Amtrak Principal Architect - 90203225 - Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

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This position provides professional design services, design project management oversight and inter-department coordination for Chicago Union Station (CUS) Master Plan implementation program and other major station initiatives, ensuring the assigned projects are designed in compliance with Amtrak guidelines and federal/state/regional regulatory agencies requirements.


•Develop technical scopes of work to retain professional design services for the Chicago Union Station (CUS) Master Plan implementation program and other major stations’ initiatives, using design consulting firm

•Manage the alternative analysis and design effort to support projects

•Collaborate closely with the Long Distance and State Supported Business Lines, engaging internal and external stakeholders (including, law, customer service, governmental affairs, real estate, transportation, local and state agencies, FRA, and freight and commuter railroads) to determine CUS station needs and priorities

•Manage expectations of competing stakeholders in a matrix organization

•Direct 3rd Party consultants’ design staff to achieve adherence with Amtrak’s Standard Design Practices

•Prepare budget cost estimates, schedules with suggested phasing necessary to support projects, and other project management documentation

•Provide regular status reports and conduct presentations to stakeholders and senior management

•Work with numerous CUS stakeholders on programming, budgeting, scheduling, and providing suitable designs

•Self-perform design tasks on station design projects under $100,000 with supervisor oversight

•Develop station design standards collaborating with other Amtrak stakeholders

•Professional design review of external and third-party station design projects that impact or have the potential to impact Amtrak assets

•Provide mentorship and delegate experience-appropriate tasks to Stations Program Interns


•Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)

•Demonstrated experience in project and program management

•Demonstrated strategic planning experience

•Demonstrated managerial experience with 3rd party architectural and engineering consultants

•Extensive understanding of ADA regulations and ICC Building Codes

•Demonstrated knowledge in AutoCAD , MS Word, Excel, Power Point, MS Project, MS Access, Primavera, Primavera Expedition System

•Excellent organizational, collaborative, and relationship building skills with demonstrated experience both within and outside the organization


•Familiarity with railroad operations, procedures and construction methods

•Experience with large scale architecturally and historically sensitive facilities

•Demonstrated knowledge of Amtrak corporate structures and procedures


•Master’s Degree in Engineering or Architecture


•Must have excellent oral and written communication skills




Requisition ID: 22002

Posting Location(s): Illinois

Personnel Area: IL10

Job Family/Function: Engineering

Relocation Offered: No

Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree

Travel Requirements: Up to 25%

Employment Experience Requirements: 10 plus years of experience

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We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

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All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

POSTING NOTES: Engineering || Engineering