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Title: Vehicle Maintenance Transit Chiefs (Multiple Disciplines) Paint Shop and Base Chiefs
Company: King County Metro
Location: Seattle, Washington
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 146334

Salary: $107,494.40 - $129,958.40

Closing Date: Nov. 29, 2022, 11:59 p.m.


The Vehicle Maintenance Division with King County Metro Transit is hiring for multiple Transit Chief positions.

The role of the Transit Chief is critical to the management and oversight of the daily operations of Transit and the service King County Metro provides. Transit Chiefs provide policy direction, create an environment that models customer service, work collaboratively with union leaders and others within the organization, and are a resource to employees at the worksite.

Our Transit Chiefs demonstrate support for the goals of the organization in providing quality public service and collaboratively working with other sections and departments while recognizing the value of diversity of opinion, culture, and perspective.

This position is considered safety sensitive. Applicants for positions defined as safety sensitive are required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and, subsequent to 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 substances testing program protocols.

Vehicle Maintenance Division
Metro Transit's Vehicle Maintenance Division takes pride in meeting our customers' expectations for safe, dependable, clean, and environmentally sound vehicles. Maintenance of Metro's bus fleet takes place at seven bus bases and at our central Component Supply Center where specialized work is done. Most Metro's buses are hybrids, followed by diesel, electric trolley, and several battery-electric buses.

Metro has long been an innovator in green vehicle technology and plans to transition to battery-electric buses as we move toward our goal of a zero-emission fleet. Our division is committed to working in a timely, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner and values teamwork, communication, diversity, and social justice.

King County Metro Transit is accepting applications for the following Transit Chief positions:

Vehicle Maintenance Chief of Paint Shop – One Career Service position
Vehicle Maintenance Base Chief – Two Career Service positions

This position is open to King County Metro Transit employees and the general public.

First consideration will be given to current VM Chiefs, in seniority order for the Transit Chief Vehicle Maintenance Paint Shop opening only.

Come join the nation's top transit agency at a time when it is growing, adopting innovative services and technologies, and building a new organizational structure to support our values of sustainability, equity, and safety. We believe mobility is a human right. Help us make that happen!

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 Transit Chief, you will:
  • Supervise a staff of journey-level and non-journey-level trades and labor positions, providing day-to-day supervision and personnel management of up to 35 employees in various job classifications.
  • Supervise maintenance of and data input to automated fleet maintenance, scheduling, and related information systems.
  • Monitor shop records, including work orders, warranty/rebuild part information, completed repairs, and materials used; enter and extract data in automated vehicle maintenance systems; monitor complete work assignments for quality assurance and proper operation.
  • Monitor, manage and oversee the safety program for assigned work areas; establish and maintain a safe working environment; oversee and ensure the proper use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials in compliance with federal, state, and agency regulations and requirements.
  • Direct and ensure timely and appropriate response to service disruptions, weather emergencies, and critical incidents; coordinate response with Superintendent, Transit Operations Center, and other internal and external agencies as appropriate; investigate and prepare response to customer complaints regarding vehicle maintenance operations, services, and staff.
  • Identify, evaluate and recommend service, quality, workplace, and business process improvements; monitor daily labor costs and modify operations when necessary to achieve performance improvement targets while maintaining established vehicle maintenance and transit service levels.
  • Establish and maintain a collaborative and effective labor relations environment; ensure daily operations and personnel actions conform with the terms of negotiated agreements; confer with labor representatives to discuss and resolve issues; escalate issues to Superintendent or Transit Labor Relations staff as appropriate; may be delegated authority for first-step grievance determinations on a case-by-case basis; testify at arbitration, unemployment and related hearings as requested.
  • Manage employee absenteeism, vacation change requests, sick/injury leaves, and related ADA/FMLA/KCFML/WFLA processes and requirements for assigned employees; review and approve leave requests consistent with staffing needs, employee preferences where possible, and applicable County policy/procedures and bargaining agreements; review, correct and approve payroll; administer federal safety-sensitive drug and alcohol testing program for assigned employees.
  • Interview and recommend selection of assigned staff; provide employees with training and development opportunities as available; counsel staff on effective customer relations and safety strategies; evaluate staff performance through record reviews and employee performance appraisals as necessary; counsel employees in performance improvement requirements when needed; conduct investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, negligence, policy/procedure violations, and similar assertions; determine appropriate follow-up actions including counseling, training and appropriate disciplinary actions in consultation with the Superintendent, Human Resources and Labor Relations as required.
  • Ensure compliance with all Vehicle Maintenance, Transit Division, and County policies and procedures governing safety-sensitive positions, employment, worker safety, and related areas, as well as with applicable local, state, and federal laws.
  • May be assigned to participate in internal and external work groups, project teams, committees, and task forces; coordinate operations, service delivery, and operating needs with appropriate staff throughout the Transit Division as required.
  • Work with other Chiefs as a team to ensure the basic work of maintenance is completed.
  • Act as Superintendent as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Vehicle Maintenance Chief of Paint Shop

