Amtrak Sr Program Manager - 90207236 - Washington in Washington, District Of Columbia

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The Senior Program Manager (PMO Officer) is accountable for supporting the Portfolio Leader conducting analysis and assisting with strategic oversight, planning, governance and management of a Portfolio of technology programs and projects which will ultimately support end-user, departmental and corporate business goals and objectives. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for the quality and delivery of the program which requires regular analytical and metrics-based reporting to other staff, board members, and stakeholders


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Build strong relationships within Amtrak to understand the business challenges and opportunities. Create a collaborative partnership among executive leaders and portfolio stakeholders and enables workforce development, change management, and planning decisions.

Plan the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of Amtrak. Plan, oversee and manage governance policies and guidelines. Define objectives, metrics, performance targets, measurements, monitor compliance triggers and baselines to ensure mapping and tracking of the Portfolio to meet business objectives and strategy.

Provide performance analytics on the program for stakeholders

Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program. Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program

Monitor and approve all budgeted program expenditures

Identify and evaluate the risks associated with program activities and take appropriate action to control the risks

Support the creation of project management best practices, tools, and ways for Amtrak to drive efficiency in order to reduce costs and add value.

Drive continuous process improvement

Adheres to Amtrak Enterprise Project Management methodology.

Assist with planning and management of the FY Capital Call and the year round Portfolio creation. As part of the FY Capital Call, assist with validation and reviews of business cases to ensure successful outcome in the form of funded projects at a level that sustains our ability to meet business demands.

Utilize portfolio reports to analyze data for portfolio performance reviews for budget and schedule data helping to assess program health to ensure objectives are met.

Develop requirements to drive development of required portfolio reports for Portfolio, Program / Project budget and schedule data reviews.

Understand and utilize data from within the Enterprise Project Management System (EPM) for analysis and reporting.

Coordinate with the Demand Management team in multiple situations.

Assist with analysis for other portfolio management activities including:

  • Portfolio level – a) Budget and forecast reviews b) impact analysis c) establishment of processes for estimation and forecastin
  • Analysis across the Portfolio for risk tolerance and identification of Portfolio level risks and issues analysis and responses

Assist with analysis and planning for portfolio communication activities:

  • Publish to and maintain a Portfolio Management Information Site
  • Assist with development and publication of any materials required for communication to various levels of the department staffs
  • Communicate and be advocate for the AMTRAK Project Management methodology

Maintain excellent interpersonal relationships with all organizations and levels of management within IT and business organizations.

Instruct Project Managers on AMTRAK's Project Management methodology. Provide training and communication to ensure that new Project Managers are up to speed


Extensive years of practitioner experience with project and program management or 15 plus years of experience in lieu of degree.

Demonstrated hands-on experience in Portfolio Management analysis, planning, creation, monitoring, strategy, governance and ability to execute across all aspects of the Portfolio lifecycle

Highly experienced user of Microsoft suite of office tools including MS Project Professional, MS Word, MS Excel. Visio, PowerPoint, SharePoint. experience with Microsoft Project Server or other integrated project management information system.

Project Management Professional (PMP) required.

PgMP Certification required.

Strong project and program management skills with prior experience managing IT projects, IT scheduling and budgeting.

Demonstrated knowledge of high-level expertise in the application of the tools and techniques of the project management discipline

Proven skills in managing within a matrix organization.

Ability to provide constructive feedback to teams as it pertains to project performance.

Strong focus on collaboration, team building, and customer service

Highly motivated and self-directed

Able to exercise independent judgment and take action on it.

Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills.

Logical and efficient, with keen attention to detail.

Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks while under pressure


Master's degree in Program/Project Management or Business Administration


Extensive technology based program management experience

Project Management certification (PMI, Graduate School Certification or equivalent)


Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.


Requisition ID: 25001

Posting Location(s): District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia

Personnel Area: DC04

Job Family/Function: Information Technology

Relocation Offered: No

Education Requirements: Bachelors Degree

Travel Requirements: Up to 25%

Employment Experience Requirements: 10 plus years of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

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.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

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.

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