Program Manager, Capital Funded Programs - SPPM

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Mar 01, 2021
Closes
Mar 12, 2021
Ref
210143
Hours
Full Time
Join a dynamic team at the center of WMATA's ongoing capital planning and program development. As a member of the Office of Capital Planning Management, part of the Department of Strategy Planning and Program Management (SPPM), you will be leading the efforts to identify and prioritize the needs of a portfolio of projects. Metro's Capital Improvement Program is a multi-billion-dollar annual program that invests in the improvement and maintenance of Metro's assets. These assets support the delivery of safe and reliable Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess services.



The successful candidate will lead the efforts of defining how a large portfolio, Information Technology, of needs, are identified, justified, and prioritized for inclusion into the capital program. The candidate will work with stakeholders throughout the agency to define and stand-up a robust process that will ensure the Authority is investing in the right need at the right time. This is non-technical role and the emphasis will be on candidates that have the experience and ability to manage, and direct professional and technical staff's work and the communications skills to coordinate the many program stakeholders, both internally and externally. Excellent written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills are therefore also very important.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Finance, Accounting, Transportation Planning or a related field. A minimum of ten (10) years of experience as a project manager in the transportation industry, including management of consultants and professional staff. Extensive and progressively responsible senior management experience in planning, engineering, and transit operational function, with direct fiscal responsibility.

Equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible senior management experience as a project manager in the transportation industry, including management of consultants and professional staff. Extensive and progressively responsible senior management experience in planning, engineering, and transit operational function, with direct fiscal responsibility.

License:

Driver's license from jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group :

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this particular position either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

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.

Job Summary/Duties:

The Program Manager is responsible for leading the development and operation of a large capital funded program of one or more rehabilitation projects to include RFP design, engineering, program control, administration quality, safety, on-time and within budget. Assigned programs are high profile, part of a broader team, customer focused with substantial political interaction and public interest. Specific responsibilities include program development, planning, staffing, scheduling, budget management, quality control, safety, and coordination of subcontractors and internal technical and support staff. The incumbent manages client relationships and develops program scopes, negotiates hours, prepares reports, develops and maintains schedules and budgets, directs and mentors program staff, and ensures quality reviews are complete. The Program Manager is also responsible for the identification of scheduling and cost variances and the implementation of recommendations for corrective action for negative variance. Additional responsibilities include team member development including making work assignments, directing and mentoring junior staff, and providing technical and quality guidance.

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. Provides project management coordination and controls consistent with both project and operational needs.

Supervises subordinate staff and consultants 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 training is provided.

Leads phase coordination activities to establish schedule priorities, access requirements and allocation of work areas for each project 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 program status meetings with staff. Conducts program 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 to ensure that program needs, schedule and costs are adhered to; coordination between various departments and aspects of the program occurs; and program elements are cost effective. Conducts research and prepares recommendations for complex program management, technology and business process problems.

Leads all major events on the program by assisting various offices to solve mutually dependent items, calling conferences when necessary and chairing meetings. Establishes and maintains liaisons with individuals and organizations using an integrated program approach and matrix management. Assists supporting offices in obtaining major approvals and agreements from city, state, and D.C. jurisdictions including Federal agencies to assure program schedules and goals are met.

Manages the review and evaluation of changes to project specification. Leads and manages consultants' activities on various aspects of the program. Resolves issues associated with contract fulfillment. Resolving issues that arise between METRO staff and contractors. Ensures contractors' deliverables meet contract specifications, timetables, and budget.

Represents the Authority to the FTA Program Management Oversight Committee. Responds to questions and ensures legal compliance and serves as liaison to and briefs the Board of Directors and the Committees on all aspects of the program.

Responsible for ensuring management of closeout programs to include coordination and completing engineering, procurement, and budgeting tasks.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of this position. They are 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:
  • 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

Closing

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.

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