Sustainability Program Manager

Washington D.C
May 03, 2022
May 17, 2022
Full Time
Metro is seeking to fill a leadership position within the Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability implements and advances policies, programs, and partnerships to achieve Metro's Sustainability Vision and Principles. We achieve this mission by:
  • Facilitating an organizational culture of continual improvement and sustainable stewardship
  • Strategically engaging and partnering to leverage best return on investment for the region
  • Integrating sustainability into agency-wide decision-making processes
  • Enhancing and communicating the full value of Metro to the region

Staff will:
  • Manage continued development of sustainability and resiliency strategy, metrics and reporting to align with Metro board adopted Sustainability Vision and Principles
  • Play a key role in organizational change management, innovation, and best practice adoption
  • Oversee mainstreaming sustainability and resiliency within capital investments and operations and effectively communicate benefits of these investments in Metro to the region
  • Drive effort to ensure identification of Metro as the most sustainable travel option in the region
  • Develop opportunities to partner with jurisdictions, agencies, and the private sector
  • Engage in regional and national policy where transit's role in sustainability can substantially contribute to policy solutions
  • Supervise, engage and grow staff talent

Interested candidates will be able to communicate and coordinate effectively with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. Familiarity with the role of transit in meeting regional sustainability and resiliency objectives and experience with supporting change management is essential. Experience in related policy, LEED/Envision or equivalent standards, and/or triple bottom line accounting would be an advantage.


  • Bachelor's Degree in business administration, planning, economics, organizational development or a related field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a minimum of four (4) years of experience in sustainability planning and implementation, public transportation, and/or business administration, in addition to the experience stated below, will be considered

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in sustainability, environmental policy, public administration, transportation planning, project management, business administration or a related field, to include at least five (5) years in a supervisory or program management capacity
    • A Master's degree can be counted as two (2) years toward work experience

  • N/A

  • Master's Degree in business administration, planning, economics, organizational development, or a related field

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations .


The Sustainability Program Manager drives the development of value-driven climate change and sustainability strategies that foster a culture of environmental excellence and commitment across Metro and makes the case for value created by regional investment in Metro. The incumbent develops, implements and manages sustainability initiatives and aligns them with the Metro strategy, program, and investments around Metro Board adopted Sustainability Vision and Principles.

This incumbent spearheads organizational mainstreaming of sustainable business practice innovation and achievement of Metro's regional and internal sustainability targets. The incumbent works across departments and with external partners to plan and oversees the implementation of programs and procedures from design concept through execution.

  • Manages and delivers a program of initiatives to advance and align Metro strategy, program, and investments around Metro Board adopted Sustainability Vision and Principles.
  • Cultivates relationships and partners with WMATA senior leaders, staff and external stakeholders - providing guidance and direction on continuous improvement and mainstreaming sustainability into business practice as well as programs concerning regional sustainability priorities.
  • Provides expert guidance, recommendations, and reviews to programs and policies that impact Metro's Sustainability goals and performance targets. Leads in developing new processes and directs multiple efforts that may include analysis, rapid implementation, agency capacity building.
  • Oversees preparation and editing of oral and written reports and collateral materials needed to promote sustainability, and formulates recommendations for to Senior and Executive Leadership, external stakeholders, and media. Works with external regional partners to facilitate planning and partnerships to enhance Metro's role in reaching regional sustainability goals/targets.
  • Directs the development and preparation of major inputs to Metro project priorities, annual work plan and business planning that support the overall mission, goals and objectives of Metro and acts as a liaison for the Office of Sustainability.
  • Designs, implements, and tracks stakeholder engagement and change management across all projects, to ensure and communicate tangible business outcomes and culture change across all projects.
  • Supervises staff including recommending applicant selection, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, championing professional development activities, handling disciplinary actions, and resolving grievances, with support from appropriate WMATA departments to ensure compliance with all human capital policies and guidelines and to support Metro's position as an Employer of Choice.

  • Demonstrates Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) behavior and promote DE&I principals to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace

The functions listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

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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