Metropolitan Council

Manager, Design - SWLRT - REPOSTING

$62,430.00 - $93,645.00 Annually
Mar 07, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Recruitment Type:  Open to internal employees and external applicants.

The Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) line is a 15 mile high-frequency light rail train serving the rapidly growing southwest metro area.  The Southwest LRT line will connect to other rail lines (Hiawatha, Central Corridor, and Northstar) and high-frequency bus routes in downtown Minneapolis, providing access to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, the State Capital, and downtown St. Paul.

We are currently recruiting for a Manager, Design - SWLRT.  The purpose of the Manager, Design is to manage the development, design, and implementation of large capital transit facilities and smaller capital transit facilities that are part of larger facilities.  The position will serve as the Manager of Design for Federal Transit Administration New Starts projects in the development of such facilities.  Direct staff of project managers and design consultants to ensure all necessary actions meets Metro Transit’s requirements for schedule, cost, quality, and safety related to project implementation.

This position includes a combination of project management and supervisory responsibilities.  This position will monitor and supervise activities of senior design consultants and other design consultants and project managers while managing activities of their own projects, planning and design functions, including: urban design, station design and public art, and designs of large facilities.

Example Duties
  • Manage the planning, design, construction and start-up of capital facility projects, including working with other units of government, planning and design consultants and internal staff.
  • Supervise Metro Transit staff, project consultants and staff from other units of government in project implementation activities: including planning, design, R.O.W. acquisition, interagency agreements, procurements of A/E & consultant services (RFP), procurement of construction contracts (IFB), and other project related functions.
  • Plan, establish, and control project funding through the Finance and Grants departments.  Lead interdepartmental discussions related to projects with Service Development, Bus and Rail Operations, Marketing, Customer Service & Public Relations, and Bus and Rail Maintenance.  Propose funding alternatives as may be required to meet unforecasted demands.
  • Prepare and review/modify contract scopes of work, review proposals, recommend contract execution and administer contracts on behalf of Metro Transit.  Provide Q/A and Q/C oversight on contracts directly managed and managed by supervised staff.
  • Develop technical policies, procedures and standards for Metro Transit’s project activities.
  • Performs other duties directly related to this position as assigned.



·         Bachelor degree from an accredited university in Civil, Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or Architecture or Landscape Architecture.

·         Minimum 8 years of Civil, Architectural, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Architecture or Landscape Architecture field experience with 4 years experience in staff and/or consultant management.


·         Professional Engineer, Architect or Landscape Architect registration from the State of Minnesota or a state with reciprocity.

·         Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


·         Knowledge of design principles and practices associated with transportation/transit systems, technology, standards and design practices.

·         Knowledge of federal, state and local requirements related to transit systems construction.

·         Knowledge of managing large capital projects.

·         Knowledge of developing work programs and budgets; and establishing project schedules and budgets.

·         Knowledge of managing agency and consulting staff.

·         Ability to read and understand construction drawings and specifications.

·         Ability to read, interpret and understand A/E and construction contracts.

·         Ability to read, analyze and interpret common technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. 

·         Ability to write speeches and articles in a prescribed technique or style.

·         Ability to effectively present information to top management, stakeholders, public groups or Council members.


Supplemental Information

Union/Grade  TMSA/Grade 12 
FLSA Exempt
Safety Sensitive: No

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of a review of your education and experience and how it relates to the duties of this position. This review is based on your answers to the supplemental questions and other application materials you submit. Applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 

Work Environment:
Work is primarily performed in a standard office work environment however there will be some travel from primary work site to other sites and to construction sites, and occasionally out of state.  At times incumbent in this position will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, near moving parts and equipment, fumes and airborne particles and electrical items. 

Candidate will be notified of their application status through email only. 

All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug-screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.


Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate’s ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.   


Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.

Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558.

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