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Assistant Director, Construction

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Job ID: 60748
Department: WTC Construction
Location: One Liberty Plaza


Major Capital Projects has overall responsibility for the design and construction delivery of the reconstructed Port Authority Bus Terminal (PABT), World Trade Center (WTC) site, the Cross Harbor Freight Program (CHFP), construction management of the core and shell of the new Hudson Tunnels for the Gateway Development Commission and management of World Trade Center Department contracts and other projects assigned to it. 

  • Reporting to the Director, Construction, Major Capital Projects (MCP), this position is a vital member of the department serving as a key business partner managing all aspects of these critical projects, including the complex relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, such as Engineering, TB&T, PATH, GOCOR, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, FRA, FTA, NYCDOT, NYSDOT, NJDOT, Silverstein Properties, Performing Arts Center, St Nicholas Greek Church, elected officials, consultants, construction managers, contractors, etc.  The selected Candidate will also manage all construction for the World Trade Department in stage 4 &5 (construction and closeout) after award of contracts by Engineering.
  • The individual must ensure the development and finalization of all necessary agreements and material with and for the Port Authority partners and stakeholders.  This will include legal agreements, construction schedules, budgets, management, oversight and coordination of all construction activities associated with the various programs. The selected candidate is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses of issues; assisting in decision-making through information and briefings; and attending senior level meetings to establish courses of action, including implementation. The person will meet regularly with both stakeholder and MCP staff to ensure resolution of Program related issues. The candidate must have excellent negotiating and communication skills to drive the timely completion of design & construction.
  • The selected candidate will manage consultant teams, construction managers and contractors performing the Preliminary Engineering, the development of construction documents and bid packages as well as manage day-to-day contractor activities and oversee the schedule(s) and budget(s) in adherence with the contacted scope for all construction projects at the site(s) to ensure that construction is completed within budget and the contracted schedule.  This includes coordination with Facility Operations; monitoring construction inspections; investigating construction problems and determining the need for Extra Work; reviewing daily narratives and special inspection reports, and performing contract administration procedures in accordance with PA standards; approval of payments to contractors; the negotiation of Change Orders and the settlement of potential contractor claims.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be eligible for this position:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Architecture from an accredited college or university and at least 15 years of experience in the field.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively more responsible experience in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction or Planning fields, preferably at the mid to senior level.


  • Demonstrated leadership, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated experience interacting with executive management and construction professionals within and outside the Port Authority.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and able to produce clear and well-structured memos and presentations.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to grasp complex subject matter and communicate succinctly to technical and non-technical professionals.
  • A demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of skill sets and personalities to move the ball forward.
  • Success and a high comfort-level with facilitating discussions between multiple stakeholders with multiple opinions and experiences.
  • Knowledge of the organization’s structure, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and implement complex strategic plans that achieve major business goals.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing a demanding workload with the ability to work in a high-pressure environment with multiple tasks due in a tight timeframe.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in effectively persuading, influencing and negotiating with individuals at various levels of the organization to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish comprehensive, detailed plans with specific timeframes, milestones and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goals.
  • Proficiency with Contract Manager, Wintrak, Microsoft Office, Autodesk and Adobe Applications.
  • Registration as Professional Engineer or Registered Architect in NY & NJ.


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. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

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 twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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