Construction Manager-Systems - $100K-$150K - CONST002319

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Sound Transit
Seattle, WA, United States

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Construction Manager-Systems - $100K-$150K - CONST002319


Seattle, WA 



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Job Description:

Salary range is $100k to $150k, with a midpoint of $125k.  New hires typically receive between minimum and midpoint, however, we may go slightly higher based on experience, internal equity and market.


Under general direction, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the construction management team and/or other professional services contracts assigned to Sound Transit systems projects that include a series of inter-related contracts of significant complexity; manages the assigned systems construction contract(s) in accordance with established procedures; responsible to deliver assignments within the applicable scope, schedule, and budget; prepares and reports status of project, costs, and schedule; identifies and resolves project issues including those that may impact other areas of work; ensures quality and safety of work; coordinates assigned activities and projects with other entities, disciplines and departments, and provides administrative support as requested.


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.

• Leads, coordinates, schedules, assigns, and inspects the work activities of assigned staff, consultants, and contractors for assigned projects. Operating from a central office or construction field office location, makes frequent site visits to observe site conditions, site safety and security, construction activities, and incident response.

• Manages budgets for assigned contracts; monitors cost and cash flow and administers contingency funds; ensures each contract is completed within the scope, schedule, and budget.

• Performs constructability and biddability reviews of plans and specifications, technical memoranda, design/construction plans, and other project related materials for assigned area of responsibility. Gains a full understanding of the work and the documents, identifies conflicts, errors, and missing information related to the construction of the project.

• Oversees assembly of construction contract documents; assures that contract documents are clear, complete, comprehensive, and well-coordinated.

• Reviews submittals, requests for information, and field clarifications; and verifies quality control to ensure compliance and accountability with the Contract Documents and all current and applicable local, state and federal codes, laws, rules and regulations, and Agency policies and procedures. Ensures appropriate routing and approvals of contractor-submitted materials.

• Is responsible for written and verbal contract related communication to assigned staff, consultants, contractors and Agency staff for the assigned projects.

• Reviews the work sequences, interfaces and time durations in schedules to identify potential conflicts, and to ensure that work is efficiently planned and executed. Provides suggestions on how to expedite work to meet schedule requirements and tracks schedule delays and reasons for delays.

• Reviews pay applications, change orders, and provisional sum allocations for entitlement, completeness, accuracy, and adherence to contract requirements; works with project staff to issue clarifications on contract documents and ST requirements.

• Manages contract change management including negotiating change order costs; performs or obtains independent cost estimates for changed work; writes change orders and correspondence to contractors.

• Ensures contract compliance to technical plans and specifications; and maintains accurate documentation and files, including daily reports and construction logs.  Oversees the contractor and the implementation of its Quality Plan and ensures that special inspections and tests are performed in accordance with all code and specification requirements.

• Ensure compliance with municipal, jurisdictional and their party agreements and maintain relationships with these entities.

• Works with the Resident Engineer (RE) / CMC and contractors to expedite problem solving and avoid delays in the work; attempts to negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues at the lowest level.

• Cooperates with construction managers and principal construction managers on interfacing contracts.

• Manages the contract to the requirements and goals specified in the Project Management Plan for each project.

• Report to and follow direction from executive project leadership.

• 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 local, state and federal laws, as well as Agency policies and procedures.

• Assists program consultants and contractors in the administration and implementation of projects related to contracts and program phases such as design, permitting, procurement, and construction.

• Assists in the development of the assigned program's/project's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures that project expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored to their completion; reviews and approves expenditures; and implements adjustments.

• Serves as the liaison for the Construction Management Division with other programs, divisions, departments / offices and outside agencies. Negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues to avoid delays in the work.

• Provides support on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; 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.

• Champions and models Sound Transit's core values and demonstrates values-based behaviors in everyday interactions across the agency. 

• Contributes to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in alignment with Sound Transit’s Equity & Inclusion Policy. 

• 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. 


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or closely related field. Five years of systems construction management experience that includes integrated transit systems (signaling, traction power, communications and rail vehicles), buildings, underground facilities, contract administration, estimating, negotiations, project and design management, with budgetary and management responsibility in a transit / transportation related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid state driver's license.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

• Professional Electrical Engineer Certification issued by the State of Washington.

• Certified Construction Manager issued by the Construction Management Certification Institute.

• Certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Required Knowledge and Skills: 

• Advanced principles and technical expertise in the business / industry of project management, electrical or civil engineering and construction management.

• Applying methods and techniques of contract / agreement negotiation and administration of construction and engineering services contracts, and third party agreements.

• Methods and techniques of developing, analyzing and managing complex construction schedules.

• Methods and techniques used in the performance of duties and responsibilities specific to civil engineering, construction management and project management.

• Schedule management including baseline, milestones and critical path management including techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines and adjust to changing priorities.

• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations as they apply to transit operations.

• Risk assessment and strategic planning.

• Principles of financial management including expenditure tracking, variance identification, revenue tracking; contract and procurement strategies and management principles.

• Managing governmental budget preparation, auditing, and administration to established guidelines.

• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.

• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.

• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

• Overseeing and participating in the management of a comprehensive Civil Engineering and Construction Management Program that includes a series of inter-related projects or functional areas of significant depth and complexity.

• Understanding construction materials, equipment, means and methods, safety, temporary construction structures, and risks in construction associated with materials, equipment and, means and methods.

• Negotiating and administering construction and engineering services contracts, and third party agreements.

• Applying advanced project management and program development techniques and principles.

• Leading and delegating daily tasks, communicating, and providing feedback and work direction to consultants and staff as required.

• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public; complaint resolution and problem solving techniques.

• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.

• Knowledge and understanding of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, regulations, ordinances and codes as they apply to transit operations.

• Preparing, reviewing, and administering large program budgets.

• Business letter writing and basic report preparation including proper English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

• Understanding contract documents including production, strategies, purpose and layout and content of specific sections.

• Conceptualizing, influencing, developing, and administering goals, objectives, guidelines, policies and procedures for the Division/Department.

• Critical and strategic problem solving, preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.

• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.

• Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.

• Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Access) along with scheduling  and contract management programs.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:  

• Work is performed primarily on a construction site with time split between working in the field and in a field office.

• May occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and when working in the field.

• Subject to standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.

• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required. 

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.



Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)