Program Manager WMS2 (WMS1 in-training)

Washington Traffic Safety Commission
Job Status
Position Type/Sector
Government – State

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is looking to fill three Program Manager positions. These positions have been approved for In-Training.


What you will be doing:

Program Managers are part of a team that collaborates across program areas with data and research staff and with policymakers. As a Program Manager, you will develop and manage a group of related projects and operational activities for one or more of the agency's statewide traffic safety programs. You will also help develop and oversee a variety of annual federal- and state-funded traffic safety projects, and collaborate with a diverse team of private, public, and non-profit stakeholders to carry out the agency's mission. In this position, you will work closely with peers in the agency to analyze complex problems, develop innovative solutions based on proven traffic safety strategies, and create new programs when needed. Your individual efforts will be maximized through a shared management approach that relies on trust, differing perspectives, respectful communication, personal accountability, and healthy team dynamics. Your work will include understanding and interpreting governing rules and regulations and executing programs that operate within those parameters to achieve life-changing results. Because of the scope and importance of this work, we are looking for a creative and committed professional with strong administrative, communications, and program management skills, particularly one who thrives working in teams and independently.


Some of what you'll enjoy doing includes:

  • Become an expert in one or more traffic safety program areas.
  • Develop and track program area performance metrics to measure program and project effectiveness.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual Highway Safety Plan and create supporting program area grant applications.
  • Lead development of content for the Target Zero Strategic Highway Safety Plan within assigned program areas.
  • Deliver exceptional presentations and training content to diverse stakeholders, including legislative committees, Commission agencies, the media, and other state and local organizations.
  • Summarize program area performance for the WTSC Annual Report.
  • Conduct procurement and contracting activities to acquire third-party service providers.
  • Control project budgets and other dedicated resources during execution.
  • Develop and track project performance evaluation criteria.
  • Negotiate working agreements with partners and other service providers to include defining scope of work, developing final budget, determining deliverables and milestones, and establishing appropriate evaluation criteria.
  • Manage financial resources by monitoring and evaluating expenditures from various funding sources, ensuring adherence to planned budgets, guiding regulations, and contractual terms.
  • Evaluate and process expenditure invoices within established agency timeframes.
  • Conduct project site visits to ensure compliance with federal grant regulations, state rules, and agency policies.
  • Monitor project activity to gauge progress, identify risks, learn best practices, and evaluate performance.
  • Collaborate with the External Relations Division in conducting press events and media interviews, and authoring news releases and advisories.
  • Manage appropriate documentation of monitoring and oversight of projects.
  • Serve as lead for one or more of the agency’s goals, key Initiatives, or strategies.
  • Develop, test, and implement innovative ideas for improving the efficiency of management practices and administrative processes.
  • Participate in agency process improvement efforts such as internal committees and teams focused on improving efficiency, clarity, or improved outcomes.

How to Apply

Click here for more information and to apply. This posting is Open Until Filled, however the hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. First review will begin the week of July 11, 2022.