Transit & Mobility Division Director

Seattle Department of Transportation
Seattle, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Budgeting and Operations
Community Engagement
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
$102,458.16 - $169,023.60 Annually

Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) portfolio of work is vast. From filling potholes to paving streets, tweaking traffic signals and helping buses and freight deliveries run on time, creating enjoyable public spaces and building out a network of bike lanes and sidewalks to serve all ages and abilities. And that's just a snapshot.

In our quickly growing city, how we get around – how safe it is, how much it costs, how much time it takes, and how reliable it is – is top of mind for most of us just about every day. Our core values drive our work toward creating a safe, connected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all.

SDOT is hiring a Transit & Mobility Division Director who will play a critical role in shaping Seattle and the region’s current and future mobility.  This executive level position will report directly to the Deputy Director of Policy, Programs, and Finance and will lead a team of 50-55 transportation professionals focused on delivering safe, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable transit and mobility solutions for Seattle. This position supports departmental goals in promoting diversity, race and social justice, and demonstrates a personal and professional commitment to making decisions that advance transportation equity. 

Ideal Candidates Profile:

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the competencies and the knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the following ideal candidate profile.

Knowledge - The preferred candidate must demonstrate understanding with disruptive transportation technologies (shared and automated mobility, Mobility as a Service platforms, new urban freight delivery models; parking and curb space management technology), experience deploying innovative solutions to transportation challenges, and advancing data- and community-driven decisions regarding the integration and implementation of mobility solutions. Understanding the climate impacts caused by the transportation sector and having a track record of making decisions that consider impacts on climate change are important for this position.

Leadership – The ideal candidate is a collaborative team builder with experience leading and empowering a dynamic group of mobility leaders and demonstrates proven leadership experience developing and implementing strategic cohesive visions for organizational development and continued team growth.  Create cohesive teams, establishing a strategic direction, motivating staff, working with diverse community constituents, and managing change.

Strategic and Visionary Thinking – A leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit, who is open to new ideas and can readily identify and prioritize issues and recommend and implement effective solutions especially in areas of Transit & Mobility. Think systemically and strategically, make tough decisions among competing priorities, and guide organizational development through a political environment.

  • Sets strategic and tactical direction through the development of division work plans and directly managing operations including scope, schedule, budget, staffing, and serve as the single point of accountability on all Transit & Mobility activities;
  • Develops and leads all functions within the division including:  transit policy and service delivery in close collaboration with partners and stakeholders; transit planning, design and speed and reliability improvements for key City of Seattle transit corridors; streetcar system design and operations; parking policy, operations and curb space management; mobility programs and transportation demand management, including integrating shared mobility options and technology into innovative programming while  ensuring a functioning transportation network. 
  • Leads strategy to renew the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Levy in 2020;

Relationships – Ability to cultivate sustainable partnerships and resolve high-level issues with public and private sector partners, including other local jurisdictions, state agencies, and diverse communities. Experience with a high value on community involvement.

  • Represents SDOT’s and City’s interests at Puget Sound Regional Council, Sound Transit Board, Washington State Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority, Department of Energy and other federal agencies;
  • Works in partnership with regional, state and federal agencies to define transit service, mobility programs; and deploys innovative solutions to transportation challenges including leveraging new technologies to advance mobility solutions;
  • Ensures that outreach and collaboration within the department and with partner agencies is proactive, comprehensive, and integrated into project/program design, execution and ongoing implementation;

Communication – Inspirational leader with excellent verbal and oral communication skills, include experience communicating successfully with a broad range of stakeholders, has strong management, enterprise leadership, and communication skills, and understands the unique and evolving role of local government, the importance of public/private partnerships, and key regional partnerships with our fellow transit agencies, King County Metro, Sound Transit, and other key stakeholders. The director must be a skilled communicator, comfortable representing the division/department/City to internal and external stakeholders including Modal Boards, outreach events, briefings, media inquiries, community meetings.

Management of People – Experience supervising a diverse workforce, including union and represented employees. Create a culture of respect, collaboration, and accountability. Demonstrated skill in creating a workforce that reflects and respects the diversity of the communities it serves.

  • Manages and directs the work of a team of approximately 50-55 professional staff including establishing work plan goals, set priorities, and determine deadlines with all work groups on a variety of high-profile, time-sensitive projects;
  • Works in a multicultural workplace and with diverse customers, emphasizing communication for cooperation, collaboration, and inclusiveness in support of department goals to promote diversity and social justice.

Operational Management and Innovation – Demonstrated experience in evaluating needs, managing staff and resources, designing programs, a good understanding of bureaucracy.

  • Has responsibility and oversight for a large, complex budget derived from multiple sources and accounting for significant operations and maintenance, reimbursable and capital project delivery, as well as being responsible for significant revenue development including managing FTA New Starts funding;
  • Oversees the City's management of the Seattle Transit Benefit District (STBD) service contract, and negotiate other contracts for service as needed
  • Oversees streetcar policy and project development, operations, and maintenance;


  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Architecture, Business Administration, or related field.
  • Ten or more years of staff and project management experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five or more years of senior management experience providing leadership in a large scale and diverse organization.
  • Proven leadership experience in managing and delivering complex, multi-faceted work plan for a government agency.
  • Experience negotiating interagency agreements.
  • Experience shepherding policy and initiatives through a complicated political environment, including negotiating between legislative and executive branches.
  • Experience embedding, implementing and advancing racial justice-based transportation equity goals and strategies within projects, programs, and work plans.
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.


  • Master’s degree in Business, Engineering or Planning.
  • Experience with transportation demand management strategies including active transportation, commute trip reduction programs and parking management.
  • Basic understanding of local transportation landscape.
  • Experience in jurisdictions that value sustainability, high capacity transit, complete street concepts, and multiple transportation modes.
  • Demonstrated experience in local government and a commitment to innovative transportation policies, programs, and technology.
  • Knowledge of the Lean model and experience implementing successful Lean transformation.
Published on:
November 7, 2018 - 11:53am
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