WSDOT’s Multimodal Planning and Data Division is filling the position of Assistant Director. Multimodal Planning and Data Division (MPDD) works to inform decisions through expertise and innovation in transportation planning and data services to support a statewide sustainable and integrated multimodal transportation system. The Assistant Director for Multimodal Planning & Data is a leader on the division’s management team and heads the MPDD Transportation Data Group. We are looking for an innovative leader who is responsive to customer needs and empowers our workforce to take on challenges, such as ensuring safety for field workers, responding to shifting demographics and travel patterns, and leveraging emerging technologies and advances in Big Data to strengthen our program. This is an opportunity to guide a large organization and advance safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation options.
Our top candidate will be an experienced strategic thinker and collaborator with the ability to develop and maintain positive and effective interagency partnerships. It is important that the Assistant Director believes in the importance of data and planning to inform transportation decisions. We’re looking for a leader who embraces continuous process improvement, promotes equitable access to decision-making, has a strong commitment to developing and retaining an inclusive and diverse workforce, and wants to make a difference.
What to Expect
The Assistant Director for Multimodal Planning & Data works closely with and on behalf of the director and and with the division’s management team to lead key strategic initiatives for the division to align with the agency’s strategic plan, especially in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion and becoming an employer of choice.
The Assistant Director also serves as MPDD’s Transportation Data Group Manager with responsibility for three offices with a total of 75 staff: Crash Data & Reporting, GIS & Roadway Data and Travel Data, Modeling & Analysis,. The position has direct responsibility for delivering federally required data and reports that affect the amount of federal funding WSDOT receives. The Assistant Director develops the strategic plan for the division’s data program to ensure integrated roadway, traffic, and crash data meets WSDOT’s multimodal business needs and the needs of federal, state, tribal and local agency partners.
The responsibilities of the MPDD Assistant Director include:
• Serves in the Director’s absence with full authority.
• Ensures teams working in the field follow procedures to ensure safety of staff and members of the public.
• Ensures roadway, traffic, and crash data collection, processing, analysis, and distribution are conducted consistent and compliant with WSDOT, local, national, and other state agency strategies, policies, requirements, and laws, and is managed using the most efficient and effective information technology (IT) strategies, tools, and equipment.
• Stewards the division strategic plan.
• Leads Multimodal Planning and Data Division efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Facilitates the Multimodal Planning and Data Division Extended Managers Group.
• Develops a strategic plan for the Transportation Data Group, addressing long-term requirements including funding, equipment and staffing needs, program policies, support services, and budget oversight.
• Ensures timeliness, completeness, and quality of required deliverables for the Highway Performance and Monitoring System (HPMS) and for performance and safety data reporting to ensure continued federal funding for WSDOT.
• Ensures information is appropriate for the intended audience (public, media, legislature, other state and local agencies, research groups, WSDOT, and FHWA).
• Serves as a representative of the Multimodal Planning and Data Division at meetings of internal committees and work groups.
• Serves on external committees and work groups, representing WSDOT.
• Supervises three managers and one administrative staff.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
• An undergraduate or graduate degree in public administration, data science, planning, engineering, or equivalent
• Ten (10) years professional experience with three (3) years in an advanced supervisory position. A commensurate combination of education and experience will be considered.
Qualified candidates will also have expertise and experience in the following:
• Strategic planning, including ability to develop near- and long-term recommendations for, funding, equipment and staffing needs, program policies, delivery approaches, support services and budget oversight.
• Team leadership, including the ability to:
o Coach, mentor, and develop direct reports, address performance issues, and ensure the accountability of the organization’s personnel.
o Guide a specialized professional and technical staff and provide inclusive, collaborative leadership to individuals and project teams.
o Manage resources within budget and deliver outcomes on schedule.
o Apply public agency management practices and policies, including human resources rules and procedures and budget development, management, and tracking.
• Meaningful, effective communication with a wide range of internal and external customers. Ability to translate technical information so it is easy to understand. Ability to develop materials, briefings, summaries, presentations, and reports for various audiences and customers clearly, concisely, and effectively. Present well in a public setting.
• Analysis and interpretation of government rules, regulations, and laws. Ability to negotiate and mediate in complex situations with multiple agencies, experts, and diverse regulatory requirements.
• Policy development and implementation, including ability to oversee and administer the implementation of policies and practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion, and employee career development, training, and recognition.
• Building and maintaining trusting, effective interagency relationships and partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments, stakeholders, and the public.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
• Previous experience in developing and implementing organizational strategies and managing large teams.
• Experience with data collection and analysis; transportation systems analysis, transportation planning; and project and service development/delivery for integrated multimodal transportation. Understanding of public and private organizations and agencies with interests in Washington state’s transportation system, transportation performance and safety data collection, processing and reporting, and Enterprise GIS.
• Knowledge of WSDOT department and program functions, products, transportation modes, and systems
• Experience using Geographic Information System (GIS) to communicate highly technical and complex data sets to a nontechnical audience.
• This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
• 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.
• The official duty station for this position will be determined based on candidate preference and overall business needs.
Link to job posting: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/wsdot/jobs/3236522/assistant-director-multimodal-planning-data-division-wms-band-3?sort=PostingDate%7CDescending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs