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HNTB Senior Project Lead II - Rail/Transit in Washington, District Of Columbia

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 DC region? Want to improve public sector project delivery?

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

Working concurrently with both HNTB and the Client’s internal department overseeing project development, implementation and planning (the Department), you will be a key member of the HNTB group leading the implementation of new systems and projects for the successful delivery of new and rehabilitated operational assets.

In this role, you will coordinate with the Department and with task managers throughout the Client organization to assist in transforming their design, project management and construction management needs from ideas into viable projects contracted out to third-party engineering and consultant firms (Task Orders). Task Orders cover disciplines that include transit operations, facility improvements, new systems, and staff augmentation.

You will conduct monitoring, oversight, tracking and reporting of the Task Order lifecycle. You will simultaneously track multiple Task Order projects and keep meticulous records of their progress. This includes stewarding Task Orders through an established standard documentation and tracking structure, which you will quickly master, own, continuously improve, and build upon. You will monitor Task Orders to assure they remain within budget and schedule.

Other duties include:

  • Participate in Client internal meetings

  • May be embedded with the client

  • Submit period reports on specific metrics and updates.

  • Complete tasks and special projects on behalf of the Department and/or HNTB

  • Conduct cost control on projects and quality control within discipline

  • Plan the phases of projects and Task Orders

  • Serve as technical liaison for both the Department and HNTB for work within the disciplines

  • Coordinate invoicing of third-party engineering and consultant firms, and manage deliverables with client task manager

  • Coordinate the close-out of completed Task Orders

  • Keep HNTB management abreast on ongoing activities and advise on the best way to resolve problems and overcome challenges within the Client and the Department.

  • Oversee completeness and accuracy of the project team’s work. Guide team to overall project objectives.

  • Assist with project management duties.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is action-oriented with strong complex-problem solving skills, and able to easily toggle between strategic level planning to detailed tactical execution. He or she will be expected to build upon demonstrated previous experience in roles requiring meticulous organization, timely correspondence, skillful communications, and the ability to juggle competing priorities in order to assure obstacles in the way of the development of Task Orders are resolved.

The environment is ever-changing and constantly evolving. The successful candidate must be comfortable with ambiguity, and able to work both autonomously and as a team member, as required by the task at hand.

While a background in engineering and/or technical experience is not required, it would be considered an advantage in understanding the requirements of capital projects and Task Orders, as the successful candidate will work with engineers on a daily basis, and will be expected to understand and communicate about technical matters.

Preferred qualifications for consideration:

  • 12 years relevant experience that demonstrate meticulous organization, timely correspondence, skillful communications, and the ability to juggle priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience working with and communicating on matters related engineering and/or technical matters.

  • Confidence in speaking with management about work being accomplished, respond to questions, and explain challenges that require attention.

  • Outgoing personality. A natural relationship-builder. Able to tactfully navigate large organizations and competing stakeholders.

  • Ability to thoroughly manage, track and report large amounts of data.

  • Microsoft Office proficiency, with an emphasis on Excel and Sharepoint.

  • Excellent written skills.

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

  • Advanced mastery of Excel

  • Knowledge of design processes


  • Experience in a transit organization

  • Experience in a public sector organization

What You'll Need

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Actively manages project scope, schedule and budget. Serves as the primary client liaison to bring the schedule, budgets and scope of work to completion and to the client’s satisfaction.

  • Performs technical discipline tasks including research, reports, design, specification and plan preparation to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective execution of assigned projects.

  • Implements the firm’s project delivery plan using HNTB's Sophisticated Delivery Approach (SDA) on each project.

  • Develops project scope and fee quotation, and assists in the preparation of proposals and contracts.

  • Coordinates work efforts and reviews of work performed by project team. Supervises and mentors team to overall project objectives.

  • Oversees project staffing with departments, offices and divisions.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering

  • 12 years relevant experience

  • 4 years project management 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

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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.

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