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Assistant Director, Traction Distribution

MTA Metro-North Railroad

New York, New York 10004
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Assistant Director, Traction Distribution


Location: Manhattan-Midtown

Reference #: 87844


Compensation: Grade: G Salary Range: Min: $79,859.71 / Mid: $99,824.64

Metro-North Railroad reserves the right to remove this posting prior to the Application Deadline.


MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal. We provide service to over 82 million customers annually, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut. A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is the busiest commuter railroad in the nation. MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe commute, great service to its customers and rewarding opportunities to its employees.



This position is responsible to maintain the Traction Distribution System and manage a unionized workforce in accordance with Metro-North Railroad, Power Department and FRA maintenance standards. In addition, the position ensures system reliability and compliance with safety to continue providing a safe environment for our employees and customers, consistent with corporate goals.



Direct and manage the maintenance and operation of DC Traction Power system and workforce. Direct agreement workforce throughout the third rail territory and provide face to face interaction with field supervision. Ensure workforce compliance with on-track protection protocols in accordance with MNR, FRA and electrical requirements. Conduct audits for compliance with FRA mandated efficiency testing.

Act as primary point of contact for electrical related project issues. Conduct audits of maintenance activities to insure compliance with department and OSHA standards and utility practices.

Direct and reinforce safety programs for third rail and splicer work groups in accordance with corporate programs and vision. Ensure workforce compliance to safety programs including audit, training and testing of employees.

Assist the Assistant Deputy Director Traction Distribution in planning construction projects for capital/non-capital work.

Research, evaluate and introduce innovations in work methods and equipment.

Coordinate with Training Department to ensure that trainees are completing their training on schedule. Ensure compliance with Power Department policies and procedures for electrical safety.



Familiarity with DC traction power systems including electrical power distribution and high voltage cable splicing.

Competent understanding of basic electrical codes, OSHA standards and utility practices.

Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with internal/external customers, with all levels of non-agreement and agreement staff and to coordinate multiple departments for task completion.

Project management skills to develop project scope, progress, schedules, and budget.

Strong verbal presentation and written communication skills.

Strong analytical skills with the ability to resolve complex technical issues.

Strong motivation and self-starter.

Ability to spend considerable time at field sites during and participate in off hours (nights & weekends) work activities or significant cutovers with sub-department Task Managers and their work forces.

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and/or comparable applications.

Must be able to work in a high-profile/high-pressure environment.

Must be available 24 hours/7 days a week as required.

Must have valid drivers’ license.

Must be able to implement and participate in Metro-North Railroad’s Safety Program.



Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field. Demonstrated equivalent experience, education and/or technical credentials to include four (4) additional years of related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an electrified commuter railroad transportation environment. Related experience will be considered.

Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a Traction Power related position.

Minimum of three (3) years of experience managing projects and/or a diverse workforce.



Knowledge of the collective bargaining process as it relates to discipline.

Knowledge of Metro-North's policies and procedures, accounting, budget and payroll processes.

Knowledge of Metro-North Railroad's Safety Program.



This is a safety sensitive position and subject to toxicological testing.



To be selected for a position, an applicant must: (1) meet the minimum requirements in the job posting, (2) pass a written examination (if applicable), (3) satisfy a background investigation (which includes credit, if applicable), and (4) pass an oral interview, during which the interviewers will further evaluate the applicant's qualifications for the position. Because the selection process is competitive, not all qualified applicants are granted an interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing.

For applicants who are current employees, you must be in active service and have worked in your present position for at least one (1) year to be eligible to apply for a posted position, and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, plus on-the-job training, if applicable (for example: Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.) in order to be eligible to transfer. If you are transferred, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present occupation. In addition, Metro-North employees are subjected to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation of their safety and discipline records and their performance assessments.As an employee of Metro-North Railroad you may be required to complete a New York State financial disclosure statement, if you earn more than $91,821.00 or if you hold a position designated as a policy maker.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


To Apply Online, Please Visit: Click on Metro-North Railroad, Select “Agree,” then Search by Job Title.


MTA Metro-North Railroad is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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