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Title: Senior Manager, Railroad & Real Estate Services
Company: Metrolink
Location: Los Angeles, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 139034
The Senior Manager, Railroad & Real Estate Services will lead cross functional efforts for the planning, budgeting, management, negotiation and oversight of Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) railroad agreements. These include, but are not limited to, Purchase and Sale Agreements (PSA), Railroad Shared Use Agreements (SUA), Railroad Construction and Maintenance (C&M) Agreements, transit Transfer Agreements, Los Angeles Union Station Common Area Maintenance Agreements and other related railroad and property agreements with freight railroads, Amtrak and Member Agencies.

This job description is not part of a job series.

Receive supervision from senior/executive management.

This position supervises one Senior Business Analyst.

The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
  • Actively manage and administer the Railroad Agreements and property rights agreements, including those listed above.

  • Provide SCRRA Engineering, Operations, Planning, Finance, and Legal departments with language and interpretation related to the referenced agreements depending on the issue at hand.

  • Ensure annual revenues and expenditures under existing SUA's are current and up to date, in collaboration with the Finance department.

  • Work closely with the Office of the General Counsel to ensure effective protection of the Authority’s rights and fiduciary responsibilities.

  • Develop working relationships with freight railroad and Amtrak joint facility departments to better facilitate PSA, SUA, and C&M amendment negotiations based on operational changes on Metrolink's system.

  • Assist the Engineering and Construction group with the SUA work order process/issuance as it relates to construction on freight railroad owned rights-of-way.

  • Maintain the railroad agreement database in terms of agreements by subdivision and mile post boundaries, agreements by executing parties, and agreements associated with revenues and expenditures.

  • Develop applicable policies or standard of operating procedures to improve the management and administration of the various agreements.

  • At this level, the incumbent has some latitude for independent judgment and may vary work methods and procedures, but usually within prescribed parameters.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Transportation, Business Administration, Real Estate or a related area.

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience within railroad, right of way and/or related real estate agreements.

  • A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.

  • Valid Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ten (10) years or more experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • Complex railroad, right-of-way and real estate agreements, including commercial issues, cost estimation and assignment and the associated parameters.

  • The Authority’s operations and business practices, as well as the railroad regulatory environment, including dispatching and maintenance of way requirements.

  • Standard budgeting, forecasting and invoicing practices.

  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, and policies governing public contract administration processes

  • Passenger and freight railroad operations and business processes

  • Railroad Maps, Track Charts, Timetables, Passenger and Freight Railroad Equipment, Operating Parameters

  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines and regulations.

  • Association of American Railroads (AAR) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA) guidelines.

  • Risks and system vulnerabilities

Skilled in:
  • Use of Microsoft Office

  • Business process improvement

  • Understanding of Oracle enterprise management system

  • Development, improvement and implementation of standard operating procedures

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups at all levels within and outside of the organization

  • Manage multiple projects

  • Organize data efficiently and accurately

  • Maintain relationships with appropriate railroad or functional industry partners

  • Work independently, prioritize assignments and meet deadlines with minimal supervision

  • Demonstrate effective, productive working relationships with personnel at all levels in the company and with representatives of outside agencies and groups in a similar position

  • Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations

  • Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery

  • Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs

  • Exchange ideas by means of communication

  • Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks

  • Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks

  • Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations

Working Conditions
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Based on job duties, work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, railroad track and right-of-way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as trains, heavy trucks, construction, etc.). Telecommuting may be available for this classification

Southern California Regional Rail Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


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