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Director Special Project/ESA

Job ID: 7361
Business Unit: Long Island Rail Road
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Vice President ESA
Date Posted: May 13, 2024


Title:                                             Director - Special Projects/ESA
Department:                                 Special Projects/ESA
Post Date:                                     5/13/2024 
Close Date:                                   5/24/2024         
Hay Point Evaluation:                  954
Salary Range                                $124,355- $186,532
Position Classification:                Safety Sensitive   
Location:                                      Queens    
Reports To:                                   Executive Director - WSY, Penn, ERT & Infrastructure     
This is a Non-Represented Position.
This position is eligible for telework. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.
Please note that this position has been designated as a “Policy Maker” pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law and the MTA Code of Ethics.  As such, you will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Statement that will be provided to you by the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Under the direction of the Executive Director, Directors are responsible to provide oversight and direction to staff for: managing and supervising 3rd party consultants, force account, vendors and contractors engaged in technical studies, planning, design and construction; managing LIRR, construction and business activities with respect to development, administration and compliance of agreements with Western Rail Yard (WRY), Penn Station, Harold, third party developers and Amtrak; representing LIRR as liaison to facilitate day-to-day project activities, resolve policy and technical issues and manage inter-agency and outside agency interfaces; managing LIRR's activities with other MTA agencies, other government agencies, consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders in support of LIRR operating requirements, rules, regulations, goals and objectives; managing cost and schedule controls for assigned projects and tasks and contracts for design, construction and other services; managing and supporting grant application processes; and managing and leading systems integration and commissioning process for assigned projects.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Maintain positive, effective relationships with MTA, MNR, MTAC&D, NJT, Amtrak, other LIRR departments, private developers, outside agencies, and local government consistent with general management objectives and policies to ensure their input and approval for executing programs. Communicate with senior staff on issues and status.
  • Support LIRR policy-level meetings between decision-makers on technical and
  • engineering matters and expedite and ensure the resolution of issues relating to assigned projects.
  • Present the assigned projects at public forums and coordinate activities with external entities.
  • Provide management-level program oversight and review. Direct the processes and activities to ensure that robust document and project controls are in place and implemented. Assigned projects may include responsibility for:
1) Directing the management, implementation, and coordination of joint projects with Amtrak and LIRR sole benefit projects in Penn, West Side Yard (WSY), East River Tunnels and vicinity.
2) Directing all LIRR and MTA activities and coordination associated with the Overbuild and Development Projects
3) Directing and coordinating all LIRR activities and ensuring implementation of MTA, MTAPD, MTAC&D, and LIRR Systems and Security projects
4) Directing and coordinating all LIRR activities with respect to LIRR support of facility and systems construction and design, systems integration and facility turnover, and asset management
  • Formulate comprehensive project program plans and prepare their strategic implementation for assigned projects.
  • Direct the development and implementation of comprehensive inter-departmental plans to ensure that corporate policies, departmental procedures, and other related protocols or processes are established or in place.
  • Manage and plan RFPs for consultants and plans and specifications for contractors, to ensure the best selection and utilization of their services.
  • Direct and manage the development, design, and implementation of projects while maintaining the project scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Direct the process and activities for construction management and oversight including consultant inspection staff and contractor submittals, work plans, and track outage requests.
  • Review and recommend approvals or denials of payments, claims, additional work orders, and extension of time requests.
  • Lead coordination efforts between/with LIRR department managers, and others as required to ensure that needs and requirements are incorporated into the contract documents, and as appropriate into strategic, budget, and resource development plans.
  • Management of a staff of professionals responsible for the implementation of various projects. Select, develop, and motivate personnel within the department. Provide career development for subordinates. Provide prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Review direct reports and approve performance appraisals Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.
  • Ensure a safe working environment and adherence to guidelines of company safety policies and procedures, including Corporate Employee Safety Policy. Ensure compliance with governmental regulations and MTA requirements in accordance with LIRR objectives and policies. Lead by example.
  • Perform other assignments as requested by Sr. Management.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Business/Finance/Transportation/Operations Management or related field. Demonstrated, directly related experience and education may be considered in lieu of the degree subject to approval.
  • Must possess a minimum of 8 Years of Construction Management, Project Management, or Transportation Management experience. 
  • Must possess progressively responsible senior-level project management experience.
  • Must possess extensive experience managing the development of large scopes, estimates, schedules, and budgets.
  • Must possess extensive experience managing third-party consultants and contractors. 
  • Must possess experience or ability to direct staff in the management of a large segment of a program or project involving planning, design, funding, or bidding awards of construction of facilities.
  • Must possess effective leadership and management skills with the ability to establish goals, and deadlines, provide direction to the staff of managers, and coordinate activities with other departments.
  • Must possess a background in engineering/construction/operations with detailed knowledge and experience with technical and administrative issues. 
  • Must possess the ability to solve complex problems during the planning, design and construction phase of the program. 
  • Must possess excellent communication, human relations, and negotiation skills.
  • Must possess proven, effective problem-solving, decision-making, judgment, and leadership skills.
  • Must be an experienced professional with a high degree of professional integrity and strong work ethic with the ability to influence change as necessary.    
  •  Professional Engineering license and/or a Master's Degree is desired.  
Other Information:    
In addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the position, the selection process may include, but is not limited to a pre-screening assessment (i.e., physical, written, and/ or practical evaluation) and interview. Candidates forfeit further consideration in the process if they fail to participate in any step of the process when scheduled. Make-up dates/times will not be given. In addition, LIRR employee applicants must be in their current position for the 12 months immediately preceding the close date of this posting and must possess a satisfactory work history, including attendance and discipline record. A record of more than ten sick days without medical documentation in two of the last three years is considered unsatisfactory attendance.  Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview due to the competitive selection process. A medical examination and safety-sensitive drug/alcohol test may also be required.   
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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