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Manager, Intermodal Rail Development

Job ID: 40481
Department: Port
Location: 4 World Trade Center


Reporting to the Manager, Business Development & Industry Relations, the selected candidate will be responsible for providing expertise about the rail industry, establishing and maintaining relationships with rail freight carriers and other stakeholders, developing and implementing intermodal strategies to improve port access and efficiency, and growing the Port’s intermodal and rail freight business.

The selected candidate will develop and maintain knowledge about current rail freight industry market forces and trends, including  changes in rail services offered to the Port’s terminal operators, changes in strategy/focus among major freight carriers, intermodal activities at competing ports, and emerging trends and new technologies in intermodal transportation; develop and maintain regular professional contacts with railroads serving the Port (Conrail, CSX, and NS) to deepen the relationship between freight carriers and the Port Authority; develop and maintain relationships with terminal operators; develop and maintain relationships with potential users of rail, including shipping lines and beneficial cargo owners; work collaboratively with other Business Development & Industry Relations staff in support of increasing shipping line and terminal operator utilization of intermodal container throughput; monitor legislative and regulatory changes as they apply to intermodal and freight rail issues, including issues in front of the Surface Transportation Board; provide policy, planning, and analytical expertise for the port’s intermodal programs; develop intermodal strategies and policies to meet future port development needs; create strategically focused initiatives and recommend programs to improve intermodal systems and port access; coordinate port and regional roadway/rail improvements with agency and inter-agency staff, identify and pursue opportunities for third-party funding for rail freight projects within the Port, including federal, state, and local loan and grant funds; manage agreements with railroads, including existing operations and maintenance agreements;  and other projects as assigned.


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

  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the railroad industry with Class I or short-line rail. Relevant experience may include working directly for a rail freight carrier, managing logistics for a major industrial company, or managing a port’s rail/intermodal program. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Transportation, Logistics, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • The selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check and obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) to work in a maritime environment as required by Department of Homeland Security


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of rail operations, logistics and supply chain management, and the business needs of rail freight carriers.
  • Demonstrated experience in recommending and implementing courses of action on major policy issues relating to rail freight and intermodal transportation at ports.
  • Ability to develop and maintain solid working relationships with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders, including senior-level management, operations staff, legal counsel, and regulatory agencies.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated experience working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and the ability to present findings in a clear, concise manner.

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

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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