$121,576.00 – $146,972.80 Annually

Are you ready to take on an exciting leadership role in the field of Rail Signals and Communications?

King County Metro Transit is seeking to hire multiple career service Rail Signals and Communications Chiefs to join the Rail Wayside Maintenance Section. As a crucial member of the rapidly expanding Rail Division, you will oversee the coordination, direction, and supervision of personnel responsible for maintaining railway signals and communications equipment. This position offers incredible benefits, and the opportunity to lead a highly skilled workforce in contributing to Metro’s mission of providing safe, reliable transportation options to our community.

Our ideal candidates will be able to utilize their strong knowledge of Rail Signals and Communications systems to provide technical expertise to the team and be able to effectively support and communicate with a diverse employee work group in order to proactively solve problems that impact service delivery. The most competitive candidates will demonstrate their ability to encourage a culture of safety, inspire high standards of customer service excellence, and be able to motivate employees through relationship building, respect, and trust. Our Chiefs promote teamwork, resolve conflicts that arise, and promote a collaborative environment.

Recruitment Information: This recruitment will be used to fill multiple career service Signals Communication Chief positions within the Rail Wayside Maintenance Section.

NOTE: These positions are considered safety sensitive. Applicants for these positions are required to undergo physical and drug testing prior to employment and subsequent to the commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing in compliance with Federal DOT alcohol and controlled substance testing program protocols.


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.

As a manager, you’ll: Build, support, and foster a culture of care within the Signals and Communication workgroup and Rail Division. Supervise, develop, and direct the work of Rail Signal and Communications personnel and equipment at bases and out in the field. Provide management support for the training of staff. Exhibit positive leadership and role modeling to encourage and support staff while managing employee performance. Chiefs assist in the selection of staff, coordinate, and assign work, counsel, and discipline subordinates in accordance with labor contracts and agreement provisions and Light Rail rules and procedures. Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the Rail Division, with Sound Transit and in Metro broadly. Participate in labor and employee relations activities for the Division. Represent management at disciplinary hearings and grievances, interpret labor contract provisions in support of supervisory role, including grievance resolution, establishing, and developing collaborative relationships with Union leadership, and assist in labor negotiations and contract changes as needed. Work closely with Human Resources and Labor Relations staff to track and resolve personnel issues and other related labor issues.

As the Rail Signals and Communications Chief, you will also: Plan, operate, and maintain Signals operation for the Rail Division. Consult with engineering, warranty, safety, environmental, materials, transportation, contracts, and other staff in the development and implementation of maintenance programs and standard maintenance and operating procedures. Collaborate with Sound Transit, Rail Division management, peers, and contractors to assure a safe, reliable, and efficient Light Rail operation. Identify and participate in process improvement and other improvement efforts. Lead safety and security, including coordinating and advising safety and security committees and make recommendations to management. Respond to questions and provide technical advice on project requirements, specifications, and material requirements. Maintain and verify various records regarding work performed, time spent, materials used, operating logs and related information; enter and extract data using automated systems; maintain manual records as required. Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive preventative maintenance program for signals & communications and associated features of the light rail system; prepare records and document maintenance and diagnostic data. Respond to emergency situations. Prioritize and determine work priorities for emergency maintenance tasks. Act as Project Manager for various projects and contracts.


We are looking for candidates who possess the following Minimum Qualifications:

Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity which included leading, selecting, and coaching a highly talented employee group; AND

Two (2) years of experience performing railway signaling and communications maintenance, repair, or installation, preferably on transit systems.
Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the work. Note: Education cannot replace a minimum of two years of lead or supervisory experience in a related field.
Additional minimum qualifications are listed on the job announcement at the link below.

Learn more and apply online at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty/jobs/4209566/chief-signals-communications