BASIC FUNCTION:           

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), this position leads APTA’s Standards Program and serves as the primary engineering resource within the association.  For standards, the Director manages the standards-generation process, including oversight of staff and supporting consultants, prioritization of the standards projects, development of metrics to guide the standards program, and interfaces with the working groups and policy and planning committees involved in generating and maintaining standards.  As the association’s primary engineer, the Director will lead APTA’s rail and bus engineering initiatives. This involves working closely with industry, academia, and federal partners, serving as staff advisor to technical committees, providing guidance to APTA members on technical and engineering issues, as well as supporting other APTA staff on rail, bus, zero emission, engineering, and technology related topics.


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

  • Standards: Manages and directs APTA’s Standards Program, which includes a current inventory of 350 standards and best practices:
    • Advising and providing recommendations to the Standards Development Oversight Council, various standards policy and planning committees, and numerous standards modal working groups;
    • Supporting and overseeing APTA staff advisors that support the different standards committees and working groups;
    • Regularly reporting on the standards program;
    • Developing and accounting for the standards program budget;
    • Developing and tracking metrics that measure the use and value of standards across the transportation industry; and
    • Determining the need for procuring and managing consultants required to support standards program activities.
  • Engineering:
    • Serving as the Staff Advisor for various technical committees and technical forums.  Specific committees may include Research and Technology, Automated Vehicles, Rolling Stock, Track, Noise and Vibration, and other technical areas as assigned;
    • Maintaining leadership and engagement with key industry, professional and technical organizations such as AAR, TRB, ASME and AREMA; supporting and engaging with academia and research agencies on technical topics; and acting as a liaison with the international transit industry on the engineering and technology topics;
    • Providing guidance to APTA staff and members on technical and engineering issues relating to federal grants and procurement, proposed legislation and regulations, and requests from federal agencies for comment;
    • Coordinating with and representing APTA members regarding technical and engineering issues before the Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, the National Transit Safety Board, and other federal agencies;
    • Creating and managing conference sessions and webinars on technical and engineering issues, including the selection of topics and speakers.  This includes sessions at the Mobility, Rail, TRANSform, APTAtech, and Sustainability Conferences; and
    • Recommending areas and topics for research through APTA and TRB.


  • The success of the APTA Standards Program measured by relevance and value of the program to members, the impact on the industry, and budget compliance;
  • The degree to which APTA is well positioned to embrace new innovations in technology and the development of meaningful relationships with industry and government organizations to move programs forward;
  • The degree to which engineering disciplines and technologies are supported within the organization and key strategic plans developed for building expertise and developing staff to meet future challenges; and
  • The degree to which research is conducted with meaningful results which are of utility to APTA’s members, with timeliness of research activities, and effective communication of the results as well as the quality and effectiveness of all other support given to APTA objectives and APTA members’ requirements.


Bachelor’s degree or higher in mechanical or civil engineering, coupled with a minimum of seven years’ experience in rail or bus engineering as well as and strong familiarity with the preparation and use of national standards.  Prior involvement in APTA’s standards program is a plus, as is experience with railroad signal, rail car design or zero-emission vehicle technology.  Must have excellent leadership and program management skills, 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 committee meetings and


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Performance of duties requires the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel. The job frequently requires the ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


APTA values the safety of our employees and in support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or you must request an exemption from the APTA HR Office. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working for APTA.

Persons interested in applying for this position should submit their cover letter and resume to the Vice President-Human Resources & Administration via email at

APTA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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