WSP – NorCal Deputy Regional Director

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WSP is currently initiating a search for a NorCal Deputy Regional Director for our Oakland, California office.

WSP has an immediate opportunity on this dynamic project for a Deputy Regional Director to work in our Oakland office. This position will take a key leadership role in advancing the high-speed rail program in Northern California. The Deputy Regional Director will work directly with and serve as an extension of the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Northern California Regional Director. The Northern California Region encompasses the high-speed rail corridor, between San Francisco and Merced, with stations in San Francisco, Millbrae, San Jose, Gilroy and Merced. This position will work with the regional team of engineers, environmental planners, and communications/outreach staff to support the regional director to overcome the broad range of public-facing strategic challenges in the delivery of the high-speed rail program. The position requires attention to detail, superior writing and public speaking skills, knowledge of area transportation agencies/programs, critical review, quality assurance, organization and being a self-starter. This position also includes working with a diverse group of people that includes clients, partner agencies, elected officials, internal (program/project) clients, and members of the public.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish, maintain and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders including elected officials, regional organizations, individuals and businesses and communicate how the project affects these stakeholders.
  • Represent the regional director as needed in a variety of settings/meetings including regional organizations, boards, partnerships and public events.
  • Assist the regional director in strategic planning for the integration of high-speed rail into the local communities along the corridor.
  • Represent the Authority in meetings and activities that address high-speed rail strategic planning, civil and rail design, environmental processes, right of way, procurement, civil and rail construction, and (eventual) operations.
  • Maintain a solid understanding of project phases and the influence these activities have on regional communities, partners and stakeholders.
  • Support the Northern California Regional Director in a variety of matters from working with consultants and budgets, interfacing with internal team members, representing the Authority at public meetings, standing in for the Region Director, and directing projects and initiatives.
  • Support Northern California outreach activities, and play an active role as a member of the outreach team. This will include, but not be limited to attending public meetings, managing public meeting documents, and coordinating with technical teams as well as communications with community stakeholders.
  • Managing a variety of materials designed to inform the public and stakeholders about the California High-Speed Rail program. These documents will include both internal and public facing documents that may include white papers, fact sheets, executive summaries, talking, points, board of directors’ materials and news releases. Ability to adapt and update technical transportation content and information to the public and/or key stakeholders.
  • Function as a secondary manager to ensure outreach efforts follow the Authority’s guiding principles, outreach content for deliverables is clearly articulated and public outreach processes are followed.
  • Assists the Regional Director with research and information to support recommendations to Authority committees, executives and the Board.
  • Monitor project materials for consistency and delivery deadlines.
  • Is a member of, and supports the team that will successfully deliver client objectives and goals for the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of ten years of experience in public/stakeholder efforts working on infrastructure/transportation projects, or with public agencies, government and the private sector.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Engineering, Communications, Public Affairs/Information, Public Policy, Journalism and or Political Science or related field of study.
  • Outstanding oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills including strong command of (English) writing and proofing skills. Experience with writing for multiple audiences, and representing concepts and ideas in a clear and concise structure through speaking and presentation platforms.
  • Comfortable in communicating with a variety of technical leads, contractors and consultants.
  • Experience in developing and implementing messaging for the public in a variety of delivery channels including earned and owned media.
  • Experience with the process and preparations for public outreach efforts that support larger public programs including different methods such as open houses, charrettes and working groups.
  • Experience in scope management and monitoring contract deliverables and deadlines.
  • Attention to detail and prior experience with quality control and the process or set of criteria used to measure and assure quality.
  • Experience with project supervision, coordination and client communications/relations.
  • Be a self-starter, taking initiative on behalf of the Regional Director.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Adaptability to a changing environment with multiple deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in planning, urban planning, communications, public affairs, political science, public policy, or related field of study.
  • Experience working with Northern California Region public agencies, counties, cities, elected officials, key stakeholders and the media.
  • Knowledge of Bay Area and statewide communities and demographics.
  • Knowledge of tracking/scheduling and/or project management tools.
  • Prior experience with public information, policy, government relations, public affairs and communications with rail or transit projects.
  • Experience with transportation project development including environmental planning protocols based on CEQA and NEPA requirements, timelines and scheduling with transportation, infrastructure or other public projects.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco Bay Area, counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Merced, cities within those counties, state transportation organizations, agencies and transportation providers.

Candidate must possess:

  • Ability to work in this country immediately.
  • Valid driver’s license as job requires travel throughout the Northern California region.


WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a progressive mix of benefits including medical, dental 401k and long term disability focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.
At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.  Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges, are you ready to get started?

WSP USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

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