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Senior Capital Program Manager

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

Job Details

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma and four (4) year of project management/project controls experience, in addition to the minimum experience stated below, will be considered

  • Eight (8) years of project management / project controls experience on complex, high profile, schedule driven projects or programs to include at least two (2) years of supervisory experience.
    • A Master's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of experience

  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) Certification, Level 2, within six months of start job and maintained while holding this role

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Registered Architect
  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM)
  • Master's Degree in a related field

Medical Group :

Ability to complete satisfactorily the medical examination for this job. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

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:

The Senior Capital Program Manager provides effective and efficient program management and oversight of complex capital projects to include construction, rehabilitation and modernization projects. Responsibilities include overseeing, managing and coordinating program development and planning; and oversight of design, procurement, construction, system integration, testing and turn-over activities as applicable. The incumbent establishes and maintains effective working relationships with key stakeholders, determines program needs and requirements, and develops and implements plans and procedures to ensure successful program/project execution and closeout. This Senior Manager makes sound decisions and resolves issues while leading a diverse staff of employees and consultants to effectively deliver the assigned capital program portfolio.

  • Oversees program/project phasing coordination activities to establish priority, resources, schedule, access requirements (where applicable), and to ensure work is performed in a safe manner.
  • Maintains close contact with all program/project stakeholders, including Executive Management Team (EMT), SPPM, funding partners, Federal and state and local agencies to provide timely and accurate status updates and critical project information requiring EMT level decisions and acknowledgement.
  • Oversees and reviews the resolution of any planning, design, construction, procurement and strategic issues to assure adherence to the capital program approval process including the scope, schedule and budget.
  • Manages changes, issues and risks, and provides timely escalation. Recommends and obtains approvals or concurrences in collaboration with local jurisdictions, Federal agencies, Executive Management Team, External Relations Team and other stakeholders as needed to assure project deliverables are met and visibility is maintained at the highest appropriate level in the WMATA organization.
  • 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.
  • During planning and implementation phases, identifies resource needs by evaluating project performance and allocation of work across staff. Recommends staffing plans and adjustments utilizing additional resources and/or consulting services. Maintains project performance and meets project objectives (on time, on budget, within scope and in a safe manner), conducting document control reviews, and risk analysis reviews.
  • During closeout conducts project review and follow on activities for continuous improvement, completion of information sharing and document archiving, reconciling budget and expenses, and finalizing contracts.

  • Leads program development efforts, including preparation of programming/bridging documents, collaboration with procurement office and support of contract negotiations to ensure close alignment to capital program goals and objectives.
  • Prepares and program reports schedules, estimates and budgets that are complete and accurate for review and approval by department Directors / Vice Presidents.
  • Coordinates with WMATA stakeholders from other departments and oversees major implementation activities and service outage events required by projects in assigned portfolio, to ensure collaboration with WMATA departments and timely resolution of issues.
  • Demonstrates Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) behavior and promote DE&I principals to ensure an inclusive and diverse workplace
  • Leads project teams, creating and maintaining a proactive safety culture while, adhering to WMATA's quality management standards. Ensures that safety and quality are maintained as the top values for the project/program and that all safety and quality concerns and issues are addressed before they become significant issues or impact to the project.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is 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


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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