Before applying, read through each page of the Leadership APTA website to familiarize yourself with the program’s goals and requirements, planned session dates and locations, tuition, fees, and related costs. If you are selected, please ensure you can fulfill the program’s requirements and that you have the full support of your sponsoring organization’s senior and executive leadership.

All required application materials must be submitted to the Leadership APTA applicant site by 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Reminder – Only ONE applicant per APTA Member Organization: APTA member organizations may submit only ONE candidate as your applicant for the Leadership APTA Class of 2020. Organizations submitting more than one applicant run the risk of all applications being disqualified.

Please click on the below link to access the online application.

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How to Apply – Please Read Carefully and Follow All Instructions

Individuals interested in applying for the program must provide the following information:

  1. Online Application: Your completed online application, including applicant profile information.
  2. Essay: Please prepare a 750-word essay. The essay is the written “formal conversation” between you and the Leadership APTA Committee members who select the next class. First, begin your essay with a “Statement of Intent,” a two-to-three sentence paragraph stating why you are applying for the program. Next, address these four questions:
    • What are your areas for personal growth and professional development?
    • How and why you will benefit from the Leadership APTA program?
    • What are your career goals?
    • Where do you see yourself in APTA and the public transportation industry in the future?

PLEASE NOTE: The clarity and quality of your essay is the primary way the committee members will learn about your qualifications and aspirations.

  1. Letter of Recommendation (Supervisor): This letter may come from your direct supervisor, a client, or recent/former public transit agency senior official*. The letter should:
    • Give testimony through concrete examples of your leadership capabilities and why you would benefit from the program at this point in your career.
    • Identify specific areas for professional growth and improvement through participation in the program.

Please note: The Committee will not consider additional letters or recommendations when reviewing an applicant’s packet. The Committee highly discourages any APTA member from petitioning or lobbying the Leadership APTA Committee members to select their candidate.

  1. Letter of Recommendation (General Manager / CEO): The letter must come from the highest-ranking official, e.g., general manager, CEO, or president of the public transit agency, company, or organization sponsoring you as an applicant*.

The letter should:

    • Speak to your leadership growth, career progression, and successes to executive ranks in your organization.
    • Address what contributions to your organization would be envisioned after attending the program.
    • Address the applicant’s anticipated career trajectory. This letter may include references to any special commendations.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are the principal of a small business applying to the program, we ask that your first letter of recommendation come from your Board Chair and the second letter comes from your recent client.

  1. Resume: Your resume needs to include current and past positions with dates of experience in public transportation and related industries. Job descriptions or equivalent documents are not acceptable resume submissions. Please limit your resume to no more than three (3) pages and must be a PDF document.

Please note: A short essay and a 10-page resume are not acceptable application submissions.

Application Tips: You do not need to complete your online application all at once. You can enter your information in stages. After completing each section of the online application, you will have the opportunity to edit, add, or modify your application materials before submitting your application, up until the application deadline, the end of the day, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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