SMS Implementation Manager (Project Program Manager III)

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Project Management
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Posted on October 5, 2020
Summary

King County Metro Transit employees will be provided preference in this selection process. 

King County Metro Transit is recruiting for a Safety Management System (SMS) Implementation Manager (Project/Program Manager III) to develop and serve as a subject matter expert for the implementation of its SMS.  Under limited direction, you will perform a variety of progressively complex duties related to SMS planning, implementation, and oversight in order to ensure the agency’s compliance with 49 CFR 670. You will manage all efforts associated with Metro Transit's SMS program and direct and oversees all SMS regulatory efforts in accordance with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and local State Safety Oversight (SSO) agencies.
 
SMS will be implemented in three phases with areas of emphasis in each phase: Safety Management Policy, Safety Risk Management, and Safety Assurance, which includes Safety Promotion embedded throughout all three phases. The selected candidate will ensure that Metro Transit's SMS is complete within all three phases and implemented within the agency by 2023.
 
This position will report to Managing Director of Safety & Security (Chief Safety Officer).
 
The most competitive candidate for this position will have knowledge and experience working in the transportation industry, an understanding of safety hazard assessments and strong program development and writing skills.  Additionally, they will be an independent self-starter with great communication and collaboration skills who is well versed in FTA SMS requirements.  

Positions To Be Filled
One (1) Term Limited Temporary position or Special Duty Assignment
 
Duration of Position or Special Duty Assignment
Three (3) years
 
Who May Apply
This position is open to the public and all King County employees.

Work Schedule
The standard work week is within the 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday timeframe; however, alternative work schedules will be considered.  On rare occasions, work may be required during evenings, nights, early morning or weekends.  This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore is not eligible for overtime pay. 
 
An Employer to be Proud of
King County Metro Transit is the winner of the 2018 award for best large transit system in North America. We are a national leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and improving urban air quality, providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of innovations which have made us a leader in the nation's public transportation industry.

King County Metro Transit's Safety and Security section is recognized nationally as a leader in safety programs and recently hosted the highest attended APTA Conference.  We are leading the transportation industry in Safety!

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit) and a competitive benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).
 
Application Process
Applicants should complete an application at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs, which includes the Supplemental Questions.  A resume and cover letter are recommended, but not required.

Application Tips and FAQs at www.kingcounty.gov/jobs. If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the Human Resources contact for this job announcement, Mara Cardenas, at 206-477-2358 or mara.cardenas@kingcounty.gov. 

Selection Process
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, clarity, and completeness. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more interviews, presentations and/or possibly other selection process elements such as a written exercise or test. Final offers are contingent on successful completion of reference checks.

Union Membership
This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees Local 17, bargaining unit.

Class Code: 243303 Project Program Manager III
 
For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact: 

Mara Cardenas
Senior Talent Advisor
206-477-2358
mara.cardenas@kingcounty.gov

This recruitment is open continuous.  Applications received by September 30, 2020 will be considered first. 

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. You will:
 

