Mobility Deputy Division Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on August 2, 2022
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King County Metro has an exciting opportunity for our next Mobility Deputy Division Director. This leadership role will contribute to improving processes, make data driven decisions, and implement innovative initiatives and transformational policy and practice ensuring the success of the division support. This senior leader will report directly to the Division Director, complementing the director and acting as second in command in the division. The Deputy Director will work in partnership with employees, colleagues, and stakeholders to ensure that Metro provides world-class service while advancing the following:
  • Health and safety of our workforce
  • Strength and sustainability of our environment
  • Forward-looking development of our employees
  • Equity and social justice in our workplace
About the Mobility Division
The Mobility Division at King County Metro Transit is focused on providing the best possible public transportation services and transforming regional mobility. The division includes Service Development, Market Innovation, Customer Communications & Services, and Contracted Services. The Mobility Division is a vibrant and essential function at King County Metro that shapes the strategic direction of the agency and is responsible for:
  • Plan a mobility system that is fast, reliable, integrated, serves where needs are greatest and connects people to jobs and job centers, opportunities, and activities of daily living.
  • Manage the delivery of services that complement Metro’s bus network and integrate all modes of transportation.
  • Innovate services to improve mobility and complement transit with an emphasis on priority populations.
  • Improve access to mobility options through up-to-date and accurate customer communications.
  • Ensure customers can easily pay their fare and strive to ensure cost of transit is not a barrier to utilizing the region’s system of public transit options. 
  • Manage parking, bus stops, and other programs to increase access to transit.
  • Support a high-performing workforce with growth opportunities and a culture of belonging and well-being.
If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the opportunity, you are invited to contact our Sr. Recruiter, Aimee Higbee at or 206-263-1276.

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 the Deputy Director, you will:  

  • Provide strategic partnership to Division Director  

  • Align the operational functions of the Mobility Division to adapt to new service delivery models. 

  • Coordinate the alignment of all new, innovative mobility pilot programs and services along with current contracted services across the Division. 

  • Facilitate and direct the development and review of operational performance metrics to ensure the division meets its goals. 

  • Provide oversight of the Mobility Division budget to organize and leverage resources to deliver programs and services, and to support technology planning. 

  • Implement strategic direction to support planning, process improvement, new policies and initiatives to move the division forward in alignment with Metro's vision and strategic goals. 

  • Work with a variety of stakeholders including internal Metro staff, elected officials, law enforcement, other governmental agencies, transit customers, and the broader community to maintain and improve Metro's operational capacity and ability to deliver to the highest possible level. 

  • Build leadership teams, foster a positive environment in diverse work situations, create strong morale, instill vision and purpose, and encourage open dialogue.

  • Support the development of new systems for the division to improve business processes and to streamline decision making.  

  • Partner with unions to resolve problems and address labor-management issues in a collaborative manner. 

  • Other duties as assigned 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The Core Competencies of this position include, but are not limited to:


  • Strength of character to lead through change 

  • Inspires action in others and leads by example 

  • Deep-rooted commitment to the customer 

  • Resilience, strength and endurance 

  • Facilitates difficult conversations and creates a culture of accountability 


  • Thinks holistically about how systems function 

  • Strong ability to learn, adapt and navigate a complicated internal structure 

  • Technical understanding of the creation and management of operating budgets 

  • Results-oriented, data-driven approach to building operational excellence  


  • Outstanding colleague who strengthens the team 

  • Demonstrates transparency and builds trust 

  • Courageously and consistently acting upon a strong set of core values that are aligned with King County Metro Transit's values, including those related to equity, race (and other protected classes), safety, and sustainability 

We are looking for candidates who have : 

  • Proven experience as a leader of operational functions and adaptation of products and/or services to meet customers' needs. 

  • Financial acumen with an emphasis on developing and managing operating budgets. 

  • Demonstrable aptitude in implementing successful new service contracts. 

  • Ability to differentiate lines of business in order to deliver services and products within a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.  

  • Experience in continuously improving efficiency according to organizational objectives and strategic goals. 

  • Proven ability to lead a workforce through change, demonstrating transparency and building trust, without necessarily having direct authority. 

  • Excellent track-record of developing strong collaborative relationships with internal and external partners/vendors. 

  • Knowledge of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting operational performance data and metrics. 

  • Ability as a leader to facilitate difficult conversations (particularly related to race and other protected classes, power, and privilege), and create a culture of mutual accountability. 


Strongly desired qualifications include:

  • High-level management experience in operations and/or service delivery 

  • Expertise and knowledge about managing operations to conform with established labor regulations. 

  • Demonstrable ability to lead the delivery of smooth operations through political and organizational changes. 

  • Experience with providing oversight through the innovation and testing of new mobility service delivery models. 

Supplemental Information

Application & Selection Process 

  • A completed Job Application (employment history should go back at least 10 years if you have 10 years of employment (or more to include all relevant experience). Resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed job application.  
  • Cover Letter—detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements (No more than 2 pages).
  • Resumes are not required, but encouraged.
Applicants will be screened for completeness, writing accuracy, and competitiveness.  

Work Schedule  

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not overtime-eligible. Regular work hours are Monday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend work required. 


Union Representation /Job Code/Grade 

Non-Rep /Job Code 111701 /Grade 79

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in King Street Center (201 S. Jackson, 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. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
(New) Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If hired, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation. This directive applies to employees in the Executive branch*, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office.

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:  Aimee Higbee,

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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
  • 10 paid 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.