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The Center for Collaborative Systems for Safety, Security and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) is a multi-disciplinary center where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience. CoSSaR is housed within the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE). The department advances the research and design of innovative techniques to study human activity and develop meaningful information and sociotechnical systems. HCDE promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, staff, partners, and public. Thus we are strongly seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion and have given them the confidence to fully engage audiences from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.
CoSSar has a unique and exciting opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist to advance our efforts to deliver a major regional and national model deployment project. This project entitled A Virtual Coordination Center (VCC) for Multimodal Integrated Corridor Management has an overall three-year budget of $8.4M ($3.8M directly to HCDE) and involves numerous stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The VCC will be a robust cloud-based work environment that enables multi-agency, multimodal integrated corridor management through shared situational awareness, coordinated responses, and regional approaches to congestion management. The VCC will gather real-time data from Seattle-area transportation agencies and share this data through a common dashboard in a virtual environment that supports collaborative management of regional mobility.
The VCC project is innovative and transformational, and we seek a mission-driven professional to help achieve these lofty goals. The successful candidate will drive our research, management, evaluation, and deployment of the VCC. They will manage the VCC project budget and schedule, directly coordinate with public and private sector partners to manage all activities including required grant matches; provide coordination for VCC research groups such as the Operations Policy Workstream and the Organizational Change Management Workstream; and prepare quarterly project reports to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Management and coordination are essential to ensuring that this national model deployment meets the goals of providing integrated corridor management to effectively move people and goods to enhance the mobility and vitality of our region and nation.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Management and Coordination Responsibilities •Contribute to research advancing our knowledge of cloud-based collaborative environments with multi-layered security requirements •Help to develop and manage VCC project schedule, budget, milestones, and deliverables •Ensure project workstreams deliver on time, as well as identify and help management of project risks •Provide coordination among Business, Design and Development, Technical Solutions, Operational Policy, and Organizational Change Management workstreams •Ensure that all contractual targets are met along with helping others to meet the same •Manage and report all public and private sector in-kind and cash matches •Prepare and distribute reports documenting activities performed, anticipated activities, and anticipated issues •Establish and update business processes and policies to achieve VCC success •Facilitate interagency/interorganizational agreements •Advise project management team on barriers to project success •Work independently with minimal supervision
REQUIREMENTS: •Bachelor's degree •2+ years of experience as an Operations Specialist or equivalent •Demonstrated experience with management and leadership •Ability to quickly analyze and prioritize multiple competing demands, work well under pressure, and help others meet deadlines •Ability to interpret technical and scientific information for a non-technical audience •Ability to think critically and connect abstract concepts to project-level details •Experience with project management tools (e.g., Asana, MS Project, or similar) •Strong people management and organizational skills •Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal •Strong planning and time management skills •Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team, and collaborate across the Federal, State, Local, Public, and Private realms •Detail-oriented, a problem solver, and dedicated to public service
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE •Experience with design and development projects using agile methodologies •Experience working with a multidisciplinary team, and collaborating across the Federal, State, Local, Public, and Private realms. •Experience with management and leadership of large, complex, multi-million dollar projects
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