Are you a collaborative leader with deep knowledge of public works construction and field operations? If so, SDOT has a challenging opportunity for you!
SDOT's Maintenance & Operation Division (MOD) presents an exceptional opportunity to join a high-functioning team of professionals whose mission is to deliver safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation system that enhances Seattle's environment and economic vitality. The Operations Division Director directly supervises six managers with a total of 171 staff and provides the strategic direction and leadership of the Concrete & Asphalt Paving Unit, Signs and Markings Unit, Customer Service and Dispatch Unit, SDOT Response Team, and Pavement Engineering and Management Unit. Manages and oversees the Pavement Engineering & Right-of-Way (ROW) programs, which includes the City Asphalt & Pavement Engineer group. This position is responsible for the asphalt paving maintenance and repair programs on streets and sidewalks throughout the City of Seattle (COS). This position manages other SDOT’s facilities, such as Airport Way, Haller Lake and Charles Street.
The Division operates 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, oversees the division’s $62 million operation approximately, capital and reimbursable budgets. In all, this position is the asset owner for the City’s 2300 miles main arterials, 5000 miles of residential roads, worth $10 billion and $7 billion worth of sidewalks. This operationally focused Division provides a range of functions such as direction, planning, analysis, and implementation of paving projects completed by City of Seattle crews. This leader provides accountability for translating City and departmental objectives into specific outcomes in project delivery through effective utilization of the City’s human capital, budget, and other resources. Additionally, this individual leads the full lifecycle of several pilot programs for the City of Seattle such as the small crew capital delivery program.
This position is part of SDOTs Emergency Management and Response Team that works with managers, executives, and communication experts to maintain, update, and develop programmatic and tactical approaches to ensure a state-of-the-art emergency response program with an emphasis on major infrastructure disasters and weather-related emergency conditions including snow and ice, and other emergencies (traffic incidents, windstorms, landslides, earthquakes, etc.) as needed. In the event of an emergency, this role may be called upon to act as the Incident Response Commander and must coordinate and communicate with other experts within the department to fully understand impacts of decisions and proposed solutions. This position will report to the Deputy Director of Maintenance Operations.
We are looking for:
A highly organized, proactive, and engaged team member.
The candidate for this role should have a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, Transportation planning or related field or combination of education, training and/or experience that provides and equivalent background to perform the job.
Ideally, the top candidates bring seven (7)+ years of extensive experience of progressively responsible managerial experience in engineering, transportation planning, public works.
Must have thorough understanding of pavement management, sidewalk, and curb ramp principles and systems as well as pavement design knowledge.
Strong background in public policy, business management, project management, construction management and asset, work, risk, strategic, and performance management.
Your success in this position will depend on your ability and/or experience in the following:
Leadership – Proven success in leading an organization in a multi-disciplinary, complex, and fast-paced urban government environment. Experience in facilitating, negotiating, and building consensus among diverse constituents and stakeholders. This position is a member of SDOT’s Senior Leadership team, and routinely coordinates and communicates with other SDOT Division Directors to ensure consistent implementation of broad policy direction. In the absence of clear policy or procedures, this position works with other Division Directors to recommend policies, procedures, or approaches to complex problems.
Strategic and Visionary Thinking – A leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, who is open to new ideas and can readily identify and prioritize issues and recommend and implement effective solutions. This leader must collaborate with SDOT’s leadership team, implementing strategic plans for the City’s development and managing relationships with stakeholders.
This leader must be a systems thinker, reevaluating and adjusting maintenance program approaches that involve personnel changes, fleet and equipment adjustments and coordination efforts to maximize impact across a broad spectrum of City assets.
Relationships – Ability to establish and maintain highly effective, collaborative working relationships with elected officials, directors and managers, employees, the media, and diverse users of the City's multiple service systems. This leader must bring a strong commitment and ability to cultivate sustainable partnerships such as UW, Sound Transit, Metro, WSDOT among others and demonstrated skill in addressing politically challenging situations with tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity.
Communication – Inspirational leader with excellent verbal and oral communication skills, including experience communicating successfully with a broad range of stakeholders – Council, bureau directors, employees, and community partners. Passionate advocate and effective public speaker, with the ability to represent the bureau and City of Seattle locally and nationally. Must be able to articulate the mission and values of SDOT, clearly explain information to a variety of audiences, negotiate and problem solve.
Management of People – Experience supervising a diverse workforce, including union-represented employees. Skill in creating a culture of respect, collaboration, and accountability. Experience with full range of personnel management duties. Ability to be firm and hold people accountable while maintaining relationships. Ability to work with elected officials as well as peers, staff, and diverse community members. Demonstrated experience in evaluating needs, managing staff and resources, designing programs, a good understanding of bureaucracy. A Proven track record of leveraging public-private partnerships and other resources. Experience using statistical data, financial information, and outcome measures to develop budgets, evaluate operational performance, and strengthen organizational accountability and effectiveness.
Race & Social Justice- This position is responsible to ensure that the Division develops people and programs that deliver services effectively, efficiently, and equitably for all people living, working and visiting Seattle. This work is accomplished through training, hiring, workforce development, and adapting performance management procedures to include racial, social and environmental justice perspectives. Programs and procedures must be constantly reviewed and updated formally through existing RET (Racial Equity Toolkit) analysis as well as through more tactical and informal processes such as receiving and responding to community feedback in real time. On consistently basis, coordinates, integrates, and provides leadership for teams and other organized work groups with diverse representation across functional, departmental and/or jurisdictional lines, to achieve important outcomes requiring coordination and integration of diverse perspectives, skills set, competencies, and resources. Supports department goals in promoting diversity and social justice.
Internal Number: 2021-00941
About City of Seattle
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) mission is "to create and maintain for Seattle a safe and reliable transportation system which enhances neighborhoods, the environment and the economy." Everything the department does is aimed at enhancing mobility within the city; this department has as its vision "to be the most innovative and responsive transportation agency in the region." The viability of our neighborhoods and the health of our region's economy are dependent upon access and mobility.