Executive Director of Planning, Environment & Project Development
January 23, 2018
215000.00 - 239000.00
Full Time - Experienced
Executive Director of Planning, Environment & Project Development
ABOUT THE POSITION
The Executive Director of Planning, Environment & Project Development oversees the operations and functions of the department which consist of: Planning and Innovation, Land Use Planning and Development, Capital Projects Development, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and Environmental Affairs.
The Executive Director integrates these functions across Agency departments to achieve joint ownership of goals, objectives and strategic initiatives. Reporting directly to the Deputy CEO, and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the Executive Director embraces and drives change to achieve the Agency’s mission.
The Executive Director oversees a staff of 70 employees and it is estimated that by the year 2020 there will be 98 employees.
Additional responsibilities of the Executive Director include the following:
Directs the project development activities and related environmental processes including completion of environmental records of decision, project preliminary engineering and cost estimating, and establishment of baseline scope, schedule and budget.
Oversees system planning activities, including corridor planning, phase three planning, coordination with regional planning efforts administered through the Metro Planning Organization, system and fleet management planning, research and policy development, and travel demand forecasting.
Directs Agency TOD; works to create vibrant, livable and sustainable communities through stakeholder partnering to create compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed use communities centered around Agency train, bus and light rail systems that enhance and increase transit ridership.
Manages Agency environmental planning and compliance activities, including application of the Environmental and Sustainability Management System.
Interacts with external stakeholders in the conduct of Agency business, including elected and appointed officials of federal, state, and local government partners, private industry leaders, non-profit organizations, tribes, media, and civic organizations.
At the request of the CEO, interacts with the Board of Directors to support policy setting and decision making on Planning, Project Development, TOD, and Environmental Affairs; and serves as an active and engaged member of the ELT that works across functions to achieve the CEO’s vision and Agency mission.
The Ideal Candidate
Sound Transit is seeking a talented and unifying leader to bring innovative ideas and leadership to the Agency, and translate big picture transit vision and goals into realistic plans. Candidates should have a proven record of success as a senior planning and development leader.
Bachelors Degree in planning, engineering, public administration, or closely related field and ten years of experience in managing operations, programs, and services in planning, and/or project management, environmental affairs, transit oriented development, or capital project development. A Masters degree or AICP certification is a plus.
Sound Transit values workplace diversity and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences. The new Executive Director will be expected to continue to support and build upon a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
Persons interested in this job must submit a cover letter, salary history, and current resume by visiting www.karrasconsulting.net and clicking on “view open positions.”
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. The position will remain open until filled; however the screening process will move quickly. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials as soon as possible but no later than January 31st, 2018.
The salary range for this position begins at $215K up to maximum $239K, depending on experience. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance; a 401A retirement plan; holiday, vacation, and sick leave; employee assistance program; ORCA transit pass and guaranteed ride home.
Sound Transit is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.
LIVING IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION
Spectacular natural surroundings, world-class education systems, thriving urban centers, vibrant neighborhoods, and a lively arts and cultural scene are just some of what makes Puget Sound a great place to live and work. Ringed by snow-capped mountain peaks, crisscrossed by waterways, home to urban centers, and small cities, the Puget Sound region is a commercial center and a major hub for Trans-Pacific and European trade. Some of the world’s most successful and innovative companies are based here, including Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Costco, Paccar, Weyerhaeuser, and Nordstrom. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area’s natural beauty and mild climate. Hiking in the Olympic or Cascade Mountains, kayaking in Lake Union, or cycling on one of the many rails-to-trails paths are just a few of the options available. Washington is viewed as a progressive and innovative state where people are outgoing and friendly.
About Sound Transit
ABOUT SOUND TRANSIT
Sound Transit plans, builds and operates express bus, light rail and commuter rail services in the Puget Sound region. The Sound Transit District is home to 52 cities and more than 40% of Washington State’s population. In 2016, Sound Transit will provide nearly 34 million rides on its trains and buses.
The initial phase of the regional mass transit system, called Sound Move, was approved by voters in 1996. The second phase, Sound Transit 2 (ST2), was approved in 2008. Under these plans, the regional light rail system will more than double in length from just over 20 miles today to over 50 miles by 2023. Service is also increasing on the 83-mile Sounder commuter rail line from Everett to Lakewood, and ST Express buses continue to serve major highways in the region.
Even with these improvements, transportation continues to be one of the area’s biggest challenges with approximately 800,000 more people expected to call this region home by 2040. Also by 2040 the region will support 800,000 new jobs. In the past year alone, the region’s population grew by 52,000 people – making daily commutes longer and more congested.
In response, Sound Transit 3 (ST3) provides t...he next phase of high-capacity transit improvements for central Puget Sound. With the recent passage of this $54 billion ballot measure the light rail system will more than double again to 116 miles with over 80 stations.
Sound Transit is growing. Today there are 788 employees and it is estimated that by the year 2020 there will be approximately 1200 employees.