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American Public Transportation Association

 Director-Rail Transit

American Public Transportation Association seeks a Director-Rail Transit to serve as APTA’s subject-matter expert on rail transit issues, including light rail transit (LRT), streetcar, and heavy rail. The candidate will support APTA’s rail transit system operators; provide expertise on rail transit policy and technical issues; support programming for conferences; support APTA business members; interface with Federal regulatory agencies; and manage and direct APTA’s standards development work for the rail transit industry. 

The individual in this position reports directly to the Assistant Vice President-Technical Services & Innovation and serves as APTA’s resident expert on rail transit issues, including light rail transit (LRT), streetcar, and heavy rail. The individual supports APTA’s rail transit system operators; provides expertise on rail transit policy and technical issues; supports programming for conferences; supports APTA business members; interfaces with Federal regulatory agencies including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); and manages and directs APTA’s standards development work for the rail transit industry. 

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: 

Technical Expertise (40%) 
1. Provide technical expertise regarding operations, maintenance, capital programs, signals and communications for rail transit systems; 
2. Serve as an expert and resource regarding rail technology and trends/innovation in rail transit; 
3. Lead APTA’s Rail Transit Standards Development Program in rail transit areas; provide staff support to APTA rail transit technical working groups, subcommittees and technical forums; and coordinate rail technical meetings at major conferences; 
  • Provide technical session programming for the annual APTA rail conference; 
  • Support and/or serve as Project Manager for the bi-annual light rail & streetcar conference, sponsored jointly with the Transportation Research Board (TRB); 
  • Interface and represent APTA on FTA’s TRACS committee; 
Stakeholder Engagement (35%) 
1. Serve as staff adviser to various rail committees and subcommittees with responsibility for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the committees, working groups, subcommittees and technical forums, including: 
  • Rail Transit Committee 
  • Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee 
  • Light Rail Technical Forum 
  • Ventilation & Fire Life Safety Technical Forum
  • Ventilation & Fire Life Safety Working Group 
  • Automated Transit Technical Forum 
  • Elevator & Escalator Technical Forum 
  • Elevator & Escalator Working Group 
  • Streetcar Subcommittee 
  • Streetcar Working Group 
  • Capital Projects Subcommittee 
  • Rail Transit Operating Practices Working Group 
  • Rail Transit Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Working Group 
  • Rail Transit Fixed Structures Inspection & Maintenance Working Group 
  • Rail Transit Grade Crossing Working Group 
1. Serve as key contact for internal and external stakeholders on rail transit and rail technologies, including APTA Senior Leadership, Board of Directors, Rail Transit CEOs, and other partners. Prepare reports and presentations and communicate with key stakeholders on a regular and seamless basis; 
2. Maintain liaison with companion organizations such as AREMA, TRB and other related organizations; 
  • Establish contact and maintain working relationships with critical contacts at federal agencies including FTA and FRA; 
  • Engage industry professionals, academics, researchers, media, conference audiences, and other stakeholders on rail transit initiatives; 
Strategic Leadership (15%) 
1. Promote APTA’s mission and vision in a confident and consistent manner via media appearances, interviews, listening sessions, focus groups, and conference speaking roles in addition to other activities; 
2. Provide input to and execute APTA’s Strategic Plan in accordance with APTA’s mission; 
  • Manage special projects on behalf of the industry for subject matters related to rail technology; 
Other (10%) 
  • Develop budget proposals for the rail transit work programs including consultant contracts. Manage and monitor expenses for assigned funds; 
  • Manage rail transit technical working groups, subcommittees and technical forums community pages on the APTA web site. Ensure that pages are updated regularly for content and current information; 
  • Facilitate peer reviews related to rail transit; 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Program Management: 
1. Timely and highly responsive support of rail-related committees and working groups; 
2. Competency in funds and other resource management; 
3. Leadership on development of Standards; 
4. Initiatives new ideas in support of APTA Members’ needs; 
5. Degree of coordination with internal and external resources, including engagement of the FTA and FRA as appropriate; 
6. Degree to which individual can help Members anticipate trends and changing technologies as well as prepare our Members for change.
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