Washington State Highway Asset Manager - WMS 2 in Olympia, Washington


The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Capital Program Development and Management division is currently hiring a Highway Asset Manager in Olympia, Washington.

This position manages the asset management and prioritization functions of the highway construction program. The Highway Asset Manager coordinates across the agency with other asset managers responsible for the asset management plans for Ferries, other modes, and Facilities/Information Technology/Human Resources. The Highway Asset Manager is the Department's expert in the following asset management/prioritization principles: needs analysis, cost benefit analysis, life cycle cost analysis, and modal and asset investment trade-off analysis.

The top candidate selected for this position will have experience in asset management, transportation engineering, transportation finance, program management, project delivery and capital budgeting. The incumbent manages the statewide prioritization process used to transition highway projects from planning level proposals through the scoping and project summary phases of project development. To effectively perform these activities, the incumbent must possess a strong understanding of project prioritization methods, state project prioritization planning and programming statutes, federal program statues, scoping development and engineering practices, and rules, and process and practice of statewide transportation planning is required. This understanding is used to identify investment strategies for managing highway assets at the lowest life cycle cost and are the foundation from which prioritized investment recommendations are presented to executive management.

WSDOT is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system consisting of over 18,000 lane miles and 3,600 bridge structures, WSDOT is responsible for the largest ferry system in the nation; owns three Talgo train sets in the Amtrak Cascades fleet; and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Additionally, WSDOT manages the world's widest tunneling project and the world's longest floating bridge. WSDOT's diverse programs and projects are supported by more than 6,800 full-time employees, including engineers, vessel captains, maintenance technicians, environmental specialists, planners, and more. We take pride in our workforce and strive for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Manages the Asset Management Planning process for department-wide Highway Assets that includes, but is not limited to the following: needs analysis, cost benefit analysis, life cycle cost analysis, risk assessments and modal and asset investment trade-off analysis. This position also coordinates with other asset managers across the agency.
  • Work with asset stewards throughout the department to recommend process improvements to address the gaps in current practices that will lead to more cost effective ways of preserving network performance of existing assets.
  • Work with asset stewards to develop performance measures for reporting the performance of assets. These performance measures are presented to the WSDOT Executive Leadership Team for approval.
  • Work with the Risk Management Office to assess the risk of not investing or inadequately investing in asset classes.
  • Work with asset stewards to develop formats for the reporting the performance progress of asset management. Reports are presented to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the WSDOT Executive Leadership Team.
  • Responsible for documenting the Department's various asset management systems and practices.
  • Work with Financial Planning staff on the development of the financial plans that support trade-off discussions.
  • The incumbent is responsible for facilitating department-wide policies and tools to manage assets at a more strategic level, such as considering travel corridors or routes, rather than on an asset-by-asset basis.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation engineering, environmental or urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics or natural or physical sciences and four years' professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems.
  • Experience in asset management, project prioritization, safety analysis, performance reporting or program management.
  • Five years of demonstrated and progressively responsible managerial/supervisory experience in managing a diversified workforce.
  • Strategic leadership abilities including; the ability to work across boundaries, build and maintain effective teams, coach and mentor others, embrace and lead change, and develop and implement process improvements.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, empower and support a diverse staff.
  • Experience with the proper application of Civil Service rules, collective bargaining agreements, and personnel policies, safety and other state/federal regulations.
  • Proficient in Asset Management and Program Management.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in economic and alternative analysis.

How to Apply:Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large "apply" button at the top of this announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:For inquiries about this position, please contact Phyllis Gratis at (360) 705-7066 or email to Gratisp@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-HQ-099.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7042 or email atjobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-WMS-099

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Closing: 11/1/2016 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $75,408.00 - $96,696.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA