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The Washington State Department of Transportation presents an exciting and challenging opportunity for a leader who excels at facilitating relationships and cooperation among planning organizations at the regional, tribal, state, and federal levels. The Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager leads the agency’s administrative oversight, program assessment, and fiduciary responsibility related to metropolitan and regional transportation planning organization (MPO/RTPO), ensuring their compliance with state and federal planning requirements. This position is critical to fostering greater consistency between state and regional plans and programs.
Metropolitan and regional transportation planning organizations, federal agency staff and WSDOT colleagues rely on the Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager to:
The successful candidate for this position will excel at managing a broad and diverse workload, leading staff, and building effective relationships. The incumbent will provide MPO/RTPO support and ensure compliance, using sensitivity and finesse to resolve concerns in ways that both facilitate compliance and maintain and build strong working relationships. We are looking for a leader who is recognized as a team player and possesses exceptional communication skills to ably represent WSDOT with the public and federal, state and local agency staff.
Improving WSDOT cooperative planning relationships with MPOs/RTPOs plays an important role in implementing Practical Solutions. The Tribal and Regional Transportation Planning Manager is a champion for sharing data and plans for state facilities with local significance, and developing clear, consistent, repeatable processes for state input into regional plans in order to achieve greater consistency between state and regional plans and identify shared priorities for investment.
Ensuring compliance at the statewide, metropolitan, and regional planning levels avoids severe impacts to federal transportation funding. Consistent messaging, statewide planning practices, and adherence to federal and state requirements reduces or eliminates audit and compliance findings, providing for the uninterrupted flow of federal transportation funds.
This position, located in the Multimodal Planning Division, manages a team of five staff to support the division’s vision to guide transportation decisions through transparent, collaborative, and performance-based planning and support data and information needs to foster livable communities and economic vitality.
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This position and staff perform the following work:
A candidate for this position must possess:
An ideal candidate will possess the above qualifications as well as:
Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Eirik Landes at LandesE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WMS-0W014.
WSDOT 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/.