GENERAL PURPOSE: Under general direction, oversees the complex regulatory approval process with multiple local, state, and federal agencies regarding construction, land use, and environmental issues for geographically assigned areas within the Agency's service area; provides technical assistance in the oversight and preparation of all regulatory processes and approvals for Sound Transit (ST) related projects; serves as the primary point of contact between Sound Transit and regulatory agencies; develops, coordinates, and implements the 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.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 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. • Monitors the application of policy and regulatory programs to provide guidance on updates and clarification on issues related to environmentally critical areas, land use, and high-capacity transit issues; researches the viability of existing codes and regulations (e.g., building, land use), performs risk assessments; evaluates emerging trends and policy impacts, identifies the need for new code development and possible revisions. • Prepares assigned project regulatory requirements for approval. Coordinates the regulatory process to ensure permit compliance for Sound Transit's major corridor projects, including small contract job orders are on schedule, budget, and within scope for both internal and external customers; tracks budget expenditures and prepares a trend analysis on a determined basis. • Serves as the 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 and coordination in the preparation and assembly of permit packages; tracks and monitors the process through multiple 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 permit and water quality related issues; and tracks and manages the early development and submittal of critical permit submittals with local jurisdictions to satisfy permit requirements. • Partners with multiple regulatory agencies to develop strategies to help streamline ST major corridor projects, including smaller JOCs, and review processes; and develops and implements internal strategies for critical permit approvals necessary to meet multiple master schedules. • Provides support 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. • Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in in construction management, urban planning, environmental science, public policy, or closely related field and five years of experience providing technical support in the oversight and preparation of complex regulatory processes in construction, land use, and environmental regulation compliance; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications: Possession of a valid Washington State Drivers License.
Required Knowledge of: • Operations, services, and activities of a permit process program. • Pertinent federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations as related to environmental compliance. • Regulatory agency processes. • Architectural, urban planning, environmental science, engineering, structural and other disciplines. • Understanding of erosion control and water quality issues. • Principles and procedures of record keeping. • Customer service and public relations methods and techniques. • Methods and techniques of research and analysis. • Project management techniques and principles. • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities. • Principles of business letter writing and 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. • Interpreting and applying applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. • Applying advanced principles and practices of the regulatory approval process. • Preparing and analyzing data and reports. • Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients. • Researching, analyzing, and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques. • Collaborating with multiple regulatory agencies in advancing agency goals. • Working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines, and adjusting to changing priorities. • Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals. • Applying project management techniques and principles. • Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
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.
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.
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.