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Quality Assurance Senior Associate - Military Veterans

at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Minimum Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in Quality, Engineering, Business Administration or Information Systems and Data Analytics, or a related field
  • In lieu of a bachelor's degree, a high school diploma or GED and four (4) years of progressive responsibility experience in the field of quality and audit (in addition to the minimum experience requirement below).

  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressive responsibility and experience in the field of quality and audit.

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 Lead Auditor Certification or an equivalent certification such as the American Society for Quality, Certified Quality Auditor Certification (CQA) within 3 years of start date.

  • N/A

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


The Quality Assurance (QA) Senior Associate is responsible for performing routine to complex quality activities, and employing project management principles to develop quality programs; assess and observe work processes and procedures; test systems and assemblies; diagnose and identify issues and; analyze and recommend solutions while developing, tracking and following up on internal corrective and preventive actions (iCAPAs). The QA Senior Associate ensures successful implementation and sustainability of quality programs and internal reviews in accordance with the department's Annual Internal Review Plan/Schedule to ensure alignment with mission, safety, reliability and customer success of the enterprise and effectiveness of implementation. Additionally, the QA Senior Associate provides guidance to less experienced staff.

Essential Functions
  • Plans and executes scheduled internal reviews that utilize data collected during field assessments, documenting/recording reviews and interviews into draft reports that fully detail findings in a factual and collaborative way to garner support for improvement of key WMATA Engineering & Maintenance, Service Delivery, Capital Program Management, and Safety & Security functions organization wide.
  • Reviews and interprets complex documents such as, engineering documents, policies, standard operating procedures, processes, contracts, and work instructions to determine accuracy in accordance with Quality Procedures, internal directives and regulatory requirements.
  • Produces complex documents such as, internal review reports, follow-up assessment reports, findings, corrective and preventive action plans, internal review scopes of work, policies, standard operating procedures, processes flow charts, and work instructions, to effectively communicate instructions to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Researches and evaluates data using analytical and logical reasoning to gather, review and form a finding or conclusions that support an issue requiring correction or highlighting areas of interest for further investigation.
  • Performs problem solving techniques to identify root causes of faults or problems. Utilizes available data, as well as deductive reasoning to understand, explain and address the root cause of issues, which can lead to correction and prevention of reoccurrence.
  • Uses information from quality activities and develops solutions to optimize systematic organizational processes. Develops an understanding of organizational functions and operations to provide guidance recommendations for solutions to address and prevent hazards while reducing risk.
  • Supports development of internal corrective and preventive action (iCAPA) plans backed by evidential findings and follows-up on implementation of iCAPAs to ensure issues identified within the organization are remediated.
  • N/A

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

Washington, DC

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, commonly referred to as Metro, is a tri-jurisdictional government agency that operates transit service in the Washington metropolitan area.

As a leader in the transportation industry, Metro strives to attract and retain top-quality staff to ensure high-quality service to our customers. One way Metro achieves this goal is by providing a worklife that fosters the motivation and enthusiasm necessary to succeed. If you're looking for job satisfaction, excellent benefits, and professional development, Metro is where you want to be.

Our Commitment 

Since 2012, Metro has increased the size of its military veteran employee base by nearly 50 percent. Military candidates have been hired and trained for career opportunities as transit police officers, mechanics, bus and rail operators, human resources specialists, information technology professionals, and more.

Metro aggressively seeks to hire and retain top-quality military veteran candidates, and finds that hiring from the military community lends a strategic competitive advantage to advancing our goals. Metro has adopted a fully-integrated military recruitment strategy to enhance its military recruitment efforts. As part of that effort, Metro is engaged in regular employment presentations and info sessions on military bases, participates in Job Readiness Workshops with the Department of Labor Veteran Employment Services, and promotes career opportunities for military spouses as a standard component of all military employment presentations and networking efforts. 

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