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Mission: To deliver a high-quality transportation system for Seattle.
Vision: A vibrant Seattle with connected people, places, and products.
Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) portfolio of work is vast. From filling potholes to paving streets, tweaking traffic signals and helping buses and freight deliveries run on time, creating enjoyable public spaces and building out a network of bike lanes and sidewalks to serve all ages and abilities. And that's just a snapshot.
In our quickly growing city, how we get around how safe it is, how much it costs, how much time it takes, and how reliable it is is top of mind for most of us just about every day.
Our core values drive our work toward creating a safe, connected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all.
SDOT is seeking a director for its Street Use Division. This high-level executive position reports directly to the SDOT Deputy Director of Projects & Rights of Way Coordination. This departmental leadership position will manage the Street Use Division which is responsible for permitting all work in Seattle's Right-of-Way (ROW) and implementing programs that activate public space. The successful candidate will be an innovative problem-solver with a background in a regulatory environment, operations, finance, and public space management. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to understand and analyze rate-models, financial projections and local economic, building and business cycles. This position must support departmental goals in promoting diversity, race and social justice.
The primary function of this position is to lead the division that manages street use improvements from private construction, undertakes coordination of construction activities in the public right-of-way, works with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections on large development projects, and implements street activation activities in the public right-of-way. Maintaining public safety and mobility for travelers, regardless of the mode they choose, and activation of our public spaces are all key policy priorities for this division.
This position will provide strong leadership to up to 150 staff with a budget of approximately $35 million and be responsible for setting the vision, mission, policy and strategic direction for the division and department related to use of the public ROW by private entities. Staff expertise covers a broad range and includes professional engineers, inspectors and plan reviewers, legislative and communication specialists, policy analysts, transportation planners, and administrative professionals. This position oversees both policy and technical subject areas and must translate high level guidance into organizational policy direction, strategic goals, and individual work programs. Performance management is another key responsibility of this position--both hitting performance targets set by the Mayor and Department Director for divisional programs, as well as direct management of staff performance.
The Street Use permit counter is managed by staff in this division and requires a high level of customer service and operational efficiency to be successful. This position also directs the division's broad business enterprise responsibilities, sets the tone, and maintains control of internal operations and fosters productive collaboration across the division, as well as with departmental and private sector partners.
Other key responsibilities of this division include allocating resources to ensure deliverables are met, making strategic decisions, evaluating performance, responding to media interest and public discourse regarding projects, and navigating issues and responsibilities that are highly political in nature. As a member of the SDOT Incident Management Team, this position will also have a key role in supporting essential services in the event of an emergency. Night, evening and weekend work may be required.
As a member of the SDOT Senior Staff Team, the position will serve as the department's representative on a variety of interdepartmental task forces, committees, boards, transportation forums, legislative proceedings, and statewide committees as well as represent Seattle at local, regional, state, and federal levels. This position will also be responsible to recommend and negotiate funding and project positions in regional forums, present the decisions made to elected officials and represent the Department and the City at industry, business improvement and community group meetings. This position will also meet with individuals and advocates regarding ROW issues.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Economics, or a related field.
Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible experience in the management of complex government entities in a public works, utility, or operational context, including five (5) years in a senior management or executive level position.
Experience managing staff working in a regulatory environment, including review and issuance of permits.
Current Washington State Driver's License or ability to obtain the license prior to start date.
The ideal candidate would also have:
Experience serving elected officials and the public serving multiple, often competing policy areas.
The ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
Experience managing and collaborating with leaders from other public agencies.
Demonstrated ability to creatively manage limited resources.
Experience working with staff represented by bargaining agreements.
A creative and strategic thinker, and the ability to develop program plans, increase both cost and system efficiency, establish clear communication standards for the team and set a high bar for customer service.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment, although occasional offsite meetings and field visits may be required.
May require overnight travel, and working nights and weekends to attend public meetings/community events.
Additional Information:Please attach your resume and cover letter when applying. Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.
Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including background check.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
City Of Seattle, WA