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Assistant Director, Major Capital Projects

Job ID: 35323
Department: WTC Construction
Location: Broadway


Major Capital Projects has overall responsibility for the design and construction delivery of the reconstructed WTC site, PATH Extension to Newark Airport, Gateway Program, the new PABT, as well as the Bayonne Bridge Project, and management of World Trade Department contracts and other projects assigned to it. 

Reporting to the Director, Major Capital Projects (MCP) Operations, the Assistant Director is a vital member of the department serving as a key business partner managing all aspects of design and program management by the team led by a project executive from initial planning  through construction and closeout of the PATH Extension to EWR airport program and other assigned projects including the complex relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, such as Engineering, PATH, Government and Community Relations, Amtrak, MTA, New Jersey Transit (NJT), FTA, FAA, NJDOT, elected officials, design and program consultants, construction managers, contractors, etc. 

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, design and construction schedules, budgets, management, oversight and coordination of all design and construction activities associated with the assigned programs.  The selected candidate’s overall responsibility is to manage a dedicated group of PA and consultant staff in the delivery of these programs, 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 with the willingness to take calculated risks.

The selected candidate will oversee the schedule(s) and budget(s) in adherence with the authorized scope for all associated projects to ensure that the programs are completed within budget and the contracted schedule.  This includes coordination with Facility Operations, Line Departments, stakeholders to minimize impacts to operations; construction staff for final inspections and punch-list work, resolving design and construction problems requiring Engineer of Record involvement, and ensuring Permits to Occupy/Use are formally issued and contract closeout process is followed; negotiating Change Orders and the settlement of potential consultant and contractor claims; managing the procurement of major contracts; and managing the authorization process to ensure planning, design and construction Board actions are both timely and complete.



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

  • Bachelor’s Degree 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 managing diverse team of in-house and consultant staff, preferably at the mid to senior level in a design and construction environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills as demonstrated by creating a productive, motivated, and responsive environment among assigned staff.
  • Possess a track record of high potential and performance
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills as evidenced from experience in directing large-scale transportation programs and projects.
  • 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 progress issues to resolution. 
  • Effective people skills; must be able to use appropriate management style.
  • Demonstrate a high comfort-level with facilitating discussions between multiple stakeholders with multiple opinions and experiences.
  • Must embrace obstacles and think out of the box.


Ideal candidate will present the following profile:

  • 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.
  • Passion, vision, willingness to take calculated risks
  • P.E. or R.A. registration in NY/NJ
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and Adobe Applications


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.

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.


How to Apply:

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has retained the services of executive search firm, Keller Augusta to assist in recruiting exceptional leaders as candidates for this position.

Interested qualified applicants must apply directly to Keller Augusta. Inquiries and resumes should be sent to Lauren Hodgetts, Director at Keller Augusta:

Applicants should not apply on this website, only applicants that apply directly to Keller Augusta will be considered for this position.  

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

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