AVP Major Programs - Hudson Tunnel Prg - 90376462 - New York

Date: Jun 19, 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.



The AVP Hudson Tunnel Program (HTP) will lead a mega-project program that will deliver a critical program which will reduce travel time on the Northeast Corridor. This infrastructure program will include the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure and the construction of new assets to include new tunnels, tracks, bridges and stations. The AVP will also be responsible for maintaining relationships with Gateway Development Commission (GDC), host and regional railroads, agencies and stakeholders. 


The AVP should have a proven track record of delivery within the Engineering and Construction industry, preferably with strong experience in Rail & Transportation. The ideal candidate will be responsible for building a high performing team that will be responsible for all aspects of project delivery against approved scope, schedule and budget, while maintaining the highest standards for safety and quality at Amtrak.


As part of Infrastructure Project Delivery leadership team, this position will be accountable for assembling and managing a team responsible for all aspects of project delivery, which will include robust stakeholder management and communication.  The AVP will be responsible for creating and providing messaging to be used with the Board and external stakeholders including FRA, FTA, Gateway Development Commission, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and NJ TRANSIT.




  • Hire and build a project delivery and management team for all aspects of the program:
    • Guides direct reports in a mentorship capacity, providing guidance and on-the-job training as needed for personal and professional development.  Removes obstacles to ensure success of activities performed by direct reports and to facilitate operations, when necessary.  Models personal safe practices and compliance with organizational safety activities and programs.  Develops direct reports by working with them to set personal goals, monitoring performance, and providing performance feedback in relation to individual and organizational goals.  Suggests courses, seminars, conferences, etc. to direct reports based on need for development and availability of training.  Assists direct reports in developing their subordinates, interviews and makes hiring/promotion decisions for direct report positions.
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder relationships with Federal partners, host & regional railroads, municipal, community stakeholders and multiple developers
  • Oversee project planning and delivery execution strategies in concert with Project Services:
  • Executive in charge of project team results; responsible for ensuring that all deliverables and commitments are met; and that all functions are executed in compliance with relevant statutes, policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Establishment of robust budget & cost control, trend and change management, and forecasting approaches while maintaining the practicalities of successful complex delivery.  
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Minimum of 15 years of experience leading the development and/or delivery of complex programs, portfolios, and projects.
  • Strong Leadership skills, with proven ability to build teams, lead technically and/or politically challenging projects.  Expert ability to properly structure and resource projects and programs to ensure safe, effective execution. 
  • Expert level experience in major construction project management, engineering and/or construction. Proven track record of completing projects on time and within budget. 
  • Deep understanding of construction industry/market, effective contract management and how to drive progress and project performance.
  • Master of collaboration, team building, and strategic alignment across all levels of both internal and external organizations and with track record of successful and diplomatic coordination across myriad stakeholders with competing objectives. Ability to partner with multiple stakeholders and project partners while ensuring Amtrak’s strategic interests are achieved and cost, schedule and scope outcomes are achieved. 
  • Experience working with various project delivery models DBB, DB, CMAR.
  • Executive level oral and written communication skills across all levels of internal and external stakeholder groups. Ability to organize and present executive, board level reports, proposals, and other related information.
  • Executive Level Proficiency in Project Management core competencies: (scope, schedule, budget, risk, quality, integration, resource management, prioritization, continuous improvement, and communications).
  • Experience in common office software for developing and exchanging electronic correspondence (e.g., Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word).  May need skill in other software packages for analyzing financial information and preparing presentations (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, financial software).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Business Administration or related field.
  • Advanced degree in in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Business Administration or related field.
  • Experience with capital delivery within railroad operating environment.
  • Experience in federal or state government.




Physical Demands:

  • Constantly or frequently uses a computer keyboard and monitor to perform a variety of tasks (e.g., create and review documents, analyze information, e-mail, etc.).
  • Frequently performs tasks that require sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Occasionally performs tasks that require standing and/or walking for extended periods of time.
  • Field and Operations Positions:   Frequently or occasionally visits field sites.  This requires standing and walking, occasionally walking on uneven surfaces, and working in adverse weather conditions.


Mental Demands:

  • Constantly communicates, comprehends, and responds to verbal statements and instructions, both orally and in writing.
  • Frequently learns new knowledge, skills, and tasks, both complex and simple, in order to maintain effectiveness in position.
  • Frequently resolves problems, with conflicting priorities, in cognitively demanding situations.


Working Conditions:

  • Constantly works long hours as required; works extended hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Constantly works in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities.
  • Frequently works in a crisis situation, requiring fast, long-reaching decisions based on incomplete information.
  • Frequently works inside in a climate-controlled environment.  Occasionally works outside (e.g., visiting field sites).
  • Frequently or occasionally travels over long distances (e.g., via airplane, train, automobile).



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $ 209,00- $272,200. 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:161473
Posting Location(s):New York; New Jersey
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

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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