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Certification Program Manager

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Job ID: 31806
Department: Off Bus Diversity & Civil Righ
Location: 2 Montgomery Street


Reporting to the General Manager, the Certification Program Manager will manage the Certification Unit, which is responsible for determining the eligibility of firms for participation in the Port Authority's Minority, Women-owned and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) programs and the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs. Concerning the DBE/ACDBE certification process. the Port Authority certifies firms on behalf of both the New York State and New Jersey Unified Certification Program (UCP) partners. The candidate will represent the Port Authority at meetings held by the UCP certifying agencies. which in addition to the Port Authority, in New York include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York State Department of Transportation and Niagara Frontier Authority, and in New Jersey, New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The selected candidate will also ensure the confidentiality of applicant information by maintaining a secure records management system that adheres to Port Authority guidelines. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Processing approximately 1,000 certification requests annually
  • Reviewing and approving certification and denial recommendations made by certification staff;
  • Coordinating certification appeals and hearings with Law and other internal departments as well as with theNYS and NJ UCP certifying partners;
  • Recommending strategies and implementing procedures for expeditious processing of applications;
  • Managing compliance reviews of the Port Authority's DBE/ACDBE certification programs conducted by US DOT agencies, e.g. Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration;
  • Providing monthly reports to senior management on certification activities;
  • Collaborating with internal Office of Inspector General, Law, Audit and other staff, regarding MWDBE fraudissues and investigations;
  • Communicating changes to federal DBE/ACDBE regulations to senior management and external stakeholders;
  • Working with certifying agencies in New York, i.e. Empire State Development and NYC Department of Small Business Services, in ensuring the expeditious transfer and review of mutual MWBE certification cases inaccordance with signed MOUs with these government organizations.
  • Conducting workshops on the agency's certification programs and procedures for internal and external stakeholders; and
  • Overseeing management of over 3,000 certification files as well as the transition to new automated records management system.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, Management Engineering or related field. MBA preferred.
  • Three to five years experience in senior supervisory role, with ability to make sound and independent decisions.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing small business financial and tax information.
  • Excellent written, especially report writing experience, as well as oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and motivational skills, and experience with successfully working with diverse internal and external employee groups and organizations, including senior management and federal entities.
  • Demonstrated conflict resolution and team building skills;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and negotiation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and prioritize work.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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