Project Manager

Project Manager

Program Management - MARTA - Must have Bus Rapid Transit, Federal Transportation Administration, and Capital Investment Grant experience highly preferred.

At H.J. Russell & Company, we know that exceptional outcomes start with the right people. We believe that work should be challenging, and the challenge should be fun. We also believe that exceptional outcomes are more likely to occur with a respectful, satisfying, and empowering company. We value and respect our employees – their experience and expertise as well as their energy, passion, and diversity – and their innovative approach to work and life. 


Russell is currently seeking a Bus Rapid Transit-Project Manager in our Atlanta, GA office to support the Centralized Project Management Office (CPMO) in support of our client, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) pursuit of rehabilitating, enhancing, and expanding their light and heavy rail infrastructure, bus rapid transit lanes, transit facilities and stations, and state of good repairs initiatives. Responsible for managing project controls for engineering, construction, and all relative cost projects for a major capital improvement program.

Manages the Project Team, Project Stakeholders, consultants, and contractors as necessary to rehabilitate, enhance and expand MARTA’s bus rapid transit system. Manages the activities, operations, and resources necessary to carry out and ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and in accordance with project documents. Manages the activities in evaluating contractor and consultant bids and contracts and prepares selection criteria for hiring consultants and contractors. Enforces contract provisions and resolves budgetary, technical, and scheduling issues. Makes periodic on-site inspections of projects to ensure construction is proceeding properly. Maintains project status reports and senior staff briefings. Establishes policies and procedures to ensure compliance with business goals and objectives.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Manages, plans, and oversees the activities of design and construction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project corridors and other local route supporting infrastructure, programs, and functional areas; coordinates activities with division leaders.

Reviews MARTA bus transit operations to ensure Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines and regulations are followed per planning, final design, and implementation with a focus on prioritizing corresponding projects.

Reviews and ensures FTA-Funded projects comply with contractual, statutory, regulatory, technical, and administrative requirements.

Assists in the development and pursuit of FTA Capital Investment Grants (CIG.

Supports project development and conducts audits of grantees and associates per vendor supplier.

Manages all aspects of Project Delivery which includes the development of project management plans to identify stakeholder needs.

Assists in the investigation of alternative project approaches and concepts as well as the appropriate project delivery method to ensure the development of the most appropriate project solutions.

Manages all aspects of Project Design. Provides overall project management and coordination with architectural/engineering professionals as well as the designated MARTA design manager.

Coordinates with staff, other agency officials, local governments, architects/engineers, etc., to develop preliminary schedules, procurement project requirements, and detailed scope of work estimates by the development of the design documents for bid. Oversees the development of feasibility and environmental impact studies, preliminary engineering, and conceptual designs for major capital investments that are managed by the design manager. Oversees the preparation of project scopes of work, plans, schedules, and budgets.

Manages all aspects of Project Implementation / Construction. Manages project procurement of material, equipment, and contractors and all construction activities necessary to execute capital projects. Manages the quality and safety of work performed on capital projects. Implements change management processes and carry out project communications throughout the organization. Coordinates the acquisition of real estate parcels required for capital projects.

Performs Project Monitoring & Controlling. For the duration of the project life cycle, manages the preparation of progress reports to monitor and control capital projects. Monitors all aspects of projects assigned. Manages the schedules and budgets to ensure positive project performance. Conducts monthly project status briefs to upper management.

Identifies and evaluates project risks and develops plans to mitigate the potential effects of unplanned events on assigned projects.

Participates in the preparation of inter-governmental agreements, agreements with utility companies, and others as needed. Facilitates design and construction performed by other government agencies and private developers working around MARTA facilities with private property owners, franchised utilities, railroads, and other government agencies.

Creates and maintains a high-performance environment characterized by positive leadership and strong team orientation.

Performs work in a safe manner and actively encourages others to comply with safety rules and regulations, including wearing of personal protective devices.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a related discipline and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in the full project lifecycle of planning, design, contract preparation, procurement, and implementation of large-scale construction or integrated systems capital improvement projects.

Comprehensive experience in the preparation, budgeting, negotiation, and administration of contracts with both public and private organizations is desired.

Experience preparing scope statements, estimates, and forecasts is desired.

Experience using professional scheduling software and Microsoft Office products is preferred.

Experience as a Project Manager may be substituted for a degree on a year-for-year basis. The ideal candidate will have significant experience with:

  • Federal Transit Administration project planning and implementation processes and procedures.
  • Experience delivering a bus rapid transit project.
  • Expansion of rail and / or bus systems with coordination and project interface with the FTA.
  • Development and pursuit of Capital Investment Grants.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment, and the noise level is usually moderate.


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