Help wanted: Executive to manage Silver Line construction

Construction on the Silver Line in November. The new 11 mile rail line is expected to open in early 2014. (Tracy Woodward/Washington Post)
Construction on the Silver Line in November. The new 11-mile rail line is expected to open some time this year. (Tracy Woodward/Washington Post)

Up for a challenge?

On Wednesday, we reported that Pat Nowakowski, the executive director of the Silver Line rail project is leaving his $257,695 gig to take a job with another transit agency. His last day is May 2.

And that means, officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority are hiring.

Think you’ve got what it takes to manage the $5.6 billion rail project? Keep in mind there have been a few issues with the Silver Line, which officials had hoped to open last December. But hey, Phase 1 is almost complete, give or take the installation of a few hundred speakers. (The original ones had to be ripped out because they didn’t meet fire code) and preliminary work on Phase 2, which will include a stop at Dulles International Airport, is currently underway. With the second phase scheduled to open in 2018, this could be the perfect gig for someone who’s not looking for a longterm (read 10-year) commitment.

Here’s the job posting –which interestingly is dated April 7–from MWAA. Here’s a list of benefits that come with working for MWAA.

As MWAA’s President and CEO Jack Potter said Wednesday, “These will be big shoes to fill.”

According to the posting, the pay ranges from $147,983 to $236,773.

Among the qualifications, you’ll need to have:

1. A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training that totals four (4) years.

2. Ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience (with emphasis in civil and structural engineering) that includes substantive work in the range of DUTIES in this job description. These ten years must include:

a. Experience as a manager in engineering and construction at the first level of management

b. Specialized experience in rail engineering and construction.

Read more about the job here.

As MWAA’s President and CEO Jack Potter said Wednesday, “These will be big shoes to fill.”

The deadline for applications is Monday, Apr. 21, so don’t delay.


Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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