Executive Transportation Leader of Southwest Region
Washington State Department of Transportation
September 19, 2018
$120,576 - $150,708, annually
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is enthusiastically seeking a dynamic transportation executive with extraordinary, proven leadership skills to serve as the next Southwest Region Administrator based in Vancouver, WA. Southwest Washington is home to the lower end of the Columbia River Gorge and the beautiful Columbia River. The Columbia River separates the metropolis areas of Vancouver and Portland, OR., and curves through the southwestern part of the state to the Pacific Ocean, leading to some of the most popular beaches in the state. The region includes Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, Clark and Klickitat counties.
Internally, this position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the region's 440 employees, systematically fostering an inclusive work environment that promotes the agency's mission and strategic direction, while encouraging innovative performance to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain the transportation system. Externally, the incumbent must be an effective ambassador and spokesperson for the department on transportation matters, establish strong relationships with stakeholders to build coalitions, create constituent support, and influence public opinion on issues of vital importance locally and to the State of Washington.
Challenges and opportunities of this position include:
Understand and strategically use the interrelationships of state of good repair, safety, operations, demand management, capacity, and funding limitations to deliver transportation projects to address the public needs.
Achieve consensus within a wide array of perspectives and effectively facilitate partnerships among legislators, local officials, community members, regulatory agencies, and other internal/external stakeholders involved throughout the complex process of public involvement along with legal, environmental, engineering and fiscal limitations.
Strike a balance between competing needs and limited resources available, all while in the public eye and with high levels of legislative interest and involvement.
Align the processes and efforts of the Southwest Region with WSDOT's Strategic Plan, the Governor's initiatives, and the agency's priorities, which include Practical Solutions, Inclusion, and Workforce Development.
This position's essential functions include but are not limited to:
Determine the overall focus of Southwest Region programs, projects and positions within budget constraints to enable WSDOT to deliver a balance of state of good repair, safety, operations, demand management capacity, while considering the users of the transportation system.
Develop organizational structure and work plans to align with and successfully carry out the agency's strategic goals and objectives.
Determine and provide direction for the region's transportation planning and budgeting efforts necessary to preserve and enhance the statewide transportation system, to include serving as a board member of various state and regional transportation planning organizations.
Provide guidance and direction to resolve issues necessary to meet project, scope, budget, and delivery timelines, while overcoming challenges associated with coordination, legal, social, environmental, engineering, and fiscal matters.
Coach, mentor, and encourage career development for employees, while providing leadership for the safety program, maintaining morale, and managing personnel issues.
An ideal candidate for this position will have the following:
Reputation for building trust and consensus, including facilitating competing interest groups/individuals in solving complex problems.
Successful experience modeling leadership and performance characteristics that promote professionalism, integrity, accountability, and public service.
Advanced written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information to diverse technical and non-technical groups, legislators, and the media.
Record of accomplishment in formulating, implementing, and encouraging continuous improvements and change.
The ability to translate strategic plans into details, goals, and objectives.
Strong foundation of professional transportation and civil engineering practices and standards, including environmental and highway design laws and regulations.
A valid, unrestricted driver's license.
Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field is desirable.
Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desirable.
At WSDOT, we value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. To learn more, please watch the following video: Why WSDOT?
Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Amy Fermo at 360-705-6816 or email@example.com. Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-EMS-4E039.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/.
Internal Number: 18DOT-EMS-4E039
About Washington State Department of Transportation
WSDOT’s VisionThe Washington State Department of Transportation’s vision is to be the best in providing a sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system.Mission statementThe Washington State Department of Transportation provides and supports safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.WSDOT’s Values•Safety - Promote the safety of the public and employees at all times•Inclusion - Ensure a wide array of perspectives, disciplines and backgrounds are represented in our outreach, decision making and workforce•Innovation - Foster an environment of trust that encourages creativity, finding solutions for challenges and leveraging opportunities•Integrity - Build trust with each other and our communities by being ethical, accountable, responsive and honest•Leadership - Inspire, motivate and support to give each other the confidence to do great things•Sustainability - Make decisions and take actions that promote the conservation of resources for future generations by focusing on the balance of economic, environmental and community needs