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Program Director, AirTrain Newark Liberty International Airport

Job ID: 35410
Department: Aviation
Location: Newark Liberty Int'l Airport




Reporting to the Sr. Program Director EWR Redevelopment and the Project Executive Aviation Redevelopment, the selected candidate will be responsible for the overall leadership and oversight of the planning, environmental review, procurement, and all other pre-construction activities relating to a new AirTrain system at EWR Airport, replacing the existing AirTrain Newark.   The selected candidate may also potentially oversee the construction and implementation of the project. The Program Director will be responsible for all aspects of the EWR AirTrain Replacement Program, including, but not limited to:


  • Develop a comprehensive program that meets the needs of patrons, airlines, airport service providers, consistent with the long range needs of the airport and the region.

  • Develop project schedules and budgets and manage the program to deliver the scope within those schedules and budgets.

  • Develop business and operating models for the proposed program in coordination with Aviation Properties, Finance, Operations and Maintenance units.

  • Manage and oversee all aspects of program/project delivery, including the development of Procurement documents, oversight of the Procurement process, delivery of environmental and other necessary permits, quality project management plans, project/program reporting and development of corrective action plans.

  • Lead meetings with airport tenants, staff departments, local, city and state agencies, utility companies, and off-airport entities required to support the Program; Manage strong relationships with all partners throughout all stages of the Program.

  • Analyze project risk and complexity and develop procurement strategies to achieve delivery and performance of the Program.

  • Implement productivity and process improvements that reduced costs and order delivery of time of the program.

  • Ensure world-class service, quality, and increased customer satisfaction through oversight of project implementation, including assurance of collaboration and coordination among all stakeholders and mitigation of facility operational impacts.

  • Lead, develop and motivate staff, both in-house and consultant, to ensure the highest level of staff capabilities aligned with best industry project management practices. Ensure appropriate resource allocation and establish performance measures for all staff.

  • Coordinate with both PA internal and external stakeholders to obtain approvals/agreements necessary for the successful implementation of the program.

  • Anticipate issues of concern, strategize potential resolution, chart the course, identify resources, lead implementation and delivery processes, and keep executive management staff abreast.

  • Coordinate with other Aviation departments in efforts related to EWR AirTrain regarding negotiations with airlines, advertising on AirTrain, branding, and customer service initiatives etc.

  • Provide briefings on the Program progress to stakeholders including airport tenants, Facility staff and Aviation and Executive Leadership.

  • Liaise with the Newark and Elizabeth Community Outreach team and GOCORP on efforts relating to EWR AirTrain


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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years progressively responsible senior-level project and program management experience in complex, transportation infrastructure projects.
  • Demonstrated experience planning, organizing and directing complex construction projects and activities, with significant project management and planning experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in increasingly responsible managerial positions, including managing, motivating and developing a diverse, multi-disciplinary staff.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Professional Engineer or Registered Architect license in New York or New Jersey highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability, with the ability to manage, develop, and motivate staff.
  • Strong results orientation, creativity, and ability to think outside the box, particularly in designing approaches to streamline the project schedule.
  • Demonstrated success in navigating a complex organization’s structure, policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in effectively persuading, influencing and negotiating with individuals at all levels of the organization to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaboration, teamwork, and creativity to solve problems in a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing a demanding workload with the ability to work in a high pressure environment with multiple tasks due in a tight timeframe.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability in dealing effectively with Executive level staff, both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish comprehensive, detailed plans with specific timelines, milestones, and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups such as tenants, contractors, vendors, government, and industry officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with internal and external senior executives, governmental agencies, and the community in situations where the communication skills of persuasion, negotiation, conflict resolution, and formal oral presentation are used.
  • Familiarity with external utility providers and governmental agencies.
  • Knowledge of airline industry business and operating practices.
  • Strong, proven oral and written presentation skills.

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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