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Senior Program Manager, EWR Redevelopment, AirTrain

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Job ID: 61714
Department: Aviation
Location: Newark, NJ


About the Role


The Aviation Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is currently seeking a Senior Program Manager to be a part of the $2.05 Billion AirTrain Newark Replacement Program (Program) that is key to the mobility of the redeveloping Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The Program will replace the existing AirTrain with a new world-class Automated People Mover (APM) system that includes the design and construction of a guideway infrastructure, three passenger stations, maintenance facility, APM systems, and pedestrian connections.


Reporting to the Program Director - AirTrain Newark, the Senior Program Manager will be working on a fast paced, high impact program with other seasoned professionals, and will be responsible for managing the components of the Program from procurement through commissioning and project closeout.


The Program components will be procured in a phased multi-contract approach. These include the System Technology (vehicles, automatic train control, power distribution system, equipment, communications, etc.), Guideway and Stations, Early Enabling Works, Maintenance and Control Facility, Pedestrian Connections, and Demolition of Existing AirTrain. As a result, it is critical that coordination between contracts and the various contractor responsibilities are carefully managed to reduce risk for the agency. The position requires a strong project management and technical background, and a deep understanding of transportation design and construction.  



  • Managing and overseeing all aspects of project/program delivery, including the administration of Alternative Delivery Procurement documents (e.g., Agreement, Technical Requirements, Exhibits, and bridging 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.
  • Analyzing project risk and complexity and developing procurement strategies to achieve delivery and performance of the Program components.
  • Coordinating with the leads of other AirTrain contract packages and Redevelopment programs to manage interfaces and proactively avoid conflicts throughout project delivery.
  • Developing and managing design and construction cost estimates, schedules, and budgets through all phases of the project. Proactively managing program costs and cost reporting.
  • Providing recognition and impetus for the importance of the Board process.  Assists with and supervises the preparation of high-quality MJs, briefing folders, support materials and presentations. Provides guidance to staff in the CPOC and Gate Review process. Implementing productivity and process improvements that reduce costs and/or delivery time.
  • Managing review of respondent or contractor submissions for technical and contractual compliance.
  • Leading discussions with respondent or contractor teams, airport tenants, staff departments, and utilities as well as local, city, state, and federal agencies required to support the project consistent with the department’s business plan.
  • Navigating project complexities, anticipating stakeholder needs, and developing potential mitigation solutions.
  • Managing, in coordination with CMD, the construction to ensure safety and timely completion while minimizing impact to airport operations. This includes the development and execution of a plan for construction adjacent to the Existing AirTrain, site access, and maintenance of traffic.  
  • Developing and managing the plan for safety certification and commissioning of the Replacement AirTrain including the Operation Readiness Activation and Transition (ORAT).
  • Ensuring continually improved levels of service, quality, and customer satisfaction through oversight of the project implementation including assurances of collaboration among all stakeholders and mitigation of operational impacts as well as foster conclusive conflict resolution in all program stages.
  • Leading, developing, and motivating staff to ensure the highest level of staff capabilities aligned with best industry, project-management practices. Ensures appropriate resource allocation and establishes performance measures for staff.

Managing enabling works involving modification of the Existing AirTrain as well as construction support services provided by its existing operator

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Engineering or Architecture.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive senior level project and design management experience in large, complex, transportation infrastructure or technology projects.
  • Thorough knowledge of the engineering design process, construction management, construction estimating and project budgeting and scheduling.
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation, testing and commissioning of automated transit systems and/or transportation facilities.
  • Proven ability to develop intricate program and project strategies to achieve business goals and to understand their impact on various stakeholders within and outside the Port Authority.
  • Extensive experience in managing and influencing diverse work groups, project teams and internal and external stakeholders, including Regulatory Agencies.
  • Recognized leadership qualities in the guidance of staff efforts to deliver program and project objectives.
  • Valid Driver’s License



Desired Qualifications


  • Professional Engineer, Registered Architect license, or substantive field experience in the transit systems or construction field that may be used as equivalency.
  • Complex airport design, construction, and procurement experience
  • 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 ability to work effectively with diverse groups such as tenants, contractors, vendors, government, and industry officials.
  • Substantive knowledge of Port Authority policies and procedures related to project management systems, administration, the capital authorization and agenda review processes and document control.
  • Knowledge of the Aviation industry including the implementation of the Aviation Business and Capital Plan including the budgeting process.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish comprehensive, detailed plans with specific timeframes, milestones and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in effectively persuading, influencing and negotiating with individuals at various levels of the organization to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Experience and coordination with Airlines and other Airport tenants.
  • Experience in engineering and transit systems design.



Selection Process

The application process varies by position, but typically includes an initial phone interview for qualified candidates, followed by a more in-depth interview(s) and/or assessment(s). Selected candidates who are made a conditional job offer will be asked to undergo a background check.


Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive benefits package, hybrid work options for many positions, and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.


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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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