DIRECTOR, WAYSIDE SYSTEMS (RAIL COMMUNICATIONS)

  • Los Angeles Metro
  • Los Angeles, California
  • May 12, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description

Basic Function
Directs and controls the overall activities of one or more units in Rail Operations such as Track, Traction Power, Signal, Rail Communications, or multi-craft Rail Facility Maintenance, including electronic systems, equipment installation, rail service support, and building and grounds maintenance for all rail lines.
Example Of Duties
  • Directly, and through subordinate management, develops goals, establishes plans and priorities, and assigns and monitors the work of employees in an assigned area for all lines
  • Assists in strategic planning for Rail Operations projects
  • Evaluates performance of assigned unit to ensure conformance with department goals and objectives and eliminate impediments to peak performance
  • Reviews specifications for rail line expansion projects as they relate to assigned unit
  • Develops and administers safety, quality assurance, and preventive maintenance programs and schedules, including production and equipment upgrades
  • Administers various union contracts for compliance; conducts disciplinary and grievance investigations and hearings; builds effective union relationships
  • Monitors staff compliance with policies, procedures, and practices, and regulatory requirements
  • Develops Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for contractor services; recommends amendments to and administers vendor contracts as required
  • Reviews contract specifications with respect to specification compliance on new and existing lines and makes recommendations to ensure efficient and cost-effective operations
  • Ensures compliance of maintenance plans in accordance with CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission), FTA (Federal Transit Administration), and other applicable rules and regulations
  • Works with other departments, outside agencies, and vendors to coordinate activities
  • Prepares reports, memoranda, and other correspondence
  • Investigates and reports on accidents and equipment failures
  • Assesses and submits cost of repair estimates
  • Develops and prepares programs and schedules for equipment upgrades
  • Stays current on state-of-the-art wayside systems and their application for Metro use
  • Prepares and submits budget proposal for assigned area, and monitors annual expenditures; manages both direct expense and capital project budgets
  • Provides mentoring, coaching, and training for all staff across all levels
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency′s safety vision and goals; maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out
    May be required to perform other related job duties

Requirements For Employment
A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education
  • Bachelor′s Degree in Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field; Master's Degree in a related field preferred

Experience
  • Five years of relevant management-level experience in facilities operations, maintenance in light/heavy track, signal, or traction power, or telecommunications and communications systems; one year of rail transit experience in relevant area preferred; experience with computerized maintenance management information systems preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements
  • Professional Engineer License may be required
  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications (PQ's) are used to identify relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) as determined by business necessity. These criteria are considered preferred qualifications and are not intended to serve as minimum requirements for the position. PQ's will help support selection decisions throughout the recruitment. In addition, applicants who possess these PQ's will not automatically be selected.
  • Experience overseeing the installation of fiber optic communications network, microwave/wireless communications, fire, life and safety systems, and security systems
  • Experience overseeing operations of rail communications
  • Experience executing plans/processes effectively to drive performance
  • Experience managing/ developing operating and capital budgets for a financial forecast
  • Experience reviewing and assisting with the development of work scopes
  • Experience managing/overseeing capital projects for installation of new communication equipment

Knowledge:
  • Theories, principles, and practices that apply to communications, facilities maintenance management, track, traction power, or signal design and maintenance
  • Quality control standards for rail maintenance
  • Safety rules, regulations, and procedures
  • Union agreements and relationship building
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing environmental, safety, facilities, and rail maintenance and operations
  • Financial and analytical budgeting
  • Public agency procurement processes and contract administration
  • Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Modern management theory

Skills:
  • Overseeing the operations of a Communications, Facilities Maintenance, Track, Traction Power, or Signal rail maintenance department
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Strategic thinking
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, and recommending solutions
  • Developing, improving, and implementing procedures and processes
  • Negotiating and mediating
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Managing assigned staff and developing effective teams

Abilities:
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret data
  • Multi-task to complete deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Outline strategies and goals for team members
  • Coordinate and manage inter-departmental and inter-agency communication, relationships, and projects
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Exercise sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Plan financial and staffing needs
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Represent Metro before the public
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

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 www.metro.net and complete an online Employment Application. METRO Headquarters, Employment Office
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Telephone: (213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. (SDR)
*Open to the public and all Metro employees**This is an At-Will position and employee serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.
This job bulletin is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other related job duties.

Closing Date/Time: Open Until Filled

Job Address

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