Senior Director Program Management (Highway Program)

LA Metro

Los Angeles, CA United States

Bulletin No: 006422-001

Job Title: Senior Director, Program Management, (Highway Program)

Specialty: Highway Program

Closing Date: 30-NOV-18

Salary Grade: H1Q

Salary Range: $122,970 - $153,691 - $184,434

External/Internal: External

At Will**

Other Info:

This bulletin is posted to establish or add to a Qualified Candidate Pool (QCP)

Basic Function

To direct, manage, and execute the performance of assigned functions within Highway Program associated with the development,

implementation and management of highway programs, plans, and projects countywide.

Example Of Duties

  • Directs the development and implementation of transportation policies, plans, programs, projects, and services
  • Plans, develops, and administers department policies, procedures, work plans, and budgets
  • Develops scopes of work for contracts; resolves legal, contractual, and technical issues
  • Assumes project/program management responsibility on transportation projects and programs
  • Leads efforts to develop agency-wide and departmental strategies, processes, and policies
  • Provides policy, planning and program support to internal management, staff, and various internal departments and outside agencies
  • Directs the technical management, analysis, and evaluation of transportation systems and options
  • Negotiates cooperative agreements and interagency funding agreements
  • Represents Metro before various public/private audiences
  • Manages agency policies, plans, programs and projects to ensure compliance with appropriate laws and regulations
  • Administers funding policy and allocations for various programs
  • Evaluates transportation programs; develops service and operating alternatives, and financial and funding recommendations
  • Coordinates policy, technical and funding interaction with local, regional and state entities
  • Directs the development, application and evaluation of analytical, quantitative and statistical methods and tools
  • Directs, prepares, and presents written and oral reports for management and Board policy decisions
  • Establishes, supervises, and manages priorities of work for staff and consultants
  • Develops, reviews, and evaluates contractor proposals; negotiates award amounts; evaluates operating standards and work products; ensures productive use of contractors
  • Directs and prepares comprehensive studies, evaluations, cost estimates, and reports needed to support Board of Directors policy decisions; advocate funding needs of Metro s transportation programs; and assess future financial trends, opportunities, and constraints
  • Develops, forecasts, and manages budgets to complete various plans, projects, and programs
  • Evaluates proposed/enacted legislation for impacts on Metro programs and projects
  • Leads special task forces, committees, panels, and peer groups on major issues as required
  • Develops and trains subordinate staff to prepare next generation of managers
  • Develops and delivers completed staff work to ensure quality projects, plans and programs from inception to close-out on time and within scope and budget, and that meets federal, state, and local laws and requirements
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Manages departments including developing, managing and adhering to Metro's policies/procedures, budget and achieving units goals and objectives
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out

Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelor s degree - Project Management, Engineering (Civil, Transportation, Structural, Industrial, Mechanical), Business
  • Administration, Public Administration, Transportation Planning or other related field
  • 5 years' management experience in highway engineering/planning or project management, or proven abilities in planning, developing and implementing large scale, highly complex, multi-faceted highway projects and/or programs

Preferred Qualifications

Due to the competitiveness of the recruitment, consideration may be given to those candidates who demonstrate the following additional qualifications:

  • 5 years' or more experience in transportation planning and/or engineering with a focus on project management
  • Experience with highway project development and implementation process
  • Experience with State Departments of Transportation (such as Caltrans), and experience with regulatory agencies (such as
  • Federal Highway Administration and Environmental Protection Agency) as related to highway project delivery
  • Professional certifications/license: Project Management Professional (PMP)


  • Theories, principles, and practices of project and program development and management, transportation planning, relevant regulations, contract negotiations and management, and project programming and funding as applicable to highway projects and programs.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation planning and programming for a public agency
  • Financial, analytical, statistical, and mathematical processes and procedures
  • Organization policies and procedures of local, state, and federal government entities, including legislative and funding policies and procedures
  • Modern management theory
  • California Department of Transportation; its structure, roles, responsibilities, policies, and procedures; and various functional areas


  • Manage major highway improvement projects and programs
  • Identify and implement strategies to achieve timely and cost-effective project delivery
  • Plan, organize, and direct the work of specialized transportation projects and programs
  • Develop and expand system-wide programs to ensure an integrated transportation network
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls
  • Understand, interpret and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Formulate strategies to achieve goals and objectives
  • Plan financial and staffing needs; make financial decisions within a budget
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing in English
  • Interact professionally with various Metro staff/departments as well as the staff of other agencies with the goal of promoting collaborative efforts and alliances in favor of the projects and public investment
  • Represent Metro before the public
  • Effectively and quickly resolve disputes and disagreements while understanding and acknowledging the concerns of all parties
  • Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Supervise subordinate staff

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Application Procedure

  • To apply, visit Metro's website at and complete an Online Employment Application.
  • Note: All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Metro/PTSC is an equal employment opportunity employer.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range