Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HFF ($348,566.40 - $435,947.20 - $523,348.80)
Job Summary

Under the direction of the Metro Board of Directors, provides overall leadership and direction to ensure the agency achieves its vision, mission, goals, and objectives; organizes and manages Metro staff and contractors to provide effective and efficient transportation planning, program management, and operations to the region; and provides leadership and guidance to the region as a whole on all matters that involve transportation and related issues.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides overall leadership and staff direction in formulating and achieving Metro′s objectives
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on significant matters affecting Metro operations and policies
  • Oversees the development and implementation of short- and long-range goals and business plans
  • Directs and manages staff to efficiently and effectively implement the policies and direction of the Board of Directors
  • Provides leadership for the region′s mobility agenda and coordinates regionally significant projects and programs by working collaboratively with regional partners
  • Oversees Metro′s multi-modal planning and programming efforts, including identifying major priorities and establishing goals and strategies that ensure the success of major transportation improvements
  • Works closely with the various municipal operators to ensure service coordination and region-wide service quality
  • Creates Metro′s safety vision; approves and adopts the agency′s safety rules, policies, procedures; communicates safety expectations; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of the entire agency
  • Aggressively seeks favorable legislation and funding from the State of California by working with state elected officials, Caltrans, and the California Transportation Commission
  • Aggressively seeks favorable legislation and funding from the United States Federal Government by working with federal elected officials, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, and other agencies
  • Provides overall direction to ensure the safe delivery of quality program management projects on time and within budget
  • Works closely with local elected officials, business organizations, and labor and community groups to form coalitions that advocate for regional mobility interests
  • Directs staff conducting studies, investigations, and analyses at the direction of the Board of Directors; presents oral and written reports of findings and recommendations
  • Oversees and monitors operations of the Bus and Rail Division to ensure the delivery of quality and safe transit service on a continuing basis
  • Balances future infrastructure needs that integrate transit-oriented development opportunities effectively and that respect the needs of the community and stakeholders
  • Exercises fiscal responsibility and provides the framework for developing strategies to work within financial constraints and the needs of the customer and the community
  • Recommends the annual budget to the Board that prudently manages resources within budget guidelines and in compliance with current laws, regulations, and Board adopted policies
  • Effectively communicates and advocates agency′s goals, objectives, and accomplishments to local, regional, national, and international media, stakeholders, and constituencies
  • Oversees and provides direction for the Board and staff in negotiating collective bargaining agreements that balance agency and union concerns
  • Implements innovative strategies that more efficiently and effectively provide congestion relief utilizing technologies, such as public private partnerships, value pricing, and joint development
  • Oversees outreach programs to small and minority-owned businesses to ensure and facilitate access to contract opportunities at Metro
  • Oversees, monitors, and adheres to departments′/units′ budgets, goals, and schedules to ensure agency-wide fiscal responsibility
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation of capital and operating budgets
  • Principles, practices, and program areas related to transit operations
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing regional mobility
  • Local, state, and federal legislative processes and procedures
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Principles and practices of public administration
  • Budget administration
  • Modern management theory
  • Leadership practice

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Planning, organizing, and controlling the integrated work of a multi-tiered public transit organization
  • Developing and implementing objectives, policies, procedures, and internal controls
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, developing and implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of employees, outside representatives, public officials, the media, and the community at large
  • Mediating and negotiating
  • Leading, supervising, training, mentoring, and motivating assigned staff

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Motivate teams to successfully deliver major capital and planning projects
  • Provide innovative solutions to streamline existing operations and processes
  • Handle highly confidential information
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, contracts, and labor/management agreements
  • Represent Metro before the Board of Directors, elected officials and the public
  • Secure state legislation and funding
  • Successfully work through the federal New Starts process
  • Prepare complex comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Attract and develop professional talent
  • Travel to offsite locations and construction sites
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor′s Degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Engineering, Business, or a related field; Master′s Degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Urban Geography, Engineering, Business or a related field preferred


  • Five years of relevant executive management-level experience managing large public transportation organizations with operations, planning, and program management responsibilities

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions


Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.