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ITS Program Manager (WMS03)

By May 9, 2022

Washington State Department of Transportation


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

The Northwest Region (NWR) is eager to hire a program manager to serve as a statewide specialist and provide direction in an extremely complex and WSDOT critical discipline of system and network engineering. As the ITS Program Manager, this position is responsible for making all systems engineering decision for NWR Intelligent Transportation Systems including the fiber optic network, Traffic Management Center (TMC), and the hundreds of millions of dollars in field equipment that stretches from the northern tip of Pierce County all the way up to the Canadian border. This position will also provide agency critical direction to the statewide design, construction, and operations programs including the Toll Division, the SR-520 Bridge Replacement Project, the I-405 Corridor program, and all regions in the agency. The ITS Program Manager will play a vital role in WSDOT’s successful delivery of WSDOT projects, maintaining public confidence and helping the public travel safely.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the ITS Program Manager will:

Coordinate and integrate ITS with statewide Traffic Systems Operations and Maintenance (TSMO) policies and practices.
Support statewide wireless and broadband access through policy development and establishing integration practices for third party wireless accesses on state right of way.
Provide statewide direction for technology applications to transportation including vision, strategic and long-range planning.
Be responsible for ITS design including plans and specifications for contracts and construction, and will help define and control the ITS specification section of WSDOT standard plans.
Lead systems engineering and integration disciplines among tolling, roadway technology, SR-99/I-90/SR-520 tunnel operations, floating bridge operations, border crossing operations, and other agencies and programs.
Identify system deficiencies and work with and across disciplines to determine acceptable tradeoffs.

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

Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering or similar degree
Professional Engineer (Civil Engineer) License
Seven (7) years of experience in Systems Engineering and Hardware and Software Integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Current unrestricted Driver’s License
Mastery of Design, Construction, and Operations principals, practices, policies, and regulations as they relate to ITS.
Ability to develop and manage a multimillion dollar budget.
Ability to effectively communicate highly technical material to a diverse range of audiences including executive managers, elected officials, the public, and local and national agency staff.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Traffic
Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification
Knowledge and expertise on the National Transportation Communication for ITS protocol
Knowledge and expertise in ITS design
Knowledge and expertise in Transportation Networking
Knowledge and expertise on ITS Hardware Integration
Important Notes

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 information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible.
The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium. 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. 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.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov

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. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 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 – Our 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.
Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.


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.


WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov


Contact us:

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-1W199 in the subject line.


Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

To apply for this job email your details to saniate@wsdot.wa.gov

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