The Director–Transit Technology and Innovation reports to the Vice President-Technical Services & Innovation and is responsible for the advancement of current and innovative transit technologies and fare collection in all aspects of the Association’s activities. The Director–Transit Technology and Innovation works in conjunction with the staff of the Technical Services & Innovation Department as well as within other APTA departments.  Duties of the director include: acts as APTA’s primary resource on new technologies impacting transportation, including digital apps, data and privacy issues, and transit planning, mapping and payments; supports programming for conferences; supports business members, interfaces with Federal regulatory agencies including the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration; and manages and directs APTA’s Technology Standards development work.


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

Technical Expertise (40%)

  • Serves as an expert and resource regarding transit technology, and trends/innovation in all transit modes and other mobility options, including expertise regarding digital apps and travel planning, mapping and payment systems;
  • Maintains liaison between the Association and outside Technical Services organizations such as the Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Research Board, Intelligent Transportation Systems of America, IEEE and other professional and industry associations which are intended to further the research and technology agenda of the transit industry;
  • Responsible for the technical content of APTA meetings and conferences and actively pursue the incorporation of new and advanced subject matter in all APTA activities;
  • Leads the development and programming for APTAtech, the industry’s technology conference as well as other workshops;
  • Directs the activities of professional services contractors required to support the work of the department including the establishment of technical scope, budget and schedule requirements and performance oversight.

Stakeholder Engagement (35%)

  • Serves as staff advisor for APTA’s Research and Technology Committee and its subcommittees, and for the Fare Collection Systems Committee, and other committees as may be appropriate;
  • Serves as key contact for internal and external stakeholders on transit technologies, including APTA Senior Leadership, Board of Directors, Transit CEOs, and other partners. Prepares reports and presentations and communicate with key stakeholders on a regular and seamless basis;
  • Engages industry professionals, academics, researchers, media, conference audiences, and other stakeholders on technology and innovation initiatives;
  • Outreach to other organizations such as the Canadian Urban Transit Association and UITP;
  • Assists in the management of APTA resources in response to externally directed tasks or to manage subcontract activity directed by APTA including FTA, TRB, FRA and JPO;
  • Manages Technology Standards Program with in APTA’s Standards Development Program.

Strategic Leadership (15%)

  • Promotes 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;
  • Provides input to, and execute APTA’s Strategic Plan in accordance with APTA’s mission;
  • Manages special projects on behalf of the industry on subject matter related to transit technologies.

Other (10%)

  • Develops budget proposals for the technology work programs including consultant contracts. Manages and monitors expenses for assigned funds;
  • Manages technical working groups, subcommittees and technical forums community pages on the APTA web site. Ensures that pages are updated regularly for content and current information;
  • Facilitates peer reviews related to technology and fare collection activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • The degree to which programs are managed to achieve the work tasks while maintaining control of the projects;
  • The degree to which budgets and schedules adhere to contract activities;
  • The degree to which the APTA Management is kept informed of the activities;
  • The degree to which a high level of cooperation and communication is achieved and maintained with staff in being responsive to the Association membership, and other organizations, to achieve the stated goals and objectives;
  • The degree to which communication and effective results are achieved;
  • The degree of compliance with progress reporting and financial adherence to internal and external contracting activities.


Successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in a technical specialty coupled with a minimum of 7 years’ experience in transit operations (preferred).  Demonstrated equivalent experience will be considered. Familiarity with current FTA and other federal programs is a plus. 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 peer reviews as well as APTA committees and conferences.

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