Rail Facilities Maintenance Chief

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Maintenance
Posted on June 22, 2022
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Metro Transit’s Rail Division seeks 2 outstanding people leaders to fulfill the roles of Rail Facilities Maintenance Chiefs. These leadership positions are critical in ensuring the delivery of light rail transit services and the day-to-day coordination, direction and supervision of personnel and facilities maintenance for the Rail Division.

Our ideal candidates will be able to communicate effectively with a diverse employee work group, to proactively solve problems that impact service delivery, encourage a safety culture while inspiring high standards of customer service excellence, as well as the ability to motivate employees through building respect and trust. Our Chiefs promote teamwork, resolve conflicts that arise, and promote a collaborative environment. #RailJobs #TradesJobs

Who May Apply: We are accepting applications from all qualified applicants.

Position Information:  This recruitment will be used to fill 2 career service Rail Facilities Maintenance Chiefs.  We will also be establishing an eligibility pool for future career service or temporary opportunities (SDA/TLT) as they become open in this classification. The eligibility pool will be valid for twelve months from the establishment of the pool at the discretion of the hiring authority. 

Please note: This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for these positions are required to undergo a physical and drug testing prior to employment and subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing in compliance with Federal DOT alcohol and controlled substance testing program protocols.

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. 

Management duties:

  • Supervise, develop, and direct the work of Rail Facilities personnel and equipment at bases and out in the field as well as management support for the training of staff.
  • Exhibit positive leadership and role modeling to encourage and support staff while managing employee performance. Chiefs assist in the selection of staff, coordinate, and assign work, counsel, and discipline subordinates in accordance with labor contracts and agreement provisions and Light Rail rules and procedures. 
  • Represent management at disciplinary hearings and grievances, interpret labor contract provisions in support of supervisory role, including grievance resolution, establishing, and developing collaborative relationships with Union leadership, and assist in labor negotiations and contract changes as needed.
  • Work closely with Human Resources and Labor Relations staff to track and resolve personnel issues and other related labor issues. 


In addition to the management duties listed above, the Rail Facilities Maintenance Chief will also:

  • Manage the crews and contractors in the maintenance, repair and cleaning of (but not limited to) mechanical and building systems (HVAC) as well as painting, glass repair, extensive cleaning and graffiti removal and grounds maintenance. safety, and other trades.
  • Coordinate the planning and work processes, estimating and construction work for modifications of existing facilities and equipment; identify potential problems; assign and verify inspections, service, and repairs.
  • Oversee the preparation and/or prepare written estimates of work required for designated projects. Manage contracts and work closely with vendors and service providers.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of monthly expenditures.
  • Oversee on the job training of assigned staff and make sure staff has appropriate tools, equipment, and safety gear to perform work.
  • Oversee availability of tools and supplies needed to perform routine and special tasks.
  • Consult with key stakeholders, staff and other external contractors in engineering, warranty, safety, environmental and transportation regarding the development of maintenance programs and standard operating procedures.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • Two years’ experience in a supervisory capacity including leading, selecting, and coaching a highly talented employee group, recognizing the importance of building relationships and trust with employees, and motivated to manage our diverse employee team, helping to build a culture of care, inclusion and belonging.
  • Two years’ experience in either building construction, facilities/industrial maintenance, facilities service, and repair and/or related electrical work experience is required OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the work.  Education cannot replace having at least 2 years of supervisory experience in a related field.
  • Understanding of union contracts.
  • Ability to problem solve and attain mutually beneficial solutions.
  • Ability to learn principles and techniques of curriculum planning, training needs assessments, testing and training program development; ability to assess employees' technical proficiency and productivity issues that may be addressed through coaching and training.
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and labor union contracts including local electrical & mechanical codes and means of compliance.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to listen carefully to others with an open mind while giving and receiving feedback.
  • Experience using a computer and Microsoft Office software products and knowledge of experience and ability to use asset based computerized management systems (MMIS).
  • Working knowledge of the theory, principles, operation, maintenance, overhaul, repair, and troubleshooting of various building systems, including electro/mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems used in various facilities including digital circuits, and software used in modern mechanical applications.
  • Working knowledge of the principles and techniques involved in various skilled trades assigned to facility maintenance including carpentry, painting, plumbing, welding, custodial, air conditioning, ventilation systems and boiler fields.
  • Knowledge of principles of quality assurance, including preventative maintenance.
  • Ability to identify and make recommendations regarding minor modifications to existing Rail facilities involving the following skilled crafts: fire systems, carpentry, mechanical, custodial, and grounds maintenance/irrigation repair.
  • Skill in planning, scheduling, prioritizing, and organizing the work of maintenance functions for optimal effectiveness and efficiency while meeting established standards and deadlines.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of budget monitoring. 
Necessary Special Requirements:
  • A valid Washington State Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.
  • Must pass drug and alcohol testing provision for safety-sensitive positions as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655.
  • Work requires remaining available for work 24 hours per day during scheduled rotational assignments as on-call Chiefs.
  • Willingness and availability to work varying shifts on weekdays, nights, weekends, and holidays as required to support staff and critical work and consistent with negotiated agreements.
  • Work may require reporting for extended duty hours during adverse weather events and other emergencies.
  • Experience overseeing project management coordination between departments/division (Construction, Contracts, etc.) through all project phases.
Desired Qualification:
  • Facilities Maintenance Certifications.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

