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[ Director of Railway Systems ] Job Information
DCTA Category Administration
Job Type Full-Time Job Status Sourcing
Salary Range Per Month Shift Morning
Minimum Education University Degree Title
Minimum Exerience No of Jobs 0
Duration Start Publishing 10/19/2017
Stop Publishing 11/22/2017 Country United States
State County

JOB TITLE: Director of Railway Systems



EEO: Manager

REPORT TO: AVP, Rail Operations

FLSA: Exempt, Full-time

HIRING RANGE: $86,070.54 - $107,588.17 DOQ

Develops policy, organizes, and directs the implementation and operation of the Authority’s railway systems, architecture, and technology, to include positive train control, signals, communications, network, and fiber optic backbone infrastructure. This is a senior position within the rail operations and maintenance department and is expected to lead, organize, and administer the agency’s systems and technologies through policy, governance, and a demonstration of technical core competencies in the areas assigned.

As the Director of Railway Systems, a primary function of the position is to manage the systems integration and ongoing change management of DCTA’s Positive Train Control and Signals System. Positive Train Control (PTC) is an advanced system designed to automatically stop a train before certain accidents occur. In particular, PTC is designed to prevent: Train-to-train collisions. Derailments caused by excessive train speed. Train movements through misaligned track switches. Systems are comprised of advanced wayside, onboard vehicle, back office, CAD/AVL, signals, communications, and network infrastructure.


1. Serves as the primary agency point of contact for the implementation of PTC through final acceptance, managing project managers, technical experts, and contractors.
2. On behalf of DCTA, reviews and approves submittals, manages schedule costs and performance of assigned projects.
3. Implements and manages a configuration management and change control process for all technical drawings and systems.
4. Review with the Project Manager and/or Contractor the design progress including approvals for any changes that affect the cost, scheduling or performance of the project.
5. Works with DCTA Information Technology department to manage the network and fiber optic backbone instrastructure and utilization.
6. Responsible for the administration of the dispatch system, wayside, signals, communications, KPI Dashboard, Swiftly-rail, and agency change control procedures for signals documents
7. Keep a project log containing all pertinent information and any scope changes throughout the project.
8. Perform first check of Designs varying in complexity.
9. Work with the contractors and develop preventative and corrective maintenance plans that effectively and efficiently use resources required to support engineering tests, software and hardware changes. This position will develop and implement contingency plans for changes or events that affect planned work and ensure plans have the least impact on revenue service
10. Develop, maintain, and enforce DCTA Design Criteria and Maintenance Standards
11. Manage service contracts and interlocal agreements with outside organizations.
12. Performs related duties as assigned.

Ability to:
• Demonstrate a command of core competencies necessary to effectively perform the duties of this position.
• Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with all internal and external stakeholders and including the general public;
• Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements
• Plan and direct the work of managerial and professional staff;
• Effectively train and evaluate staff;
• Apply collaborative work strategies and gain the cooperation of employees at all levels of the organization;
• Schedule and organize tasks to meet aggressive program schedules;
• Represent DCTA to external organizations and public professionally;
• Perform a wide range of complex work assignments.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (Any equivalent combination of education and experience)

• Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or similar field, and 7 years of signals, communications, and/or network experience, preferably in the railroad industry. Master’s degree, preferred.
• 2 years of supervisory experience
• Strong problem solving skills
• Experience using CAD and other design tools preferred.
• Knowledge of the CFR, AREMA and IEEE and how they pertain to train control.
• Strong proficiency with Signal & Communications Design practices
• Must be current with all FRA rules and regulations including SubPart I
• Previous experience leading Signal & Communications design teams preferred
• Experience in light rail transit and commuter rail preferred
• Interlocking design/Control Lines/Route & Aspect Charts
• State and federal laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations affecting mass public transit.
• Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook

Special Requirements: Hold a current valid Texas Driver's License or have the ability to obtain one upon entry into the position. CDL preferred.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES: Physical activity includes, but is not limited to: on a continuous basis, sit at a desk for long periods of time; intermittently twist and reach office equipment; write or use keyboard to communicate through written means; lift moderate weight; reaching above the waist, reaching below the waist, and reaching waist to shoulder to reach inventory on shelves; repetitive motion and fingering when using a computer keyboard; talking and hearing when dealing with customers; and observation of transit projects and operations during field work along the right-of-way.

How to apply:
Download Application packet or in-person at DCTA, 1660 S. Stemmons, Suite 250, Lewisville, TX 75067
For more information
Call: 972-221-4600
Fax: 972-316-6112

DCTA is an equal opportunity employer.
All candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and national criminal background check in order to receive an employment offer.
Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.


Preferred Skills
Posted 10/19/2017 09:47:03