Transit Capital Program Manager

Arlington, Virginia
$90,105.60 - $144,268.80 Annually
Sep 27, 2019
Nov 01, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County is seeking an experienced Transit Capital Program Manager to oversee the implementation of its transit capital projects. This senior manager plays a key leadership role in multi-year capital improvement priority-setting, budgeting, scheduling, cost estimating, design, construction management, quality control, and constituent response and interacts with County staff, elected officials, transit providers such as WMATA, private developers and federal, state, and regional funding agencies and community groups on the implementation of a broad array of transit projects.

Arlington's currently adopted 10-year Capital Improvement Program identifies over $500 million in transit project investments ranging from new Metro station entrances and vertical circulation to a new bus maintenance facility to support Arlington's growing ART bus operation. The Capital Program Section of the Transit Bureau provides the project development and implementation expertise for transit infrastructure projects of local and regional significance. The Section is responsible for ensuring that projects are developed and delivered on time and within budget, while meeting functional, aesthetic, sustainability, accessibility, maintainability, and code requirements, plus state, regional and federal agency requirements consistent with the various funding sources and types of projects. The staff and contractors oversee many multi-million-dollar capital projects, managing design and construction contracts while coordinating with all internal and external stakeholders. This employee works with considerable independence under the general direction of the Division of Transportation (DOT) Assistant Transit Bureau Chief.

Specific duties include:
  • Engaging stakeholders to foster support, input, prioritization, and coordination of projects within the Transit Capital Program;
  • Developing the Transit Capital Program within the context of Arlington County's Capital Improvement Program, the 10-year Transit Development Plan, and the Master Transportation Plan;
  • Managing the delivery of the transit capital projects in accordance with local, state and federal requirements and procedures and ensuring adherence to regulations and contracting requirements;
  • Managing transit capital projects by defining the project scope, overseeing the planning, design and construction phases, budgeting, cost estimating and scheduling of work;
  • Developing and managing the funding plan for transit capital projects;
  • Working collaboratively with others within and outside of the Transit Bureau on budget and contract preparation, reporting, and execution;
  • Managing professional staff and contractors within the Transit Capital Program Section providing program oversight and support to transit project managers and assigned Facility, Design and Construction project managers and engineers;
  • Coordinating transit capital project delivery with Arlington's Engineering Bureau and Arlington's Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development;
  • Building cooperative relationships with regional and state partners, especially the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, to improve processes and communication;
  • Building and maintaining cooperative and productive working relationships with WMATA, the regional rail and bus transit provider and with other stakeholders such as members of the business community, citizens, public interest groups, neighborhood groups, and other organizations.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Engineering, Construction Management, Public Administration, Financing or related discipline, plus progressively responsible experience in Transportation Planning, Design, and/or Construction Management with senior level project management experience managing teams responsible for complex public transportation infrastructure projects.

Candidates should have experience managing infrastructure projects associated with bus and rail transit operations; federal, state, and regional funding and reporting requirements; transportation procurements/contracting; effective communication and building strong relationships with a variety of partners and stakeholders in an active, diverse community.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Engineering, Construction Management, Public Administration, Financing or related;
  • Experience managing capital projects, budgets, and real estate acquisitions; and/or
  • Experience leveraging technology and tools to support project management efforts.

Special Requirements

A comprehensive reference, background, and credit check may be conducted for the top candidates. Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

Work Hours: This is a 40 hour a week position with flexible hours generally between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to attend community, Transportation Commission, Transit Advisory Committee, and County Board meetings.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered .

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed, and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Describe your experience managing the delivery of transit capital projects from scoping and design to construction and through project commissioning.


In your work delivering complex transportation projects, describe your experience working with state and federal agencies that provide grant funding and regulatory oversight.


Describe your experience leading / managing professional staff and/or contractors in delivering complex transportation projects.


Describe your experience using technology including project management software, to support project management efforts and to track project status.

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