9181 Manager VII, MTA

Deputy Director of Transit Construction Management

Recruitment #PEX-9181-106314


The following information describes the civil service classification for which applications are being solicited.
Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.
The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.

Division: Capital Programs and Construction
Section/Unit: Transit Construction Management
Work Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt, Full Time – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

The SFMTA Capital Programs and Construction Division (CP&C) is instructed to provide professional services for the implementation of SFMTA’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and employs over 120 engineers, technicians, and administrative staff responsible for the delivery of projects that provide state of good repair, improved system security and safety, facility upgrades and enhancements, and system expansion. Division responsibilities include design, engineering, project and contract management, construction management, contract administration, cost and schedule control, quality assurance, and procurement administration.

Under direction of the Director of Capital Programs and Construction, the Deputy Director of Transit Construction Management functions at the executive level of Division leadership and oversees the Transit Fixed Guideway, Transit Optimization and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Construction Unit, and Construction Inspection Unit and manages major and complex transit capital construction projects. The position provides direction in developing interrelated projects, developing internal capital improvement programs, and establishing organizational policies, priorities and objectives; manages and coordinates the implementation of program changes; performs general administration, policy formulation and program planning; and serves as administrative advisor in transit construction management operational matters to the three major transit programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs and manages Division Construction Management practices, policies and develops best management practices.
  • Directs, manages, and enforces Division Resident Engineer Manual for best construction management practices.
  • Directs and coordinates Track, Non-Track, and BRT construction management teams.
  • Plans and coordinates with Deputy of Engineering and Deputy of Program Delivery to meet the support needs in delivering construction project.
  • Coordinates and directs constructability and feasibility studies on all Transit related projects that include reviewing and approving plans, specifications, contract documents and related information for CP&C program.
  • Manages, reviews and monitors construction budgets to ensure that there are sufficient resources to complete construction projects while meeting project approved scope, schedule and budget.
  • Directs and manages use of allowances, change order negotiation strategies, construction claims, and construction progress payments in compliance to specifications.
  • Evaluates and establishes subdivision goals and objectives, assigns priorities, ensures the use of effective work plans and methods to achieve goals, ensures objectives are met with schedule, monitor progress, ensures the use of effective work plans and methods to achieve goals.
  • Evaluates performance of the construction management teams and initiates changes in structure, policies, and procedures when needed to increase efficiency, quality, and effectiveness in meeting agency’s needs.
  • Leads and represents the Division in all city-wide coordination and collaboration effort related to construction management.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, completes performance appraisals, and participates in the disciplinary process when necessary.
  • Plans and evaluates staff performance, ensures effective use of personnel and resources, develops action plans to improve employee productivity and resolves morale problems in the construction team.
  • Develops and oversees construction management and inspection training program for Track and Transit projects.
  • Reviews and approves Construction Management Weekly Report, Division Monthly Report, and to support the Director in presenting construction projects to stakeholders, supervisors and Mayor office.
  • Organizes, manages, and develops Division construction safety management program, including city wide coordination effort in developing city-wide stand specification, screening requirements, enforcing safety requirements and practices in Division construction projects.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Nature of Work: The position has a rotating schedule that requires working weekends and nights on an as-needed basis. Additionally, working in confined spaces, stooping, squatting, crawling, climbing, travel and exposure to noise, fumes, and inclement weather is required on an as-needed basis.


  1. Possession of a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or Construction Engineering; AND
  2. Eight (8) years of experience in Transit and Track Management, Traction power and substation, and Overhead Catenary System (OCS) and Track system for complicated and complex transportation and transit projects over $30M; AND
  3. Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of California in Civil Engineering.

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.

  • Knowledge of rail and track specification including acceptable tolerance for light rail operation, track, and rail inspection, technical evaluation and analysis, and on-site trouble shooting.
  • Knowledge of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) specification, requirements for light rail construction, maintenance, and replacement.
  • Knowledge of on-site construction management involving multiple contractors and subcontractors in track replacement, OCS replacement, street improvement such as curb ramps, sidewalks, bulb outs, substation replacement handling high voltage power.
  • Knowledge of on-site construction management involving track clearance, transit operation coordination, site safety requirements and procedures for work item (3), operation safety requirements and procedures.
  • Knowledge of preparing cost analysis and cost estimate for track replacement, OCS replacement, street improvements such as curb ramps, sidewalks, bulb outs, bus pad, substation replacement handling high voltage power.
  • Knowledge of preparing, evaluation employee performance, develop meaningful employee performance plan.
  • Knowledge of performing constructability review and provide critical information to the project team to minimize and mitigate potential issues in construction.
  • Skill in managing a group of 30 or more construction management personnel with different skill set and level of experience; handling difficult personnel issue and resolving conflicts among construction management team.
  • Skill in developing new process and procedures to provide better supervision and leadership in construction management team including restricting of the current team.
  • Skill in managing cost and budget in active construction projects; strategizing and negotiating difficult change orders with contractors and key stakeholders.
  • Skill in developing training program for existing construction management team including engineers and inspectors to perform essential transit construction projects; developing continuous monitoring and supervision program that will hold employees and supervisors accountable for delivering project scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Skill in resource management and planning to make sure projects are properly staffed to support construction actives.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with project managements, engineer, and contract administration to deliver projects.
  • Ability to prioritize on hand tasks and manage time efficiently.
  • Ability to become a liaison between key state holders and project team on resolving difficult construction issues.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with key stake holders such as Transit Maintenance of Way (MOW) team, Transit Control Center (TCC), Facility supervisors and managers, Executive teams and Director of Transportation, as well as other agencies such as Public Works, Public Utilities Commissions, Recreation and Park, etc who may partner with SFMTA delivering a joint project.
  • Ability to provide leadership and clear directions to project team in handling difficult situations.
  • Ability to make decisions in the field with best judgements and justifications to avoid project delay and unnecessary project cost escalation.
  • Ability to handle difficult and confrontational contractors and be able to support the construction team members in handling similar contractors, and to resolve field conflicts effectively and timely.
  • At least ten (10) years of engineering experience equivalent to the City and County of San Francisco class 5211 Senior Engineer, of which all must include construction management experience in completing construction projects involving rail work, OCS, and high voltage traction power.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only. A resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications must be attached to the online application. Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to begin the application process.

  • Click and select 9181 Manager VII, MTA (Deputy Director of Transit Construction Management) (PEX-9181-106314)
  • Click on “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen.

To submit resume using the online application:

  • Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

To submit cover letter using the online application:

  • Select the “Other” tab in the online application
  • Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
  • Click on “Upload Attachment”
  • Follow instructions given on the screen

If you are having trouble attaching your resume and cover letter to the online application, you may submit by fax to (415) 581-5120, ATTN: 9181 Manager VII, MTA (Deputy Director of Transit Construction Management) (PEX-9181-106314). Résumé will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, staff is working remotely at this time. We highly recommend applications be completed early. If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 701-5038 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at vivian.wu@sfmta.com.

Applicants may be contacted by e-mail. It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (@sfgov.org, @sfmta.com).

Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application.
If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at (415) 701-5038 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email at vivian.wu@sfmta.com.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.
Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at (415) 701-5038 or, if hearing impaired at (415) 701-5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources, HR Operations Section, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 9181 – Deputy Director of Transit Construction Management).

Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at http://www.jobaps.com/sf by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account. If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at (415) 701-5038 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities.


Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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