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Assistant Director – Force Account

Job ID: 7362
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Force Account Project Mngmt
Date Posted: May 13, 2024





Assistant Director – Force Account


Operating Capital Projects/ Operations


New York City






Until Filled


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


Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting before the Application Deadline.



MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service, and rewarding opportunities to its employees.

Position Objective:

To manage construction projects built primarily by Metro-North Railroad personnel in the Maintenance of Way departments (collectively called “Force Account”), safely and efficiently, on time and within budget; with, or without, the support of outside, non-Metro-North Railroad construction contractors. These will be primarily track and structure projects. Also, oversee other construction-related projects as assigned.


  • Develop scopes of work for all assigned construction projects involving Maintenance of Way resources (Force Account), by coordinating efforts with all involved Force Account departments including Track, Structures, (Electrical) Power, Communications, Signal, and Grand Central Terminal, as well as other departments, to include Safety, Security, Maintenance of Equipment, Capital Programs, Budget, Procurement, etc. Participate in correspondence with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as required. Coordinate Force Account construction activities with non-Metro-North construction contractors, and/or oversee the construction work effort of such contractors as required.
  • Develop schedules/Critical Path Methods (CPMs), Force Account cost estimates, material specifications, and detailed project management plans that satisfy all current or future requirements.
  • Coordinate with the internal Procurement & Material Management department, secure and monitor outside contractual services and when required, arrange for the use of the Metro-North Railroad General Engineering Consultant (GEC) on projects assigned.
  • Act as project manager to coordinate Force Account work efforts among all participating departments, schedule regular progress meetings, and conduct field inspections as needed. The position is primarily office-based during regular working hours, however, depending on project & construction schedules approximately 1-3 night and/or weekend shifts at a construction site per month are required.
  • Direct efforts in the development of design criteria and specifications for materials required for assigned Force Account projects.
  • Provide management oversight for the monthly spending vs. work complete and budget vs. actual summary documents, review invoices, and monitor material purchases. Update all required reports.
  • Provide assistance on special projects within the Operating Capital Project Department as well as the Force Account departments.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:


  • Construction project management skills to determine project scopes and budgets, develop project management plans, brainstorm construction means and methods, and identify construction schedules.
  • Ability to coordinate the construction work effort of multiple departments for task completion.
  • Strong oral presentation and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with transportation operations and how they interrelate with construction operations.
  • Familiarity with general railroad maintenance of way operations.
  • Familiarity with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations as they relate to construction.
  • Strong motivation and self-starter with strong interpersonal people skills.
  • Ability to spend considerable time at construction project field sites during construction and participate in off-hours (nights & weekends) project work activities or significant cutovers (commissioning a project / making it operational) with sub-department Task Managers and their workforces.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and/or comparable applications.
  • Familiarity with Critical Path Method (CPM) scheduling, and/or comparable systems.
  • Must be available 24 hours 7 days per week as required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


Required Education and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Project Management, or a related discipline, or an equivalent experience of Seven years in project management to include project scope development, scheduling, planning, administration, budget, and coordination of design and construction in an operations environment.


The following is/are preferred, but other satisfactory combinations of relevant experience, education, and/or technical credentials will be considered:


  • Professional Engineering License
  • Background, experience and / or training in railroad maintenance of way (track, structures, communications, signals, electrical traction power, etc.) or railroad train operations is preferred.


Other Information

This position is safety-sensitive and subject to toxicological testing.

According 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”).

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including those concerning 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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