Senior Land Use Permits Administrator

Sound Transit
Seattle, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 

Sound Transit
Senior Land Use Permits Administrator
Job #18-01493

SALARY:  $85,698.00 - $107,123.00 Annually

CLOSING DATE:  Continuous

The Senior Land Use Permit Administrator oversees project-level coordination for Sound Transit (ST) with local, state, and federal agencies, regarding complex discretionary approvals involving land use planning and entitlement, environmental compliance, noise control and other related regulatory matters in the assigned ST service area; provides technical assistance and oversight for applications and acquisition of discretionary regulatory approvals for ST capital projects; and helps plan, coordinate, and implement discretionary regulatory processes that ensure associated approvals are in place as needed to support the construction and operation of ST projects.

Under general direction from the Land Use Permitting Manager in overseeing project level coordination of complex discretionary issues for the Agency with multiple local, state, and federal agencies regarding land use, environmental, noise and other regulations as applicable in geographically assigned areas within the Agency's service area; provides technical assistance in the oversight and preparation of all discretionary regulatory processes and approvals for Sound Transit (ST) related projects;  assists and helps develop, coordinate, and implement the discretionary regulatory process ensuring that all applicable and appropriate permits and approvals are in place to support the construction of projects within the Sound Transit service area.

KEYWORDS: public administration, discretionary permitting, environmental planner / planning, land use planner / planning

Essential Functions

  • The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
  • Monitors the application of project level policy and regulatory programs to provide guidance on updates and clarification on issues related to land use, environmentally critical areas,  and high-capacity transit issues; researches the viability of existing land use and environmental codes and regulations (i.e. land use, water quality,  building), performs risk assessments associated with land use approvals; evaluates emerging trends and policy impacts, and identifies the need for new land use code development and possible revisions.
  • Prepares assigned project regulatory requirements for approval. Assists in coordinating the land use regulatory process ensuring permit compliance for Sound Transit's major corridor projects, including small contract job orders, so that scope, schedule, and budget are protected for both internal and external customers; tracks budget expenditures and prepares a trend analysis on a determined basis.
  • Serves and functions, as assigned,  to be the discretionary land use subject matter expert for field issues for resolution related to the permitting function; coordinates resources from construction management, contractors, and agencies having jurisdiction as necessary to keep the project on time and budget.
  • Provides oversight, coordination, and support in the preparation and assembly of multiple regulatory permit packages; tracks and monitors the process through region-wide regulatory agencies; documents status of permit packages in process; tracks and records review and approval.
  • Partners with other stakeholders to design, develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive permit tracking database.
  • Provides technical expertise, support, and guidance to construction management (CM) teams with on-site discretionary and environmental issues; tracks and manages the early development and submittal of critical land use and other discretionary submittals with local jurisdictions to satisfy permit requirements.
  • Provides support with multiple regulatory agencies to develop strategies to help streamline Sound Transit major corridor projects, including smaller JOCs, and review processes; coordinates internal strategies for critical land use permit approvals necessary to meet multiple master schedules.
  • Provides land use and environmental subject matter expertise to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as requested; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in urban planning, environmental sciences, environmental health, public administration, or closely related field; a Master's degree is highly desirable; five years of progressively responsible experience in project planning, environmental review, regulatory compliance, and management experience, preferably in the transit industry and/or in public sector agencies; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:

  • Possession of a valid Driver's License.

Required Knowledge of:

  • Environmental and land use laws and regulations and practices related to compliance.
  • Federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, particularly NEPA, SEPA, Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, local critical areas regulations, and permitting requirements.
  • Federal, state, and local transportation planning requirements.
  • Environmental impact analysis methods and issues.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Understanding of erosion control and water quality issues.
  • Methods and techniques of research and analysis.
  • Skilled in facilitating effective multi-disciplinary meetings.
  • Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.

Required Skill in:

  • Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
  • Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
  • Analyzing problems and identifying alternative solutions.
  • Preparing and administering large and complex public projects.
  • Effectively partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, utilities, contractors, consultants and community groups.
  • Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
  • Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
  • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Applying project management techniques and principles.
  • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
  • Developing and monitoring divisional and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment.
  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery and extreme noise when working in the field.
  • The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

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Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Published on:
September 27, 2018 - 2:43pm
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