Unique Opportunity to Transform Rail in Virginia!

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) is responsible for promoting, sustaining, and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in the Commonwealth.  The VPRA also provides funding to Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and administers all capital expansion projects, infrastructure, and land acquisitions related to the $3.7 billion Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative, which will double Amtrak and VRE service in Virginia over the next decade.  

VPRA is looking for amazing people! Come join us as the Project Controls Manager.

VPRA has an exciting opportunity for an experienced project controls professional who can lead and manage multiple, interrelated project budgets and schedules for the multi-billion dollar Transforming Rail in Virginia program, including the Long Bridge project, Franconia-Springfield Bypass, and other mainline track and siding projects between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.  The Project Controls Manager, supported by staff and consultants, is responsible for building and maintaining schedules for large and complex projects as well as a master schedule for all interrelated projects, using robust project scheduling software (such as MS Project and Primavera). The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) will be advancing their own portfolio of rail projects in the same rail corridor as VPRA’s program of projects and close coordination, schedule management and troubleshooting of schedule conflicts between VRE’s projects and VPRA’s projects will be necessary. 

This position is responsible for managing complex project budgets using a standardized work breakdown structure, developing monthly cashflow projections and coordinating with the Budget and Financial Programming Manager to monitor the sources and uses of funds for various projects.  Responsible for overseeing a contingency management plan for schedules and budgets across the program and for individual projects, and for incorporating the principles of risk management into all schedules and budgets.  The Project Controls Manager assists with the scope/schedule/budget change management process and is responsible for ensuring schedules and budgets are kept in proper alignment with each other and scope changes.

This position is responsible for ensuring all project schedule and budget reporting is consistent in format and content across the program of projects, and that accurate, up to date schedule and budget data is readily available as needed by VPRA colleagues, senior management, the VPRA board and elected officials.  

This position is also responsible for implementing and managing a robust, electronic document control system that ensures all project and program-wide correspondence is stored for fast and accurate retrieval.  

There is no incumbent for this position and the Project Controls Manager will be responsible for working with colleagues to establish policies and procedures for budget and schedule management and for document control.  This position will be supported by technical consultants with expertise in scheduling, budget management and administering document control systems.

This position will be based in Alexandria or Richmond, Virginia.


  • 7 years of experience in project controls management on large scale project of $50 million or greater.
  • Four-year degree in planning, business, engineering, construction management, public administration or related field
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Substantive experience using MS Project and/or Primavera to build and update project schedules for large, complex transportation projects.


Salary is commensurate with experience.  The compensation package for this position includes benefits equivalent to state employees of the Commonwealth including health/dental insurance and participation in the Virginia Retirement System.

Additional Information

For a complete position description, and to apply online, visit https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/238975.  Applications will only be accepted as submitted online through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). Applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered.