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Project Development and Controls Manager #2202-285000-01

Transit Project Development Manager

Date Opened
Friday, February 18, 2022 5:30 PM
Close Date
Friday, August 12, 2022 9:45 AM
Charlotte Area Transit
  • $95,744 - $119,680/year Commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


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The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is advancing the implementation of the 2030 Transit Corridor System Plan, which is based on a land use and transportation vision that focuses growth and rapid transit improvements in five major corridors, along with bus service and facility improvements throughout the region. Light rail projects have been completed in two of the five corridors, and CATS is advancing rapid transit projects is the other three corridors, along with other transit improvements. 

CATS is seeking a qualified and experienced Project Development and Controls Manager to manage, supervise and coordinate the program management and control functions for major capital projects, focused on delivering projects on-time and within budget.  This position is responsible for overseeing capital projects in the project development phase; coordinating the project development process, budget and schedule for the capital program; overseeing compliance with environmental regulations and tracking mitigation commitments; and developing a comprehensive project controls program for monitoring, controlling and reporting the progress and performance of capital projects. 

This position reports to the CATS Director of Development.  The position will manage staff and consultants, coordinate the advancement of the capital program, and oversee all project controls functions. This position will also coordinate with Procurement staff for change orders, contract amendments and contract administration and with Finance staff related to budgeting and cost control activities. This work involves the performance of professional technical skills related to the project management and project controls of major capital projects and requires strong supervisory experience.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees consultants on project control tasks including, but not limited to, monitoring and control of project schedules, budgets, contingency, maintenance and updating of the work breakdown structure, cost estimating, risk management, change control, and project controls and document control procedures.
  • Monitors project schedules, cost, expenditures, revenues and budget and keeps the Project Management Teams informed as to status.
  • Oversees forecasting of schedule and cost impacts of proposed project scope changes; assists with development of mitigation strategies.
  • Coordinates project cost, schedule, and contract-related issues with other CATS divisions, City departments and the appropriate Project consultants.
  • Responsible for advancing project(s) in the federal project development process and meeting federal program requirements.
  • Coordinates project applications to advance projects through the federal New Starts program including the signing of the Federal Full Funding Agreement.
  • Coordinates activities necessary to acquire federal and state funding for projects.
  • Oversees environmental planning and ensures compliance with environmental regulations, including tracking of mitigation commitments.
  • Performs technical reviews of projects and consultant work products, coordinates review by other departments, and prepares technical reports and correspondence.
  • Monitors performance of work to ensure compliance with contract specifications.
  • Supervises project managers and project controls staff.
  • Leads meetings with various groups including other City departments, consultants, third party stakeholders, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
  • Makes formal presentations to the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), City Manager and Department Directors, and elected officials as required.
  • Remains current on new industry trends, methods, and technology.
  • Presents oral and written reports.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


Graduation from a four-year college or university with major coursework in engineering, planning, construction management or related field.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project management and controls including engineering cost methodologies and scheduling controls, and work breakdown structures
  • Comprehensive knowledge of spreadsheets, scheduling programs including Primavera P6, and project management information systems (PMIS)
  • Exceptional level of interpersonal skills required to effectively communicate with all levels of supervisory and non-supervisory employees and governmental entities
  • Knowledge and understanding of transportation planning and land use/transit relationships; 
  • Ability to organize heavy and complex workloads, establish and adjust priorities, and accomplish objectives within established scopes, budgets, and schedules are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member;  
  • Effective oral, written communications, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required;
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to carry at least 20 lbs.
  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Bending
  • Twisting
  • Reaching
  • Kneeling

Sensory Requirements

  • Speech
  • Touch
  • Hearing
  • Vision (near, distance, and peripheral)

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience managing light rail or rapid transit projects. 
  • Professional registration (PMP, PE, AICP) desired.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in managing and developing projects and/or project controls management, including supervisory experience.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

As of October 1, 2021, The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.  The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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