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Program Director - Capital Project Management

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Job ID: 60943
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Journal Square Transp. Center


Reporting to the Assistant Director - Capital Project Management, the Program Director - Capital Project Management will be responsible for managing and delivering the specific projects that comprise an integral part of the PATH Department's Capital Program and Operating Major Works Program. The individual in this position will manage all aspects of critical projects within the PATH portfolio, including the complex relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, such as Engineering, GOCOR, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, FRA, FTA, NJDOT, Consultants, Construction Managers, Contractors, etc. The selected Candidate will also manage all aspects of the project life cycle, from initiation through stages 1 to 5.

The selected candidate will manage PA staff & consultant teams in the development and execution of PATH projects. This includes functional requirements, coordination with Operating divisions within PATH, management of design activities through the Engineering Department, development of construction documents and bid packages, and management of the day-to-day program oversight. This comprises monitoring of the schedule(s) and budget(s) in adherence with the contacted scope for all construction projects to ensure that projects are completed within budget and the contracted schedule.


  • Manage teams in a multi program/project environment, provide assistance, direction, and guidance to project management staff in the development of comprehensive programs/projects, aligned with the Agency’s objectives and budgets, and the Department's Business Plan.
  • Manage, provide a vision and be a leader to project staff, in accordance with the vision of the Agency and PATH Department. Motivate staff, obtaining the highest level of staff capabilities and aligned with the Project Management Office and best industry practices.
  • Develop program and project requirements.
  • Deliver and develop strategies to support the success of the program/project plans, managing change and reprioritization of projects, as required.
  • Work closely with other Capital Project Management staff, the Division Superintendents and their key staff, and the Engineering Department, in the strategic prioritization, development and delivery of the 10-year Capital Program and the Operating Major Works Program.
  • Work closely with Senior PATH and Engineering Department Staff, as well as with Senior Staff from Law, Procurement, and other key Staff Departments, to quickly resolve potential significant issues and ensure the successful support and delivery of projects.
  • Responsible for scheduling and developing all documentation needed for project approvals, bids, and awards, such as CPOC documents, Board items, etc. Provide the proper level of information to facilitate all internal reviews and final approval.
  • Ensure that program and performance measures are established and met - including timeliness, cost efficiency and high quality. This consists of scheduling financial analysis and reporting to ensure projects stay within authorizations and scheduled milestones are met.
  • Ensure that the various periodic PATH program status reports for PMO and Agency executive staff are up to date and contain the required key information.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated ability developing successful strategies to achieve broad program and business goals, understanding the impacts on various key stakeholders both within and outside the Port Authority.
  • Expert knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to interact with staff at all levels, supporting departments, consultants, and outside agencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Familiarity with FRA & FTA rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Proven ability to identify problems, asses the accuracy and relevance of information, use sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, develop consensus and to make recommendations.

A Project Management Certification, Professional Engineer or Registered Architect license is desirable.


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

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible project management experience in complex, transportation related infrastructure and technology projects, including Design, Procurement and Construction.
  • Must have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Engineering Management, Planning or related fields from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Port Authority capital planning and project authorization process and procedures.

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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