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Project Planning & Development Manager

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Job ID: 61222
Department: Off Diversity, Equity & Incl
Location: Jersey City, NJ


For Internal purposes this is a Band 5 Role (may be subject to change)


Reporting to the Business Diversity Assistant Director in the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), the selected candidate will be responsible for the management and oversight of ODEI’s efforts associated with supporting all of the Agency’s departments during the project planning and development phases.  Support efforts include procurement strategy evaluation, MWBE/DBE/SDVOB vendor availability identification, and solicitation process support. This position will be responsible for the direct supervision and management of at least two (2) permanent staff as well as consultant staff. 


Project Planning Support:

  • Manage ODEI’s efforts associated with the Capital Plan Oversight Committee (CPOC) Project Review process, including review of Gate Review documents and briefing the Business Diversity Assistant Director and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer before every CPOC meeting.
  • Manage ODEI’s process to develop the annual Small Contracts Program or the Small Business Enterprise set-aside programs in coordination with Procurement, Engineering, Line and Staff Departments.
  • Forecast projects with potential for MWBE/DBE/SDVOB participation in alignment with the Project Management Office, the Management & Budget Department, and Procurement.

Project Development Support:

  • Manage ODEI’s efforts associated with supporting the Agency’s contract solicitation process, including coordination with the project teams to:
  • Evaluate the project scope of work to determine the best contracting and solicitation strategy to maximize opportunities for MWBE/DBE/SDVOB participation.
  • Determine whether there is an adequate pool of PA certified MWBE/DBE/SDVOB vendors, including consultants, and contractors, available to support or perform projects or a portion of the projects
  • Identify the pool of PA certified MWBE/DBE/SDVOB vendors, including consultants, and contractors, available to perform projects via the Small Contracts Program or the Small Business Enterprise set-aside programs.



 The candidate must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this assignment:

  • A minimum of 3 years of project planning and development, including contract procurement process experience within the Port Authority or other similar organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Engineering or other related field OR at least 10 years’ experience in MWBE/DBE/SDVOB compliance and/or related field.



Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Candidates  have knowledge of the Port Authority’s MWBE/DBE/SDVOB policies, programs, and procedures, as well as the agency’s contract development and procurement processes.
  • Clear understanding of cross-departmental interrelationships.
  • Experience in managing and influencing diverse work groups, project teams and internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated superior analytical, data management, problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership qualities in the guidance of team efforts to deliver the project objectives and ability to work independently.
  • Experience coordinating and implementing policies, standards, processes, procedures and guidelines.
  • Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills with the ability to present technical information to management and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Business-to-Government (B2G) Now software (supplier diversity management) desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (SharePoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of construction, professional services (Architecture & Engineering and Non-Architecture & Engineering), goods & services industries.
  • Ability to review contract requirements.
  • Understanding of federal practices/regulations related to DBE programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Port Authority operating policies and procedures, including those related to contract administration.
  • Demonstrated research and investigative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and complete projects with attention to detail.
  • Ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and to balance competing tasks and meet tight deadlines.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a 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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