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University of Washington

Workforce Development Institute Assistant Director

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Who we are

Position Purpose

The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium is the USDOT designated University Transportation Center (UTC) for Federal Region 10. We are a consortium of transportation experts from seven universities in the Pacific Northwest including, the University of Washington as the lead, Portland State University, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, and the Northwest Indian College. Our mission is to cultivate transportation research/technology transfer, and support education/workforce development in our region. PacTrans’ current research theme is, providing human-centered, purpose-driven, and science-based transportation research, technology development, and technology transfer for developing a safe, equitable, accessible, and sustainable transportation infrastructure.
Over the past several years, we have been developing and have recently launched the PacTrans Workforce Development Institute (WDI). This institute has two primary objectives: (1) to meeting the short-term continuing training needs of our regional and national partners, and (2) to engage in STEM outreach by offering teen and youth courses on transportation related topics. This endeavor requires significant and diligent oversight beyond the capacity of current PacTrans staff and leadership. We have therefore decided to create a position of Assistant Director of the PacTrans WDI.

Job Summary The person in this position will continue the PacTrans effort of establishing and cultivating connections and partnerships with public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry, and help us identify gaps and needs in our partners’ continuing education and workforce development. Once training needs have been identified, the person in this position will work to identify the optimal instructor, oversee development of the course(s), and assist the instructor with delivering the course. This person will also work closely with our Center director to oversee any additional support staff required to successfully operate the WD    



  • Establish and cultivate relationships with potential and existing partners. This includes transportation and related public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. (35%)
  • Work to assess partner’s needs and gaps in their continuing education and workforce development. (35%)
  • Work with our Center director to oversee development and facilitation of short term training courses for working professionals as well as k-12 students. (15%)
  • Assist our Center director in shaping the strategic and business direction of the WDI toward financial sustainability. (10%)
  • Weekly progress updates needed to ensure progress of this important issue. (5%)


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Education, or Program Management
  • 2-3 years experience in Business Development, Education and Workforce Training, Program Management, or other related field. Equivalent experience can substitute degree requirement

    Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Knowledge of transportation industry, relationship building and needs assessments
Additional Info
  • The application process may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your “My Jobs” page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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