Senior Program Manager - Platforms

Washington D.C
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
Full Time
Senior Program Manager, Platform Improvement Program

Want to improve quality of life for thousands of people? Want to lead a complex multi-year program that improve safety and delivers increased customer satisfaction? If so, join WMATA's Capital Delivery Office as we continue restore WMATA's Metrorail stations and platforms to a State of Good Repair. WMATA is seeking a Senior Program Manager for our Platform Improvement Program to lead project development, planning and execution of this high-profile, multi-disciplined, multi-year program.

As the Senior Program Manager you will manage a portfolio of design-build construction projects rebuilding and modernizing 20 Metrorail stations. The projects in this program are among the most visible projects at WMATA and receive extensive local media coverage as they are key to the General Manager's vision to be the Transportation Mode of Choice and have extremely high service impacts during construction. You will be leading a large cross-functional team of employees, consultants, contractors, and local jurisdictional partners to manage large volumes of work through tightly constrained rail service outage windows. Your ability to leverage your construction experience and commercial acumen to make sound decisions in a fast pace environment will be critical to the program's success.

Ideal candidates will have a successful track record in project planning, procurement, construction, change management and commissioning of construction and/or rehabilitation work. Will also thrive on delivering complex construction projects, building teamwork amongst diverse groups of people and increasing transparency and communication with stakeholders from executive management to the general public.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline field with a minimum of ten (10) years demonstrated successful experience in overall technical project management within in a large engineering and 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 engineering contract management and administration.

Or an equivalent combination of post-high school education and more than twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in overall technical project management with in a large engineering and 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 engineering contract management and administration.


Registration as a Professional Engineer preferred.

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).

Job Summary/Duties:

This is a senior level program management, administrative and supervisory position requiring the effective and efficient overall program management of the design of a new MetroRail Line segment, construction of a new MetroRail Line segment or rehabilitation of portions of the existing MetroRail and MetroBus system. Employee in this class serves as overall Program Manager for segments of the WMATA rail transit program, or one or more rehabilitation projects with an aggregate value in excess of $200 million, and is responsible for ensuring the work is completed within budget and on schedule. Employee responsibilities include overseeing, managing, and coordinating the development of operable rail segments from conceptualization to revenue operation if a new segment is assigned, including planning, design, and systems engineering; or procurement, construction, contract close-outs, and system safety certification. In the case of MetroRail and MetroBus rehabilitation and replacement the employee is responsible for development of the program for replacement of assets to maintain a state of good repair including overseeing, managing, and coordinating the design, procurement, construction, contract close-out, testing, and safety system certification. Employee determines program needs and requirements, develops procedures and guides all engineering and construction activities to meet project deadlines. Employee 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 program.

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

Secures commitment from Authority operating departments on preliminary and final design as well as construction contract documents and schedule.

Arranges for program 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 revenue operations date.

Conducts program status meetings with staff. Results of the meetings are recorded and summary transmitted to the MDR, ENCP; Office Director, 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 Program Scope design and construction documents at all levels to ensure that program needs, schedule and costs are adhered to; coordination occurs between various departments and aspects 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.

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

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.

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