Orange County Transportation Authority
Work Schedule
Job Open until Filled
Job Description

Discover work that moves you in a dynamic and innovative setting. Be part of a team delivering Orange County’s transportation network of today and creating a vision for the future.
OCTA is the county’s transportation planning commission and public transit operator. With a focus on safety and accountability, we plan, fund, and implement countywide projects that include bus and rail transit, freeways and express lanes, rideshare, microtransit, paratransit, active transportation, and environmental programs.
We’re passionate about creating a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents. 
Our employees rated OCTA as a top workplace in Orange County. Come join us on our mission of keeping Orange County moving.

Under general guidance, manages, supervises, and coordinates the development of complex public transit capital programs and projects to support the implementation of expanded commuter rail services.
This is an exempt position in Salary Grade T: Min $107,681.60 - Mid $129,251.20 - Max $150,800.00 annually. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.
This posting will remain open until filled.


This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
Displays High Integrity & HonestyTakes personal responsibility, acts with honesty and consistency.
Has Technical and Professional ExpertiseHas the technical skills, product knowledge and professional skills to do the job.

- Serves as project manager on various complex capital projects and implementation of all steps necessary to expand the Metrolink services.
- Supervises the work of engineering staff, contractors, affected public agencies, and utilities to meet project goals and schedules.
- Prepares reports on program and project accomplishments, progress and closeouts.
- Understands and applies current project development procedures, state/federal transportation practices and regulatory laws, ordinances, codes, specifications, and plans.

Builds Relationships: Is trusted by others, is aware and supportive of the needs of individuals and balances results with individual needs.

- Coordinates project activities with Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), cities and regional, state, and federal agencies and represents the agency at meetings with consultants, contractors, and the public, as requested.
-Communicates, develops, and maintains good relationships with the agency’s Board of Directors, cities, and regional, state, and federal agencies.

Makes DecisionsMakes effective decisions by swiftly considering alternatives and making decisions needed despite pressures.

- Develops and administers contracts with external vendors, contractors, or suppliers. Directs consultants in the preparation of surveys, studies, construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates consistent with the approved program and schedule.
- Monitors and controls project development and work in progress for assigned projects.

Solves Problems & Analyzes Issues: Has and applies problem analysis and problem-solving skills on a technical and interpersonal level.
- Develops solutions to technical and procedural problems that support the goals of the program and expectations of all concerned personnel.
- Controls changes to project scope and balances cost requirements with funding availability.
- Analyzes and resolves complex technical engineering problems.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, planning, business administration, or related field with a minimum of seven years of project management or railroad engineering experience, three years of which are at the senior level.  Railroad engineering experience is highly desirable.

Working Conditions/Physical Activities:

(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

Positions in this class typically require:

- Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
- Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
- Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Finger Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.

Hazardous Conditions:
Positions in this class may also include some or all of these factors:

- Hazardous physical conditions/materials.
- Atmospheric conditions.
- Intense noise.
- Travel.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more. OCTA has a hybrid remote work program. Eligibility is dependent on manager’s approval.
OCTA is an equal employment opportunity employer that recruits, hires, and promotes qualified people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, disability, genetic information, military and veteran status, or other legally protected status.