Transportation Communications Senior Project Manager

  • Position is based in our Seattle, WA office and is co-located with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT)
  • Regular full-time (32 - 40 hours/week), hourly-benefitted position; potential for flexible hours
  • Overtime exempt
  • Annual salary range between $89,440 – $110,240, plus benefits
  • Applications accepted until position filled, priority given to applications received before May 7, 2021

Our community

Our EnviroIssues team is passionate about supporting communities in having a voice and opportunity to influence the issues impacting their everyday life. As a consulting firm, we work with a wide variety of clients, mainly in the public sector, on public involvement and community outreach to bring community voices into a variety of projects – whether that’s addressing wastewater discharge into Puget Sound, large infrastructure projects across counties in the Bay Area, replacing a bridge in Portland, or helping communities plan how they grow. While our largest area of work is transportation and transit, we also work in water utilities, land use, natural resources, climate, cleanup, energy and other sectors that impact people in our communities. With more than 100 staff across our Seattle, Portland and Oakland offices, we collaborate and support each other in defining collective success.

We believe Black Lives Matter and are committed to a journey toward being an antiracist workplace. We have a long way to go to address our structural and institutional racism and come together as a community for mutual support and respect. We need people to join our community who are committed to addressing their personal racism, as well as stand with us in learning and developing a new culture of antiracism. In 2019, we officially stated the necessity of becoming an anti-racist organization. Although, our journey began with a small group of staff a couple of years earlier, we were clear we could not strive for excellent service without this mandatory ingredient. With this awareness, we have clarity in our mission, to decolonize and eliminate racism in community engagement by actively and assertively transforming to be an anti-racist, human-centered organization. This will equip us to amplify the voice, power, self-determination, and practices of the communities we serve.

We share this commitment to equity and are early in our journey. We are stumbling and making mistakes; and growing in our collective humanity. We are working to build a team that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work, diversity of ideas, leadership and work styles; and will support our vision of an equitable and thriving workplace. We strive to stay humble in our growth and understand that in order to effectively serve our communities and clients, we must begin our work internally. The ideal candidate will see themselves in this journey and eager to bring their wisdom and experience in service to our equity journey.

The role and position

As a project manager, your role is to contribute to the well-being and success of your team. In this position, you would work alongside teammates to support their contributions to defining, implementing, and reflecting on community engagement and outreach with elected officials, agency staff, local and regional officials, and stakeholderss. This position is with the SR 520 Program communications team, supporting the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) in planning and construction of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. EI has supported this project for over twenty years, making it one of our longest running projects.

You would join an 18-person communications team that is integrated with an interdisciplinary team of more than 100 other consultants and WSDOT staff, including engineers, designers, and administrative professionals, which allows for a high-level of client engagement. With COVID, this position along with our entire office is currently working remotely from home. When it’s deemed safe to re-open offices, EI and WSDOT will support a hybrid work environment with opportunities to work from home, collaborate in the SR 520 Project Office (999 3rd Ave) and spend time in our EI Seattle office to connect with other colleagues and join in company-wide conversations.

In this position, you would:

  • Offer mentorship and coaching to your teammates to support team members growth, development, and learning
  • Collaborate on team workload, addressing gaps in resources and supporting team members to identify and engage with opportunities to contribute to their defined growth. Be responsible for ensuring your team has what it needs to be successful by understanding resource needs, and partnering with other teams at EI to share learning and identify ways to meet resource needs
  • Think strategically about outreach opportunities and partner with others on the team to support and guide strategic planning. Support planning of communications and outreach with both internal and external audiences
  • Review and develop scopes and budgets that account for your team’s well-being, interests, and ability to put in place anti-racism practices and strategies internally and in community engagement efforts
  • Provide guidance and suggestions to WSDOT and contribute to the success of program communication and engagement efforts
  • Collect and offer growth minded feedback to EI and WSDOT team members
  • Work to breakdown team hierarchy, recognizing the value and contributions of all team members to collective success
  • Develop client relationships and support the team maintain boundaries to support their health and well-being while responding to client requests. Brings personal strategies to care for your own health and well-being.

Must have attitudes:

  • Appreciates the need to practice cultural humility in one’s life and work. That is, careful consideration of one’s own assumptions, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that are embedded in one’s understandings and goals when interacting with individuals of different races or cultures.
  • Willingness to be transformed in the service of racial equity and anti-oppression work
  • Values mentoring and coaching as a critical resource for oneself and staff to receive.
  • Desires to be a partner/collaborator with others to contribute to outcomes
  • Examines and reflects on one’s own racial/ethnic biases/prejudices that may impact one’s work.
  • Acknowledges one’s racial or cultural "blind spots" and working to address them
  • Willingness and competent to express racial equity and race inequity opinions even if they differ from the majority
  • Disagreeing regarding racial equity issues and their intersections without being defensive and criticizing others’ points of view
  • Thinking/talking about individual issues in being self-aware/mindful about racial equity issues

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is passionate about large infrastructure projects and is excited to focus on transportation at the SR 520 program
  • Demonstrates willingness to both receive and give growth-minded feedback
  • Demonstrates willingness to support individuals navigate their mental well-being journey, even if struggling with one’s own journey
  • Increasing understanding in community engagement, public involvement, communications, and/or facilitation strategies and best practices, including developing innovative strategies for engagement
  • Brings ideas, experience, and openness to working and implementing ways to embed anti-racism into community engagement
  • Is passionate about other people’s success and contributing to their positive experience and growth
  • Brings personal anti-racism strategies and an ability to share and support others in their anti-racism journey
  • Is willing to engage in conflict and have hard conversations with clients in order to support the success of their team
  • Focuses on people’s humanity and creates space for humanity to show up in the work
  • Centers relationship-building in their communication, seeking to know their colleagues and understand their skills, interests and backgrounds.
  • Understands core constructs such as structural racism, equity, justice, white privilege, internalized oppression, anti-racism, and more
  • Understands how race-based privilege and power has contributed to "the range of barriers to equal opportunity and the depth of embedded racial inequities" – how they were created, are currently reinforced and maintained, and can be removed

Conditions of employment:

  • Occasional weekend and evening work as we want to meet community members where they are. Our work schedules can be flexible depending on event timing and your preferences
  • A willingness to build awareness of racial equity strategies and practices to apply toward duties while at EI

How EI is responding to COVID-19

Based on understanding of current science and public policy, we are working under a mandatory work from home policy, likely through fall 2021. Our team is continuing to consider current trends and recommendations and may extend this mandatory work from home policy as necessary. The safety and wellbeing of EI employees, their families, and our communities is our top priority. We are also working with clients to ensure outreach activities in communities are implemented in ways that are safe for our team. We will not require anyone to perform onsite/in-person outreach activities who does not feel safe doing so, or who is not able to because of their home circumstances or obligations. Upon hire, EI will partner to provide any technology, technical support, and supplies needed to effectively and safely complete position duties.

To apply, please email the below listed directly to

  • Resume highlighting relevant experience.
  • Cover letter sharing:
    • Information about you
    • Why you are excited to apply for this position
    • Why you feel ending racism is important
    • What strategies have you created to dismantle racism in your life
  • A 1-page response to the question: How have you centered people’s humanity as a project manager?
  • If you are willing, complete and submit a voluntary Self-Identify Form which is maintained separately from your application materials.
  • We encourage anyone who brings bilingual and/or multicultural background and/or lived experience that helps us include all voices in an equitable way to apply.