Rail Division Director

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
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Posted on May 20, 2020

 Rail Division Director
King County Metro Transit

The Rail Division within King County Metro (Metro) is seeking a strategic and innovative leader to become our Rail Division Director.

Come join one of the nation's top transit agencies at a time when we are growing, adopting innovative services and technologies, and becoming a Mobility Agency.

In 2018, King County Metro was named Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year among the nation's largest transit agencies. This award recognizes Metro's many achievements, including record-breaking growth, 93 percent customer satisfaction, adoption of green technologies, and leadership in modeling new mobility services.

Metro is the "go to" agency for public transportation throughout King County, providing over 400,000 rides each weekday. We are popular locally and admired nationally for our innovative transit services, commitment to equity and sustainability, and visionary approach to meeting the transportation needs of the county's growing population. Metro's many services, choices, and support connect people with communities and opportunities, helping make life better for everyone.

The Community
King County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. In 2018, the population estimate was 2,233,163, making it the most populous county in Washington, and the 12th-most populous in the United States. King County is also home to Seattle, the largest city in Washington and 15th-most populous city in the United States.

King County 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 that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. Our Rail Division Director will:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership to the Rail Division and deliver results.`
  • Align the work performed with the vision and strategic goals of the Metro Transit Department and Sound Transit.
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders including internal Metro staff, Sound Transit executive leadership and staff, City of Seattle, elected officials, law enforcement, other governmental agencies, transit customers, and the broader community to maintain current high standards of operations and oversee Rail expansion.
  • Build teams and foster a positive environment in diverse work environments while creating strong morale, instilling vision and purpose, and fostering open dialog within the Rail Division. Cultivate employee engagement and create developmental opportunities for all employees.
  • Partner and collaborate with Sound Transit and across King County service divisions including rail and bus with the ultimate goal of providing and maintaining the highest quality of customer service.
  • Develop and foster a commitment to safety and security across the Rail Division and in the organization as a whole.
  • Solve complex operating challenges and develop strategic solutions to uphold the organization's commitment to customer experience.
  • Lead employees and maintain the highest level of service for customers in a growing organization while managing the expansion of facilities, infrastructure, fleet size and service.
  • Understand and manage the technical aspects of passenger rail service and be able to communicate technical details with both internal and external stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.
  • Develop relationships and treat all employees and customers equitably, with respect and dignity, as well as solve problems for the good of all.
  • Partner with unions to resolve problems and address labor-management issues in a collaborative manner.
  • Develop and oversee the division budget; determine and allocate resources.
  • Ensure that Metro has the internal capacity to provide world-class rail service while advancing the health and safety of our workforce, the strength and sustainability of our environment, and equity and social justice in our workplace and in the communities we serve.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Experience managing passenger light-rail operations in a large and complex, customer-focused organization.
  • Demonstrated success managing the operations of a light-rail system experiencing significant growth and expansion.
  • Experience managing operations in an environment where service, facilities, infrastructure, and fleet size are expanding and increasing.
  • Experience building and managing an effective and engaged team of diverse employees.
  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with unions, represented and non-represented employees.
  • Experience developing and overseeing a complex operating budget and determining how to allocate resources effectively.
  • Ability to work, communicate, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to foster a positive and inclusive work environment for all employees.
  • Ability to understand and communicate the technical aspects of rail operations in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to provide strategic direction and vision to the Rail Division and all stakeholders inside and outside of King County Metro.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of related work experience and a Bachelor's degree in transportation or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Supplemental Information

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this role is $151,218.91 - $191,678.86 annually and includes innovative and award-winning employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a robust leave package. To see all of King County's benefits, please visit our web site at kingcounty.gov/benefits.

Who May Apply 
This position is open to all qualified applicants.  This position is open until filled.

Application & Selection Process
A resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position is required.  Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in the hiring process.

Union Representation
This position is not represented by a union.
Class Code
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Gregg Moser at gmoser@kapartners.com 

King County is an equal employment opportunity employer.  We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and 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 values--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, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.   

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.