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Director Project Development

Job ID: 5633
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Date Posted: Feb 2, 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.     



Director, Project Development      


Construction & Development     


Development/Railroad Project Development     


Senior Director, Project Development     


2 Broadway     


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




$128,255 to $168,335     


Open Until Filled     



Join the team responsible for planning, coordinating, overseeing, and developing implementation strategies for the MTA’s $55-billion Capital Program. The Director will play a pivotal role in determining what, when, and how capital projects for MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and/or MTA Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) progress  – prioritizing capital investments, evaluating project scopes, establishing project and program budgets, maximizing external funding opportunities,  working to document and justify specific capital project needs and drivers, performing project environmental reviews, and addressing federal planning requirements for capital projects, all with a focus to maximize benefits and minimize construction impacts to LIRR and/or Metro-North riders.     


This position will be part of MTA C&D’s Railroad Project Development unit, the team responsible for planning, prioritization, scope selection and definition, budget development and oversight, and project lifecycle monitoring for Long Island Rail Road & Metro-North Railroad capital projects.      


The Director will support MTA C&D’s development department within the Railroad Project Development unit, focusing on capital projects for Long Island Rail Road and/or Metro-North Railroad. The Director will work collaboratively with stakeholders across the MTA, including the Planning, Delivery, and Contracts departments within MTA C&D, as well as various departments within Long Island Rail Road and/or Metro-North Railroad - Engineering, Stations, Maintenance of Equipment, Transportation, Service Planning / Operations Planning, Security, and Corporate Safety.     




Responsibilities are likely to include:     

Assist with the development of the LIRR’s and/or Metro-North’s five-year Capital Program; coordinate funding targets and strategies; work with LIRR and/or Metro-North departments to propose and prioritize projects, define scope, and manage changes to the capital program.     


Undertake analysis for the development of the LIRR and/or Metro-North capital program.  Ensure that advancement of the future state of good repair, normal replacement, system improvement, and network expansion projects are consistent with each other and with corporate short-term and long-term planning goals and assumptions.     


Work on the development of the LIRR and/or Metro-North five-year capital program and subsequent plan amendments, including spreadsheets, text narratives, briefing materials, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials, as required.     


Review scope documents, project justifications and business case documentation, project change requests, project plan books, and other project materials. Ensure consistency across LIRR and/or Metro-North capital investments and strategies and project funding availability.     


Represent C&D Development at progress meetings for capital projects.     


Prepare environmental documentation for federally funded LIRR and/or Metro-North capital projects, including CE worksheets and other required materials.     


Prepare, review, and update documentation needed to progress federally funded capital projects, including public hearing texts, Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) descriptions, and the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) consultation process for capital projects that involve historic resources.     


Assist with the development of long-range planning strategies and documents, including the MTA’s Twenty-Year Needs Assessment.     


Creatively coordinate project phasing, sequencing, and “bundling” strategies (packaging needs into capital projects) to generate construction and contracting efficiencies.     


Evaluate project investment alternatives, including cost/benefit analyses.     


Monitor and control the evolution of project scopes and budgets throughout the project lifecycle.     


Evaluate planned capital projects and unfunded capital needs to take advantage of budget and/or funding opportunities and construction efficiencies; assist with changes to and rebalancing of the Capital Program to accommodate new project needs.     


Assist in the development and management of annual commitment and completion plans and associated reporting, monitoring, and data collection.      


Prepare reports and presentation materials for both internal and external purposes, including LIRR and/or Metro-North capital program briefings and materials required to assist in capital program development.        


Education and Experience     


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college in business, architecture/engineering, accounting, finance, public administration or public policy, city or urban planning, transportation, or a related field required.     

Master's degree from an accredited college in business, architecture/engineering, accounting, finance, public administration or public policy, city or urban planning, transportation, or a related field preferred.     

Minimum of ten (10) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience.     

Minimum of six (6) years of satisfactory managerial experience.     


Passion for improving New York's public transit system.     


Familiarity with the MTA network and the MTA Capital Program.     


Experience with project planning, scheduling, and/or budgeting.     


Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.     


Excellent organizational and presentation skills.     


Demonstrated ability to work with all internal levels within a given organization.     


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


Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key internal and/or external stakeholders.     


Demonstrated ability to complete short- and long-term projects effectively and efficiently.     


Demonstrated analytical capabilities and quantitative skills.     


Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or comparable applications, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook      


Familiarity with the MTA's policies and procedures.     


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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