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

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

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.

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 the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application and Selection Process
Submit an online employment application, with answers to the supplemental questions, completed at
 www.kingcounty.gov/jobs.  You are also required to attach a cover letter.  Your cover letter should tell us: why you are interested in working for us and how you meet and/or exceed the qualifications listed.

NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving etc.

Applications that are not complete, or do not include the required materials, may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at: www.kingcounty.gov/jobs.  
Applicants meeting qualifications will be screened based on clarity, completeness, and content of their application materials. The most competitive applicants may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examination, drug screens and drug and alcohol background checks. Reference checks and a complete driving record review will also be conducted prior to any final offer of employment.  Please note that final decisions may consider your overall interview results and your application materials.
Work Schedule and Work Location

Current base location is at Rail’s OMF-C, 3407 Airport Way S. and may change in future based on operational need. This position may be assigned to work on various shifts including weekends; days off may vary. This classification is FLSA exempt and therefore not eligible for overtime pay.  This position will have on call responsibilities. Employees in this position may be required to remain available for work 24 hours per day during scheduled on-call rotational assignments, and work may require reporting for extended duty during adverse weather events and other emergencies.

Work Conditions

This position works in a facilities maintenance environment; both indoors, outdoors and in inclement weather. It requires use of typical facilities maintenance tools and equipment. Work may be performed in stooping and bending motions, as necessary, to demonstrate procedures or while inspecting facilities and equipment. Position may require access to construction areas, tunnels and areas with ladders and stairs.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a no-cost transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region). We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner, competitive vacation, sick, holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State’s Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County’s deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan). See more information under the Benefits tab.
Union Membership: PROTEC17: Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17 -- Transit Chiefs
Class Code:  874010-Transit Chief-Facility Maintenance
Questions about this recruitment? Contact Angela Alcaraz, Sr. HR Analyst, 206-263-2466, aalcaraz@kingcounty.gov.

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.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff? Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County and I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. Additionally, the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Please indicate the number of years you have been in an increasingly responsible building construction/maintenance OR facilities service and repair and/or related electrical work position.
  • No experience
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 3 to 4 years
  • 4 or more years
How many years of experience do you have working in a supervisory capacity?
  • No experience
  • Less than 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • More than 3 years
Briefly describe your experience overseeing and working with various building and/or facility trades?
Describe your experience with the following trades and crafts assigned to facility maintenance: carpentry, painting, plumbing, welding, custodial, air conditioning, ventilation systems and boiler fields. If none, please enter N/A.
Describe your experience with developing or implementing preventive and predictive maintenance programs and schedules. Please be specific. If no experience, enter N/A.
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License?
  • Valid WA state driver's license
  • Valid driver's license (not WA state)
  • I do not have a driver's license
Employees in this position may be required to remain available for work 24 hours per day during scheduled on-call rotational assignments, and work may require reporting for extended duty during adverse weather events and other emergencies. Are you willing to meet these requirements?
  • Yes
  • No
Employees in this position must be willing and available to work varying shifts on weekdays, nights, weekends, and holidays as required to support staff and critical work and consistent with negotiated agreements. Are you willing to meet these requirements?
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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