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HNTB Task Lead - Rail/Transit in Arlington, Virginia

What We're Looking For

Want to make a difference on the daily life of thousands of people? Want to play a key role in the successful modernization of public transit and passenger rail services? Want to have a lasting impact on the Washington, D.C. region? Want to improve public sector project delivery?

HNTB is seeking a transit-minded Task Lead to support the Capital Program of its client, which is a major provider of public passenger rail and bus services in the Washington, D.C. region (the Client). With $25 billion in capital needs and $1.5 billion in annual dedicated capital funding, the Client has hired HNTB Corporation to play a significant role in making the Client’s capital dollars go farther and faster through comprehensive and coordinated project delivery strategies. In this role, HNTB Corporation is supporting the Client to drive organizational change, improve processes, and establish good practices.

The Task Lead is a key member of the HNTB program management team that provides oversight and management of Task Order contracts from inception through implementation for a wide array of projects and initiatives supporting the Client’s dynamic and continuously evolving Capital Program. Current, major initiatives that are focused on meeting the needs of its customers include station platform reconstruction, track rehabilitation, railcar procurement, bus garage construction, and replacement of radio infrastructure.

In this role, you will simultaneously manage and advance multiple Task Order contracts using a structured and auditable process from the initial phases of development, during the procurement stage resulting in the selection of a Contractor, and through the performance phase of the Task Order’s services. The Task Order management activities will require coordination and interaction with the client’s Task Managers and department staff throughout the client’s organization.

As part of the management of the Task Orders, the Task Lead will be in a position to evaluate Task Order issues and recommend solutions to the client’s Task Managers and department staff. The Task Lead will perform important program support activities that includes evaluating budget forecasts, performing financial analysis, attending Task Order progress meetings, and developing executive summaries used to convey Task Order status to the client’s executive leadership.

Other Important Duties Include:

  • Reviewing and leading the evaluation of technical proposals submitted by Consultants

  • Leading the evaluation of price proposals and facilitating negotiation sessions

  • Developing Task Order procurement and award documentation

  • Coordinating the Change Management process and developing applicable documentation

  • Monitoring schedule, budgets, invoicing, and Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) participation levels

  • Evaluating and processing third-party staffing requests

  • Facilitating termination or stop-work actions

  • Evaluating merit of claims

  • Monitoring the receipt of submittals/deliverables and recommended approval disposition

  • Supporting program reporting based on Task Order status

  • Participating in client meetings

  • Providing Quality Assurance/Quality Control support

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate possesses the ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities and deliverables through planning and preparation. He/she works well in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, dynamic work environment with a combination of team-based tasks as well as independent work assignments. He/she is proactive and takes personal accountability for results by scheduling work assignments, assessing the level of effort required, then delivering on time.

He/she will be expected to build upon demonstrated previous experience in roles requiring organization, timely correspondence, effective written and oral communication, and the ability to handle competing priorities in order to advance Task Orders through the lifecycle.

The successful candidate will work with engineers and other technical staff on a daily basis and will be expected to have a basic understanding of technical concepts. He/she will need to be able to articulate technical information clearly and concisely to various audiences.

Preferred qualifications for consideration:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Business, or relevant degree

  • Minimum 8 years relevant experience

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience articulating engineering and/or technical concepts

  • Experience preparing and responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs), developing price proposals, and/or participating in negotiations

  • Understanding of contract types

  • Experience monitoring cost and schedule budgets

  • Ability to manage, track and report progress

  • Microsoft Office proficiency with an emphasis on Word and Excel

  • Microsoft SharePoint experience

Qualifications that will be highly valued (but not required):

  • Experience delivering projects in the Architectural and Engineering industry

  • Ability to develop and evaluate procurements, contracts, and estimates for professional services

  • Experience working for transit or public transportation agencies

What You'll Need

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the delivery of project discipline scope elements within budget and schedule.

  • Oversees completeness and accuracy of project team’s work. Guides team to overall project objectives.

  • Serves as technical liaison with client at staff level for work within the discipline.

  • Assists with project management duties.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering

  • 6 years relevant experience

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

About Us

For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

Just like we are committed to delivering for our clients, HNTB is also committed to delivering for you by offering benefits to protect the health of you and your family, help you balance family and career, and build your savings for retirement. Learn more at

HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran.

The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.

Work Authorization

Applicants for U.S. based positions with HNTB Corporation must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is typically not available for entry level positions.

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