Manager, Systems & Capital Planning - SPPM

Washington D.C
Jul 28, 2021
Aug 12, 2021
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 a team to define how a large portfolio, including Track, Structures, Facilities, Stations, Mechanical Systems, and Communications, 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 a 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.

Previous experience in developing a capital program is necessary to be successful. Experience as Program/Project manager is a plus. Excellent written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills are therefore also critical.



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, economics, public/business administration, or a related field.


Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning, public transportation, project management, and/or public transportation advocacy is required. Previous managerial or supervisory experience is required.

In lieu of degree, a minimum of twelve (12) years of experience in transportation planning, public transportation, project management, and/or public transportation advocacy. Previous managerial or supervisory experience is required.


Master's degree

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.


This is a senior-level supervisory position that requires a high level of technical fluency and leadership in public transportation planning, development and policy. The incumbent overseas, directs, and develops strategic plans and complex studies for Metro's system development and capital planning with a focus on mid and long-terms. The incumbent is responsible for developing Metrorail and Metrobus ridership forecasts, transit network, fleet and operating plans, executing advanced corridor feasibility studies and environmental impact studies, and leading Metro's constrained long range plans to project financial expenditures and revenues of the system's operating and capital requirements. The incumbent stewards close collaboration between the Office of Planning (PLAN) and Metro's operations, engineering, and financing functions as well as state, regional and local stakeholders. Substantial judgment and initiative are essential for resolving problems and making recommendations with regard to various projects.


Serves as a systems and capital planning program manager. Directs the development and preparation of major inputs to the annual work plan including identification of program goals, determination of staffing and consultant needs, and initiation of projects and studies that support the program goals and the overall mission, goals and objectives of the Authority to expand and improve transit services and facilities.

Supports the Authority's vision of WMATA being the region's transit leader by demonstrating leadership in promoting regional transit expansion and utilization and enhancing transit mobility and accessibility.

Exercises project management responsibilities in support of WMATA's administration of Federal Transit Administration funded projects and the related grant responsibilities and reporting requirements.

Develops technical and policy recommendations on Metro's systems development and capital planning for considerations by the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager (GM) that address core capacity, fleet and facilities, networks and corridors, and system financial requirements.

Directs assigned transit planning programs, projects, and initiatives to include defining and advancing a shared vision for transit development that is integrated, effective and conducive for the region's growth through the middle of the 21st century.

Manages Metrorail system core capacity plans, including rail lines and stations, to identify operating, engineering and architectural improvements, expand core capacity, eliminate infrastructural and operational deficiency and enhance passenger experience. Participates in the review and development federal policies pertinent to the State-of-Good Repair (SGR) and core capacity.

Manages Metro's Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) update and advocates for Metro's capital and operating/maintenance requirements in the regional forum in collaboration with the Transportation Planning Board and DOTs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Participates in regional and metropolitan transportation on planning activities to provide technical advice for Metro and the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) on transit ridership forecasts and collaborates on long-range system planning activities.

Manages advanced feasibility studies of new Metrorail and Metrobus corridors to evaluate planning, operating and financial requirements as well cost and benefit analysis. Collaborates with Engineering Services on Metro's Compact hearing and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects focusing on planning, transportation impact analysis and transit operations. Serves as technical managers for reimbursable corridor projects that are requested by the jurisdictions for advanced feasibility studies.

Leads Metrorail operating plan development and system fleet assignment to reflect network changes, passenger demand, operating conditions and fleet and facility provisions.

Leads Metrobus network strategic studies to identify Metrobus market opportunities, recommend long-term network restructuring and improve operational efficiency and service effectiveness.

Collaborates with Offices of Bus and Rail Operations in the development of Metrorail and Metrobus fleet and facility management plans to identify rehabilitation, replacement and expansion needs, recommend capital improvements to the Metro management and Compact jurisdictions, and meet the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) funding requirements.

Responsible and accountable for developing and submitting a realistic and reasonable project budget and for issuing appropriate progress reports as required to record the project's advancements or delays. The report shall include a register of completed tasks, all payments issued and any problems causing delays, redirection of focus or that impacts project delivery timeline or strategy. A progress report will be provided to OMBS as well as the program's front office (Department Chief) as required.

Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations within areas of assigned responsibility.
  • The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and 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


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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