Goverment Jobs
February 12, 2020
Multiple Locations In King County, Washington
Job Type



Position Purpose
Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent(s)plan, organize, and direct the activities of a public transit vehicle maintenance facility and are responsible for administering fleet maintenance operationsincluding a preventative / predictive maintenance programcritical to providing a safe and reliable transit service to the King County service area.

The Mission of Vehicle Maintenance is to provide customers safe, dependable, clean transportation in a timely, cost effective, environmentally sensitive manner, with a work force that values teamwork, communication and diversity.

An Employer To Be Proud Of

King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in helping people move quickly throughout the region, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, safe, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Working for Metro means working for a leader in this nation's public transportation industry.

Great Benefits

King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on Metro, Pierce, Community and Sound Transit) and a generous benefits package, (see Benefits tab for more details).

Who may apply: This position is open to the general public

Forms and materials required: An employment application form which includes the last ten years of experience, by position, as well as any additional relevant experience, a resume, a cover letter attached summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, and answers to the supplemental questions.

Work location: This recruitment will be used to fill three career service Vehicle MaintenanceSuperintendents. Current vacancies are at Interim South Base and Bellevue Base. In this recruitment we will also have a third position however the location is not yet known.

However, successful candidates may beassigned to any of the VehicleMaintenance operating bases (North base, South base, East base, Bellevue base, Central base, Ryerson base, Atlantic base, Interim South Base)or theComponent Supply Center (CSC).

Reassignment/job rotation to other basesuperintendent assignments could occur.

This recruitment will also be used to create an eligibility pool to fill future career service vacancies and special duty assignments in this classification that may occur over the nextsix months. NOTE: If you are interested in being considered for future career service opportunities or SpecialDuty Assignmentsthat may occur in the next six months, you are encouraged to apply for this recruitment.

Work schedule: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. The work schedule is normally day shift Monday through Friday. Due to the 24 hour/7 day a week operation of public transportation maintenance activity, these positions often require off shift (swing and graveyard) meetings or base visits as well as weekend work.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Troika Braswell
Senior Human Resource Analyst
[email protected]


Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. Job duties include but are not limited to:
This position is responsible for overseeing diverse work unit of approximately 75 to 150 employees involved in preventive maintenance, repair and servicing of buses to meet daily schedules. Superintendents manage, administer, and allocate resources to support these activities.

Superintendents exhibit positive leadership and role modeling to encourage and support staff while managing employee performance. They establish strategies, goals, objectives and performance indicators to improve and enhance performance as well as implement and provide direction for safety and training programs.

Superintendents interpret labor contracts to conduct or manage staff that conduct investigations relating to complaints, litigation, union issues and other matters as they arise. Superintendents make decisions on terminations where appropriate. It is critical to establish and develop collaborative relationships with Union leadership, and assist in labor negotiations and contract changes as needed.

In addition, Superintendents work hard to develop collaborative relationships within the Transit Department and throughout King County.

Superintendents are responsible for developing and implementing Vehicle maintenance policies and procedures; overseeing maintenance programs and procedures; as well as managing a multi-million dollar operating budget.

Our Superintendents are committed to the future of this organization, and as a part of that commitment, will participate in the selection of staff ensuring a well-qualified diverse workforce to continue providing much needed transportation to the citizens of King County.

In our efforts to continuously improve our service, Superintendents write technical reports, budget requests/justifications and correspondence suitable for division or department signature. They will also work with other Superintendents to resolve section-wide issues.

Superintendents act as section experts on various projects involving Vehicle Maintenance activities and represent the section in work groups and meeting.

If assigned to CSC the additional duties will be performed: Supervise the specialized repair, rebuild and fabrication functions of the CSC and the associated inventory and materials management operations; manage inventory and materials planning and purchasing; optimize materials availability and cost efficiencies.

In order to be considered minimally qualified, applicants must have four years of increasingly responsible experience of fleet maintenance experience, including two years in a supervisory capacity with administrative responsibilities.

A bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or a closely related field, OR the equivalent combination of education and experience at the supervisory level that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Must demonstrate the ability to plan and direct the day-to-day activities of a large fleet maintenance operation.

The most competitive applicants will possess skill in leading and managing a highly talented employee group, while developing and applying performance and operational targets and standards. Well-qualified applicants will also possess a high level of comfort with managing a highly unionized workforce, as well as being committed and skilled in building strong relationships with our Union partners.

In addition to building strong relationships with our Union partners, Transit Superintendents engage with multiple partners, community leaders and other agencies. The most qualified applicants will be skilled in developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders who share King County's goal in providing quality transit service to our community.

Well-qualified applicants will possess creative problem-solving ability and critical thinking skills, particularly as they relate to maintenance programs, solving operational problems, process and continuous improvement.

Must be skilled in time management, timely decision making, and managing multiple work and projects efficiently.

