Accessibility Design Review Manager

Washington D.C
Sep 13, 2022
Sep 27, 2022
Full Time
We are looking for someone who can complete the architectural/engineering design review of new project plans and projects for ADA compliance.

Someone who can coordinate with Metro's Planning, Joint development, engineering and architecture offices. An individual who will perform construction site visits to complete ADA facility assessments.

Collaborate in design review of Metro's rehabilitation and rebuilding of its fixed-route system. Provide timely review and appropriate approvals on plans and construction.

Provides ADA engineering design review of new project plans and projects for accessibility content to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines, building codes, and to Metro facility and design standards. Responsible for backtracking work proposed by consultants, Metro's planning office or engineering and architectural staff and for providing comments and obtaining required accessibility design corrections.

Reviews and provides recommendations to improve Metro's existing accessibility engineering standards.

Monitors and charts the schedule for all accessibility content on current projects.

Works with Metro's engineers architects and planners to project completion.

Provides design review of Adjacent Construction, Joint Development, accessible pathway, bike, livable community, pedestrian signalization initiatives and nonrevenue facilities. Provides immediate, expert internal assistance to all Metro engineering and architectural offices.

Provides case study analysis to develop Accessibility Design Standards for Metro. . These standards will include standards for site planning, metro stations, adjacent construction projects. Surveys and compiles lessons learned from current successful accessible solutions within the system.

We are looking for Expert knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and associated regulations, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Ability to become expert in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and local building codes impacting accessibility.

Strong architectural/engineering design and plan review skills. Able to perform engineering calculations. Able to work on large complex projects at all stages of design review, multitask on a large number of projects simultaneously and work independently.

Provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers on a consistent basis.

Demonstrated positive, cooperative working style to achieve established goals of the Authority and the Department of Access Services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering or related field

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience as a facility design specialist

  • N/A

  • Education
    • Master's degree in Architecture or Engineering
  • License
    • Architect or Professional Engineer

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.

Job Summary

The Accessibility Design Review Manager is responsible for reviewing engineering and architectural designs of new and modified facilities, production designs of new or refurbished vehicles and equipment for accessibility content. The scope also ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as all other applicable accessibly laws and regulatory guidance.

Essential Functions
  • Manages ADAP design review of new and modified facilities, new and refurbished vehicles and equipment for accessibility content. The review ensures compliance with the ADA, all other regulations, building codes, regulatory standards, and with Metro's facility and design standards.
  • Collaborates with engineers to research, analyze, and/or resolve complex accessibility design issues discovered during the review process.
  • Provides guidance and recommendations on ADAP acceptance of post construction and/or procurement of facilities and equipment per approved plans.
  • Provides expert accessibility compliance assistance to all Metro departments, and in response to external inquires.
  • Provides timely comments, recommending ADAP approvals, and reviewing of entire submittals.

Other Functions
  • Remains current on all applicable facility and design requirements. Contributes to and supports the Department of Access Services (ACCS) Business Plan and the execution of WMATA's strategic plan.
  • Leads ADAP review of Adjacent Construction, Joint Development, accessible pathway, bike, livable community, and pedestrian signalization initiatives.
  • Maintains and catalogs all design standards required in Metro construction for reference during solicitations and work with contractors. Manages project charting and schedule status for all accessibility content on current projects.
  • Participates in public meetings or hearings to explain planning proposals, to gather feedback from those affected by projects, or to achieve consensus on project designs. Prepares and update the WMATA ADA Checklist for construction contracts.
  • Provides support in responding to high level complaints from the Federal Transit Administration, Department of Justice, Metro's Board of Directors, and local governing bodies.
  • Represents ACCS engineering accessibility interests in inter-disciplinary reviews at Metro's Real Estate Committee (REC) or on any pending project not before the REC. Reviews and prepares comments on upcoming regulations by the US Access Board.
  • Works with Metro's engineers, architects, and planners to project completion. Works with the Director ADAP, the Planning Manager, the Director Eligibility Certification and Outreach, and Director MetroAccess, and Metro Departments to support and improve and implement Metro's internal accessibility policies.

The essential duties 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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