  • Serve as the subject matter expert; provide strategic direction and guidance in goal setting, objectives and priorities. Manage all Metro Transit SMS efforts under the direction of the Managing Director Safety & Security (Chief Safety Officer). Ensure all three phases of the SMS implementation are successfully implemented - Safety Management Policy, Safety Risk Management, and Safety Assurance (with Safety Promotion incorporated throughout the phases).
  • Provide guidance and support to divisions/departments in understanding and implementing the Federal Transit Administration requirements for SMS.
  • Represent as the SMS subject matter expert requested for activities, meetings, and all program management functions.
  • Ensure SMS program meets objectives/FTA requirements.
  • Foster partnerships and collaborate with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, employees and regional partners to leverage opportunities to improve safety for a broad range of customers.
  • Promote equity through program development and by fostering an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Develop and measure a system of accountability between senior managers and middle management.
  • Deliver presentations and trainings to employees, transportation stakeholder groups, professional organizations, and other related groups.
  • Communicate information throughout the agency on an ongoing basis as to the status of SMS implementation, SMS management efforts, program compliance, and other SMS-related efforts/issues.
  • Identify potential SMS implementation issues and concerns to the Managing Director Safety & Security (Chief Safety Officer) and addresses these effectively with agency leadership.
  • Lead SMS Implementation Committee efforts and meetings related to compliance and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Ensure that the agency's hazard and risk assessment activities are developed in coordination with internal and external stakeholders, implemented effectively, and appropriately applied to the continuous improvement process.
  • Ensure that all divisions comply with the configuration management requirements of the SMS, including document control. Ensure that all agency and division-specific policies, procedures, plans and programs have been developed and included in the document log.
  • Assist divisions and functional areas in the designation of SMS key personnel.  Ensure all training requirements for designated SMS key personnel have been met.
  • Perform and document audits, assessments, and inspections as required to ensure compliance with, implementation of, and continuous improvement of the SMS efforts.
  • Model and promote a positive safety culture through effective communication, leadership, guidance and support.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience working in the transportation industry.
  • Experience with program development work and knowledge of project management principles.
  • Demonstrated history of successfully delivering projects on time and within budget.
  • Knowledge of program review and auditing techniques.
  • Knowledge of Safety Management System (SMS) development, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Skill in program evaluation, advocacy and promotion.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills; ability to draft, proofread, edit, compile and finalize documents and correspondence. Must have effective communication strategies, principles and techniques of business communication, including written, verbal, and presentation methods.
  • Ability to evaluate regulatory requirements and successfully develop, implement, and maintain programs to ensure compliance.
  • Ability to build rapport and trust quickly with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Organizational savvy and the ability to manage and navigate cross-divisional initiatives, and external inter-agency and jurisdictional efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds.
  • Ability to think strategically, cultivate relationships and leverage resources.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, collaborating with others to successfully achieve goals and also independently.
  • Proficient MS Office skills, such as Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications
Experience in various aspects of project management.
  • Transportation Safety and Security Professional Designation or ability to travel to attend classes to obtain this designation (as available).
  • Project Management Professional designation or combination of experience and education.
  • Experience facilitating training and meetings.

Necessary Special Requirements
 
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License (or valid out-of-state driver's license and ability to get WA State Driver's license by date of hire)
 

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.

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 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.

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Thank you for your interest in this employment opportunity. In applying for this job, please follow the instructions provided on filling out your employment application. Data fields provided should all be completed. This includes, but is not limited to: • the education and work experience sections of your employment application (do not merely refer to your resume). • A description of each position that you have held in the last ten years. If you held more than one position with an employer, please list each job separately, showing the dates of employment in each position. You should also include jobs that are prior to the last ten years if they were relevant to your qualifications. • For each position listed, state the month and year in which you started and in which you ended it, and your reason for leaving the position. If you have been terminated from any previous jobs, please state the specific reasons why. Your application, along with your resume, will be used to determine whether you meet the qualifications and/or are competitive for this position. If you have any questions about this, please contact the HR Analyst identified in the job announcement. I have read the above statement and certify that the statements made by me on the application 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. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information.
  • Yes
  • No
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Please select the position/assignment you are interested in being considered for:
  • Term Limited Temporary Position (open to everyone)
  • Special Duty Assignment (open to King County Career Service employees only)
03
If you are a current King County employee, please indicate below which union you belong to. If you are not a King County employee, or are a King County employee not represented by a union, please put "N/A".
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Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of FT and 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. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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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
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Please select which minimum qualifications, if any, you possess for this position.
  • Knowledge and experience working in the transportation industry.
  • Experience with program development work and knowledge of project management principles
  • Demonstrated history of successfully delivering projects on time and within budget.
  • Knowledge of program review and auditing techniques
  • Knowledge of Safety Management System (SMS) development, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Skill in program evaluation, advocacy and promotion
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills; ability to draft, proofread, edit, compile and finalize documents and correspondence. Must have effective communication strategies, principles and techniques of business communication, including written, verbal, and presentation methods
  • Ability to evaluate regulatory requirements and successfully develop, implement, and maintain programs to ensure compliance.
  • Ability to build rapport and trust quickly with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Organizational savvy and the ability to manage and navigate cross-divisional initiatives, and external inter-agency and jurisdictional efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and successfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds.
  • Ability to think strategically, cultivate relationships and leverage resources.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, collaborating with others to successfully achieve goals and also independently.
  • Proficient MS Office skills, such as Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • I do not meet any of the minimum qualifications listed
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Please select which desired qualifications, if any, you possess for this position.
  • Experience in various aspects of project management.
  • Transportation Safety and Security Professional Designation or ability to travel to attend classes to obtain this designation (as available).
  • Project Management Professional designation or combination of experience and education.
  • Experience facilitating training and meetings.
  • I do not meet any of the desired qualifications.

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