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Senior Project Manager - Human Resources (9224)

CHICAGO, Illinois 60661

Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

Metra’s Human Resources Department’s mission is to recruit and retain qualified employees in a diverse workforce; treat all employees fairly; facilitate training and professional development for career growth; effectively manage and administer compensation; negotiate and administer flexible benefit programs that provide quality and value; administer medical leaves and related services; promote wellness; provide confidential and efficient records administration; ensure that Metra’s policies and procedures comply with all laws governing employment, benefits and other ancillary services; and foster an environment of trust and mutual respect with employees as well as internal and external partners. Human Resources is staffed with 30 employees.

Reporting directly to Director HR Administration, the Senior Project Manager - Human Resources will develop and implement strategic projects and initiatives to ensure HR programs and projects meet organization goals and requirements.

The Primary Duties include: Responsible for all aspects of project management including: needs analysis, planning, definition of project scope and objectives, content development, results analysis, vendor research, and contract/vendor management, ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget. Develops strategies and business cases and influences decision-makers to obtain support and funding for various projects.  Directs activities pertaining to implementation of project objectives, resolve issues, report progress, and ensure quality of deliverables. Tracks project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short and long-term goals. Develops comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients as well as other staff members. Coordinate team’s day-to-day activities, assign tasks/projects and monitor performance, and provide guidance and training, but is not a supervisor. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

 Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.

Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration


  1. Bachelor's degree OR in lieu of specified degree, any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in project management.
  2. In addition to #1, must have six (6) years of professional level experience developing, implementing, and managing human resources projects that include: change management, interacting with senior leadership, and writing program or business proposals.
  3. Experience managing projects successfully from start to finish.
  4. Considerable knowledge of human resources principles and programs.
  5. Considerable knowledge of organizational development and change management theories and principles.
  6. Considerable knowledge of program/project management principles and techniques.
  7. Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, and analytical skills.
  8. Strong employee development and performance management skills.
  9. Skill working with a high degree of accuracy, quality, and thoroughness.
  10. Demonstrated initiative and willingness to take necessary risks.
  11. Demonstrated resourcefulness in identifying alternatives to achieve objectives
  12. Intermediate skill using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  13. Ability to set priorities, develop work schedules, monitor progress towards goals, meet deadlines, and track details/data/information/activities.
  14. Ability to foster teamwork by working cooperatively and effectively with others to establish goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance programs.
  15. Ability to work independently on multiple tasks with a sense of urgency.
  16. Must be willing to travel within Metra’s 6-county region.
  17. Must be available to work flexible hours in the early morning, late afternoon, evenings, or weekends.



  1. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.


Metra requires all new-hire employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.

Please note: Regardless of any state laws that legalize marijuana, Metra prohibits applicants and  employees’ use or possession of marijuana (or marijuana paraphernalia), or having detectable amounts of marijuana in their bodies, including synthetic and/or non-synthetic substances such as THC for any reason for preemployment screening purposes, while on duty, subject to duty, on Metra property, or in Metra work equipment and vehicles.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

Salary Details

Metra offers an excellent benefits package including pensions, and 401k/457 deferred compensation options. Residency in the City of Chicago is not required. 


Posted: 2022-05-19 Expires: 2022-07-03

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