Director of Transit
Professional Skills, Personal Traits and Management Style
The successful candidate for the director position will exhibit the skills and traits as outlined below:
• Demonstrates honest and ethical leadership
• Functions as a department leader with the ability to inspire, motivate, guide, direct and challenge department employees to achieve organizational goals, maintaining accessibility to all.
• Participates as a member of the town’s Leadership Team, developing and maintaining a positive relationship with other team members, town council and town staff
• Values a culture of innovation and creativity, and consistently invests in employee development
• Develops and maintains a strong relationship with various stakeholder groups including federal, state and local governmental agencies; Virginia Tech; regional transit systems; regional authorities/commissions; as well as other system partners throughout the region and state
• Values, develops and maintains good public relations with citizens and applicable community groups, as well as the local news media
• Acknowledges the necessity of staying current in the use of technology throughout the system
Education and Knowledge
A bachelor’s degree with coursework in business or public administration, transportation planning or a related field is required. A thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and equipment related to public transportation is also required, along with a general knowledge of the geography of the service area. General knowledge of federal, state and local funding and laws governing vehicular movements is required.
Extensive experience in public transportation planning/management with a minimum of 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience, including a minimum of 5 years in senior management. An additional requirement is experience preparing and monitoring budgets, services, and performance as well as the ability to prepare and present reports.
The candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other town and university officials, other government officials, stakeholders and representatives, vendors, businesses, consultants, employees and the general public. The ability to serve on various committees and boards, as well as facilitate the same, is also a requirement.