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Project Manager Infrastructure - Comms & Signaling

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Sep 29, 2023

Job Details

Department Marketing Statement:

Be a part of transit history! The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking to fill multiple Project Manager positions within our Infrastructure Office to support the Communications & Signaling Department.

The Communications & Signaling teams are responsible for the development and delivery of projects related to rail signaling modernization, train control renewal, fiber optic infrastructure, cellular and radio communications, and communication system integration. We are looking for dynamic Project Managers in three areas: (1) special projects and new business processes, (2) delivery of construction activities, and (3) quality management. A successful candidate will have demonstrated experience with working in a diverse organization with multiple internal and external stakeholders, managing multi-phased projects simultaneously, and coordinating with stakeholders.

If you are up for the challenge, we are excited to talk to you!

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.


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Construction Management, or related field of study.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma/GED an four (4) years of relevant work experience demonstrating progressively responsible management experience in planning, engineering, and/or construction project implementation, with direct fiscal responsibility, in addition to the experience stated below, will be considered

  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in project management, including at least two (2) years managing professional staff, and / or field staff, contractors and / or consultants.
  • Management experience in planning, engineering, and/or transit operational functions, with direct fiscal responsibility. Experience in major infrastructure projects is helpful.

  • Preferred: Training and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), continuous improvement training such as Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, ISO

  • N/A

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 Project Manager Infrastructure is the Subject Matter Technical Expert and leads project development and implementation of the Authority's capital funded program for one or more construction, rehabilitation and/or modernization projects. Responsibilities include planning, staffing, and scheduling of projects related to budget management and capital investment improvement and includes complex activities related to the scopes of work, quality control, safety, and coordination of work performed by subcontractors and internal staff. The position manages all phases of the projects, tasks, within scope, on schedule, and within budget. Additionally, the incumbent will identify scheduling and cost variances and implement recommendations for corrective action for negative variances. Specifically, this incumbent manages relationships, develops project scopes, negotiates hours, prepares reports, develops and maintains project schedules and budgets, directs and mentors project staff, and ensures quality reviews are complete. Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) to ensure contracts are managed in accordance with all project and stakeholder requirements.

  • Reviews and comments on the Project Scope to ensure that (1), program needs, schedule and costs are adhered to; (2), coordination occurs between various departments and aspects of the project; and (3), project elements are cost effective. Conducts research and prepares recommendations for complex project management, engineering and construction problems. Prepares and maintains project implementation plans.
  • Prepares and recommends for approval, project schedules, estimates, and budgets that are complete, realistic, and fully meet project goals. Strictly adheres to the approved project schedules and budgets. Provides constructability input to design team.
  • Responsible for overall safety at the construction site, in project office, and during related project activities, in accordance with applicable safety requirements and WMATA's Agency Safety Plan.
  • Continuously monitors contractors work to ensure completed work is delivered in accordance with project plans and specifications.
  • Provides project management coordination and controls consistent with project requirements and operational needs. Oversees coordination activities to ensure alignment with access requirements affected, while minimizing impacts.
  • Develops and submits a realistic and attainable budget projections based on the progress reports, that indicate project's advancements and/or delays. Provides frequent status reports to ensure decision makers' visibility on completed tasks, payments issued, delay problems, and impacts to project delivery timeline or strategy.
  • Leads, facilitates and conducts project status briefings for Authority Officers, the General Manager, WMATA Board Members, government entities (Federal, State, and Local); and Local Civic Organizations as required.
  • Coordinates major events related to assigned project portfolio. Assists stakeholders to identify and resolve issues, and ensure sufficient communication, leadership and accountability regarding project activities and impacts.
  • Assists supporting offices in obtaining permits, approvals and agreements from city, state, and D.C. jurisdictions including Federal agencies to ensure that project schedules reflect critical path activities and key dependencies. As subject matter expert for scope, schedule and budget for assigned projects, communicates issues with stakeholders throughout project lifecycle and makes recommendations for resolution.
  • Manages the review and evaluation of changes to engineering specifications. Leads and manages consultants' activities. Resolves issues associated with contract fulfillment. Ensures contractors' deliverables meet contract specifications, timetables, and budget.
  • Responsible for cost allocation to appropriate projects and for the timely and accurate review and approval of applicable invoices. Oversees project closeout activities to include coordination and completing engineering, procurement, and budgeting tasks, and delivery of project records for archiving and asset management.

  • Promotes a positive and collaborative organizational culture that includes diversity, inclusivity, equity, equality, and accessibility for all individuals. Responsibilities include optimizing experiences of all customers, employees, and stakeholders in each interaction that gives all individuals a sense of belonging and value to the organization.
  • Promotes and executes pre-procurement and/or responsibilities of a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) as required.
  • Promotes and ensures a culture of safety on job sites, including with staff members, contractors, and consultants.
  • Develops measurable employee performance work plans with attainable standards to meet organizational goals. Provides performance feedback and ensures the fair distribution of performance recognitions. Completes employee performance evaluations fairly and individual development plans. Meets unique needs of staff and supports formal/informal training and ensures completion of diversity and inclusion training. Consults with internal human resource professionals, issues disciplinary actions, provides counseling, resolves grievances and work problems.
  • Interviews, recommends, and hires top talent to ensure operational efficiencies. Ensures fair and equitable hiring practices, proper employee onboarding and offboarding procedures, provides records management and job training, ensures ongoing professional development, and harmonious work experiences.

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.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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