NEC Planning Program Mgr - 90353186 - Washington

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Washington, District of Columbia, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

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This Program Manager is responsible for program management and coordination activities in the planning and development of major capital improvements on the NEC South End.  The position requires strong management, organization, and communication skills, as well as experience with reporting, issues tracking, and stakeholder coordination.  It entails working closely with interdepartmental teams across the organization, internal and external stakeholders, and senior management to create, plan, and develop some of Amtrak’s highest-profile and most exciting capital improvements on the Northeast Corridor.  As a key member of the Amtrak Planning team, this position will help lead Amtrak planning and early project development activities on a portfolio of large-scale capital improvements to improve speed, reliability, and capacity on the Northeast Corridor.  





• Coordinate multiple project teams, vendors and assets to ensure timely and cost-effective sequencing and execution of critical path milestones across several inter-dependent projects. 
• Establish Program Governance and Controls structures to enable effective escalation and decision-making processes. 
• Cultivate collaborative partnership among stakeholders to enable scoping, financial and resource decisions  
• Identify, document and elevate cross-organizational and vendor-driven dependencies, and work with executives and peers across the organization to develop and implement appropriate dependency management processes 
• Identify and manage assessment of major changes to scope, schedule and budget through the appropriate Program and Enterprise governance approval mechanisms 
• Mentor and coach junior level Project Management staff and matrixed team members, and provide guidance on adherence to the Project Management practices. 
• Work with senior leaders to contribute relevant data to support annual planning activities and sequence new working through the appropriate controls mechanisms 
• Ensure that program financial performance and forecasting information is available and reportable for senior executives and government regulators   
• Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program execution and work across organization to establish and monito mitigation plans 
• Develop and maintain required program management artifacts and ensure that all projects have appropriate project management artifacts and processes in accordance with Amtrak Project Management standards and applicable regulations 
• Identify efficiencies and present recommended improvement opportunities at various levels of management. 
• Build strong relationships within Amtrak to understand the business challenges and opportunities. 
• Cultivate partnership among executive leaders and portfolio stakeholders by establishing program governance structures such as steering committees, change control boards, program risk and quality management processes. 
• Direct and supervise assigned project management, technical and operational resources to conduct detailed level planning overall program schedule and its milestone activities in accordance with the established scope, budget and schedule constraints, and in alignment with mission and the goals of Amtrak 
• Identify, manage and mitigate inter-project and cross-organizational dependencies and risks by developing and implementing long-term goals and objectives and facilitating appropriate executive escalation and decision support processes. 
• Develop, track and forecast annual budgets and operating plans to support the program 
• Provide performance reports and other relevant analytics on the program stakeholders 
• Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures 
• Ensure program adherence to the Amtrak Program Management methods and governance standards 





• Strong project and program management skills 
• Superb communication and stakeholder management skills with focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service 
• Effectiveness working diplomatically across teams with varying objectives. 
• Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, MS Project),  
• Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience, or any combination of relevant education and experience 
• PMP certification or ability to obtain one within 12 months of hire. 
• Must have work authorization in the United States. 




• Experience with transportation planning and/or project development 
• Experience with the transit and/or rail industries
• Experience with management and coordination activities on large transportation projects
• Graduate degree 




Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The salary/hourly range is $108,830-$141,040. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, 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:157337
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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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.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for 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.

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