Sr Project Director -Hudson Tunnel Systems - 90377487 - New York

Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: New York, NY, US, 10001

Company: Amtrak

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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


This position will plan and direct project work supporting Amtrak’s delivery of the $16+ Billion Hudson Tunnel Program.  This position will direct project execution teams to ensure projects are delivering high quality assets safely and effectively, as well as ensuring the Program stays within the approved scope, schedule, and budget, and ensure that adequate and timely support is obtained from other functions.   In some cases Amtrak is primary entity delivering the project but in other cases, Amtrak may be supporting a package/project being delivered by a partner entity.The individual in this role will use advance knowledge of rail systems and project management processes and controls to accomplish project objectives by planning and evaluating project activities. This role will be responsible for managing a substantial number of direct reports or matrixed subordinate team members. The role requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to Senior staff, Executive Governance Committees, and external stakeholders.The Senior Project Director engage in project management, support of contracting processes, rail systems design management, construction and commissioning of infrastructure assets within their assigned portfolio.  This position will also conduct outreach, coordination and collaboration with Amtrak departments, the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Gateway Development Commission, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NJ TRANSIT, States and localities, commuter and freight operators, and suppliers, other third parties, investors and stakeholders to develop strategies, plans, funding and finance approaches, and partnerships to advance Amtrak’s mission.


• Develops and implements project plans, schedules and budgets consistent with operational and stakeholders needs. • Manages and monitors project cost and schedules, report progress. Maintain, adjust and update project plans, as needed. Consolidate, communicate and manage all issues and risks affecting the project, and ensure the timely communication of project status to project participants and stakeholders.
• Ensures project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations.
• Identify, document and leads the evaluation of changes based on cost, schedule, risk and scope impacts. Ensure appropriate packet of relevant information to support appropriate project change and change control request decision processes.
• Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities.
• Provide financial project performance and forecasting reports to senior executives Identify and evaluate the risks associated with project activities and work across organization to establish and monitor mitigation plans. 
• Establish collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions. Develop and maintain required project management artifacts in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations.
• Maintains a teamwork environment within all peers. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of project management.
• Advises executive management and other key stakeholders on all aspects of the capital improvement initiatives including developing and recommending strategies and plans to improve railroad operations and maintenance activities through utilization of capital resources, and recommends solutions to unique situations and problems that arise
• Train and monitor employees to ensure delivery of quality program executions. Identify and recommend processes to be improved to drive continuous improve in deliverable quality
• Assess and monitor workloads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes
• Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations
• Provides timely and effective communication of capital program status to all internal and external stakeholders
• Effectively contributes to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers. 
• Demonstrates necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak.
• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, or a closely related field • 15+ years of experience in passenger railroads exhibiting progressive growth and increased responsibility in providing major project delivery services to the public
• Senior level rail systems project (>$100 M) management experience with strong focus on collaboration, team building and driving on-time and on-budget completion. 
• Successfully demonstrates expert knowledge and ability to effectively oversee scope, schedule and budgets of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs 
• Experience managing diverse, large, and geographically dispersed groups of individuals
• Extensive experience showing strong interdepartmental leadership with the ability to identify problems and develop and implement solutions
• Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations
• Mastery level program management practitioner with strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service
• Knowledge of competitive procurement processes and regulations
• Highly motivated and self-directed
• Mastery with independent judgment and make solid business decisions within scope of the program
• Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills.
• Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
• Logical and efficient, with keen attention to detail.
• Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks while under pressure.
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project),
• Must have work authorization in the United States


Knowledge of:
• Advance principles of project management, construction management, program development, implementation and administration for improvement and maintenance projects
• Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response
• Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the design, engineering, and construction of passenger railroad capital improvement and maintenance projects
• Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements
• Railroad systems including track, structures, communications, signals, electric traction and track usage procedures
• Principles and practices of capital and operating budgets preparation and administration
• Principles and practices of contract negotiation and administration
• Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
• Principles and practices of public administration
• Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs

Skills and Abilities to:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
• Desire to team build and mentor project management staff and matrixed team members.
• Motivate and support people across the organization to work collectively as a cohesive whole to produce superior results
• Develop strategy and tactical direction in alignment with Amtrak’s Strategic Plan
• Identify talented managers and advocating for their future development
• Conduct meetings and interviews, interpersonal communications, time management, conflict resolution, and to conduct formal investigations
• Communicate clearly and concisely in verbal and written form, including ability to articulate complex issues, and interact with outside stakeholders as well as all levels of Amtrak 
• Present and discuss programs and projects status with senior management and 3rd parties 
• Plan, develop and implement objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards to organize and control the design and construction of a capital project
• Understand, interpret, and apply applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements
• Facilitate and encourage objective analyses of alternative points of view and to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various business options in order to reach an informed decision
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates across the organization
• Represent Amtrak before elected officials and the public as requested
• Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions
• Prepare reports and correspondence
• Microsoft Project, Visio and Office, including intermediate level capabilities in the use of  Excel, Power Point, and Word


• Master's degree in engineering, business, or project management, and extensive experience working with construction of capital projects in an operating environment • Professional Engineer’s (PE) License
• CMAA Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and/or PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) credential
• Public/private partnership or joint venture experience
• Infrastructure construction program management
• Experience managing programs in the transportation industry environment


• Willingness to travel approximately 25-50% based on business requirements • Office building environment.
• Work in cubicle setting; stand, sit, bend, twist, use file drawers.
• Sit at computer to complete assignments, projects, and majority of tasks.
• Ability to work under pressure.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.



The salary/hourly range is $187,500 - $242,892.  Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.​

Requisition ID:161640
Posting Location(s):New York; Connecticut; New Jersey; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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