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Do you love transit architecture and care deeply about transit-oriented communities? Can you think nimbly about architecture, engineering, and planning aspects of rail stations? Have you ever dreamed up ways to make transfers between bus and rail a more enjoyable and efficient experience? Can you articulate a vision for a more accessible transit future and embrace a leadership position in that space?
If so, then you might be our next Project Manager in Metro’s Office of Planning.
Metro is seeking a Project Manager for the Station Planning (SPLN) division of the Office of Planning, part of the Strategy, Planning and Program Management (SPPM) organization. SPPM is responsible for building the Authority’s prioritized capital program and is the lead organization responsible for project development, strategic planning, asset management, and sustainability. SPLN leads the Authority’s station planning and design reinvestment program from needs identification through feasibility and concept design.
The Project Manager will work to define and implement the long-term, strategic vision for Metro’s opportunities to create and support transit-oriented communities region-wide as well as articulate capacity, safety, and accessibility improvements to existing stations and transit corridors to maximize the connectivity of the system. The Project Manager will lead the identification of and manage design and evaluation projects, working collaboratively with both internal stakeholders and jurisdictional partners to identify system study needs, develop scopes of work, and guide project studies to completion.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning or a related field. A minimum of eight (8) years of experience as a project manager in the transportation industry, including management of consultants and professional staff. Extensive and progressively responsible senior management experience in planning, engineering, and transit operational function, with direct fiscal responsibility. Experience in major transportation infrastructure projects.
Equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible senior management experience in planning, engineering, and transit operational function, with direct fiscal responsibility. Experience in major transportation infrastructure projects.
License: Driver’s license from jurisdiction of residence.
Medical Group: Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this particular position either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).
This position serves as WMATA’s representative for the assigned capitally funded program and is responsible for all phases of the project insuring all required tasks are performed on time and within budget. Assigned projects are high profile with substantial political interaction and public scrutiny. Specific responsibilities include planning, staffing, scheduling, budget management, quality control, safety, and coordination of subcontractors and internal technical and support staff. The incumbent manages client relationships and develops project scopes, negotiate hours, prepare reports, develop and maintain schedules and budgets, directs and mentors project staff, and ensure quality reviews are complete. The Project Manager is also responsible for the identification of scheduling and cost variances and the implementation of recommendations for corrective action for negative variance. Additional responsibilities include team member development including making work assignments, directing and mentoring junior staff, and providing technical and quality guidance.
Prepares and recommends for approval project schedules, estimates and budgets that are complete, realistic, and fully meet project goals and is responsible for adhering strictly to the approved project schedules and budgets. Provides project management coordination and controls consistent with both project and operational needs.
Supervises subordinate staff and consultants to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests and timesheets, and ensuring appropriate subordinate training is provided. Assigns detailed work tasks to be completed by the staff members.
Oversees phase coordination activities to establish schedule priorities, access requirements and allocation of work areas for each contract affected while minimizing fiscal impacts by exercising maximum control and assuring that the work is performed in a safe manner to meet the scheduled completion date.
Conducts project status meetings with staff. Conducts project status briefings for Authority Officers; the General Manager; WMATA Board Members; Federal, State, and Local Government Offices; and Local Civic Organizations as required.
Reviews and comments on the Project Scope to ensure that program needs, schedule and costs are adhered to; coordination occurs between various departments and aspects of the project; and project elements are cost effective. Conducts research and prepares recommendations for complex project management, engineering and construction problems.
Coordinates all major events on the project by assisting various offices to solve mutually dependent items, calling conferences when necessary and chairing meetings. Establishes and maintains liaisons with individuals and organizations using an integrated program approach and matrix management. Assists supporting offices in obtaining major approvals and agreements from city, state, and D.C. jurisdictions including Federal agencies to assure project schedules and goals are met.
Manages the review and evaluation of changes to engineering specification. Leads and manages consultants’’ activities on all aspects of the project. Resolves issues associated with contract fulfillment. Manages the process of resolving issues that arise between METRO staff and the contractors. Ensures contractors’’ deliverables meet contract specifications, timetables, and budget.
Represents the Authority on the FTA Project Management Oversight Committee. Responds to questions and ensuring legal compliance and serves as liaison to and briefs the Board of Directors and the Committees on all aspects of the program.
Ensures program management of project closeout program to include coordination and completing engineering, procurement, and budgeting
Responsible and accountable for developing and submitting a realistic and reasonable project budget and for issuing appropriate progress reports as required to record the project’s advancements or delays. The report shall include a register of completed tasks, all payments issued and any problems causing delays, redirection of focus or that impacts project delivery timeline or strategy. A progress report will be provided to OMBS as well as the program’s front office (ELT member) as required.
Responsible for cost allocation to appropriate projects and for the timely and accurate review and approval of applicable invoices.
The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of this position. They are not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.
Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.
Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
- Skills and/or behavioral assessment
- Personal interview
- Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
- Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
- Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
- Review of a current motor vehicle report
WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.
This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.
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