Systems Engineering & Integration Director

Position Type:
Systems Engineering & Integration Director

Position Title:
Systems Engineering & Integration Director, Seattle WA

$117,645.00 - $147,056.00 Annually

Posting Date:

Closing Date:
Open Until Filled

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Sound Transit

Systems Engineering & Integration Director

Job #14-00596

SALARY:  $117,645.00 - $147,056.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 08/15/14

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled   



Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises, and administers systems engineering and civil/systems integration engineering including communications systems, signaling, OCS, traction power, light rail vehicles, ticket vending machines, and design document preparation; manages and oversees the design of systems engineering and the integration of civil and systems contracts; manages and oversees the systems support for corridor design teams; plans and oversees the performance of all engineering disciplines assigned to the civil/systems integration and systems engineering team including staff and consultants; coordinates with the civil and structural design efforts, architectural design efforts, contracts, construction management, operations, and safety and security to provide complex technical analysis and recommendations regarding design, construction, and operational issues.



The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only 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.

• Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects, and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.

• Coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the division and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.

• Directs the Civil/Systems Integration and Systems Engineering program; directs and coordinate the work program for this section; provides management oversight of work effort to ensure control of projects scope, schedule and budget; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of program service delivery methods and procedures; and recommends service and staffing levels.

• Serves as key member of Design and Engineering senior management team providing status information, analysis and technical recommendations to the Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director. 

• Directs and recommends the development of integrated/systems testing plans; ensures thorough technical review of design submittals, procurement documents, installation and construction interfaces with Civil/System Engineering and fire/safety elements; and coordinates with Operations on vehicle and systems design and resolution of operational issues. 

• Serves as liaison with Agency Board members, elected officials, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), local transit agencies, community outreach, media and general public on Systems Design and Integration issues.

• Develops, administers, maintains, and oversees the Systems Engineering & Integration’s annual budget; makes recommendations and forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; reviews and approves division expenditures and implements adjustments.

• Provides support to the department and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; 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.



Education and Experience:

Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, or closely related field and eight years of experience in managing civil/systems engineering programs, design and operations of light rail systems and civil integration, electrical/electronic design, and specialized design and operation of vehicles and systems that includes four years of staff supervisory, budgetary, and management responsibility; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Required Licenses or Certifications:

Possession of valid Washington State Drivers License.


Required Knowledge of:

• Operations, services, and activities of assigned division programs and functional areas.

• Principles and standards of design and operations in a highly and technically complex area of light rail systems engineering and integration of civil design with systems engineering. 

• Design and operations of light rail electrical, communications, vehicle and traction systems.

• Industrial and electrical engineering practice and system design and testing.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.

• Advanced principles, practices, methods and techniques used in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of systems and applications, and of software development lifecycle.

• Procurement, inventory and asset management of systems equipment.

• Preparation and monitoring of contract documents.

• Project and operations and maintenance management 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.

• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.

• Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.


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.

• Managing systems engineering and integration engineering including communications systems, signaling, OCS, traction power, light rail vehicles, ticket vending machines, and design document preparation within a transit system.

• Evaluating and recommending system components, software, management tools and consulting resources. 

• Facility design and related equipment and maintenance experience.

• Managing and administering procurement processes and procedures.          

• Preparing and administering a variety of contract documents.

• Managing large, complex projects and making decisions in fast-paced, difficult environments.

• 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.

• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.

• Developing and monitoring program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

• Supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.



• 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, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, 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.


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.


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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.


All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.


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