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Assistant Director Communications & Signals MNR

Job ID: PS102281
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: North White Plains, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: MNR
Date Posted: Oct 4, 2023


This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire. 

Assistant Director, Communications and Signals MNR
Construction & Development
Delivery / Metro-North Business Unit
Director, Communications and Signals
525 N. Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603
9:00 AM to 5:30 AM or as required (7.5HR/ DAY)
Min: $104,250 Mid: $130,312 Max: $156,375
Open Until Filled


The Assistant Director, Communications and Signals, is responsible for oversight of capital project delivery, primarily related to MTA operating agency communications and signals systems, working within the Metro-North business unit of MTA Construction and Development's Delivery Department.


The Assistant Director ensures that project delivery is safe, efficient, on schedule, within budget, and compliant with relevant engineering standards and contractual requirements. This position coordinates project development and delivery activities with MTA C&D and operating agency personnel and directs staff, consultants, contractors, and agency forces in the safe and efficient execution of capital projects.

The Assistant Director, Communications and Signals directs, mentors, and supervises a staff managing the delivery of capital projects involving major communications and signals, safety and security systems along with related infrastructure in support of the MTA operating agency, Metro-North Railroad.
The Assistant Director manages and provides technical and administrative direction to staff, consultants, and contractors in the development and delivery of capital projects. This position ensures that all work performed is consistent with applicable standards, policies, procedures, requirements rules, and regulations, and allows for minimal impact and safe operation of the MTA operating agency.
The Assistant Director is responsible for management, monitoring, and reporting on safety, project scope, schedule, budget, quality, and work progress.
This position ensures that safety is an integral part of project operations.
In managing major engineering projects (during design and construction), this position is responsible for the creation and review process for all project documents, including review and distribution of plans, specifications, estimates, and schedules, to ensure that project requirements and goals are identified, addressed, documented and met.
This position works collaboratively with the MTA C&D Contracts to support the procurement of consultants and contractors, as well as the negotiation of change orders and supplemental agreements in compliance with federal, state, MTA C&D, and MNR policies and procedures.
In this role, the incumbent coordinates and acts as a liaison between MTA C&D, Metro-North Railroad, state and local agencies, utility companies, and other internal and external stakeholders.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in engineering with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in engineering or project management, including at least five (5) years of supervisory experience.
Valid New York State Professional Engineer License preferred.
Strong Knowledge of American Railway Engineering & Maintenance Association (AREMA) guidelines and practices.
In-depth knowledge of communications and signals, safety and security systems design/construction standards and practices.
Strong knowledge of wayside construction techniques and practices. Strong knowledge of vital and non-vital wayside systems. Competent understanding of pertinent design and construction standards and procedures.
Experience in transportation, public transit, or railroad operations is highly preferred.
Familiarity with Metro-North Railroad operations and the MTA organizational structure preferred.
Solid working knowledge of program management, engineering design/construction management, safety, quality, and contract management.
Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and compliance.
Familiarity with safety and security procedures for MTA operating agency preferred.
Strong leadership, management, and negotiation skills.
Must be able to work in a high-profile and high-pressure environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Must be able to manage complex multi-disciplinary projects.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and develop staff and effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders.
Strong analytical skills to analyze new and existing products, equipment, and/or procedures.
Must possess a valid driver's license.
Must be comfortable managing a diverse workforce and creating an environment for excellence.

Other Information

As an MTA Construction & Development employee, you may be required to complete the New York State Financial disclosure statement - annually if your position earns $108,638 (this figure is subject to change) per year if the position is designated as a policymaker.

Selection Criteria

Based on evaluation of education, skills experience, and interview.

MTA employees must apply via My MTA Portal. You can submit an online application by logging into My MTA Portal, clicking the My Job Search ribbon, and selecting the “Careers” link. Logging in through My MTA Portal will link your BSC ID number to your job application to identify you as an internal applicant.

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.
The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.
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