Innovation Project Manager

Requisition Number:  6026
Pay Rate:  PGR12

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Other

Basic Function

The Innovation Project Manager (IPM) serves as project manager for Office of Innovation projects and initiatives.  This includes idea generation and/or development, research and analysis, overall strategic planning, and implementation of ideas and best practices.  Serve as Project Manager for all pilots, demonstrations or proof of concepts related to testing the viability of the idea or concept and other projects as assigned.  Supports outreach and relationship building efforts to form strategic partnerships in the academic, public sector and business communities.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Serves as Project Manager for pilots, demonstration and proof of concepts.
  • Conducts research on best practices, lessons learned, leading trends and new innovations in the transportation industry nationally and internationally and analyzes applicability to METRO. Prepares research papers of results.  Refines and finalizes concept ideas to prepare for implementation.
  • Manages the assembly of data on performance measures, including but not limited to, accessibility, safety and environmental issues. Performs agency/departmental assessments against such measures to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Completes implementation plans for all viable areas for improvement and monitors progress.  Assists with research response for solutions to address unforeseen complications or obstacles.
  • Develops topics and assists in leading discussions for internal METRO Think Tank efforts.
  • Lead and participate in innovation projects with internal and external project team members and stakeholders.
  • Presents ideas to key stakeholders to gain support for projects that will improve mobility and accessibility within the service area.
  • Partners with the academic community, learned professionals and the private sector to research past and leading-edge ideas and trends to address current and anticipated transportation challenges and concerns.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Public Administration, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Project Management or related field.  Master’s degree preferred.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum three (3) years’ experience in public transportation, urban planning, strategic planning, public administration or project management.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Knowledge of transportation analysis and research or strategic planning.  Must be able to research and analyze data and prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence. Must have sound judgment and decision-making skills.  Excellent communications (written/verbal) and interpersonal skills.  Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) preferred.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Grade 12

Nearest Major Market: Houston