Dir Portfolio Management - 90345429 - Washington

Date: Sep 22, 2022

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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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.


Amtrak’s Long Distance Fleet Replacement Program is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine U.S. passenger rail travel through the replacement of passenger equipment, including designing and building associated facility upgrades and modifying maintenance and operating practices with a state-of-the-art rolling stock solution.  The Long Distance Fleet Replacement Program is underway and has an ambitious schedule that must be achieved to ensure fleet reliability and the creation of new capacity to expand service nationwide, both of which will ultimately enhance customer satisfaction.  The Long-Distance Fleet Replacement Program is also part of Amtrak’s newly created Capital Delivery organization and will set the standard for program management for major programs.

The Director, Portfolio Management is a member of the PMO leadership team, responsible for managing and controlling a moderate-size portfolio of projects and programs aligned to a specific enterprise strategic objectives within a larger enterprise or functional PMO. This position may include management of the enterprise portfolio governance process, analysis of portfolio investments, and reporting to enable effective decision making and delivering business value for Amtrak. Individuals in this position have direct reports and significant decision-making authority within prescribed parameters of the portfolios they manage. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders, regulators and vendors to facilitate appropriate reporting and consolidation of relevant data sources to enable executive decision support framework 
  • Partners closely with business partners to analyze new projects and readiness for governance decisions and provides transparency of portfolio investments. 
  • Supports the intake process of projects through the governance process and manages the financials of the portfolio of work, monitors actuals and works with the project managers to review forecasting against budgets. 
  • Hires, coaches and mentors project management staff, and ensure’ s team’s adherence and input into the enterprise project management methodologies and standards 
  • Facilitates the enterprise governance process and high visibility project status review meetings for executive audiences. 
  • Manages portfolio management artifacts, decisions, communications, metrics, and reporting. 
  • Develops and maintains processes and procedures, standards and other key artifacts to enable appropriate enterprise-level project management methods and disciplines. 
  • Builds strong relationships within Amtrak to understand the business challenges and opportunities. 
  • Creates a collaborative partnership among executive leaders and portfolio stakeholders and enables resource demand planning, change management, and project pipeline planning decisions. 
  • Supports the creation of project management best practices, tools, and ways for Amtrak to drive efficiency in order to reduce costs and add value. 
  • Collaborates with other PMO leaders across the enterprise to build consensus and align portfolio dependencies 
  • Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology and standards. 



  • Mastery of project and portfolio management skills (project intake, resource demand planning, budget management) 
  • Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service 
  • Demonstrated skill running effective meetings and getting buy-in and participation from executive leaders 
  • Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills across all levels 
  • Ability to organize and present project portfolio reports, proposals, and other related portfolio information 
  • Facilitate governance, project reviews, steering, and other project related meetings 
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project), MS SharePoint 
  • A minimum of 11 years relevant work experience with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or any combination of relevant education and work experience  
  • Transportation industry experience 
  • Must have work authorization in the United States. 



  • Graduate degree 
  • Enterprise PMO/Portfolio delivery and/or governance experience 
  • PMP certification 



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:151825
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; New York; Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:None 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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.

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.

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