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Principal Technical Specialist

Job ID: 3389
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Signals & Train Control
Date Posted: Apr 24, 2024


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.



Principal Technical Specialist


Construction & Development


Delivery/Signals & Train Controls


Vice President Program Executive


2 Broadway


9:00 AM to 5:30 PM or as required (7.5HR/ DAY)




$133,897 to $175,740


Open Until Filled




The Principal Technical Specialist within MTA C&D Signals & Train Controls is a project management and project control technical expert and a current leader in the industry. Works within clearly defined policies, principles, and specific objectives in consultation with departmental management. Provides policy and procedural recommendations with final approval from the Senior Management. One of the focus areas for this role in Systems is change controls and management related to project and contractual changes.




Develops and oversees the research, development, design, and/or delivery of projects for MTA C&D.


Provides technical expertise and leadership to resolve highly-complex project controls technical issues with the potential for significant impacts on capital projects.


Addresses complex systems integration and interfaces.


Responsible for Project and Contractual Change Controls and Change Management.

Provides resource balancing for project needs and optimizing time amongst team members.


Supervises and schedules training of junior employees to increase their technical expertise.


Manages all phases of in-house technical work, changes, claims, risks, etc., including setting work priorities and resources management.


Provides in-house estimates for work effort and fees on consultant/contractor projects.


Reviews proposals and scopes of work submitted by consultants and contractors monitors work, and recommends consultant payments to project leadership.


Education and Experience


Bachelor of Science degree in an appropriate technical discipline or an equivalent subject. Masters preferred. Various fields may include, but are not limited to, Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Computer, Communications, Electrical, Electronics, Signals, or Systems Engineering/Technology.


Must have a minimum of fourteen (14) years of related experience.


Must have a minimum of eight (8) years in a management or supervisory role and/or project manager role in a large, multi-faceted organization and/or with highly complex systems.




Demonstrated experience in large-scale technical issues for significant construction projects or projects with highly complex systems preferred.


Demonstrated experience leading and managing designers, contractors, subcontractors, and/or vendors.


PMP or relevant technical certifications are desirable. 


NYS Licensed Professional Engineer a plus.


Demonstrated knowledge of applicable industry codes and standards.


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders at all internal organizational levels.


Demonstrated ability to work in a high-profile, high-pressure environment effectively.


Must have focus and ability to deliver results, organizational effectiveness, and continuous improvement.


Must be a proven leader as a change agent and creative/innovative thinker with the ability to align business goals with solutions to drive process improvements.


Must possess excellent team-building, listening, problem-solving, and prioritization skills.

Alternate Delivery experience preferred.


Proficiency in current industry software and Microsoft Office are required.


An attitude and commitment to actively participating in our employee culture is necessary.


Able to multi-task and be flexible/adapt to rapidly changing project requirements/timelines.


Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.


Other Information

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).


Selection Criteria

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


How to Apply

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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