Have the ability to conduct staffing and budget planning, cost-benefit analysis, and to initiate and evaluate the financial impact and technical feasibility of ideas, methods of operation, or capital projects.

Demonstrate knowledge of automated management and must become skilled at extracting data from M-5, VM's automated data system.

Superintendent candidatesmust demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills which include ability to establish and maintain a participatory workplace by facilitating team development/behavior and promoting mutual respect and acceptance of the abilities and viewpoints of all workers in a diverse work group.

The most competitive candidates will be those applicants who present the strongest evidence of appropriate competency in creativity, problem-solving, administrative, financial, technical, and human resources management as they relate to the duties and qualifications noted in the job announcement.

Must have a valid Washington State driver's license or ability to travel to base locations not accessible by public transportation.

Selection Process:Application packets will be screened for minimum qualifications and completeness. The most competitive candidatesmay be invited to participate in a formal selection process that may include one or more interview panels. Applicants for this position will be assessed for ability to conduct assessments on employees who perform a variety of work, which may include: specialized automotive repair, specialized coach maintenance and repair, and acquisition and disposal of revenue and non-revenue vehicles. Finalists may participate in a final interview with the Managing Directorof Vehicle Maintenance. Final selection will be determined after a management review of references, personnel file, and history of job performance.

Union Representation:Positions in this classification are represented byProfessional and Technical Employees, Local 17.

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Job Code #8712080

King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding values--we are one team, we solve problems, we focus on the customer, we drive for results, we are racially just, we respect all people, we lead the way, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ , people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs

For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

When applying for this position, you must thoroughly complete the education and work experience sections of your application. Failure to do so can result in disqualification from consideration. Please make sure you have fully completed the application as requested:

  • Yes
  • No
Have you been terminated, or have you resigned in lieu of termination, from any position in the last ten years?

  • Yes
  • No
If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide the name of the employer(s) and the reason for termination(s). Please understand that "Will explain in interview" is not a valid response and will result in your application not being considered further. (If not, please answer "N/A")

    This selection process will be used to fill current and future Vehicle Maintenance Superintendent vacancies at the following locations: North base, South base, East base, Bellevue base, Central base, Ryerson base, Atlantic base Interim South Base and the Component Supply Center (CSC). Are you interested to be considered for all the locations listed above?

    • Yes
    • No
    Concerning the educational requirement for this position, which of the following do you have?

    • A Bachelor's Degree or higher in Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, or Industrial Engineering
    • A Bachelor's Degree in a closely related field
    • An equivalent combination of education and supervisory/administrative experience
    • None of the above
    If you are citing an option other than the first one above, explain your selected option here, including what education or training you have taken in related subjects such as supervision, project management and operations or business management.

      How many years of fleet maintenance experience do you have?

        Summarize or describe the type and length of your fleet maintenance experience. Include here any lead responsibilities (roles that were not fully supervisory).

          How many years of supervisory experience (with administrative responsibilities for staff) in fleet maintenance do you have?

            Describe your supervisory experience in fleet maintenance, including types and numbers of classifications supervised and length of time. Also describe any other supervisory experience you may have had outside fleet maintenance.

              Please indicate the areas below in which you have working experience:

              • Staff planning
              • Budget planning
              • Cost-Benefit Analysis
              • Initiate and evaluate the financial impact and technical feasibility of ideas, methods of operation, or capital projects
              • None of the above
              For the question above, please describe in further detail your experience in each area selected. Be sure to include your position and the employer where you gained this experience.

                Do you have knowledge the collective bargaining environment and the fair and consistent administration of a labor contract?

                • Yes
                • No
                If you answered yes above, please describe your experience with collective bargaining agreements. Be specific and cite your role, the specific Union(s) and any labor issues you may have been involved in.

                  If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you check the "YES" box, the human resources staff person coordinating this recruitment will send you a request asking for additional information. (This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation only).

                  • Yes
                  • No
                  I certify that the statement made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.

                  • Yes
                  • No
                  I have read the job announcement and understand the duties and requirements for this position. I also understand that the provisions of the job announcement do not constitute an express or implied contract. I further understand that any employment offer may be subject to successful completion and results for drug and alcohol background check, pre-employment physical, drug testing, reference checks, driver's record evaluation, and criminal history checks. Having applied for employment with King County, I give my consent that any person, firm or organization listed hereon is authorized to furnish King County with reference material concerning my character, past employment or any other information requested. I hereby authorize the full release of my employment and work record to the Transit Division of King County for the purpose of evaluation and consideration for employment including, but not limited to, specific reasons and details regarding my resignation and/or termination, attendance and punctuality, infractions or any disciplinary actions I may have received, and disclosure of all performance evaluations for the previous ten (10) years. I agree to hold current or former employers harmless from any claim or action based upon the release of information or documentation relating to my employment record. I acknowledge I have read and understand the above information. By checking this box and completing my name in the field below, I provide my consent for King County Metro Transit to obtain the above referenced information.

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                  • No

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