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Senior Manager Transit Capital Projects

First things First: Who are we? 

First Transit Inc. is a leading provider of public transportation contracting and management services. For over 60 years, we have supplied precision, efficiency, innovation, and all-around expertise to both public and private transportation systems. Today, we operate in 335 locations, carrying more than 350 million passengers annually throughout the United States in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

About the Position

This is a senior project management and administrative position requiring the effective and efficient overall project management of one or more assigned Transit Capital Construction Projects.

  • Provides technical and engineering expertise to successfully guide the development and implementation of transit capital improvements.
  • Works effectively across disciplines, departments, agencies, and contractors to monitor and coordinate the engineering design and reviews.
  • Coordinates and facilitates project reviews and approvals within the Department of Environmental Services and with other County departments/divisions as needed.
  • Coordinates with other public and private sector stakeholders, including regional and state transportation agencies, developers, civic associations, and other public groups as needed.
  • For selected projects, manages consultants/contractors performing project development, preliminary engineering, design, construction, scheduling, cost estimating, and project documentation.
  • Responsible for project management, budget control, and quality assurance of assigned projects and responsible for coordinating with and providing technical support on projects managed by other staff or agencies as assigned.
  • Prepares and reviews RFP or IFB contract specifications; reviews proposals and bids on contracts and proposed project/contract revisions and provides technical guidance; assists in the selection of consultants and contractors.
  • Assists County staff in negotiating project design, schedules, and outcomes with citizen groups, utility companies, other local, state, and federal organizations, and other special interest groups.
  • Prepares project status reports and presentations. Prepares, updates and monitors project budgets and schedules.
  • Conducts quality review of project operation to ensure consistency with design integrity, contract specifications, and regulatory requirements.
  • Assists other staff in preparing required reports and funding requests to regional, state, and federal funding agencies.
  • May provide professional engineer seal and signature on drawings and specifications prepared by Engineering Drafters, Engineering Technicians, or other Engineers.


  • Engineering License required, and registration as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or closely related field
  • At least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in concept planning, preliminary engineering, design and/or construction of urban public transportation capital projects ranging in complexity and scale up to $50 million.
  • Some direct project management experience is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in engineering or construction management or related field desired.
  • Experience in bus and rail capital projects required.
  • Traffic and roadway engineering experience desired.
  • Must demonstrate a highly effective record of managing project staff and resources and working with project stakeholders to achieve a desirable project outcome.
  • Knowledge of computer-assisted design software (such as AutoCAD) and project management software; federal and state requirements regarding public transportation capital projects.
  • Possesses mathematical, technical, and research skills to compile and analyze information from a variety of sources; to provide information to the public in oral or written form and facilitate meetings with citizen groups to explain technical engineering issues.
  • Demonstrates skills to resolve technical conflicts and propose designs to meet a variety of conflicting needs; gather relevant information to solve vaguely defined practical problems and planning and organizational skills to develop and manage engineering programs and projects.
  • Ability to read, interpret and update project accounting and progress records to advise division management on the overall status of project expenditures and work progress.
  • Proficiency in computing in MS Windows environment preferred.
  • Experience working on federally funded transit capital projects required. Transit new starts experience desired.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and administrative skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills


First for a Reason


We offer competitive compensation and benefits (which vary based on role, location, and business), including physical and mental health initiatives, medical/dental/vision, 401(k), and paid holiday/vacation. 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Because we’re stronger together, we aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We’re committed to providing an inclusive and diverse working environment for everyone every day. 

Professional Advancement 

Start here. Go far. We believe in promoting from within, which means tremendous opportunities for you, thanks to our strong presence across North America. In addition, our 18-month Aspiring Manager Program prepares future leaders at First Transit. 

Extensive Training 

Build skills and knowledge in such areas as safety and security, injury prevention, technology and equipment, and job efficiency. 

Community Service & Impact 

Go where opportunity meets community. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. As the face of First Transit and First Vehicle Services in your community, you’ll have a positive impact on others. 




Apply today and get your career on the road with First Transit! 

We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.

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52955 - Arlington Division of Transportation
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 900, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 22201
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    First Transit
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