Rail: SDA Transit Chief-LCC

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Transportation
Apply Now
Posted on November 21, 2020

**This Special Duty Assignment Opportunity is open to current Metro employees who have passed their initial probationary period only**

Rail Operations has an SDA Opportunity for a Rail Transit Chief-Link Control Center (LCC).  This position reports to the Rail Operations/Communications Superintendent and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of light rail transit services and the day-to-day coordination, direction, and supervision of the personnel and equipment of the LCC.

This leadership role requires the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse employee workgroup, to proactively solve problems that impact service delivery, and an ability to provide quality customer service, as well as the ability to motivate employees through building respect and trust. Transit Chiefs promote teamwork and resolve conflicts that arise, promoting a cooperative environment and effective communication.

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 LCC Chief, you will: 

  • Supervise, develop, and direct the work of personnel and equipment at the base, field, and LCC as well as management support of the training unit 
  • Exhibit positive leadership and role modeling to encourage and support staff while managing employee performance.  Chiefs assist in the selection of staff, assign work, counsel, and discipline subordinates in accordance with labor 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 
  • Assist with implementation of the instruction program for new operators and re-instruction/re-certification program for veteran rail operators and other rail employees as needed, in the proper and safe method of operating light rail vehicles 
  • Ensure compliance with Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Transportation, State and Federal laws; track and maintain records for training and medical certificates 
  • Act as the first responder to all incidents and accidents involving rail; review accident/incident reports and make recommendations in regards to preventability/non-preventability; serve as Incident Commander as needed 
  • Assist with monitoring of the operating budget 
  • Create, monitor, and enforce policies, procedures, and rules pertaining to the Operations Control Center, the operation of light rail vehicles, and the internal System Safety Program Plan 
  • Represent management in coordinating emergency services during natural disasters 
  • May participate as an active member of the Rail Rules and Procedures Development and other rail committees 
  • Perform other related duties as required; may be assigned to special projects

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

**This Special Duty Assignment Opportunity is open to current Metro employees who have passed their initial probationary period only**

Successful Transit Chiefs will be able to demonstrate and apply the following competencies (Download PDF reader) 

Minimum Qualifications also Include:
  • Three years of experience in a transit operations environment including at least one year in a supervisory or lead capacity  OR Any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work
  • Knowledge of and the ability to accurately use Rail SCADA Systems including Emergency Ventilation System, Building Management System, Train Control System and Emergency Management Panels; as well as the ability to operate the SCADA based Traction Power Substation and train signal controls 
  • Knowledge of light rail vehicle operation, train and traffic signal systems, train wayside equipment, train switch operation, and all associated regulatory requirements 
  • Knowledge of rail operator and rail supervisor performance standards, rail operator and rail supervisor discipline matrices, HASTUS and payroll processes; and ability to create and manage work time schedules for supervisors and other rail operations personnel.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor's Degree in a transit related field such as Economics, Urban Planning, Public or Business Administration or Communications 
  • Operational knowledge of a public transit system and/or knowledge of Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel operations 
  • Radio communication technology and terminology

Necessary Special Requirements: 

  • Valid Washington State Driver's License with an acceptable driving history 
  • Ability to qualify for and maintain a Class B driver's license 
  • Ability to acquire and maintain Rail Operator certificate 
  • Ability to successfully complete National Incident Management System (incident command system) training

Supplemental Information

This position is considered safety-sensitive. Applicants for these positions are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and subsequent to the 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.
 Selection Process: Applicants meeting qualifications will be screened based on clarity, completeness, and content of their application materials. The most competitive applicants will be invited to participate in a panel interview.  Employment offers will be finalized only after candidates have successfully completed physical examinations, drug screens and drug and alcohol background checks. 

This recruitment may be used to create an eligibility pool for future Link Control Center Chief SDA vacancies.  Pools may be active up to 6 months at the discretion of the hiring authority.  

Work Schedule
This position is a Graveyard shift with 4 day/10 hour schedule. This position has on-call responsibilities and must respond to emergency situations as needed.

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
Local 17, Transit Chiefs

Work Location
The primary location of this position is in the Operation & Maintenance Facility (OMF) (3407 Airport Way S: Seattle, WA 98134). 

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Aimee Higbee, 

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

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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.

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.

This SDA is open to career service Metro employee's only. Are you a current MTD employee who has passed their initial probationary period?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate how many years of experience you have in a transit operations environment.
  • No experience
  • Less than three years
  • Three or more years
How many years of experience do you have working in a supervisory OR lead capacity?
  • No experience
  • Less than one year
  • One year or more
Describe your experience working with the Train Control, Building Management, and Emergency Ventilation SCADA systems. If none, list N/A.
Do you currently possess a valid Driver's License? Please indicate if you ALSO hold a Class A or Class B CDL license, and any endorsements. Check all that apply.
  • Valid driver's license
  • Class A CDL/Permit
  • Class B CDL/Permit
  • Air Brake Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement
In the last five (5) years, has your driver's license been revoked or suspended?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have any of the following violations on your driving record in the last five years? Select all that apply. (11)
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • DWI/DUI - driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Hit and run incident
  • Vehicular homicide or vehicular assault
  • Open container violation
  • More than one at-fault accident
  • None of the above
List all accidents you have had in the last five years in which you were at fault, including employment-related accidents. Include the month and year of the accident, a brief description, the approximate dollar damage, whether or not there were injuries as a result of the accident, and if you were given a traffic citation. Failure to answer this question completely may result in your application not being considered further. (If no at-fault accidents, please answer "N/A")
I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By checking this box and completing my name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question