Project Analyst

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 10-10-2018
Project Analyst

MSC Background

The Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC) is the designated State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) responsible for overseeing the safety of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system, which operates rail transit in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The MSC is responsible for implementing an effective oversight program in compliance with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 674, and other applicable regulations. MSC duties span a wide range of daily, periodic, annual, and triennial oversight activities. The MSC is responsible for conducting a robust complement of observations, event investigations, inspections, special studies, and audits at WMATA, all with a focus on maintaining and enhancing the safety of customers, employees, infrastructure, and assets. The MSC will promulgate safety standards and requirements for the Metrorail System, and has the authority to take swift and decisive action to address non-compliance or any hazardous conditions.
Position Overview
The MSC is recruiting for a Project Analyst to act as the coordinator in assisting MSC with meeting and maintaining regulatory and programmatic compliance with the MSC’s State Safety Oversight Program, and compliance with all 49 CFR 674 and companion regulations. This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications listed below.The MSC is recruiting for a Project Analyst to act as the coordinator in assisting MSC with meeting and maintaining regulatory and programmatic compliance with the MSC’s State Safety Oversight Program, and compliance with all 49 CFR 674 and companion regulations. This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications listed below.
The selected candidate will serve under the leadership of the MSC Chief Operations Officer and will coordinate activities, resources, equipment, and information for inspection audits and projects.  The selected candidate will perform various tasks to include maintaining the inspection calendar, working with subject matter experts to track action items, pulling and analyzing technical reports, and maintaining project documentation.  The Project Analyst will also act as the point of contact and communicate project status to all participants.
Responsibilities and Duties
  • Monitor project progress and handle any issues that arise.
  • Maintain ongoing action items that emerge from internal MSC team coordination activities.
  • Capture and maintain MSC team input on action item owners and track all action items to ensure completion.
  • Assist action item owners in needed support to complete action items.
  • Support & assist the Subject Matter Expert, Operations, in coordinating core program activities – corrective action plan (CAP), accident investigation, and triennial audits.
  • Support & assist the preparation of SSOA Annual report to FTA
  • Support and assist the preparation of Annual Reports to three signatory jurisdictions on MSC Program Execution.
  • Identify action items emerging from MSC Board activities and support MSC technical staff in addressing needs related to those action items.
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports.
  • Ensure standards and requirements are met through conducting quality assurance tests.
  • Use tools to assist subject Matter experts with monitoring working hours, plans and expenditures for technical consultants. 
A minimum of 5-10 years of experience in program management, program coordination and program implementation activities is required.

Demonstrated aptitude for learning new business process and job responsibilities.

Ability to review and interpret statutes, regulations, and guidance is desired.

Ability to provide recommendations to MSC leadership on process changes or new processes that need to be instituted in order to maintain compliance and good standing with regulators and jurisdictional partners, is required.
A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Business Management, or another related field is required.
Physical Requirements
The position requires sedentary work, including exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time with no adverse environmental exposure.  The position also includes the following physical requirements:
  • The employee worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication parts at distances close to the eyes.
  • Balancing. Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling and moving, standing or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
  • Stooping. Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Kneeling. Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching. Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Crawling. Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching. Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Stationary Positioning. Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Traverse. Moving about inside to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Pushing. Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling. Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting. Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering. Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.
  • Grasping. Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling. Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
All MSC staff positions require possession of a valid driver’s license in order to travel to meetings, inspection locations, or event scenes as necessitated.
The Program Analyst is required to obtain and maintain the minimum training required under the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Final Rule (49 C.F.R. Part 672).
The ideal candidate will possess the abilities and skill to:
  • Prepare workflow processes to support the implementation of the MSC Program Standard.
  • Prepare forms, template, policies, procedures that assist in supporting the implementation of the MSC Program Standard.
  • Coordinate all activities among the MSC subject matter experts and/or process owners for MSC Program Standard.
  • Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Technical Competencies
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Office Suite Software -- Proficiency in Microsoft (MS) Windows and Office Products is necessary. Regular use of MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint,  Adobe, and other internal programs.
Behavioral Competencies
  • Independence -- Develop one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity – Approaches all tasks ethically and with honesty.
  • Cooperation – Remain pleasant with others on the job and display a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others – Sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Dependability -- Consistently reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfills obligations.
  • Attention to Detail – Cautious about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self-Control --    The ability to maintain composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility – The ability to be open to change (positive or negative) and to significant variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance – Can accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative – Has the willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation – Possess creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking – Has the ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership -- Has the willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Achievement/Effort -- Establish and maintain personally challenging achievement goals and exert effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence – Practice persistence in the face of obstacles.
The MSC is located in 777 North Capitol ST NE, #402, Washington, DC 20002. 
Salary is regionally competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience. 
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