - Build trust with each other and our communities by being ethical, accountable, responsive and honest•Leadership - Inspire, motivate and support to give each other the confidence to do great things•Sustainability - Make decisions and take actions that promote the conservation of resources for future generations by focusing on the balance of economic, environmental and community needs