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Group Manager, Capital Project (Traction Power)


Oakland, CA
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Job Title Group Manager, Capital Project (Traction Power)
Job ID 7236
Location BART's Primary Location
Regular/Temporary Regular

Marketing Statement

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you both: 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents,
and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and employment stability. BART is looking for people who
like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over
400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a
competitive salary, comprehensive health benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS
pension (2% at 55 for classic members); excellent medical (effective January 1, 2017 current
employee cost $140.82 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental
insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is
entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART
passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$122,588.66 - $190,013.37 / Annually (Non-Represented Pay Band 12)

Posted Date
March 22, 2017

Closing Date

Open Until Further Notice

Reports To
Robert Mitroff

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

BART is seeking an Engineering leadership professional who has a passion for innovating safe
and reliable solutions to complex Engineering problems, creating high performing
multidisciplinary teams, and helping to enable over 430,000 daily riders get to work, school,
and other places they need to go. Join the Engineering Revolution to Build a Better BART!

Incumbent in this position will build a new Traction Power Engineering Group, and manage,
motivate, and drive improvements with a staff of approximately 10 Electrical Engineers and
project personnel.

The scope of the Traction Power Engineering Group includes the development and modification
of BART’s facilities and systems such as:

Substations, switchgears, rectifiers, traction power distribution, utility power,
protective relays and PLCs, grounding, transformers, and cables

Education and experience preferred in the Electrical branch of Engineering, with a Master’s
degree and an Electrical PE is preferred. Master’s degree
a plus. Must have a minimum of 10
years work experience in the field of Traction Power Engineering, and must demonstrate
achievements in the following areas:

  • Leadership and delivery of complex engineering design projects in an operating
  • Innovative and creative problem solving, data driven root cause analysis
  • Risk based Asset Management
  • Continuous improvement, Quality Control/Quality Assurance
  • Incumbents in this position must demonstrate superior abilities in leadership, selfmotivation,
    and technical acumen as well as have management experience, strong communication and
    organizational skills, and sound judgment
  • Ideal incumbents will demonstrate the following skills beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • Strong experience with management of a comprehensive Traction Power Engineering
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to make clear presentations,
    produce concise technical and administrative reports, and explain complex/technical
    issues to BART management and leaders
  • Ability to evaluate, train, and motivate assigned personnel
  • Experience with managing the services of outside consultants
  • Planning, organizing, directing, reviewing, and evaluating the activities of professional staff and contract consultants on assigned engineering projects
  • Ability to establish performance measures and Key Performance Indicators (KPI),including for an intelligent power grid
  • Experience in preparing and administrating group/program budgets and contracts
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • Ability to select, supervise, train and evaluate staff
  • Participating in the development and administration of division goals, objectives and procedures
  • Preparing engineering project feasibility studies and cost estimates
  • Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals
  • Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques
  • Clear and concise communication, both oral and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Willingness to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days at a time (in rotation with others), to work occasionally during overnight and weekend maintenance windows, and to work
    occasionally in noisy and dirty environments or in foul weather and in close proximity to
    moving trains
  • An understanding of electrical, mechanical, physical, and mathematical principles
    applicable to the BART train control, traction power, ventilation, HVAC, and other
    miscellaneous support systems and a keen interest in keeping up to date with emerging
    technology, developments, and trends in these areas

Comprehensive knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive medium or high voltage electrical power facility
  • Operations, Engineering, services and activities of an intelligent power grid
  • Principles and practices of traction power electrical engineering, renewable energy, and energy efficiency
  • Principles and practices of project scheduling and management
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration
  • Construction materials, methods and equipment used in traction power electrical
    engineering projects
  • Principles and practices of contract and construction management
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation
  • Related building codes, regulations, and provisions
  • Related Federal, State and local laws, codes, and regulations

  • NOTE: The incumbent selected from this advertisement will support the implementation of the
    System Renewal Plan Investment Project funded by the District's RR measure and are subject to
    time and funding limitations.

    Essential Job Functions

  • Assumes management responsibility for assigned projects including design, rehabilitation, construction activities, and maintenance support
  • Oversees selected projects in traction power system rehabilitation, maintenance, and construction projects to ensure technical and code conformance to established standards
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives,policies and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels
  • Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for assigned staff; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems
  • Manages and oversees traction power engineering projects including consultant contracts; reviews and approves final project plans, specifications and cost estimates
  • Monitors developments and legislation related to assigned area of responsibility; evaluates impact upon district operations; recommends and implements equipment, practice and procedural improvements
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures
  • Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the division's annual budget; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; implements adjustments
  • Serves as the liaison to Maintenance and Engineering, other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; provides technical assistance to the Legal Department and serves as
    an expert witness; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues
  • Oversees traction power engineering project contracts including progress reviews,
    payments, claims, submittals, and correspondence
  • Directs the preparation of and approves final plans, specifications, cost estimates,
    requests for proposals and bid documents; conducts or directs analytical studies
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints;
    responds to emergency situations related to safe operation of the traction power
    equipment in the District

  1. Minimum Qualifications


    achelor’s degree in management, business administration or a closely related field from an
    accredited college or university. A Master’s degree is preferred


    Six (6) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional engineering experience, preferably
    in design and maintenance of rail transit systems, which must have included at least three (3)
    years of management and administrative experience.


    Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a
    year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

    License or Certificate:

    Certification as a Project Management Professional is preferred.

    1. Knowledge of:

        • Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary engineering design and special projects program

        • Principles and practices of project management and scheduling.

        • Principles and practices of engineering project contract administration.

        • Principles and practices of program development and administration.

        • Principles and practices of policy development and administration.

        • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

        • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers
        • Operational characteristics of financial information systems applications

        • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

        • Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.

        • Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

        Skill in:

      • Managing a comprehensive multi-disciplinary major engineering and maintenance
        projects program.

      • Developing standards for project management.

      • Developing and administering project schedules and work plans.

      • Ensuring project compliance with contract guidelines.

      • Developing and administering departmental goals, objectives and procedures
      • Analyzing and assessing policies and operational needs and making appropriate adjustments

      • Identifying and responding to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns and needs

      • Delegating authority and responsibility
      • Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating staff
      • Researching, analyzing and evaluating new service delivery methods and techniques

      • Monitoring project funding availability and funding requirements.

      • Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports.

      • Preparing and administering large and complex budgets.

      • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations

      • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
      • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  1. Selection Process

    Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants
    who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the
    completion of further selection processes.

    The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a
    written examination, and a panel and/or individual interview.

    The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and
    dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law,
    including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S; pass a pre-employment medical
    examination which may include a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential
    job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background
    check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires
    additional evaluations).

    Application Process

External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing
assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling
(510) 464-6112.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on
WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the
completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688,
Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all
positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to
electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but
should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants
shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use
restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status,
military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and
information), or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination
process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the
Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by calling
(510) 464-6112.

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran's credit in the selection process
for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veterans must attach to the
application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the
Veteran's Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more
information about this credit please go to the Veteran's Preference Policy and Application link

Other Information

Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or
certifications upon request.

Other Information

Please note that any job announcement may be canceled at any time.


When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail
acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the
e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this
position, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112 for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the 'My Career Tools' link at the top of the
'Careers Home Page' after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have
submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please call the
Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112, between the hours of 8:15am - 5:00pm, Monday-


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