Track Access Project/program Manager Iv

King County
40 per week $118,726 - $143,540 Per year WA 9000 Olson Pl SW, Seattle, WA 98106, United States Apply before 6/30/2024 11:59


**This position is only open to King County Metro employees who have passed their initial probationary period.**

King County Metro Transit’s Rail Division has an exciting Track Access Program/Project Manager IV, Special Duty Assignment (SDA) opportunity.

Successful candidates will play a critical role in coordinating and facilitating the permitting process for contractors working on the Link Light Rail system. 

King County’s Rail Division is growing, expanding and is a terrific place to work! In addition to operating and maintaining a light rail system that will power our region’s mobility options for decades to come, we’re creating a dynamic culture where everyone is valued and able to thrive. Our strategic priorities include establishing a culture of care, ensuring the safest possible environment for employees and customers, effectively expanding operations and strengthening our partnerships with area mobility agencies like Sound Transit and City of Seattle.  

The Track Access Project/Program Manager IV Special Duty Assignment offers a hybrid work schedule; the Special Duty Assignment is expected to last 6 months, with possibility of extension. 

Who may apply: Career Service, King County Metro employees who have passed their initial probationary period. 

If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact:

Khadija Al-mohanawy, HR Analyst


Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and foundational expectation for all King County employees. As a Track Access Program/Project Manager IV, your job duties will entail:

Track Access Program Management:

  • Oversee and implement strategic design and development of the Track Access program, including Track Access materials and software.
  • Serve as a technical expert for the Track Access program and collaborate with stakeholders to optimize the safety and effectiveness of the Track Access program.
  • Manage a team responsible for reviewing and preparing Track Access Permit Requests, ensuring compliance with governing documents and safety measures, and obtaining necessary approvals.
  • Ensure Track Access program maintains compliance with all relevant governing laws, regulations, and other governing documents.
  • Address inquiries related to the Track Access Program, providing guidance and direction to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with determining the Track Access program budget and resourcing needs.
Reporting and Communication:
  • Oversee the production of weekly and periodic Track Access reports, ensuring accuracy and quality control of distributed materials.
  • Present program information and reports to senior management and represent Track Access at internal and external meetings.
  • Act as the chief liaison with Sound Transit's Portfolio Services Office, coordinating and prioritizing permit requests.
  • Represent Track Access in strategic and long-range forecasting meetings, fostering collaboration with diverse interest groups.
Personnel Management
  • Supervise, plan, and review the work of the Track Access program work group.
  • Provide training, professional development support, and performance management for the Track Access work group.
  • Manage payroll and employee attendance and leave requests related ADA/FMLA/KCMFL/WFLA processes for assigned employees.   
  • Ensure daily operations and personnel actions conform with negotiated agreements, confer with labor representatives to discuss and resolve issues, and escalate issues to Superintendent as needed.
  • Participate in investigations and disciplinary proceedings and may be delegated authority for grievance hearings.
Process Coordination and Subject Matter Expertise:
  • Advocate for Track Access requirements during lease negotiations, property management discussions, and right-of-entry applications.
  • Provide subject matter expertise for the procurement of software solutions related to the track access program.
  • Monitor program scope and schedule, conduct data analysis, and report results to ensure program success.
  • Manage track access tools, including databases and webpages, to facilitate efficient program operations.

May be assigned to participate in internal and external work groups, project teams, committees, and task forces.

May perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Across all levels, we are looking for candidates who have: 

  • Demonstrated project management experience, including leading multidisciplinary teams, achieving specific goals, and managing multiple tasks and associated timelines effectively.  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to make data-driven recommendations.
  • Skill in developing and achieving performance and operational goals.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading change, mitigating risks, and ensuring project execution and quality.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals at all levels within a large organization and adapt to Rail's unique operating environment.
  • Skilled at building trust and staff development.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of personnel and performance management.
  • Skill in using management information systems, personal computers, word processing, spreadsheet database management, presentation, and similar applications.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Skill in navigating ambiguity and politically sensitive situations.
  • Experience in policy and negotiated agreement development and interpretation.  
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to use applications for team communication and collaboration (such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.) and management of remote workers (telework and/or at other work locations).
Desired qualifications for the Track Access PPM IV include:
  • Experience working in the Rail transit industry.
  • Familiarity with Sound Transit and Link Light Rail business models and practices.
  • Training and curriculum development.
  • Skill in establishing effective working relationships and communicating successfully with diverse stakeholders, including senior management, governmental agencies, staff, and customers.
  • Knowledge of visual and data management systems and processes, including GIS and power BI.
  • Proficiency in process improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma.

Supplemental Information

To Apply 
If you are interested in pursuing the Special Duty Assignment (SDA) opportunity, 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 general questions) please contact Khadija Al-mohanawy:  

Required Forms and Application Materials: 
  • Complete all required supplemental questions
  • Attach a letter of interest that:
    • Describes your interest in the Track Access PPM IV position and how your experiences and abilities have prepared you to take on the job duties, including why you are the best fit for the position. Include a brief description of your skills, experience, and knowledge.   
  • Only the first two pages of your letter of interest will be reviewed.

Applications that 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:

Application & Selection Process
Letters of interest are required in order to be considered for the role. Your letter of interest, and responses to supplemental questions will be screened for qualifications, competitiveness, clarity, written communication skills and completeness. A selection process will be used to determine the most qualified candidates. This process may include any or all the following: A review of your letter of interest, and/or an interview.
Final offers will be contingent upon successful completion of reference checks which may include internal employee personnel file review and/or contacting professional references.
Who May Apply: Career Service King County Metro employees who have passed their initial probationary period.
Work Schedule
The work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Project/Program Manager IV (SDA) position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is therefore not eligible for overtime pay.
Union Representation/Job Code/Grade
PPM IV: PROTEC 17/2441400/Grade 68
Teleworking Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed predominantly in a hybrid work environment working in the office and at home. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various facilities managed by either Sound Transit or City of Seattle. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their primary worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees may be provided with a Sound Transit-issued laptop and must maintain a remote workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.
King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.  
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?  dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 
Guided by our "", 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.

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