Director, Capital Improvement Program, Signaling Systems

Washington D.C
Oct 16, 2019
Oct 24, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time
Director, Signaling Systems Program

Want to have a lasting impact on thousands of people? Want to lead the way on successful modernization of transit rail service? WMATA is seeking a Director, Signaling Systems Program to lead Metro's capital renewal program to transition to the next generation of signaling technology while continuing to safely and reliably move hundreds of thousands of people daily. The successful candidate will be responsible for development and delivery of projects to address the unique and complex problems generated by the need to sustain our current Automatic Train Control (ATC) systems while simultaneously upgrading to the next generation signaling system across the whole rail network.

As a senior leader of WMATA's Capital Delivery team, you will lead the implementation of new systems and projects, moving ideas from paper to reality. You will collaborate extensively with the Chief of ATC Engineering, General Superintendent ATC Maintenance and the entire Rail Services team to ensure projects meet both safety requirements and the needs of operations. Build upon your project management experience to align stakeholders, advise Metro's Executive Management and champion cross-functional solutions that drive implementation of these critical projects.

The ideal candidate is action-oriented with strong complex-problem solving skills, able to easily toggle between strategic level planning to detailed tactical execution. Will possess significant project management and program delivery experience, with experience with rail signaling systems and/or operations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field. A minimum of twelve (12) years proven ability at senior managerial levels in the direction/supervision, design, monitoring, budgetary development and control, and contract compliance of projects in a safety orientated, operating environment. Successfully demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of major policies and initiatives.

Or, a equivalent combination of post-high school education and more than fourteen (14) years of progressively responsible experience at the senior managerial levels in the direction, design monitoring, budgetary development and control, and contract compliance of projects in a safety orientated, operating environment. Successfully demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of major policies and initiatives.

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.

Job Summary/Duties:

This is an executive level management position responsible for the Office of the Capital Improvement Program. Responsibilities include effective organization and staffing of the Office, developing and implementing programs for the planning and execution of the Authority's Capital Improvement Program. The incumbent's performance will be measured on the effective management of assigned staff and the effective management of resources dedicated to the Authority's Capital Improvement Program.

The incumbent will work closely with all offices of the Authority to develop CIP projects which meet the needs of the offices and ultimately the Authority. As the Director of the Office, the incumbent supervises the activities of the Program Development Branch and the Project Managers as well as Office support staff. The Director works independently and has extensive latitude for independent judgment and actions within established guidelines.

The Director reports to the Deputy General Manager for Operations and assists the Deputy General Manager in accomplishing the objectives of the Department and the Authority.

Plans, proposes, operates, coordinates and otherwise participates in the development of those policies, procedures and programs pertinent to the planning and execution of the Authority's Capital Improvement Program.

Directs the planning, management, development and execution of the comprehensive annual and long-range capital improvement program for bus, rail car, rail systems, right-of-way and fixed facilities from project conceptualization to completion including strategic and financial planning, acquisition planning, project scope, design, construction, contract administration, project management, close-out and evaluation.

Advises the Deputy General Manager on all aspects of the Capital Improvement Program including developing and recommending strategies and plans to enhance transit operations and maintenance through utilization of CIP resources and recommends solutions to unique situations and problems that arise.

Directs project managers relative to their CIP responsibilities, though policy interpretation, procedural issuances, conferences and progress meetings.

Resolves construction and engineering issues that have a potential impact on the project schedule or budget; makes frequent field inspections; monitors construction progress on-site; ensures that projects are completed on time and within budget.

Supervises the preparation and confirmation of engineering estimates for out years and inclusion of state -of-the-art equipment based on the current industry trends and projections. Interprets data from technical consultants for use in project and cost development.

Reviews construction contract provisions, plans and specifications to ensure feasibility, economy and efficiency and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Clean Air Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations. Ensures that there is no adverse impact on the daily delivery of transit service in the accomplishment of CIP projects.

Resolves conflicts related to competing offices and requirements for the limited CIP funding resource based on knowledge of factors critical to the long term success of both operations and maintenance. Makes decisions reconciling program requirements to projected availability of funds.

Interfaces directly with FTA; manages CIP electronic progress reporting to FTA; develops/participates in FTA's Project Management Oversight Consultant (PMOC) CIP presentations.

Plans, manages and supervises the development and maintenance of project management, financial management, and information systems and ensures projects conformance to established cost, schedule and technical performance objectives.

Oversees the integration of the CIP program and the operating budget including Authority-wide plans for CIP expenditures. Supervises analysis of contract vs. in-house labor utilization on capital projects and directs CIP funded staffing additions and reductions to the operating budget.

Assures that capital improvement construction contracts are completed in strict compliance with the plans and specifications. Performs frequent inspections to ensure compliance. Directs development and annual updates of the capital improvement program.

Expedites day-to-day decision making and attends/conducts meetings, ensuring effective control of work activity by all participants Authority groups and contractors.

Continually evaluates the performance of these groups, developing strategies and plans to correct deficiencies.

Presents oral reports and directs special projects including preparation of CIP justifications/status reports and presentations to the General Manager, Jurisdictional Coordinating Committee, Board Budget Committee, Board of Directors and reports prepared in response to Congressional inquiries.

Obtains the necessary assistance from the Office of General Counsel as required to protect WMA TA' s interests insofar as the projects are concerned.

Reviews change orders, staff summaries, and technical evaluations as required for approval by higher authority.

Ensures orderly transition of the completed projects to OPER. Serves as a spokesperson for the office, the Department, and the Authority as designated, attending U.S. Department of Transportation, participating jurisdictions, national associations, industry, and other meetings as necessary.

Establishes and maintains liaison with individuals and organizations with whom interface may be required.

Directs, manages, and supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, approving leave requests and time sheets, and ensuring appropriate subordinate training is provided. Maintains sound employee/union relations while upholding the rights and interest of management.

Establishes work plans for subordinates against which they will be measured and conducts performance evaluations of subordinates based on these work plans.

Responsible for the preparation and presentation of major oral/written reports and other documents and/or required statements, coordinating with any organizations/officials as may be necessary: implements special projects as required.

Performs related duties as assigned.

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.