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Manager, Design Department
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Company Description

The Airports Authority operates a two-airport system Reagan National and Dulles International airports, which provides domestic and international air service for the mid-Atlantic region. The Airports Authority consists of more than 1,400 employees in a structure that includes central administration, airports management and operations, and police and fire departments.  In addition to operating Reagan National and Dulles, the Airports Authority is responsible for the daily operation, maintenance and control of the Dulles Toll Road, along with the management of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail project to extend Metrorail service to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County.

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Design Engineer
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Full Time
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$114564.00 - $183302.00  year


The Manager, Design Department in the Office of Engineering, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority manages the Department and acts as principal technical advisor to the Vice President for Engineering and the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on architectural and engineering design management at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles Access Road, and Dulles Toll Road.  Manages all facets of architectural and engineering design for Capital Construction Program (CCP) projects and larger projects funded by the Capital, Operating and Maintenance Investment Program (COMIP) at both Airports.  Provides engineering design technical guidance, advice, and approval for all projects on Airports Authority property including airline and vendor tenant projects and Virginia Department of Transportation and Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project projects.

Conceives and recommends design studies; establishes engineer­ing and architectural policies of Airports Authority design guidelines (updates and revises the Airports Authority Design Manual annually); develops and implements plans for design projects (including functional criteria, performance requirements and administra­tive actions); provides technical direction to the program management consultant or others; monitors/oversees the evaluation of design/construction proposals and the selection of firms for contract award [this includes determining Local Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (LDBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation for all design and construction contracts]; and oversees professional staff in technical aspects of contract negotiations, adequacy and timeliness of the work of contractors, coordination with consultants and outside offices, preparation of technical aspects of design contract change orders, and certification of invoices that signify acceptable completion of work.



A Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or Engineering or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that totals four years.

Nine years of progressively responsible experience in design management of civil and structural engineering and public contracting management that includes substantive work in most of the DUTIES in this job description including: (a) experience as a design manager in engineering and construction as the owner’s representative; (b) specialized experience in engineering design that includes significant work across the civil, environmental, and airfield systems engineering domains; and (c) experience with working under public contracting regulations such as Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or similar public contracting regulations.

A fully equivalent combination of education and training beyond what is needed to satisfy MQ 1 above may be substituted for up to two years of these nine years of experience.  For example, a master’s degree in any field indicating the ability to successfully perform the DUTIES in this job description may be substituted for two years of experience.

Education, experience or training indicating the ability to perform successfully as a second level supervisor such as the ability to plan/assign/review work, deploy personnel, monitor work operations, obtain effective results and perform a full array of supervisory personnel functions.

Licensure as an Architect or Professional Engineer (PE) in any U.S. State or Territory.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an equal opportunity employer. (EOE)


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