Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HDD ($222,664.00 - $278,844.80 - $335,025.60)
Job Summary

Leads the strategic direction for the future of the agency and defines Metro objectives, while serving as the bridge between public and private sector on innovation and implementing new pilot programs; directs and oversees the Public Private Partnership (P3) Program that will improve and accelerate mobility and accessibility projects in Los Angeles County.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides leadership for the department in identifying organizational objectives for innovation, facilitating interactions with innovators, and implementing challenging new initiatives
  • Consults with and recommends to the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) strategic direction and establish goals and major priorities for the Office of Extraordinary Innovation
  • Initiates and completes comprehensive strategic planning process that includes input from Metro′s Board of Directors, employees, stakeholders, and local/national partners, that will set the strategic direction of the agency for the next decade or more
  • Works with the CEO and Planning, Finance, and Construction/Engineering departments to develop a performance-based investment strategy for Metro
  • Plans, develops, implements, evaluates, and directs the activities, programs, policies and procedures, and employees of the Office of Extraordinary Innovation
  • Leads staff in inter-departmental and inter-agency collaboration and partnership
  • Suggests and initiates different and unique ideas to improve mobility and accessibility in Los Angeles
  • Partners with the academic community, learned transportation professionals, and the private sector to research past and leading-edge ideas and philosophies to address current and anticipated transportation challenges and concerns to determine how those ideas can benefit Los Angeles County and even the world
  • Collaborates with outside and partner governmental agencies, the private sector, and policy makers to create effective and results-based partnerships
  • Analyzes, develops, and supervises implementation of innovative means of funding and financing transportation projects and services
  • Directs the multi-agency project team in evaluating unsolicited proposals for any type of new and innovative projects, that could include P3 Program delivery, technology, revenue generation, cost efficiency, ridership increases, etc., to determine technical or financial merit
  • Facilitates the process to ensure the P3 concessionaire′s compliance to the P3 agreement terms and conditions
  • Works with finance and budget to oversee Metro′s P3 Program activities to ensure appropriate levels of resource allocations
  • Establishes procedures in coordination with Metro units/departments to ensure that construction-related activities conform to Metro policies, federal regulations, and all applicable state and local laws
  • Manages department, including developing, monitoring, and adhering to budget and achieving unit′s goals and objectives
  • 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)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of program management, procurement, and public policy
  • Transportation planning history and theory
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Federal, state, and local political structures
  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing transportation programs
  • Public administration
  • Modern management theory

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

  • Planning, organizing, and controlling the work of an innovative, dynamic organizational unit in an effort to improve mobility in Los Angeles County
  • Developing and implementing objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, implementing solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Critical thinking for effective problem definition and resolution
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees, outside representatives, and public officials
  • Facilitating and negotiating at individual and group levels
  • Building and managing effective teams

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

  • Adjust to changing political and policy environments
  • Manage time with hyper-efficiency
  • Work successfully different personality types
  • Think proactively and creatively; embrace innovation
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, and contracts
  • Represent Metro before elected officials, the private sector, and the public
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • 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 Business, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, or a related field; Master′s Degree in a related field preferred


  • Five years of relevant executive management-level experience performing transportation planning, policy, program management, and/or project development/management, including experience dealing with Boards and with public interaction

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.