BASIC FUNCTION:           

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), this position leads APTA’s Standards Program and serves as the resource within the association on technical issues and best practices. 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. In addition, APTA periodically seeks grants from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under federal standards programs. If any such grants are awarded, the Director will be responsible for leading and managing the related work.


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

  • Managing and directing 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;
  • Determining the need for procuring and managing consultants required to support standards program activities;
  • Serving as the program/project manager for any supplemental grants awarded by FTA or FRA to develop industry standards;
  • Providing general support across APTA in technical areas, directing staff to industry experts, providing best-practices, and identifying areas requiring new standards and best practices; and
  • Supporting and participating in APTA peer reviews and other departmental activities.


  • 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; and
  • The degree to which there is continued support for the Standards Program amongst APTA membership and APTA members remain engaged and proactive in supporting APTA work to develop best practices and new standards.


Bachelor’s degree or higher, coupled with a minimum of five years’ experience in transit or standards development. Prior involvement in APTA’s standards program or other national standards development organizations is a plus. 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 conferences.


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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