Executive Director, Commute Seattle

Executive Director, Commute Seattle 

About Commute Seattle:

Commute Seattle’s mission is to help commuters, residents and visitors live more and drive less by improving access and mobility in downtown Seattle. Through education, advocacy, training and consulting, Commute Seattle helps create a transit-supportive business culture to ensure that commuters enjoy world-class transportation benefits and amenities.  Commute Seattle is supported and funded by the Downtown Transportation Alliance, comprised of the executive leadership of the Downtown Seattle Association, King County Metro, Seattle Department of Transportation, the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development, and Sound Transit.

Reporting Relationship: 

The Executive Director reports to the Downtown Seattle Association and its CEO and serves as a member of DSA’s senior leadership team. Commute Seattle is incorporated by the DSA. The ED works collaboratively with all members of the Downtown Transportation Alliance to execute a joint annual work plan and achieve shared strategic objectives.

 Job Description:

The Executive Director of Commute Seattle is responsible for implementing the vision of the Downtown Transportation Alliance (DTA), implementing the DTA work plan and overseeing the day to day operation of Commute Seattle. The Executive Director leads the organization by convening the partners from King County Metro, the City of Seattle, Sound Transit, and the Downtown Seattle Association to achieve the common mission of enhancing downtown’s economic competitiveness by reducing single occupancy automobile trips to Downtown and increasing travel by other modes.

The Executive Director will also represent the downtown community on transit and transportation issues; provide direction for the development and management of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) services and products; develop innovative programs and services, and build relationships with clients, local and state agencies, and elected officials. The Director oversees approximately 13 full time Commute Seattle staff responsible for delivering complementary and fee-based services to property owners, employers and commuters in downtown.


  • Assist DTA partners in developing shared objectives and maximizing the potential of the DTA Board as a transportation and transit policy coordinating body
  • Coordinate the DTA Policy Staff, comprised of staff support for the DTA Board partners
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan that provides benefit to the partners, ensures valuable services to downtown businesses and supports measurable trip reduction
  • Be knowledgeable on a wide range of transit and transportation issues and provide policy analysis and decision making support to DTA Board Members
  • Support the DTA Board
  • Collaborate with agency partners to develop and implement an annual work plan, including identifying new markets and developing innovative trip reduction products and programs targeted at property managers, employers and commuters in downtown Seattle
  • Effectively negotiate and administer agreements, contracts and research projects with partner organizations and agencies
  • Represent and promote Commute Seattle and its goals in the business community, develop partnerships with key public and private stakeholders, including DSA, MID, BOMA, Seattle 2030 District
  • Identify and pursue sustainable funding for Commute Seattle, prepare, manage and report on program budgets
  • Effectively hire, lead and manage staff
  • Utilize a rigorous measurement and evaluation program to track overall program effectiveness and individual service effectiveness, monitor and report on key performance indicators


Successful candidates for this position will be self-starters with an entrepreneurial drive, have at least 7 years’ experience working in the public/private/non-profit sectors, and possess the following skills:

  • College graduate with a 4-year degree and 7+ years professional experience
  • The leadership skills to work effectively and efficiently with top management in both the public and private sectors, and with elected officials
  • Experience supporting an executive level board and volunteers including the ability to work with and coordinate program committees
  • Experience building and leading teams to develop and implement programs
  • Ability to work independently, with strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of transportation demand management principles, commute trip reduction laws, transportation choices, and an understanding of Seattle’s transportation, parking and transit issues preferred
  • Program, budget, and staff management experience including managing multiple fund sources and grants
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Success in developing program resources and funding
  • Strong verbal, writing, interpersonal and analytical skills

Salary and Benefits:

Position is at a management level, salary range is competitive DOE. Compensation includes employer covered medical/dental/vision insurance; paid time off; holidays; retirement plan; annual transit pass.

To Apply:

Email 1) a copy of your resume, 2) a cover letter providing more in-depth information on the experience and qualities you would bring to the job, and 3) the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: hr@downtownseattle.org

Deadline for applications is: Feb. 28, 2019

Commute Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer