WSDOT: Ferry System Electrification Program Business Manager - Belltown, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

The Washington State Ferry (WSF) system is essential to Washington's transportation network, linking communities on both sides of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. There are over 400 sailings each day on 10 ferry routes. WSF transports nearly 17 million passengers a year and has more than 1,800 employees. Employees perform a variety of duties on vessels, in terminals, at the maintenance facility, and at the Seattle headquarters.

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a Ferry System Electrification Program Business Manager to provide oversight and support for the WSF’s System Electrification Program, a $4B mega-program that is the cornerstone of the WA State Government’s strategy to reduce it greenhouse gas emissions by 95% of 2005 levels by the year 2050. The portfolio of projects includes building 16 new ferry vessels, converting 6 vessels to hybrid electric propulsion, and completing extensive improvements to 16 ferry terminals over 15 years.

This position will include oversight of the financial planning, programming, budgeting, reporting, and scheduling activities of these major capital projects. In addition, the position serves as financial controller for a large General Engineering Consultant team comprised of 19 partner firms.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Ferry System Electrification Program Business Manager will:

Direct the work of the business division of the WSF Electrification Program.
Allocate appropriate funding for General Engineering Consultant support of vessel electrification program management and capital project.
Manage overall consultant agreement with an initial value of $15M over five years.
Lead the development of the electrification program project list and related capital budget.
Works with project engineers and contracting staff to fund contracts and procurements, pay invoices, and close out projects.
Tracks expenditures, and reports program status (cost, schedule, and scope) issues.
Develop strategies for interagency and utility agreements.
Works closely with WSF Finance and Administration and HQ program management on work order setup and requests for authorization, reporting, and change management.
Updates plan to reflect current project cost and schedule estimates; updates emission reduction estimates and reports to WSF Chief Sustainability Officer and WSDOT headquarters Environmental Services office.
Ensure project business documentation is in compliance with WSDOT standards, federal requirements as applicable, and project requirements.

As a senior manager, advisor, and technical position performing management of complex grants and long-range financial management, the position must have knowledge of financial planning, budgeting, government business practices permits, and agreements, and the technical skills to manage and/or advise a team of professional staff and indirectly manage information, operation, and services required of a complex transportation/modal organization, (WSF/WSDOT).
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Eight (8) years of professional experience involving analysis and evaluation of budgets, budget development accounting, and maintenance of financial systems.
Four (4) years of experience in fiscal management position(s). Managing financial resources and providing oversight on reimbursable invoices and consultant billing.
Experience with State or Federal procurement regulations and statutes.
Demonstrated success in cross-functional collaboration.
Documented proficiency with enterprise financial, procurement, project management, and asset management systems.
Skilled with Advanced MS Word, Excel, Access, Email, and PowerPoint.
Effective oral and written communications.
Managing/advising professional staff and effectively interfacing with internal and external organizations, consultants, local jurisdictions, and the public.
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, engineering, or related fields.
An associate degree with a minimum of (8) years of professional and/or applicable military experience.
Fifteen (15) years of professional and/or applicable military experience will be considered.
Knowledge of:
Program management and project development processes.
Commercial and interagency agreements
Environmental permits.
Reimbursable and lump sum payment procedures.
Budget Development and fiscal management principles.
Principles of managing major projects.
Effectively use independent judgment and make decisions.
Ability to apply general principles to specific conditions and make sound decisions.
Ability to lead the team to manage scope/budget and schedule.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adjust to changing needs.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Project Management Professional (PMP) or comparable Certification is desirable.
Experience with WSDOT-specific business systems and processes.
Familiarity with applicable WA statutes and federal laws related to public works contracts.

Important Notes
The salary listed includes the legislative-approved 5% salary premium for positions with an assigned duty station in King County.
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.

Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experiences the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine your salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:.
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal-opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included, and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, 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.

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Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Renee Mason, at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-WSF-9W124 in the subject line.

Contact Person: Renee Mason
Email: [email protected]
Location: Belltown, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $102,564.00 - $131,568.00 /YR

Posted on August 31, 2023

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