Government Programs Compliance Investigator
The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is designed to promote a more diverse pool of bidders on MBTA contracts by promoting business opportunities for firms owned by minority, women and other disadvantaged individuals that are certified as DBE Firms. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a condition of receiving federal assistance. The development, implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of the DBE Program is managed by the Government Program Compliance Unit of the MBTA’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR). In partnership with the MBTA capital delivery and procurement departments, ODCR identifies business opportunities for certified DBEs.
Working under the supervision of the MBTA Assistant Director of Government Program Compliance and Monitoring, the Government Program Compliance Investigator will work hand-in-hand with MBTA Project Managers and Resident Engineers to monitor contract compliance, labor workforce participation goals for minorities and women, and provide program assistance and oversight of the DBE Program as outlined in 49 C.F.R. § 26 (2014) and the MBTA DBE Program Plan on all USDOT-assisted construction and professional service projects for the MBTA. The Government Program Compliance Investigator should have strong analytical skills, a background in interpreting state and federal civil rights statutes, and familiarity with reviewing commercial contract language.
Duties & Responsibilities
Knowledge of 49 C.F.R. § 26 (2014).
Verify DBE certification status of prospective contractors and subcontractors on MBTA projects;
Conduct site visits on MBTA construction projects to monitor for DBE compliance;
Conduct Commercially Useful Function (C.U.F.) reviews in accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 26 and the MBTA DBE Program Plan;
Ensure compliance with Labor Workforce goals;
Investigate claims of sub/contractor non-compliance;
Attend project-related meetings to monitor DBE and Minority Workforce Utilization/Female Workforce Utilization (MWU/FWU) requirements;
Work on-site with MBTA Project Mangers, Resident Engineers, and Materials management staff to ensure civil rights and diversity requirements are being met;
Participate on Selection Committees to ensure proposers are compliant with civil rights and workforce requirements;
Review DBE and Workforce analysis on Project Awards, Change Orders and Amendments;
Assist in the preparation and presentation of workshops and seminars related to DBE Program;
Assist in the preparation of federal and state reporting as needed;
Create and maintain project work files;
Respond to inquiries via telephone, correspondence or in person, in a courteous and professional manner;
Adhere to the rules, regulations, and policies of the MBTA including the EEO, Anti-Discrimination, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-Harassment and Anti-Retaliation policies;
Perform additional duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree in Public Management, Political Science, Paralegal Studies, Pre-law, or a related field from an accredited institution;
Five (5) years’ experience in related work, including demonstrating knowledge in contract compliance on commercial construction projects, engaging in implementing and monitoring M/W/DBE programs in the transportation industry or other federal or state agencies, and displaying effective problem-solving abilities;
The ability to travel to MBTA project sites, via subway, commuter rail, bus, ferry, or company vehicle is required.
Experience with projects that require attention to detail and the ability to multi-task efficiently.
Ability to effectively communicate complex topics with executive leadership and key stakeholders;
Excellent customer service, communication, conflict resolution, and comprehension skills.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
Ability to provide a writing sample.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse workforce;
The ability to pass: background screenings; and the MBTA’s medical requirements, including physical examination and drug and alcohol screening;
Have a satisfactory work record including overall employment, job performance, discipline and safety records. For internal candidates, the aforementioned applies to the two (2) years immediately prior to the closing date of this posting. Infractions and/or offenses occurring after the closing of the posting and before the filling of a vacancy may preclude a candidate from consideration for selection.
PREFERENCES INCLUDE:Working knowledge or familiarity with federal civil rights laws;
Experience working on large-scale construction projects;
Working knowledge or familiarity with the state materials and service procurement process;
Working knowledge or familiarity of the Design-Build procurement and contracting process;
Experience working with State and Federal transportation programs;
Experience with compliance and enforcement of State and Federal programs.
A high school diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution with the ability to comprehend, communicate and respond to instructions, orders, signs, notices, inquiries, etc. in English and four (4) additional years of experience in contract compliance, or engaging in implementing and monitoring M/W/DBE programs in the transportation industry for federal or state agencies may substitute for the degree requirement; or
A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Public Management, Public Policy, or a related field may substitute for two (2) years of the required experience; or
A Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school may substitute for three (3) years of the required experience.
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