Program Manager, Real Estate and Development

Washington D.C
May 30, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Full Time
General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority's telework policy.

Program Manager, Real Estate and Development Marketing Statement:

WMATA's Division of Real Estate and Development is seeking a Program Manager to support asset management of its real estate. The position oversees WMATA's efforts to lease, purchase, dispose or enter into other agreements (easements, permits, right of entry) and ensure the accuracy of accounts receivable for revenue generating properties. The ideal candidate will bring 10+ years of experience in real estate transactions, asset management and lease administration and Bachelor's degree or higher in business, finance, urban planning or law.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Public Administration, or a related field.

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible managerial experience in asset management, real estate transactions, transportation and/or urban planning, engineering, and/or project management is required. Previous managerial and/or project management experience is required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Business Administration, Urban Planning, Public Administration, 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.


This is a professional and supervisory real estate and station planning position, requiring a multi-disciplinary skillset and ability to exercise substantial judgement and initiative to accomplish Metro's real estate and transit-oriented development goals. The Program Manager supervises and directs a team of professional staff with expertise in asset management, financial analysis, transit facilities and land use planning, engineering, and real estate development. The Program Manager is the Authority's expert on all real estate and planning matters, and transit-oriented development, and is responsible for overseeing, managing, and coordinating the development of assigned real estate and station transit planning programs and projects from conceptualization to final delivery. The Program Manager regularly coordinates with other offices within the Authority, and communicates with federal, state, regional and local agency representatives and other stakeholders. The Program Manager is responsible for interpreting and applying existing policies to new situations and for recommending program, policy, or operational changes.


Advises the Director on all property condition, station access and site plans, property acquisition, management, disposition, and related matters. Recommends and implements real estate acquisition and disposition work plans, transit-oriented development project goals, policies and procedures for the Authority's real estate, parking, and station planning matters.

Manages the property management records and/or leasing activities for WMATA-owned and managed rights-of-way and other real estate assets. Monitors rent collections and assures that effective and timely rent collection actions are taken when required. As required, provides court testimony associated with real estate legal actions.

Manages assigned projects and program initiatives related to optimizing and/or increasing station capacity and station access to accommodate existing and future ridership at Metrorail stations. Develops opportunities and recommends strategies for service enhancements and station area improvements.
Identifies and implements revenue enhancement opportunities utilizing WMATA's real estate assets and station areas. Supervises the preparation and processing of disposal and solicitation packages for real property interests, including internal screening, coordination with local jurisdictions, advertising, negotiations, proposal evaluation, award and post-award actions. Supervises negotiations for the acquisition and disposition of real property in fee, easements, leases, permits, licenses and use and occupancy agreements.

Develops major inputs to the office's annual work plan including identification of program goals, projects and studies, and budgetary, staffing and consultant needs.

Manages a team of professional staff, which includes recommending applicants for selection, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests and time sheets, ensuring appropriate subordinate staff training is provided, taking disciplinary actions, and resolution of grievances.

Works closely with local, state and federal agencies, and community groups to ensure transportation and land use plans in the region support transit and transit-oriented development. Represents WMATA at various public hearings and meetings with engineers, planners, architects, governmental agencies, property owners, developers, and tenants. Responds to inquiries from the public regarding WMATA's real estate and station area plans.

Coordinates activities and works closely with other offices and departments within WMATA, on matters that involve planning and/or use of WMATA-owned stations and property.

Manages contracts and contractors and/or supervises staff who manage contracts and contractors, to ensure high-quality deliverables and cost management.

Maintains timely and accurate records on activities, prepares reports and performs assignments for the Director. Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations within areas of assigned responsibility.

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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