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Program Manager

Requisition Number:  3284
Pay Rate:  PGR16
Location: 

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Other
Description: 

Basic Function

Responsible for management and delivery of scoping, planning, design and construction phases of an assigned project. Manages the execution of work by METRO staff, consultants, construction contractors and participating third parties with adherence to scope, schedule and budget; actively manages the project toward accomplishing project milestones while complying with quality control standards and adherence to PE&C policies and procedures. Represents METRO at coordination meetings with partner agencies, utility companies and private businesses and stakeholders during the project life cycle. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Manages, oversees, instructs, and approves scope of work by consultants, contractors and third parties; actively manages work towards achieving project milestones and project delivery.
  • Assists Program Managers and Project Directors in preparing Risk Register for the Project during inception and maintains and updates the register through the project lifecycle.  Works closely with executive management to reduce and manage risk and recommend release of contingency as appropriate based on project performance.
  • Manages all work on the project to ensure documentation and design work meet FTA and EPA regulatory compliance, local and federal codes, METRO policies and procedures, and contracts negotiated between METRO and contractors and consultants.
  • Reviews and assigns roles and responsibilities, checks for scope sufficiency, constructability of deliverables; prepares technical reports and white papers to evaluate and differentiate between multiple options to aid executive management in decision making.  
  • Reviews proposed change orders to construction, procurement, and installation contracts for need, merit, and recommends appropriate course of action per departmental and agency Matrix of Authority.
  • Manages a team of planning, design, and construction oversight personnel on a single  or multiple projects.   
  • Monitors performance of work to ensure that the project is meeting designated milestones, on schedule, at or under budget and in compliance of project quality assurance and contract specifications.
  • Assists in coordinating the development of agreements with utilities, railroads, City of Houston, Harris County, the State of Texas, and governmental agencies necessary for the corridor or project.
  • Manages and selects the type and frequency of testing appropriate to corridor; manages and reports on the quality and effectiveness of construction inspection and testing.
  • Coordinates the workflow for oversight activities within area of responsibility to assure goals and objectives are met among METRO staff, contractors, consultants, stakeholders and outside agencies.
  • Oversees the preparation of reports, maps, drawings and other documents for each corridor.
  • Manages budget expenditures associated with contractual agreements within the corridor scope. Receives, approves, and processes contractor invoices, evaluates and resolves claims and disputes in coordination with executive management, and approves contract payment certificates (CPC) for consultants and contractors.
  • Develops forecasted staffing plan for project assignments from project schedule data obtained from reports/interviews; assigns staff and consultants a project as required to meet forecast projections.
  • Makes presentations at inter-departmental, community meetings, and present project facts at the quarterly budget report meetings including providing project updates at METRO Board meetings.
  • Assists in securing METRO, TxDOT, and FTA approval for funding and incurred costs related to transit development.
  • Coordinates between contractors and stakeholders to resolve any issues affecting the corridor implementation
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • 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 Engineering or related field.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum eight (8) years of progressive experience in project management to include five (5) years of managing staff and consultants. Experience in facilities, transit buildings, linear transportation projects in urban areas up to $75M in constructed value. Experience working with local and private utility agencies. Contractor or program management experience preferred.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Licensed as a Texas Professional Engineer preferred. Strong negotiating skills and knowledge of laws and contracts. Ability to work in groups and coordinate work activities, including sensitivity to diverse groups of people. Ability to make sound and logical decisions given abstract conditions. Ability to recognize sensitivity of scenarios and situations and developing strategies to resolve issues

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.


Nearest Major Market: Houston

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