Director, Strategic Constructability & Access Planning

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Jun 17, 2021
Closes
Jun 25, 2021
Ref
210533
Function
Executive, Director
Hours
Full Time
If you are good at what you do, you can work anywhere. If you are the best at what you do, come work for Metro. Metro is on the move and looking for good people to deliver high quality public transportation services. We also have a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We are currently hiring a Director of Strategic Constructability and Access Planning. The Director will play a key role in Metro's $2.0 billion annual capital program by leading a newly created 30-person team responsible for strategic and integrative schedule and access planning; performing preliminary constructability analysis; and developing preliminary project scheduling on large scale capital works.

This position leads a team of talented teammates including schedulers, cost estimators, project managers, and constructability engineers. If you are passionate, inspiring and authentic, and looking to work in a dynamic, fast-paced and stimulating environment, come join us.

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.

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:

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:
  • 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.