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Executive Director of Project Management

Providence, Rhode Island 02907

Summary of Position:

The Executive Director of Project Management is responsible for the development and oversight of RIPTA’s Project Management Department. The Project Management Department is responsible for the delivery of RIPTA’s capital program, which largely consists of, but is not limited to, construction projects. Future projects may include other disciplines within the agency.

Working under the supervision of RIPTA’s Chief of Strategic Advancement, the Executive Director of Project Management will work to develop a work program that ensures each project has appropriate management and has created a project team within RIPTA to ensure success. Additionally, this position will develop procedures in accordance with industry and agency best practices and to ensure all projects are delivered to a high standard.

The Executive Director of Project Management will manage the development and implementation of RIPTA capital projects from project inception (planning) through the design phase (conceptual, preliminary, and final) and the construction phase (including project close-out), with full responsibility for quality and control of schedule and budget.

 In order to perform the essential duties listed below, this position must possess transit, public sector or public works experience, and knowledge of federal contracting requirements as well as experience and knowledge of federal grant rules/restrictions and FTA rules and guidelines.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Directly manage a team of Project Managers, consisting of a combination RIPTA employees and third-party contractors.
  2. Deliver large-scale capital construction projects in accordance with all Rhode Island and Federal regulations and in coordination with internal, state, and local stakeholders.
  3. Perform technical feasibility report of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders;
  4. Develop detailed project plans, ensuring resource availability and allocation to maintain delivery within scope, timeline and budget as determined by RIPTA’s Capital Plan;
  5. Establish, oversee and maintain relationships with 3rd party vendors for various RIPTA projects;
  6. Coordinating internal resources, people and processes to ensure for the flawless execution of projects producing the desired results;
  7. Develop and maintain a system for comprehensive project documentation;
  8. Use appropriate verification techniques to manage changes in project scope, schedule and costs;
  9. Develop detailed plan to measure, track and report on project performance;
  1. Create procedures and rules for systematic, consistent delivery of capital projects;
  2. Any other duties as determined by the Chief of Strategic Advancement.

 The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position, nor are they intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision.


Qualification Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Basic Knowledge and Experience:

A thorough knowledge of principles and practices of project management demonstrated by 10+ years’ work history of project management. Candidate must have a strong history of math and budgetary work performance and superior communication skills.


An Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or any combination of education and experience with the one or more of the following certifications:

  • PMP: Project Management
  • Professional; PRINCE2 Foundation/PRINCE2 Practitioner

Specific Skill Experience:

  • Ability to maintain best-proven practices in project management;
  • Ability to motivate, resolve conflicts and make hard decisions affecting employees and stakeholders;
  • Report and escalate to Chief of Strategic Advancement as needed;
  • Civil Engineering background preferred;
  • Must be proficient in windows-based computer applications;
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills;

OR: Any combination of education and experience shall be substantially equivalent to the above qualifications.  

Independent Action:

Ability to independently plan, organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects and priorities with accuracy and close attention to detail.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Will assume project supervisory responsibility for employees throughout the life of designated projects in coordination with department managers.
  • May have oversight of general Project Manager(s) and/or independent contractors who may be employed throughout various stages of project execution.

Selection Process:

  • Interested applicants should submit their resume and written request to the Human Resources Department by due date;
  • Applicant will be required to submit a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) from their state of residence to Human Resources when a conditional offer of employment has been made;
  • Applicant must provide RIPTA copies of any licensure and/or certifications required to perform job duties prior to appointment;
  • Applicant must provide RIPTA a copy of degree and/or transcripts from accredited educational institution;
  • Applicant will be required to pass a nationwide full criminal background check to be conducted by RIPTA;
  • Applicants claiming Military status; should submit a copy of the DD-214 form;
  • May be required to pass an oral interview and/or written test;

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume and RIPTA employment application to the Human Resources Department at 705 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 or via email to humanresources@ripta.com no later than Friday, October 23, 2020.

RIPTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer:  It is the policy of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority that no employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status and/or gender identity or expression.

Salary Details


The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is recruiting internally and externally to the position of Executive Director of Project Management. This is a Non-Represented position.

Position:                      Executive Director of Project Management

Posting Period:          October 2, 2020 through October 23, 2020

Salary:                         $90,480.77 to $113,100.97 Annum      
                       Salary to Commensurate Based on Experience         

Union Affiliation:         This is a Non-Represented Position

Reports To:                 Chief of Strategic Advancement


Posted: 2020-10-05 Expires: 2020-11-19

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