The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency (Agency) is a joint powers authority that works to increase ridership, revenue, reliability, coordination and safety on the coastal rail line between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. The LOSSAN Agency assumed management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner rail service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California. The Pacific Surfliner train travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations. It is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of nearly 3 million. The LOSSAN Agency is staffed by the Orange County Transportation Authority.
Under minimal direction, is responsible for highly complex capital projects in the areas of commuter and intercity rail, transit, and other transportation improvements related to the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor. The scopes of projects managed can be greatly complex with large budget responsibilities, requiring critical oversight of consultants, contractors, government agencies, third parties, host railroads, vendors, and suppliers. Projects can have high visibility with the Board, external agencies, and the public.
This is an exempt position in Salary Grade U: Min $110,427.20 – Mid $135,824.00 – Max $161,220.80 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.
This posting will remain open until filled.
This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
Oversees, controls, and serves as project manager for the successful completion of multiple highly complex engineering and construction projects. Supervises the work of contractors, engineering staff and consultants, affected public agencies, and utilities to achieve project completion. Is responsible for the coordination with the appropriate host railroads and operators. Establishes project schedules and budgets, assigns project tasks, and monitors completion.
Resolves critical issues which may arise regarding assigned projects with contractors, consultants, cities, host railroads, and regional, state, and federal agencies such as the Caltrans, local jurisdictions, stakeholders, the general public and others. Identifies and corrects conditions that may adversely affect the completion of project phases on schedule and within budget. Uses engineering knowledge and judgment to identify solutions and resolve issues, as necessary.
Directs and administers environmental phase, design and construction contracts with host railroads, external consultants, vendors, contractors, or suppliers. Directs consultants in the preparation of surveys, studies, reports, construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates, and performance of program management and construction management services. Reviews complex engineering studies from consultants and staff; initiates required changes to designs, quality procedures, staffing, schedules, and/or project organization.
Develops funding and budget requests for board consideration to support the development of projects. Plans the development of capital engineering projects and oversees project schedules, budget, and payments.
Ensures appropriate allocation of project costs, completion of project milestones, and changes to project scope in accordance with project budget and funding availability. Negotiates critical project contracts, agreements, task orders, amendments, and change orders, manages the use of project contingencies, and makes recommendations for approval with external consultants, contractors, host railroads and agencies and internal agency personnel.
Presents project status information and project items requiring approval to the Board of Directors, agency executives, and committees.
Acts as liaison and representative with the LOSSAN Agency's Board of Directors and executives as well as elected officials, executives, and decision makers from cities, regional, state, and federal agencies, external consultants, host railroads, contractors, special interest groups, and the general public.
Act as liaison in coordinating on regional and statewide projects and programs related to the overall enhancement and growth of the Pacific Surfliner service, which can include technology projects and programs such as management and upgrade of the next generation of onboard Wi-Fi service and upgrade of station and onboard Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS).
Communicates and gains consensus through development of good relationships and strong verbal and written communication, including report preparation and presentation skills.
Reviews contractor submitted engineering plans and drawings, reports, and other deliverables, ensuring that internal and external agency requirements and specifications are met.
Uses engineering and project management knowledge and experience to identify and forecast project risks and manages those risks to achieve project delivery commitments.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or a related field and advanced training in project management and public transportation with a minimum of eight years of professional experience, in the management of large rail related projects, with an emphasis on projects in California. Three years of experience at the senior level in Project Management or Civil Engineering are required.
Professional Engineering (P.E.) License in the State of California is preferred.
Valid CA State Driver’s License.
Principles, procedures, and techniques for managing complex capital programs and projects with large budgets and high visibility.
Current civil engineering procedures, state/federal transportation practices, and regulatory laws, ordinances, codes, specifications, and plans.
Familiarity with design criteria and guidelines for Amtrak, Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink), and North County Transit District (COASTER).
Industry practices for engineering and construction of transit and rail projects.
Contract negotiation and administration.
Development of capital and operating budgets and annual business plans.
Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
Direct, review and approve the work of licensed professional engineers who are under contract to provide engineering services during the environmental, design and construction phases.
Use engineering and project management experience to identify and forecast project risks and manage those risks to achieve project delivery commitments. Develop and implement long-range strategies to achieve project milestones.
Manage multiple projects meeting budget, schedule, and scope commitments
Prepare reports and presentations to agency’s Board of Directors
Communicate, interface, and develop good relationships with member agencies, host railroads, regional, state, and federal agencies.
Analyze and resolve complex technical engineering problems.
Develop solutions to technical procedural problems that support the goals of the program and agency.
Travel from site to site for meetings and investigations of the project location(s) or site during the environmental, design and construction phases.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
Positions in this class typically require:
Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
Visits to and investigations of the project location(s) or site(s) during the environmental, design and construction phases. During the construction phase, responsibilities necessitate being at the construction site with the construction contractor(s) and begin around heavy construction activity.
Requires effective verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
Positions in this class typically require: Standing, Walking, Finger Dexterity, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.
Positions in this class may also include some or all of these factors:
Hazardous physical conditions / materials.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more.
OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.
Internal Number: 2525
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Orange County’s primary transportation agency. It’s our job to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance the quality of life and keep Orange County moving. Operating in a 798 square-mile area, we serve more than 3 million residents in 34 cities and unincorporated areas. Our responsibilities extend to all forms of transportation, including bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, planned future rail, including street cars, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, freeway, street and road improvement projects, motorist services and regulating taxi operations. OCTA has been recognized for excellence in the public transportation industry by the American Public Transportation Association, and has been honored with awards from local and national organizations for our transportation improvements. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication customer focus and can-do spirit.
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