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 Careers At APTA

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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is North America’s foremost organization dedicated to the advancement of public transit. APTA is a nonprofit international association of over 1,500 member organizations which include transit systems, planning, design, construction and finance firms, product and service providers, academic institutions, and state associations and departments of transportation.

The American Public Transportation Association offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. We are on the orange/blue and red Metro lines. To apply for any of the positions listed below, please send resume with salary history and cover letter to:

American Public Transportation Association
ATTN: Human Resources Department
1300 I Street NW
Suite 1200 East
Washington, DC 20005

or email it to or fax to 202-496-4326

Chief Counsel

Washington-based trade association has immediate need for a Chief Counsel responsible for providing oversight for contract preparation, legal advice and counsel to the association and its members. Primary duties include Federal regulatory, overseeing governance issues, drafting legal opinions, contracts and proposed legislation and provide guidance to members concerning labor protection requirements. Requires Law Degree from an accredited law school and be a member of a State bar or the District of Columbia bar, minimum ten-year experience as an attorney, and familiarity with legal issues related to Federal grant programs/Federal procurement requirements particularly with transit and transportation-related issues. Salary commensurate with experience; range is $153,000 - $268,000. APTA typically pays in the 2nd quartile of the range. Metro Center location with excellent benefits.

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Legislative Representative

APTA has immediate need for individual to assist our Government Affairs team in advocating the public transportation industry's positions on federal legislative issues to Members of Congress, the executive branch, outside interests and the general public. Duties will include: conduct meetings with Members of Congress, Congressional staff and Administration officials to communicate industry positions on federal legislative and regulatory issues; assist in developing association strategies to implement federal policies; prepare written materials, such as letters, Congressional Testimony, Issue briefs, etc. to help convey industry positions; analyze and communicate federal activities to associations members, and work with association members to develop industry position’s on legislation or other Congressional or Administration activities. Legislative Representative will have a minimum of 2 years of lobbying experience with a trade association, transit agency, corporation or consulting lobbying firm, or an equivalent level of experience in a Legislative staff position in a congressional office. Bachelor's degree in Transportation, Public Policy, or Public Administration. A Master’s degree a plus. Familiarity with federal transit policies and programs as well as major issues and priorities in public transportation. Familiarity with federal legislative process including transportation authorization, budget, and appropriations, issues. Strong writing and communications skills.

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Program Manager-Technical Services & Standards (Recruiting in Late 2016)
American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will have an opening for a Program Manager-Technical Services & Standards to manage our rail standards program, provide engineering support to industry technical committees, advise on the development of government regulations, engage in technology awareness programs, and provide systems integration support and outreach to our members. Preferred candidate will have one or more years of demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the fields of transportation operations, equipment and standards and a working knowledge of Federal rulemaking processes. B.S. degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university is required. Excellent public speaking and presentation skills and experience are required as well as proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite. Specific knowledge of processes and practices applicable to passenger rail, such as the APTA standards program, AREMA, ASME, IEEE and other standards development organizations and the Code of Federal Regulations as they apply to passenger transportation is highly desirable. Requires the ability to travel to attend and support conferences, seminars, committee meetings and other events related to work objectives


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Director-Safety & Security
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking a Director-Safety & Security to lead the delivery of its Rail and Bus Safety Management Programs which include management of the Safety Audit Program as well as support of the Risk Management and Safety committees. He/she will represent APTA on industry safety efforts and serve as a liaison to relevant government agencies as well as industry partners and institutions. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or a minimum of seven years of related safety experience; prefer Master’s degree and/or 10+ years of direct transportation industry experience in operations, safety assurance or safety engineering as well as experience in the development and oversight of Safety Management Systems (SMS) in a complex operating environment similar to the transit industry; or an equivalent combination of college education and industry-related work experience will also be considered. Other requirements are direct knowledge of and job related experience in the transit industry, strong project management (handling multiple, ongoing projects), willingness to take initiative, strong organizational skills, superior time management/prioritization skills, committee management/engagement experience, exceptional customer service skills and attention to detail. Computer skills include the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); experience with NetForum (or ability to learn within three months). Must be able to travel to assigned conferences and meetings.


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Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

American Public Transportation Association is an equal employment opportunity employer. It is the Association's policy to ensure equal employment opportunity in all aspects of employment. The company strives to employ and promote the best qualified person for each job and in so doing will comply with all legal requirements.

It is the Association's policy to provide equal employment opportunity in full compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, appropriate provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, the federal Executive Orders in connection with, but not limited to, hiring, placement, upgrading, transfer or demotion, recruiting, advertising or solicitation, compensation, training, layoff or termination, participation in social and recreational functions, and use of employee facilities. Further, it is APTA’s policy to maintain and promote nondiscrimination regarding race, color, creed, national origin or ancestry, marital status, gender, physical or mental handicap or other status protected by law unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, religion, political philosophy, unfavorable discharge from military service or age in all phases of employment practices in accordance with all applicable laws and Executive Orders.

It is also the Association's policy to provide equal employment opportunity in compliance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977.

Periodic analyses of all personnel actions will be conducted to ensure fair employment practices are followed. Breach of these policies by any employee will be grounds for disciplinary actions.

A Diversity Plan has been adopted to reaffirm the Association's longstanding and continuing commitment to diversity goals that result in diversity being encouraged, promoted and celebrated throughout all levels of the Association during the normal course of the Association's business and programs.​​​


 Benefits available to all full-time employees

  • Bereavement Leave
  • Education Assistance
  • Fitness Center
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Jury Duty
  • Legal Resources
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Military Leave
  • Paid Time Off
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Tax Deferred Savings 401(k) Plan
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Travel and Accident Insurance
  • Unpaid Leave of Absence
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zipcar
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