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Superintendent, Communications SMNT

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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Nov 21, 2023

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Be a part of transit history! WMATA's Communications and Signaling team is looking for a dynamic leader to oversee the Radio Communications team. We are in search of a Superintendent to direct and coordinate the Authority's radio operating and maintenance systems.

The ideal candidate will have extensive technical knowledge and applied experience with analyzing, maintaining, and troubleshooting radio systems and fiber infrastructure, as well as managing maintenance and administrative teams. He/she/they will also be able to effectively handle labor relations issues, coordination to government agencies and maintain successful interdepartmental working relationships.

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


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, or related field.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, four (4) years of Communication System Maintenance experience may be considered (in addition to the minimum experience stated below).

  • A minimum 10 years of experience in communications systems equipment testing and maintenance which includes at least 3 years in a supervisory or lead capacity

  • Possession of valid motor vehicle operator's permit issued from the jurisdiction of residence.



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.

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.


This is administrative, technical and supervisory communications electronics (CE) maintenance management work. The Superintendent Communications Systems Maintenance is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating and supervising the CE maintenance for the authority.

  • Develops and supervises the implementation of short and long range technical and
    administrative plans for system maintenance activities.
  • Reviews work priorities, ensures that adequate work assignments structure is in place within the communications branch. Establishes and promulgates operating rules and regulations; ensures the enforcement of safety and security policies and programs, reviewing potential problem areas to ascertain the need for changes; develops scheduling and control procedures for the Communications Branch; coordinates work both within and external to the branch. Ensures communications equipment meets and complies with ADA requirements.
  • Ensures the technical evaluation of new equipment and maintenance requirements; ensures that the operation of the CE maintenance system is cost effective and efficient. Ensures that all CE systems meet the various government regulatory agency and Authority standards.
  • Enforces safety policies in all assigned work areas. Directs investigations into equipment failures, shop and related maintenance area accidents, determining causes and extent of damage to systems and initiate corrective action.
  • Prepares and presents oral/written reports and recommendations as appropriate.
  • Prepares budgetary forecasts on communications equipment and related maintenance needs. Estimates staffing and material requirements, production efficiency and need for equipment improvements. Analyzes labor and equipment report summaries. Authorizes and arranges for the purchase of necessary supplies, tools and test equipment required.
  • Attends meetings and seminars related to functional responsibilities.
  • May operate an Authority vehicle to support job responsibilities.

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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