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Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Compliance Lead

By January 25, 2023

Washington State Department of Transportation

The Opportunity
WSDOT is seeking a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Compliance Lead (Program Specialist 5) to join the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR) in Shoreline, WA. This specialized position serves as the point of contact for the administration of the Agency’s Civil Rights program in Northwest Region. The DBE Compliance Lead provides consultation to regional leaders concerning engagement of Civil Rights programs to ensure that federally assisted and state funded contracts for highway, transit and aviation projects are made available for small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. In this role, you will perform Conditional Use Function (CUF) reviews of WSDOT projects, and projects developed and managed by external Local Agencies to ensure state and federal program compliance. CUF functions include conducting desk and onsite reviews which include investigation, research, analysis, and development of recommendations to cure or remedy DBE program non-compliance.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the DBE Compliance Lead will:

Serve as subject matter expert for and Region level program manager for DBE program.
Review and investigate activities to monitor compliance with the legislatively mandated USDOT program regarding non-discrimination in the administration and award of federally assisted contract and projects statewide.
Advise and consult with the agency staff concerning the impact and requirements for legal compliance with the federal DBE program on USDOT-assisted contracts and procurements in accordance with the appropriate Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) sections, including individual federally assisted project goal setting, good faith effort reviews and clearing.
Provide expert guidance, assistance, and interpretation to and for WSDOT Planning, Design, Construction and Local Program management, local government, contractors, DBE certified firms, MSVWBE certified firms and other interested parties within regards to federally funded projects.
Provide expert guidance, training, assistance, and interpretations for the Small & Veterans Business Enterprise Program.
Conduct reviews of prime contractors, and SVBEs to ensure compliance in accordance with state rules and regulations and assess benefits, eligibility, and participation of eligible and qualified businesses in the SVBE Program.
Monitor regional program objectives in relation to the External Civil Rights Programs statewide, including workload assignments, review, and approval of participation plans.
Ensure proper implementation and utilization of the DBE/MBENVBE/SBE/VBE participation tracking software, DMCS, by providing monitoring and analysis of project reports and data to ensure the integrity of the reporting system is maintained.
Develop and implement agency rebuttals to CUFs and Regular Dealer Reviews appeals.

Qualifications
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. (Experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis).
Three (3) years of experience in a related field including civil rights planning, policy analysis, coordination, and consultation with public and/or private agencies, organizations, and/or levels of government.
Experience interpreting and applying state and federal laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and ethics statutes.
Demonstrated communication skills orally and in writing.
Ability to analyze and organize data to generate federal and state reports as well as investigative reports.
Proven ability to work on multiple tasks once while collaborating with team members.
Washington State Investigator Certification or ability to obtain within twelve months of hire.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following:
At least three (3) years of direct experience reviewing, editing, providing written and oral edits and recommendations to investigative reports; or interpreting, analyzing and applying eligibility rules, policies, and regulations of government and public sector certification programs for minority, women and disadvantaged-owned small business.
Ability to interpret, explain and train regarding required federal programs.
Ability to develop policy and implement plans to effectuate federal regulations.
Capacity to analyze documents and reports.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
Travel is an expectation of this position.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. An 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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.

Why WSDOT
Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensuring that our staff experiences the reward of public service while sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum of 14 paid vacation days per year!
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 federal student loan forgiveness eligibility.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

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 your salary. Therefore, the “Work Experience” portion of the application must be completed in as much detail as possible.
To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlines (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; it does not require an additional attachment.

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

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