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Deputy Director Rail Transit (PATH)

Job ID: 34961
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Journal Square Transp. Center


We are seeking an outstanding and dynamic individual for the role of Deputy Director, Rail Transit (PATH).  The Deputy Director Rail Transit directs all operations, maintenance, capital programs, safety, security, administration, customer service and support functions of the PATH rapid transit railroad system.  The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)-regulated commuter railroad, is the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads.  Carrying over 75 million passengers per year, PATH trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week – one of the few 24-hour systems in the world.  Since the early 20th Century, PATH and its predecessor, the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad, have carried passengers between New Jersey and points in Midtown and Lower Manhattan, serving as a key link in the region’s transportation network and as a catalyst for continued residential, commercial and employment growth.

Functional Oversight:

Reporting to the Director/General Manager, Rail Transit (PATH), the Deputy Director’s primary responsibility is to assist the Director in carrying out the mission of the Rail Transit (PATH) Department.  This position is responsible for delivering a reliable and cost effective transportation service for the New York and New Jersey region that operates as a critical link in the regional transportation network. 

The Deputy Director oversees the day-to-day activities of PATH, and in particular manages the activity of PATH’s headquarters and supports the Director in maintaining a culture of safety at all levels and ensuring and promoting a safe and secure rail transportation network and infrastructure while meeting Federal Transit Administration (FTA), FRA and other regulatory requirements.  The Deputy Director is second in command at PATH and exercises authority over all those assigned to PATH.  The Deputy Director represents the Director and may act on his/her behalf. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the oversight, leadership and guidance to approximately 1,200 employees who operate the PATH system between NY and NJ
  • Manage strategic plans and policies developed to guide the PATH rail system to success. 
  • Provide guidance and oversight to a 10-year $3.1 billion capital plan and $1.3 billion in federal grant funding.
  • Oversee the development of budgets and capital programs to meet the mission of PATH within Federal, State and local guidelines.  
  • Provide oversight, leadership and guidance to matters associated with advancing initiatives that require inter-departmental and inter-agency coordination. 
  • Direct and oversee transportation, capital and operational enhancements including the following major capital programs:
    • A Signal System Replacement project to meet the new FRA Positive Train Control requirements
    • Rail Tunnel Salt Mitigation program to remediate damage from Super Storm Sandy
    • Security capital projects that enhance the safety of the traveling public and the PATH infrastructure through application of modern technology
    • Power Substation Upgrade program to provide power to accommodate existing and future fleet power requirements
    • Multiple system enhancements to provide additional commuter accessibility and utilization of the PATH system to include station modernization projects.
  • Participate in the development of the department’s strategic planning and policy agenda, business plan, and support initiatives that ensure safety, enhance capacity, reduce costs, improve revenues and farebox recovery, and improve process efficiency, mobility, and customer service.
  • Support the advancement of agency and departmental initiatives, with a focus on the impact that decisions have on operations, maintenance, security, budgets, capital investment, sustainability, and customer service and customer communications activities.
  • Direct and oversee grants management function related to Super Storm Sandy mitigation projects
  • Manage and direct security programs that ensure passenger and employee safety and asset protection through the implementation of infrastructure hardening, operational, technological and coordinating strategies.
  • Collaborate effectively with key external stakeholders (to include federal agencies, surrounding communities, rail systems, and customer groups) on Port Authority programs and initiatives. 
  • Provide oversight, leadership and guidance of  the department’s organizational structure and functions to ensure effective, efficient staff alignments that satisfy the department’s mission and vision, while supporting a work climate that embraces diversity. Work with department senior staff to ensure staff capability, availability, competence and motivation.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or 10 years of progressively responsible senior level experience in transit or railroad industry.
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in operations, planning, security, project management, customer service, performance management, budget development, life cycle asset management and infrastructure maintenance in a complex transportation related environment.
  • General knowledge of best practices and principles affecting the operation and maintenance of a rail transit system.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of governmental regulations and public administration  practices related to the transit and/or transportation industry. 
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, leading and developing a large diverse technical and operational professional staff, with a proven record of effective team building.


  • Superior interpersonal skills interacting with staff at all levels, consultants, supporting departments and governmental agencies.


  • Demonstrated experience interacting in a large complex, political organization.
  • Demonstrated experience with the FRA, FTA and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Demonstrated ability developing strategies to achieve broad business goals and to understand the impact on various stakeholders/constituents within and outside of the Port Authority.


  • Superior  written and oral communication skills with demonstrated experience in preparing and delivering presentation materials to senior staff.
  • Demonstrated negotiations and conflict resolution 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

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has retained the services of executive search firm, Krauthamer & Associates, Inc. Interested applicants must apply directly to Krauthamer & Associates, Inc. Inquiries and application should be directed to:  Gregg Moser, Managing Principal at Krauthamer & Associates Inc.:  or








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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