Washington State Financial Compliance & Grants System Planner - Transportation Planning Specialist 4 in Olympia, Washington


The Opportunity: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Public Transportation Division in Olympia, WA is seeking a professional and experienced individual to serve as a project lead during the development and implementation phases of a new Grant Management System. The position will support and train users on the new system, and cover a range of challenging areas: federal programs and compliance, project/program management, financial management, and grant applications.

The position is responsible for independently evaluating federal grants and fiscal activities, and coordinates day-to-day grant activities. Performs complex analyses of federal legislation and regulations to determine cost eligibility and ensure that projects are delivered in compliance with federal and state laws and requirements. Reviews and approves federal procurement, estimated costs, match, cost allocations, and depreciation plans/methods. Serves as a financial expert for soliciting, evaluating and awarding grants to public transportation providers. Serve as a backup for Financial, Admin, and Drug and Alcohol site visits.

*Note: This is a full-time project position anticipated to end on or before June 30, 2021. *

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This position will perform the following work:

  • Leads new grant management system development and implementation which will be used to manage federal and state funds for the Public Transportation Division.
  • Independently evaluates federal grants and fiscal activities, and coordinates day-to-day activities of division's grant programs, supporting the work of both the Project Delivery Manager and Business Services Manager.
  • Assists in managing FTA grants in the Transit Award Management System (TrAMS) system, including grant life cycle of planning, obligation, management, and reporting, as well as close-out of federal funding agreements.
  • Assists with soliciting, evaluating, awarding, and adjusting grants to transit agencies and non-profit transit providers through a competitive process that is managed by Public Transportation Division (PTD).
  • Reviews and approves federal procurement, estimated costs, match, cost allocations, and depreciation plans/methods.
  • Advocating for Multimodal Projects through the Planning Process: Responsible for completing the planning analysis needed to program all PTD projects into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as well as the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and updating project information throughout the year.
  • A key element of this position will be to work as a member of cross functional team representing multiple areas of expertise. Each team member will be expected to contribute to the assigned objective.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Team lead for projects/programs as requested; serves on various committees and as assigned; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in assigned field. Attends FTA training regularly.

Essential Job Functions: Knowledge of:

  • Federal transportation funding programs and compliance requirements
  • Strong financial skills, including basic accounting principles, expenditure accounting and year end close procedures.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of grant development, monitoring, management, and reporting.
  • Project management principles and practices for major capital projects, especially federally-funded transportation projects.
  • Analytical and research methods, including the ability to perform complex analyses (e.g. a cost-benefit analysis) in support of grant applications and other aspects of the grant program. Ability to conduct research and analysis and provide appropriate recommendations.
  • Applicable local, state and federal laws, regulations and statutes, and the ability to research these when needed, and provide recommendations on compliance issues.
  • Record keeping and reporting requirements and procedures.
  • Customer service.
  • Federal Transit Administration's online grants management system (TrAMS).

Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with customers
  • Understand, transmit and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Successfully handle stressful situations and adjust to changing priorities in a professional manner.
  • Independently prioritize competing demands in a fast-paced environment, meeting deadlines with dependability and consistency.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation, landscape architecture, 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. OR

  • Two years as a Transportation Planning Specialist 3, Transportation Engineer 3, and three years of federal transportation funding development and administration experience, including experience with transportation grant requirements and processes; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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 Erik Lunkeat 360-705-7747 or email to lunkee@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 18DOT-HQ-0P322.

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, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed recruiter.

Salary: $62,748.00 - $84,348.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Job Number: 18DOT-HQ-0P322

Closing: 3/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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