The Executive Director oversees the administration of Delaware County Transit (DCT). This position requires directing highly complex activities with a broad scope. The Executive Director has considerable authority to make and implement decisions; these decisions have a direct and significant impact on a major segment of the economy and the public transit services and funding in Delaware County. The Executive Director is responsible for managing DCT’s budget, operations, and strategic plan. Budgetary responsibilities include annual budget preparation, resource management, and recommending Board approval of contracts with other organizations. The Executive Director must also seek funds from diverse sources, including funds from local, state, and federal grants, in order to ensure both the short-term and long-term effective functioning of the transit system.
The Executive Director reports to the Delaware County Transit Board (DCTB). The Executive Director keeps the DCTB up to date on the activities and performance of the transit system, including demographics of ridership, current and future programs, and the quantity of ridership. The Executive Director will actively participate in the creation, implementation, and evolution of the DCT’s strategic plan through identifying objectives and trends and managing proposals. In pursuit of the strategic plan, the Executive Director will analyze, plan, and implement rules, policies, and programs based upon State and Federal regulations and mandates.
The Executive Director has six direct reports: Operations Director; Mobility Manager and Grants Administration; Controller & HR Coordinator; Community Relations & Marketing; Facilities, Assets, and Technology Manager; and Training, Safety, and Security Manager. The Executive Director is responsible for managing projects and estimating project timelines, monitoring performance, interviewing staff, resolving grievances, and ensuring staff work is in line with program policies and procedures, as well as training, developing, and periodically evaluating staff.
The Executive Director develops cooperative relationships within the workplace, the community, and the region. These strategic relationships include businesses, other political subdivisions, other transit organizations (such as ODOT, COTA, and FTA), and other relevant organizations that can assist in furthering the mission of the DCT, coordinating services, and increasing ridership and revenue. The Executive Director also communicates with the public, keeping the public informed about the transit system and programs, as well as addressing community concerns and inquiries about the transit system and programs.
Other duties include but are not limited to assisting with special projects as needed, keeping up to date with the latest developments in public transit through membership in relevant professional organizations and participation in workshops and training sessions, and any additional duties determined by the Board. The Executive Director will be expected to work outside of regular business hours as needed.
Compensation and Benefits
The expected hiring range is $110,000 – $140,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package. DCT participates in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) with an organizational contribution of 14%.
Residency within the County is not required.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.recruiterbox.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on November 19, 2021. Applications may be subject to open records requests per Ohio law.
Minimum requirements for this position are a bachelor’s degree in public administration, finance, business, engineering, or related field, and seven to ten years of professional experience in a public or private transit agency or similar public or private organization.
Preferred requirements include supervision/management in a public transit organization with experience overseeing state and federal grants. Demonstrated experience in long-term financial planning, budget development, and oversight, operations, engaging with staff at all levels, and developing a management team is also strongly preferred. The ability to work effectively with city, county, and community partners, as well as experience in implementing strategic priorities and leveraging technology to meet customer needs, is also preferred.
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