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Program Director, PATH Reliability

Job ID: 38863
Department: Rail Transit
Location: Journal Square Transp. Center


The Port Authority is seeking an experienced, energetic, strategic, innovative and results-oriented leader to fill a critical position on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Department’s leadership team.  Reporting to the Director/General Manager, PATH, the Program Director is responsible for developing, leading, and overseeing the advancement of comprehensive reliability program that aims to reduce delays and consistently provide safe and reliable train service to the millions of travelers who use the PATH system each year.

This strategy includes all aspects of reliability planning including, but not limited to, the establishment of a proactive reliability centered maintenance approach, advancement of PATH asset management, the development of a team responsible for the Maintenance Requirements Analysis process and advancing data analysis and management.  This position will be responsible for department-wide coordination of business strategies that achieve measurable delay reduction and reliability goals.


  • Reliability Strategy:  Lead strategy development for the department by coordinating the technical and planning components necessary to implement a reliability-centered maintenance program at PATH.  Identify and proactively manage asset reliability risks that could adversely affect PATH operations by implementing Failure Mode Effects Analysis and Root Cause Analysis.
  • Asset Management:  Oversee an external deep dive of the current asset management process and software capabilities.  Produce a detailed plan to advance asset management maturity to the level required to support the reliability strategy.
  • Establish and oversee reliability team responsible for the Maintenance Requirements Analysis process and enabling service delivery teams to meet reliability targets.
  • Reliability Standards:  Lead the management of reliability and delay reduction standards and the measurement of performance against those standards for employees and contractors.
  • Develop relations with cross-functional teams of leaders, technicians, and operators and work collectively to establish a maintenance culture that values training, partnership, and accountability.


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

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • At least five years of experience in leading an operational team or a relevant experience in the railroad or maintenance industries. 
  • Significant experience in developing complex, enterprise-level strategies and implementation plans to meet goals, improve processes, and achieve business innovation.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Experience in a maintenance or asset management function in a transportation organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability, with the ability to manage, develop, and motivate staff. 
  • Demonstrated success in navigating a complex organization’s structure, policies, and procedures. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency and effectively persuading, influencing and negotiating with individuals at all levels of the organization to achieve desired outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaboration, teamwork and creativity to solve problems and a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary environment. 
  • Demonstrated experience organizing a demanding workload with the ability to work in a high-pressure environment with multiple tasks due in a tight timeframe. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability in dealing effectively with executive level staff, both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish comprehensive detailed plans with specific timelines, milestones, and deliverables necessary to meet or exceed project goals. 
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, analytical, and decision-making skills. 
  • Strong, proven oral and written presentation 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

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

The Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), an 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.

PATH operates 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 days per year.  Employees are required to work weekends, holidays, atypical hours (evening and midnight shifts) and during inclement weather conditions. Incumbents may be subjected to mandatory overtime at the beginning or end of their scheduled tour, or on their days off.  A union seniority system dictates work schedules for jobs represented by one of PATH’s unions, and time off may not be immediately available during the usual summer and holiday periods.  Working conditions will be challenging, including but not limited to inclement weather, direct contact with the public, in tunnel and outside areas during active train service, and an industrial environment. Commitment to attendance is expected and required.


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

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