Sr Director NEC Program Development & Work Planning - 90206100 - Washington/Philadelphia/New York

Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

This position is responsible for overseeing planning and coordination with internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain the master schedule of Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure projects and ensuring ongoing alignment with the NEC Commission’s CONNECT NEC planning process. The incumbent will provide oversight and strategic guidance to functional teams responsible for obtaining a comprehensive understanding of projects’ resource needs and critical path items; monitoring project readiness and resource availability prior to construction/execution; allocating resources (e.g., workforce, equipment, track outages) and forecasting future resource needs; and supporting the resolution of resource and/or schedule conflicts. The incumbent will also support the VP, Program Development & Project Services in organizational change management efforts to accomplish departmental and company-wide objectives.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Oversee planning and coordination with internal and external stakeholders to develop and maintain the master schedule of NEC infrastructure projects.
  • Serve as the company’s primary point of contact for NEC-wide capital planning processes led by the NEC Commission, including 15-year CONNECT NEC Plans and 5-year Capital Investment Plans. Ensure ongoing alignment between internal plans and NEC Commission plans and effective two-way communication regarding C35 implementation via NEC Commission communication & coordination protocols.
  • Oversee functional teams responsible for near- and long-term NEC work planning and schedule management activities, including:
    • obtaining a comprehensive understanding projects’ resource needs and critical path items;
    • monitoring project readiness and resource availability prior to construction/execution;
    • allocating project resources (e.g., workforce, equipment, track outages);
    • forecasting future resource needs; and
    • supporting the resolution of resource and/or schedule conflicts.
  • Oversee transparent and predictable process for making resource allocation decisions and resolving work planning/scheduling issues that maximizes corridor benefits and productivity. Engage appropriate stakeholders in issue resolution and schedule adjustments; involve Amtrak and NEC agency leadership schedule adjustments, as needed.
  • Effectively communicate capital program development & work planning goals, requirements, and expectations to stakeholders within and outside of the department. Engage with department leaders to ensure these are aligned and coordinated with efforts led by other departments, corporate strategic plans, organizational policies, and regulatory standards; solicit and incorporate feedback, as appropriate.
  • Effectively contribute to a safe and secure work environment for employees and travel experience for customers; demonstrate necessary leadership to support a zero incident and injury culture within Amtrak.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • 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
  • Extensive understanding of business operations and the impact departmental actions have on the corporation and operations
  • Experience working with government agencies and organizations

 

Knowledge of:

  • Amtrak’s operations, mission, goals, and business lines
  • NEC stakeholders, including the Federal Railroad Administration, NEC Commission, state and local governments, commuter railroads, freight railroads, and labor unions
  • Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response as well as applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Principles and practices of project management and capital program development for improvement and maintenance projects, including project control functions, delivery strategy decisions, and budgets preparation

Skills:

  • Significant leadership experience and ability to direct all areas of business required to achieve strategic objectives
  • Significant experience leading, facilitating, supporting, and coordinating strategic projects, negotiations, and processes and strong ability to analyze, evaluate and implement solutions to support identified needs
  • Significant experience in making effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to senior-level officers
  • Significant experience creating, analyzing, and interpreting complex documents and data; and making recommendations
  • Fluency in PC-based applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ability to:

  • Lead groups through significant change and complex efforts
  • Successfully engage with senior leaders in the public and private sectors
  • Understand financial concepts and business process issues
  • Consistently work in a fast-paced environment with frequently changing priorities for long and irregular hours
  • Work independently, with limited support, to deliver complex objectives
  • Comfortably manage ambiguity, shifting priorities, and complex relationships
  • Effectively write clear, concise, and compelling proposals, policies, presentations, arguments, and responses


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Master's Degree in public administration, public policy, business, engineering, or related fields
  • 13-16 years of relevant experience preferred

Advanced knowledge of and experience working with:

  • The Amtrak organization, including roles, responsibilities, and requirements of key departments (Capital Project Delivery, Service Delivery & Operations, Planning, and Finance)
  • NEC stakeholders, including the Federal Railroad Administration, NEC Commission, state and local governments, commuter railroads, freight railroads, and labor unions
  • Theories, principles, and practices of passenger railroad systems design, construction, operations, maintenance, safety, accident prevention, and emergency response as well as applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Principles and practices of project management and capital program development for improvement and maintenance projects, including project control functions, delivery strategy decisions, and budgets preparation

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Hybrid work environment, 3 days in the office, 2 days remote.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 25% based on business requirements

 

COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: 
Must have excellent written and oral 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:161282
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
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.