Project Manager- Bus

Washington D.C.
Jun 01, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Full Time
Job Description

WMATA has an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Project Manager interested in leading a team of subject matter experts on a variety of projects in our Bus Division. As a PM, you will play a key role in diverse projects from conceptualization to final acceptance including planning, design, system engineering, procurement, and contract close out. For more details see the posting below.  

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering discipline field. Minimum of eight (8) years demonstrated successful experience in overall technical project management within a large engineering  and/or construction project. Thorough knowledge or demonstrated ability to rapidly obtain knowledge of the engineering requirements, program policies and procedures by which the Authority is governed. Knowledge of engineering contract management and administration within a related engineering discipline, and registration as a professional engineer are required.

Or an equivalent combination  of post-high school education and a minimum of eleven (11) years of progressively responsible experience in  overall technical management within a large engineering and/or construction project. Thorough knowledge or demonstrated ability to rapidly obtain knowledge of the engineering requirements, program policies and  procedures by which the Authority is governed. Knowledge of construction and/or engineering contract management and administration,  and registration as a professional engineer are required.


Registration as a Professional Engineer is required.

Exception - If a project is not in the design phase the PE requirement will be waived.  The design phase is defined as that stage of a project when a majority of the program is undergoing detailed design development.

Medical Group:

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

Job Summary/Duties:

This  is a  project  management,  administrative  and  supervisory  position requiring the effective  and  efficient  overall  project  management  of  one  primary  assigned  project/ program (i.e. Alexandria  Program). Incumbent  in this class serves as overall Project Manager with focus  on one specific area of assigned  projects and  is responsible for ensuring  it is completed  within  budget  and on  schedule.   Incumbent  responsibilities include  overseeing,  managing,  and  coordinating  the  development  of  the  assigned project/program from conceptualization to final acceptance,  including planning, design, systems engineering,      procurement, construction,contract close-outs,               property acquisition and/or systems testing included in the contracts. Incumbent coordinates the needs of the various offices, resolving conflicts that impact on project schedule and costs; makes decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have a far-reaching impact on the overall development and completion of the assigned projects; initiates  and  maintains  extensive  contacts  with  key  personnel  and  officials  of  other organizations within and outside the Authority; and negotiates critical and controversial issues with other top level engineers and offices of other organizations, companies and representatives       of   State, Local, and Federal  Governments.  Incumbent  must demonstrate  a  high degree  of creativity,  foresight  and mature judgment  in planning, organizing,   coordinating   and  solving   unprecedented and construction problems. Incumbent determines project needs and requirements, develops procedures and  guides  all  engineering  and/or  construction  activities  to  meet  project  deadlines. Incumbent is responsible for leading, directing, his/her diverse staff and for the selection of personnel to ensure the highest level of staff competency in carrying out the Authority's related engineering program.

Prepares and recommends for approval project schedules, estimates and budgets that are complete, realistic, and fully meet project goals and is responsible for adhering strictly to the approved project schedules and budgets.

Secures commitment from affected Authority departments on contract documents, budget, and schedule.

Arranges for project management coordination and controls consistent with both project and operational needs.

Supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests and timesheets, and ensuring appropriate subordinate training is provided.

Assigns detailed work tasks to be completed by the staff members.

Oversees phase coordination activities to establish schedule priorities, access requirements and allocation of work areas for each contract affected while minimizing fiscal impacts by exercising maximum control and assuring that the work is performed in a safe manner to meet the scheduled completion date.

Conducts project status meetings with staff. Results of the meetings are recorded and summary transmitted to the AGM; Office Director, Contracting Officer, and other Department and Office Directors for appropriate action.

Conducts project status briefings for Authority Officers; the General Manager; WMATA Board Members; Federal, State, Local Government Offices; and Local Civic Organizations as required.

Reviews and comments on the Project Scope to ensure that program needs, schedule and are adhered to: coordination occurs various departments and of the project; and project elements are cost effective.

Coordinates all major events on the project by assisting various offices to solve mutually dependent items, calling conferences when necessary and chairing meetings.

Assists supporting offices in obtaining major approvals and agreements from city, state, and D.C. jurisdictions including Federal agencies to assure project schedules and goals are met.

Conducts research and prepares recommendations for complex project management, engineering and construction problems.

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 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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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.