Washington State Director of Business Administration in Seattle, Washington


**This position is open until filled.

The Opportunity:

The Washington State Department of Transportation has a unique opportunity for an enterprising executive-level professional as the Director of Business Administration. This key individual will provide strong leadership as tolling evolves to play a larger role to support the state's major construction projects and urban traffic management demands. WSDOT's Toll Division works to plan, develop and operate an integrated system of bridges, tunnels and express toll lanes that improve safety and reliability for our customers with a high level of transparency and accountability the public expects.

The successful incumbent will provide strategic finance and budget leadership for the department's tolling program. It also provides leadership roles for budget development, program management, financial reporting, planning and policy work as well as business administration. Our top candidate will have a passion for business management in an actively developing area of transportation funding. This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who thrives at infrastructure planning and operations, and working with executives and senior managers developing, implementing and managing pricing strategies, as part of a highly motivated team.

This position connects with many state programs approved for tolling which includes the SR 520 Floating Bridge, SR 99 Alaska Way Tunnel, SR 16 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, I-405 Express Toll Lanes, SR 167 High Occupancy Toll Lanes plus tolling feasibility evaluations for other state corridors. Many decisions will require multiple perspectives that may come from staff including but not limited to the Department's Chief Financial Officer, Washington State Transportation Commission, Office of Financial Management, Office of the State Treasurer and legislative committee staff. This position will also support the Washington State Transportation Commission in toll rate setting to meet financial commitments.

The leader who accepts this role must lead and guide state and consultant staff in a proactive manner.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Be a key contributor in developing the division's goals, mission, vision, operating principles, and focus.
  • Provide leadership in developing the divisions' financial plans.
  • Coordinate with project directors to integrate finance and program management with project/program demands.
  • Facilitate a state-wide programmatic strategy for toll financing.
  • Ensure sound financial principles and practices are incorporated in WSDOT's toll program planning, development, and implementation in close coordination with the leadership team.
  • Provide related support for WSDOT's Chief Financial Officer and the Office of the State Treasurer in the overall development and maintenance of toll-related financial programs.
  • Oversee the development and approval of fiscal notes for toll-related legislation.
  • Provide executive-level oversight and support of contract administration, public disclosure requests, and general office administration.
  • Serve as the divisions' appointing authority (hiring manager).
  • Report to leadership team on financial status and potential budge actions and impacts.
  • Provide expert input/advice on legislative budget approvals.
  • Mentor, develop, and manage WSDOT Toll operations staff and consultants.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, statistics, business administration, public administration or another closely related field of study. (Master's Degree Preferred)
  • Minimum of five years' experience with state government processes and systems.
  • Expert-level knowledge and experience in business management practices.
  • Exceptional leadership and negotiation skills; including a talent for consensus building.
  • Expert-level knowledge and experience in project/program management.
  • Proven experience in developing budgets for executives, OFM, or legislative bodies.
  • Knowledge of state and regional transportation planning.
  • Understanding of toll facilities; policies and processes.
  • Knowledge and experience in continuous improvement (LEAN)
  • How to Apply:

Applications for this recruitment will only be accepted electronically. You will need to create a profile and account in Washington State's automated tracking system, NeoGov. Please go to: www.wsdot.wa.gov/employment/jobs to apply. Select the Executive Management category in King County to review this opportunity. To be considered for this position you will need to answer any supplemental questions. As part of these questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible before position is closed. Please be sure to attach both a resume and application when applying for this position. Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Peter Asaiat 206-440-4066 or email northwestjobs@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-WMS-072.

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-072

Department: Dept. of Transportation

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: $93,648.00 - $120,096.00 Annually

Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA