The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) owns, operates, and maintains the South Shore Line passenger rail service.
NICTD seeks a qualified and experienced candidate to be considered as Assistant Project Manager for our West Lake Corridor Project. Reporting to our Deputy Project Manager, the Assistant PM will assist with executing and monitoring project activities for this major capital expansion project with a current estimated budget of $944.9 million.
This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of both the South Shore Line and the regional economy for the next 100 years. The successful candidate will join a team that is dedicated to successfully completing this capital investment project on time and within budget.
The duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Help implement and coordinate all final design, construction, testing, and start-up activities for the West Lake Corridor Project.
Assist with the executing, tracking and monitoring of third party contracts for adherence to scope, schedule, project budget, and deliverables. Also, help manage all changes to scope, cost, and schedule for the project.
Help with the oversight of the preparation of all required project plans and status reports, technical documents, studies, presentations, and other project related materials for use in a variety of meetings and settings.
Perform drawing and specification review during design against project criteria and review and maintain RFIs, submittals, shop drawings and samples during construction.
Assist with project close out documentation and punch list tracking and review as the project progresses.
Track project expenditures and review third party invoices for accuracy and consistency with the contract documents.
Help develop and implement recovery plans for unanticipated delays.
Help coordinate the project delivery process with an emphasis on safety, budget control, and scope adherence.
Working with NICTD’s risk manager and safety officers, help coordinate the principles of risk management, by identifying risk areas and reporting them to NICTD management, as well as to the rest of the project team.
Working with NICTD’s Quality Management team, the Assistant PM will help update and maintain any production and/or quality metrics for the project.
Work to ensure that all project related activities are in full compliance with the Federal Transit Administration’s Core Capacity Program requirements, as well as all applicable Federal, State and local requirements.
Apply all Federal and State funding and project delivery laws, protocols, guidelines, standards, policies, and procedures as needed, in order to help ensure compliance.
Help coordinate with project stakeholders, including municipalities, community groups, county, State, and Federal regulatory agencies.
Assist with coordinating meetings and facilitating discussions, for effectively resolving project issues with public entities and project stakeholders.
Interact with the appropriate NICTD departments and outside agencies in order to establish agreements, force account estimates, and the like in support of project work.
Participate in project performance review meetings and discussions, both internally and with the FTA and their Project Management Oversight Consultant.
Assist with the coordination of priorities and resources amongst the project team. Also, help with training/mentoring as needed with more junior level staff.
Handles all other duties as may be assigned by the West Lake - Deputy Project Manager.
The anticipated normal working days are Monday through Friday with office hours of 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Evening and weekend work may occasionally be required based on project and operational needs. Occasional travel may also be required to meet with consultants, vendors, professional associations, and others.
How to Apply
Deliver, mail, fax, or e-mail a resume outlining your training, experience, and work history no later than 1 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021, to NICTD’s Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations at the address listed below. A cover letter is also encouraged, but not required. Late applications resumes will not be accepted, nor will NICTD accept responsibility for misdirected, lost, or misaddressed resumes. Apply early for consideration; NICTD reserves the option to close this opportunity before the stated deadline. Any applicant who desires confirmation that a resume has been received is encouraged to either hand deliver their materials or send them by certified mail. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview.
The following qualifications and skills are required, or highly desirable, as stated below:
Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, engineering technology, architecture, construction management, or other related field; AND candidates shall have a minimum of seven (7) years of progressive experience managing and coordinating design and construction projects, preferably in a rail/transit environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
The candidate shall also have at least two (2) years of experience managing internal or third party consultant staff in a project manager, deputy PM, assistant PM, or project coordinator type of role.
Experience with transit infrastructure projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration is preferred.
Familiarity with a Design-Build project delivery method is preferred.
An understanding of the basic principles of contracting with third parties for professional services, as well as administering contracts and contract compliance.
A strong skill set in budget development and compliance, with State and Federal funding sources.
The ability to manage and successfully work with a multifaceted team including architects, engineers, construction inspectors, technicians, General Contractors and subcontractors, and others in a professional and/or technical manner.
Capable of negotiating contract change orders and resolving contractual disputes. Prepare independent cost estimates/budgets for additional work as needed.
The ability to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.
A self-starter who can organize and prioritize a variety of project tasks in an effective and timely manner, set priorities, and meet critical deadlines.
Someone with a Professional Engineering (PE) License or that is a Certified Construction Manager is desirable. Someone with OSHA 30 course certification also would be helpful and preferred but not required.
Strong leadership qualities with the ability to identify problems, and develop and implement solutions.
Proficient in using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as project management software including a familiarity with Primavera, e-Builder, SharePoint, and Bluebeam.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
A valid driver’s license, as well as no drug, alcohol, or felony convictions.
Must pass all required assessments and background screenings.
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary is projected within the range of $75,000 to $90,000 based on educational background, skills, and work history. As mentioned earlier, this is a contract-to-hire position. The project is expected to last for three (3) more years with revenue service anticipated to commence in May 2025. Upon project completion, the District may offer the manager another at-will opportunity with responsibilities and salary to be determined at that time. Such offer is not guaranteed. Full time management employment benefits such as, but not limited to, health insurance, vacation, Railroad Retirement Board benefits, and supplemental pension are included. Further details are available during the interview process.
About South Shore Line (NICTD)
The South Shore Line is an innovative and progressive commuter railroad service operating between Chicago, Illinois, South Bend, Indiana, and intermediate points. NICTD is the agency responsible for the ownership and operation of the railroad. NICTD intends to improve its service through the installation of double track between Gary, Indiana, and Michigan City, Indiana ("Double Track NWI Project") and opening a new service between Chicago, Illinois, and Dyer, Indiana ("West Lake Corridor Project").