Property Management Program Manager (WMS 3)

Tumwater, Washington, United States



Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT Real Estate Services Office (RES) is currently seeking a Property Management Program Manager in Tumwater, WA. This position manages the statewide Real Estate Services Property Management Program. This includes both project related property management and ongoing property management (once the project is completed). The Property Management Program Manager develops and implements WSDOT policies and procedures to ensure that WSDOT real estate/property management activities are efficient, consistent and in compliance with state and federal laws and guidelines. This position provides technical guidance for this statewide program at WSDOT both at the executive and operational staff level. Also, this position provides responses to legislative/elected officials as well as staff from other state and federal agencies. As a member of the RES Management Team, this position plays a key role in developing, communicating, and implementing the Department’s vision, strategies, and objectives, and is responsible for fostering a work environment with continuous improvement, transparency, and accountability. This requires a strategic plan with clear goals and performance objectives, selecting a team supportive of public service values, providing tools and training for staff and encouraging and rewarding behaviors leading to improved performance, quality, and delivery – on time and on budget.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Property Management Program Manager will:

  • Provide support and guidance to the HQ Real Estate Services Program Administrator and Executive Management on all Property Management issues.
  • Manages and supervise staff assigned to this position to best utilize resources and accomplish the Department’s goals.
  • Develop, propose, and review legislation related to real property activities.
  • Develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws, as well as best practices and updates to the ROW Manual.
  • Provide property management training and support for HQ and Regional staff • Providing guidance and technical assistance for HQ and Regional staff.
  • Conduct oversight to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and manage the budget for ongoing PM and special projects.
  • Act as liaison between WSDOT and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), and the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) on issues related to Property Management to assure that WSDOT is meeting legal requirements and addressing the requirements of FHWA.
  • Maintain official Property Management records for the agency.
  • Make presentations or participate on panels regarding program specific matters at conferences, workshops, etc.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, economics, real estate, or related field.
  • Six (6) years of experience in various real estate disciplines. Additional qualifying experience may substitute, year for year for the required education.
  • Ability to manage a functionally diverse organization using advanced management principles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with RES internal/external customers and staff both in Headquarters and the Regions.
  • Ability to develop long term strategic plans with statewide policy impacts.
  • Ability to build trust, build consensus, and problem solving in complex situations.
  • Ability to establish working budgets.
  • Skills to effectively train, coach, mentor direct and communicate with HQ Property Management staff.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Personnel management principles.
    • Finance, budget, and programming procedures.
    • Basic understanding of all real estate disciplines related to project delivery.
    • Thorough knowledge of state and federal real estate law affecting landlord/tenant relationships and the management of publicly owned real property.
    • Understanding of environmental laws and regulations relating to real property.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Supervisory or management experience in public agency Property Management.

Important Notes
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Amanda Strebeck, at [email protected] . Please be sure to reference Property Management Program Manager # 0W033 in the subject line.

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