Special Project Manager

Jan 18, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications :

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in engineering or related field. Minimum four (4) years of experience in transit operations research, maintenance, project management, or analytical disciplines.

Or, an equivalent combination of post-high school education and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in transit operations research, maintenance, project management, or analytical disciplines.

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 position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary/Duties:

This is technical, analytical and special project coordination support management work of a complex nature involving special remediation of ongoing communication equipment performance. The incumbent acts as a liaison with all groups within the communication branch and other departments related to special projects and equipment performance. This work primarily involves the evaluation of new systems but will also relate to improvements in existing systems as well. Incumbent analyzes, develops, and coordinates, defines project scope and implements special projects and programs; plans, estimates, coordinates, directs and evaluates maintenance and repair effectiveness. This position has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines. The role entails planning projects; defining project scopes and budgets and ensuring that time lines are defined and adhered to. This position oversees one or multiple projects at once and needs to be a good strategist. Incumbent's performance will be measured on the effectiveness and efficiency of his/her management of technical projects.

Supervises and coordinates the effective implementation of OPRS Systems Equipment Capital Program. Coordinates the rehabilitation of the various systems equipment such as: Communications (Radio, Data Transmission, CCTV, PA, Fire Alarm and Intrusion, Intercom, PIDs, KID, CNG and Veeder Root Systems) for Metrorail and Metrobus.
Plans, develops, coordinates, and provides direction for the assembly and execution of the comprehensive annual SMNT/Communication Equipment Capital Improvement Programs and works closely with CENI Program Management Office to effectively accomplish project requirements and ensure conformance to established cost, schedule and technical performance objectives.

Manages and supervises staff of technical and supervisory personnel and evaluates their performance.

Develops project cost estimates and schedules. Oversees the timely development of technical specifications for Life Cycle system replacement of existing system.

Develops detailed work plans and schedules for manpower, materials, and equipment for each Systems Improvement Project.

Manages program coordination activities to include such tools as computerized project management tracking and reporting system, database design and project management to capture project procurements and related information including budget, expenditures, program materials, force account labor, tools and components, delivery schedules, specifications, vendor/supplier and manufacturer information, weekly and monthly project status reporting.

Oversees program performance and ensures expeditious handling of procurement actions through the approval process. Ascertains impending problems and conditions which may cause program delays and provides administrative assistance to solve procurement related issues, including budgetary and funding matters, sole source procurements, alternative suppliers, specifications and manufacturer discrepancies, material shipping timetables and delivery schedules.

Serves as liaison and supply project program information to managers and engineering staff, OMBS, PROC, and other affected Authority offices.

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.

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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