Project Dir - Seattle - 90377684

Date: Jul 11, 2024

Location: Seattle, WA, US, 98134

Company: Amtrak

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The Project Director is responsible for the implementation of capital improvement needed to deliver the requirements of the Seattle Maintenance facility.  The position will ensure adherence to the project scope, budget, schedules and the requirements of stakeholders.  The position will interface with other projects to aligne to specific enterprise strategic objectives within the Railyards and Facilities department. This position works collaboratively and in coordination with all Amtrak Capital Delivery senior staff or staff from other departments, the Federal Railroad Administration, and other U.S. DOT agencies, Congress, 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.


• Hires, coaches and mentors project management staff, and ensure’ s team’s adherence and input into the enterprise project management methodologies and standards.
• Creates a collaborative partnership among executive leaders and portfolio stakeholders and enables resource demand planning, change management, and project pipeline planning decisions.
• Monitors actuals and works with the project team to review forecasting against budgets.
• Identify and recommend processes to be improved to drive continuous improve in deliverable quality.
• Manages project decisions, communications, metrics, and reporting.
• Builds strong relationships within Amtrak to understand the business challenges and opportunities.
• Supports the creation of project management best practices, tools, and ways for Amtrak to drive efficiency in order to reduce costs and add value.
• Analyze challenges, problems, and process breakdowns to ensure that lessons learned are used to improve project management and project delivery practices.
• Continuously improves and/or develops key business processes that focus on delivering capital projects on-time and within budget.
• Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology and standards.
• Ensure project progress by measuring the variance in scope, schedule, cost and quality from the respective baselines and takes necessary action to address deviations.
• Participates in the development and administration of the budget for assigned projects; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
• Builds and maintains external relationships to provide effective communication of capital project status and accomplished goals and objectives.
• Represents Amtrak at meetings and conferences with elected and public officials, the community, private citizens, and public and private organizations.
• 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.
• Maintains a teamwork environment within all peers as well as the Capital Delivery department’s internal customers.
• Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of project management in public transportation.


• 5+ years of management-level experience in project/construction management, engineering and/or maintenance within passenger railroads, or in any comparable public or private organization.
• Successfully demonstrates expert knowledge and ability to effectively oversee scope, schedule and budgets of capital improvement and capital maintenance programs.
• Extensive 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.
• Experience working with government agencies and organizations.


• Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations.
 Knowledge of:
• Advance principles of project 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.
• Project delivery, engineering, and maintenance roles, responsibilities, and requirements.
• 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.
• Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing the design, engineering, and construction of passenger railroad capital improvement and maintenance projects.
• Principles and practices of public administration.
• Social, political, and environmental issues influencing capital programs.
• The Amtrak organization, Federal Railroad Administration and NEC stakeholders, including state and local governments, commuter railroads and freights.

Skills and Abilities to:
• Motivate and support people across the organization to work collectively as a cohesive whole to produce superior results.
• 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, 3rd parties and the Board of Directors. 
• Effectively oversee all capital improvement and capital maintenance project management and administrative functions.
• 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.
• Identify talented managers and advocating for their future development.
• 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.



  11+ years of experience in passenger railroads exhibiting progressive growth and increased responsibility in providing major project delivery services to the public.

• In lieu of education a minimum of 15 years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience is needed.
• Professional Engineer’s (PE) License.
• PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
• Graduate degree in engineering, business, or project management, and extensive experience working with construction of capital projects in an operating environment.


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Hybrid work schedule, 3 days in the office with 2 days remote,



The salary/hourly range is $163,000 - $211,140.  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:161632
Posting Location(s):Washington
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.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.