DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Vice President of Workforce Development and Educational Services is responsible for establishing and implementing plans and programs for education, development, and strategic initiatives for employees of APTA’s member organizations.

Specifically, the Vice President will be responsible for leading and managing the following areas:

  • Workforce Development
  • Educational Services
  • APTA’s Foundation (APTF)

The Vice President will be a leader in the establishment of employee best practices across the transit industry, providing education and development for future leaders, and cultivating thought leadership in the industry. Under the direction of the CEO, the Vice President will lead innovative programs for top talent across public transportation and support APTA’s member agencies with their unique workforce and succession challenges.

The Vice President’s duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Plan and develop initiatives to help address critical workforce challenges at APTA member agencies, including labor shortages.
  • Provide thought leadership on workforce development in the transit
  • Promote and execute programs and initiatives that support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the industry and for APTA’s member agencies.
  • Develop and distribute resources, programs, and educational materials for APTA’s member
  • Identify and establish relationships with key industry stakeholders, organizations, and
  • Partner with other transit, transportation, and mobility organizations including the FTA, TCRP, TRB and other organizations to provide workforce development curriculum, webinars, meetings, and other programming.
  • Identify funding and grant opportunities for additional workforce development initiatives that can provide greater support to APTA members.
  • Manage, direct, advise and lead strategic direction and departments responsible for all educational programming including Leadership APTA, APTA’s Emerging Leaders program and any other future programs that may be desired by membership and approved by APTA.
  • Support APTA committees including the Access Committee, APTF Board of Directors, Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership APTA and the Workforce Development Committee.
  • Work collaboratively with APTF’s Board of Directors in managing the scholarship fund and its affairs including oversight of scholarship programs and education initiatives, fundraising events, and marketing.
  • Source APTF funding and manage the distributions of money to scholarship
  • Advise and collaborate with the CEO on current and future workforce development and educational strategy and programs.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with union leadership and engage with members all levels of their organizations including frontline employees, the Board, the executive team, and external
  • Seek to identify and implement new technology, innovative learning systems, and distribute content to member agencies effectively.
  • Represent APTA on numerous national boards, councils, panels, and committees including the National Transit Institute; Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; Transportation Learning Center; the Transportation Research Board; and the Transit Cooperative Research Program.
  • Aggregate and disseminate career and technical resources, up-to-date information on certifications and credentials for employees, and FTA standards.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The ideal candidate will possess or be capable of quickly learning the following skills and attributes.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and mindset and the ability to formulate strategic, outside-the-box and innovative plans and solutions.
  • Self-starter who is willing to take calculated risks that will offer new approaches to increase member value.
  • Ability to build strong industry relationships to supplement APTA’s knowledge base and
  • Experience in raising and managing funds in a non-profit
  • Ability to challenge the industry and peers to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of workforce and educational development.
  • Communicate in a way that is engaging, personable, and compelling for all
  • Maintain an understanding of current and upcoming technology, industry trends, and innovations that can be leveraged to improve APTA’s programs.
  • Ability to apply experience and knowledge to improve transit best
  • Ability to instill confidence as the “go-to” person for a variety of programs related to workforce development, educational services, and scholarships.
  • Ability to look at the big picture to drive long-term outcomes while also achieving short-term

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources Management, Public Administration, or related field. Master’s degree is preferred. Seven (7) years of strategic workforce development or human resources experience working for a large, complex organization comparable to APTA. In lieu of a degree, a combination of relevant education and experience will be considered.

For more information, or to submit a resume and cover letter, please reach out to Gregg Moser, Principal at K&A, at gmoser@kapartners.com.

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