Director of Operations (WMS04)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Director of Operations (WMS04)


Bellevue, WA 


$116,348.00 - $149,209.00

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The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on May 31st. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.



Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT’s I-405/SR 167 Program is eager to hire an experienced program manager looking to advance their career into a senior leadership role to serve as our next Director of Operations. The I-405/SR 167 Program is a high visibly and complex multibillion dollar program, and the Director of Operations will be responsible and accountable for the successful delivery of the program. The successful candidate appointed into this role will ensure that the I-405/SR-167 Program meets local, state, and federal standards within scope, schedule, budget, and safely with the least amount of impacts to the traveling public. Through strong and innovative leadership, this position will strategically manage, direct, and control all resource group aspects to ensure the most efficient management of a complex multimillion dollar budget and diverse workforce involved in the program. We encourage you to apply if you are interested in taking on this challenge to lead a diverse team to successfully deliver WSDOT projects.
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Director of Operations will:

  • Develop the I-405/SR-167 program goals, mission, vision, operating principles, and the overall focus of the program and assure successful implementation and delivery of program projects. 
  • Oversee multiple suborganizations consisting of engineers, technicians, and consultants to deliver the planning, design and engineering, and construction phases of the program. 
  • Help determine and guide the direction taken by the program and WSDOT to solve problems necessary to meet program goals. 
  • Represent the program to a wide variety of interests including the local jurisdictions, legislators, tribal agencies, businesses, property owners, and stakeholders, creating partnerships that will meet both the needs of WSDOT and our partners. 
  • Provide executive level oversight and support of program and financial management plans, legal issues, public disclosure requests, and special projects. 
  • Continually identify and assess program management risks and opportunities and develop mitigation strategies to reduce the overall program risk profile as appropriate, ensuring integration with the master plan schedule, project cost estimates and available budgets. 
  • Ensure that appropriate levels of resources are available for assigned staff to deliver program elements effectively and efficiently. 



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or closely related field
  • 10 years of progressively responsible managerial experience working on large financial scale, complicated highway and bridge construction in urban setting with multiple disciplines and diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of: 
    1. Transportation and Civil Engineering practices and standards
    2. Environmental and highway design laws and regulations
    3. Finance, budget, and programming procedures
    4. Legislative processes
    5. Civil Engineering theory and practices
  • Ability to develop and manage a complex multibillion dollar budget. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Two (2) years of experience as a Project Engineer (WMS3) or Engineering Manager (WMS3) or equivalent Program Manager or Local Programs Manager experience. 


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on May 31st. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. 
  • Paid Leave - In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?


How to Apply 

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further details your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.


Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-8W161 in the subject line. 


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