Rail Deputy Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on November 6, 2020

King County Metro has an exciting opportunity for our next Rail 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 Rail Division
High-capacity light-rail is the backbone of our region's public transportation system and will continue to play that role as several major Link extensions are slated for completion in the next five years, with even more system expansion in the future. Metro operates Sound Transit's Link light-rail system, which is planned to quadruple in the next twenty years. The Northgate Link Extension and the East Link Extension, which will each add stations and rail service, are currently under construction and are projected to open in 2021 and 2023, respectively. Additionally, Metro expects to receive and bring into service approximately 150 new rail cars over the next four years. Metro also operates two streetcar lines for the City of Seattle, which is evaluating expansion as well. These rail services complement Metro's robust fixed-route bus system and other mobility services. Working closely with Sound Transit, the City of Seattle, and our other partners, we are building an integrated, world-class transportation network that helps people travel farther, faster, and more easily. 
To learn more please visit: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro/about.aspx

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.  The Deputy Division Directors are expected to model and apply equity and social justice shared values, behaviors, and practices across all the job duties listed below:

  • Work in close partnership with the Division Director to support the division and act as second in command. The Deputy Division Director will seamlessly slip into the Division Director role when the incumbent is not available.
  • Support the growth and development of the people in the Division, lead teams, and mentor staff.
  • Implement strategic direction of the Division through strategic planning, process improvement, new policies and initiatives that move the division forward and align the work performed with the vision and strategic goals of King County Metro Transit.
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders including internal Metro staff, Sound Transit partners, 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.
  • Partner with unions to resolve problems and address labor-management issues in a collaborative manner.
  • Develop and oversee metrics to ensure that the division is meeting goals.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

The ideal candidate meets the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrates strategic agility, an ability to see ahead, and demonstrated broad knowledge and perspective.
  • People leadership experience, which demonstrates experience with building effective teams in diverse work environments while creating strong morale, instilling vision and purpose, and fostering open dialogue. Take steps necessary to ensure that all have equitable opportunities to thrive.
  • Is knowledgeable about how organizations work and how to get things done both through formal channels and informal networks.
  • 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.
  • Has the ability as a leader to facilitate difficult conversations, particularly related to race (and other protected classes), power, and privilege.
  • Has experience working with labor and ability to develop and nurture strong, productive relationships with union leadership, respecting established processes and fostering an environment of mutual respect.
  • Is an effective problem solver, who can use logic and methods to find effective solutions.
  • Ideally has at least 5 years of high-level management experience in an Operational, Logistics, or Service Delivery field or related field.
  • Rail or Metro experience is highly desired.
Note: Candidates are encouraged to translate life experiences to show how they meet the required experience, knowledge, education, and skills.

Supplemental Information

Application & Selection Process
An online employment application and answers to the supplemental questions are required. Cover letters and Resumes are not required, and will not be considered in the selection process. Your completed application must show all jobs in the last 10 years if you have 10 years of employment.
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills.

Work Schedule
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
This position is not represented by a union.

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in the Operation & Maintenance Facility (OMF) (3407 Airport Way S: Seattle, WA 98134). During the mandatory telecommute order, work will be done remotely, but the assignment may include on-site visits to Metro facilities.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Aimee Higbee, ahigbee@kingcounty.gov

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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 Americans and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

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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.

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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.

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