Job Duties:
  • Direct and oversee the preparation and painting of vehicles, parts, and equipment and the manufacturing and installation of graphic signage.

  • Supervise, plan and review the work of skilled journey-level Equipment Painters and other craft work involved in equipment painting operations, as well as the design, fabrication, and installation of a wide array of signage, decals, logos, banners, and related items.
  • Supervise all aspects of painting, striping, color matching, and selecting materials that support paint shop operations.
  • Provide technical advice regarding colors, color matching, design reconstruction, striping, graphic placement, application sequences, finishing methods, and material selection.
  • Develop labor and material cost estimates.
  • Supervise and maintain inventory and archive of graphic productions.
  • Monitor and ensure proper ventilation of paint booths and compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

Vehicle Maintenance Base Chief

Job Duties:
  • Direct and oversee fleet maintenance operations at an assigned transit base.
  • Supervise, plan and review the work of skilled journey-level mechanics and other craft work involved in preventative maintenance, repair, cleaning, fueling, and servicing of coaches, trolleys, and supporting vehicles, materials, and equipment.
  • Implement, manage and monitor preventative maintenance for assigned fleet.
  • Establish quality control procedures and monitor, analyze and report on equipment failure trends.
  • Supervise the maintenance of shop equipment, tooling, fuel dispensing, and revenue collection equipment.
  • Oversee and ensure the security of revenue-collecting equipment.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates who have the following:
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of workforce planning to prioritize supply work and schedule section's workload to best utilize personnel to meet production needs efficiently and on time.
  • Working knowledge of supervisory and management techniques.
  • Basic knowledge of preparing and making recommendations to budget requirements.
  • Knowledge of appropriate Federal, State, and Local regulations related to safety and procurement (such as OSHA, applicable WAC, and RCW codes and government regulations related to contract and warranty administration, etc.).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in establishing effective teams and overcoming obstacles, difficulties, and differing personalities and styles to deliver quality service effectively, reliably, and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated skill in preparing cost estimates of labor and materials, as well as evaluating alternatives and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Demonstrated skill in writing specifications and justifications for capital equipment purchases.
  • Proficient level of skill in Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively manage a relatively static workgroup in a Union environment with varying levels of seniority among staff.
  • Ability to manage a workforce serving nine Vehicle Maintenance facilities.

Application & Selection Process

The following are required to be considered:

1. Complete King County Application.
2. Answers to supplemental questions.
3. Cover Letter describing your interest in the position, how you meet the minimum requirements, how you gained the knowledge, education, and experience required for the role, and how you lead either formally or informally.

Applications received may be used to establish a list or pool of eligible candidates to fill future vacancies in the same classification that might occur over the following 12 months at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Work Location and Schedule:
The Vehicle Maintenance Division operates three shifts (day, swing, and graveyard) seven days a week. The Transit Chief Base positions may work at any of the seven bases operated by King County METRO Transit’s Vehicle Maintenance Section. As well as the ability to work any given shift (day, swing, and graveyard), weekends.

The Transit Chief of Paint Shop position will report to the central Component Supply Center.

Union Representation
This job is represented by PROTEC17.

Class Code/Grade

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Tracy Bylund (she/her), Talent Advisor,

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to 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 principles--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; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or

  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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