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Design Architect/Engineer Supervisory

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Sterling, Virginia
$122,533.00-$177,671.00 Annually
Closing date
Dec 6, 2023

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As a Design Architect/Engineer Supervisory, you will manage and supervise team(s) to manage large capital projects/programs for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority during design and construction phases.

Design Architect/Engineer Supervisory

Serves in the Design Department of the Office of Engineering (Office). Will work assignments at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), the Dulles International Airport Access Highway (DIAAH), and the Dulles Toll Road (DTR).

Through subordinate staff, consultants, contractors, and/or personally, and in collaboration with the Department Manager, manages Capital Construction Program (CCP) projects, large projects funded by the Capital, Operating and Maintenance Investment Program (COMIP), Dulles Corridor Enterprise Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Renewal and Replacement Program (R&R).





Supervises team(s) of project managers and project administrators in the execution of CCP, COMIP, CIP and R&R projects, as assigned by the Design Department Manager. Allocates resources to deliver projects meeting quality, schedule and budget goals.


Enforces thorough reviews of architectural and/or engineering designs documents prepared by consultants or other offices to ensure compliance with design manual standards and approved design criteria; to enhance maintainability and sustainability; and to enable construction activities to proceed expeditiously with minimal change orders. 


Engages other departments in the office, various airport departments, as well as airlines, tenants, employees, and other stakeholders in preparation of Scope of Work and throughout design and construction phase.


Ensures impacts to operation are fully coordinated and minimized during design and construction of projects.


Supports Construction Managers during project’s construction phase. 


Oversees project’s financial and schedule status.


Prepares and delivers presentations to brief upper management.


Manages special projects, studies, designs, and analyses to establish or improve systems for airport buildings, roadways, pavements, utilities and equipment.


Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) for design and other special projects and for consultant contracts.


Serves as secondary manager for the Design Department.  Acts as point of contact for internal and external auditors; briefs and provides tours to management officials, elected and administrative officials, foreign visitors, etc.


Performs other duties as assigned.



Eight years of progressively responsible experience in design management of building and/or civil engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or a related field. A master’s degree may be substituted for 2 years of required experience.


Knowledge of and ability to work under public contracting regulations, such as Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) or similar public contracting regulations.


Ability to work as a design project manager during design and construction phases as the owner’s representative.


Knowledge of supervisory principles and ability to manage the operations and programs of the unit/team.


Professional knowledge of architecture and engineering principles and practices and ability to apply them to supervise subordinate design management staff, advise management on design issues, and engage in design management activities.


Knowledge of generally accepted practices of the building trades, construction industry; contracting and solicitation processes and ability to apply it to design management issues; to monitor and to perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control on work of consultants; and supervise subordinates.  


Knowledge of key laws and regulations (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), building codes), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements, and other requirements and ability to authoritatively apply it to a full range of design issues faced by the Airports Authority, and help link planning and construction activities.


Ability to perform complex analyses of data and information and make recommendations.


Ability to speak and write effectively.


Skill in using computer and office suite software, with emphasis on architecture and/or engineering and project management systems/software.




1 year of Supervisory experience as a project engineer or design project manager (or equivalent) for large public sector projects/programs.


Formalized training in public contracting policies and procedures.




A state driver’s license in good standing.


Licensure as an Architect or a PE in any U.S. State or Territory.




Must maintain licensure.


Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.


Operates vehicle landside and airside (requires AOA permit).


May be exposed to some adverse weather conditions and dust, grease, dirt, and loud noise when visiting work sites. Wears personal protective equipment, as needed, at work sites.


May be required to occasionally work nights and weekends depending on project schedules, airport operations, and other factors.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.

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