Under the general direction of Chief Operations Officer – Rail, the Director of Wayside will be responsible for all construction and maintenance on and along the NCTD right-of-way, including rail infrastructure, civil, signal, and systems projects constructed and maintained in compliance with the specifications and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and other regulatory and governing agencies. S/he provides complex administrative and organizational support to the Chief Operations Officer – Rail.
This position is distinguished by its overall responsibility and independent authority and direct coordination, implementation, and oversight of wayside projects including internal and third-party project from outside agencies including SANDAG and all wayside maintenance. This position is designated as “at-will” in accordance with the NCTD Employee Handbook. This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive under NCTD authority (non-DOT) and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines.
Supervision Received and Exercised
This position reports to and works under general direction from the Chief Operations Officer – Rail. This position will oversee and monitor the work of contractors and has direct supervisory responsibility for Department staff. Further, this position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.
Normal working conditions for this position are in both an office and field setting. Job duties frequently require the necessity to work beyond normal office hours for emergency call-outs, evening and weekend meetings. Involvement in the community and direct contact with member cities, the public, transit users and others is a regular part of this position. Business travel will be required between District sites, governmental agencies, consultant’s facilities, and other locations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Manages all daily administration of wayside contract, to evaluate service quality and ensure compliance with contract and regulatory requirements and system safety standards.
Is responsible for the oversight, development, and maintenance of railroad wayside projects.
Oversees configuration management programs for all wayside assets
Ensures that contractors comply with all NCTD, local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
Reviews designs and work plans and ensures that projects are completed within required time tables.
Troubleshoots issues with the District staff, consultants, and other agency personnel on the local, state, and federal level.
Coordinates and provides direct assistance for activities related to rail wayside projects.
Conducts field inspections of completed work jointly with contractor for conformance to NCTD and regulatory requirements, specifications and project requirements as specified in various contract task orders and agreements.
Participates in development and management of departmental operating and capital budgets including forecasting staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approving expenditures; and implementing budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Manages procurement and contracting activities as assigned by the COOR in accordance with Procurement and Contracts Administration Division (PCA) requirements, and collaborates with PCA staff on negotiations as needed.
Prepares and/or reviews staff reports for items on the NCTD Board of Directors agenda as assigned by the COO. Ensures compliance with preparation requirements and timelines per NCTD administrative policy.
Prepares and/or makes presentations on rail-related issues as assigned by the COOR.
Prepares clear and concise correspondence and reports.
Develops, implements, and periodically updates policies and procedures for areas of responsibilities.
Prepares for and participates in regulatory agencies audits.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local rail/transit industry regulations, rules, standards and accepted best practices to ensure ongoing NCTD awareness and familiarity with all regulatory issues.
Responds to emergency system failures, service disruptions, incidents, and accidents involving District operations and/or assets.
Hires, trains, supervises, reviews, disciplines, and terminates subordinate staff as needed and in accordance with District policy;
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field required.
Minimum ten (10) years of increasingly responsible supervisory and management experience in a freight rail and/or passenger rail transportation environment under FRA jurisdiction including minimum five (5) years supervisory experience required.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.
Possess and maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years.
Must be able to become GCOR Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.
Must be able to become RWP Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.
Maintain compliance with the District’s policies regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.
Knowledge of U.S. federal, state, local, and rail transit industry safety, operations, mechanical, and maintenance procedures, standards, and practices.
Working knowledge of engineering standards such as AREMA, ACI, ASTM, Amtrak MW1000, BNSF, or Union Pacific.
Knowledge of principles of railroad signal and communications engineering with demonstrated experience with railroad systems and railroad operations.
Experience with comprehensive preventive maintenance practices, policies, and procedures.
Ability to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public.
A high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, coordinating, and solving construction problems.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports.
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to appropriate sources.
Ability to interpret and apply local, state, and federal rules and regulations accurately and effectively.
Demonstrated use of discretion and judgment in execution of duties.
Ability to manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.
Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to respond in-person to system emergencies and system problems on any shift and under any weather or time-of-day circumstances.
About North County Transit District
NCTD OverviewWho We AreNorth County Transit District (NCTD) offers services that are a vital part of San Diego’s regional transportation network. NCTD moves more than 12 million passengers annually by providing public transportation for North San Diego County. The family of transit services includes:•COASTER commuter rail service•SPRINTER light rail•BREEZE bus system•FLEX rural and on-demand service•LIFT paratransitOur Mission and VisionNCTD’s mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. Our vision is to build an integrated transit system that enables our customers to travel easily and efficiently throughout our growing region.