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American Public Transportation Association

 Director-Bus, Paratransit & Surface Transit

The individual in this position reports to the Vice President-Operations & Member Services and performs work related to public transit bus, paratransit and surface modal operations, technology, design, and maintenance consistent with APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements. This position is also responsible for both the technical aspects and oversight of the Bus Transit Program in APTA’s Standards Development Program. The individual is responsible for program management in performance of tasks as defined, for new program development, for APTA committee liaison, workshops, and conferences as assigned, and for pursuit of specific project assignments and department-stated goals and objectives.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 
Serves as the Staff Advisor to and provides staff support for the following committees: 
  • Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee 
  • Mid-Size Operations Committee 
  • Small Operations Committee 
  • Bus Technical Maintenance Committee 
  • Clean Propulsion Committee 
  • Bus Standards Policy and Planning Committee 
  • Bus Rapid Transit Council 
Performs a major supporting role by developing bus technology/management sessions for: 
  • Annual Meeting 
  • Bus and Paratransit Conference 
  • Transit CEOs Seminar 
  • Program Planning activities 
Serves as a knowledge expert on bus operations, design, technology and maintenance issues to the transit industry to include: 

Acting as liaison with TRB, EPA, NHTSA, NFPA, SAE, MUTCD, CSA and other organizations; Work closely with other APTA staff on surface transportation policy topics such as BRT, traffic signal prioritization, parking, autonomous and connected vehicles, shuttles and paratransit operations; 

Reviews and distributes proposed federal rulemaking to committees for comments which may include coordination and preparation of transit industry position;

Serves as Project Manager and Program Coordinator for the Bus Standards Development Program including: 
  • Technical Group oversight and facilitation 
  • Program development and work plan 
  • Budget 
  • Staff and contractor oversight 
  • Reports and presentations promoting bus standards integration and use 
Participates in and provides leadership, as needed, for Peer Review activities related to bus programs or other topics as needed; 

Conducts research regarding transit bus technology, design, bus maintenance, and related areas and communicating with representatives of transit industry regarding possible future studies; and performs such other specific assignments as may be appropriate in support of APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements; 

Supervises and coordinates work performed by Technical Services staff in support of bus and standards activities.

  1. The degree to which programs are managed in an efficient and professional manner to achieve work tasks while maintaining cost control and performance that includes applying modifications and redesigns in a timely manner; 
  2. The degree to which programs are managed to ensure proper representation by transit systems regarding issues in public transit bus technology, design, operations, maintenance, procurement and materials management and related areas; 
  3. The degree to which all elements of program execution are properly coordinated and supervised as measured by effective achievement of program objectives; 
  4. The degree to which research is conducted with meaningful results which are of utility to APTA’s members with timeliness of research activities, and with effective communication of the results; and the quality and effectiveness of all other support given to APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements. 

A BA/BS degree in Engineering is preferred, although other fields of study will be considered along with 8 years minimum of related experience, including demonstrated project and/or technical management expertise. Direct experience in engineering at a transit agency is preferred. Experience in alternative fuel technology and autonomous vehicles is also preferred. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with people and organizations as well as work independently and under pressure meeting multiple deadlines. Must be willing to travel to support reviews, committees and conferences.  

Metro Center location with excellent benefits. Send cover letter and resume with salary history to: Human Resources, American Public Transportation Association, 1300 Eye Street, NW, Suite 1200 East, Washington, DC 20005, email to or fax to 202-496-4326. EOE M/F/D Principals Only.
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