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SWTA Executive Director


The following information outlines the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

General Position Summary:

The Executive Director provides overall leadership and management for the Association, its staff and professional contractors. The Executive Director plans, leads, organizes, and assures continuing direction for the Association’s activities, including legislative initiatives, communication and professional development programs, in accordance with the SWTA strategic plan. The Executive Director is a public transportation subject matter expert, advocate and spokesperson for public transit industry; must work closely with national/state agencies, national organizations, staff of key federal transportation committees and SWTA Delegation; facilitates development of and carries out Board priorities; builds strong relationships with the private sector. A primary focus of the Executive Director is to continually strengthen relationships with all SWTA members and provide avenues of engagement. Additionally, the Executive Director holds responsibility for developing and administering the adopted annual budget and the financial integrity of the Association. Requires significant amount of travel to various meetings including site visits.

Job Conditions:

Jobsite can be a home office with access to an office setting in Dallas, Texas. Work does require extensive overnight travel resulting in work outside of customary business hours and overtime. Required to use own car for travel, with own license and insurance.

The Final Selected Candidate:

The Final Selected Candidate will reside within the one of the eight SWTA states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas.

Job Scope:

Incumbent works independently with little to no supervision. Work is highly complex and generally recurring, but often involves new and varied situations. While decisions are made within prescribed guidelines, the incumbent often develops procedures and contributes to concepts. Incumbent is responsible for budget preparation and control of organization capital assets.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Incumbent has supervisory responsibility for entire agency, including direct and indirect reports. The responsibility includes delegating work and coaching staff along with decisions regarding hiring, termination and compensation.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Incumbent has contact with a wide variety of people including both individuals within and outside of SWTA, including elected officials, using both written and verbal communication. Communication frequently includes confidential or sensitive information. Communication includes public speaking.

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Primary Duties

  • Advocacy/Member Services/Outreach. Works with Board to develop annual work plan and legislative agenda. Leads transit advocacy efforts with a number of federal and agency audiences. Oversees a contract with federal representation. Responsible for communicating with federal elected officials and agencies on behalf of SWTA. Makes presentations to variety of local, state and federal groups, and develops presentation materials for Board members. Works with Board as primary staff on special projects; develops Board agendas with Board leadership and participates in Board meetings. Prepares newsletter for members, associate members and others. Responds to information requests and/or assistance from members, public, private and public agencies regarding transit topics; responses may be one-to-one and/or with large groups. Develops relationships with business members and committee members.
  • Financial and General Management. Develops and adheres to approved budget; approves expenditures; seeks out and maintains stable revenue sources. Responsible for diversifying revenue sources for Association. Has contract authority to hire auditor, contracted personnel and other services, as well as major equipment leases or purchases. Negotiates benefits packages for staff. Reviews financial statements including payroll reports, bank statements and audit reports. Responsible for final approval of IRS Form 990, audit reports to Board, and “owner” of Association bank and investment accounts. Supervises organization staff. Leads hiring process for any staff hires.
  • Event Management. Plans and executes the major SWTA events (Conference & Vendor Expo for example), including contract negotiation. Works with elected official’s staff, federal & state agency staff, and other associations’ staff to provide current legislative and industry messaging for Board and SWTA members. Responsible for substantive program, keynote speaker and overall organization for annual conference and expo. Develops board leadership training.
  • Workforce Development. Develops, plans and executes training events for transit attorneys, marketing, mobility, procurement, maintenance, tribal and transit management professionals, including contract negotiation. Responsible for substantive program.
  • Communication Services. Develops and directs creation of newsletter, website, marketing and social media communications to members, elected officials, state, national, federal agencies and the transit business community.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with state and national organizations, transit agency staff, and association members.
  • Member special event visits
  • Other duties as required

Desired Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or commensurate experience may substitute for degree). Five years demonstrated experience as an organization spokesperson. Experience leading an organization, including supervising employees. Alternatively, the minimum qualifications may be met with any combination of experience and training resulting in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Detailed knowledge of public transportation, including funding, regulations and policies
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with members, associate members, guest speakers and vendors
  • Ability to understand and meet customer/member needs
  • Ability to analyze problems and make decisions, sometimes with limited information, and with independent judgment
  • High level of creativity required
  • Excellent time-management
  • Strong organization skills, ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously and delegate tasks
  • Supervisory skills, including coaching & task delegation
  • Ability to effectively communicate in writing and verbally
  • Ability to interpret and explain complicated matters in simple laymen’s terms to a variety of audiences
  • Strong verbal skills, including the ability to speak in front of groups
  • Negotiation, persuasion and advocacy skills
  • Strong business acumen, including organization financial and operational skills
  • Ability to perform work with spreadsheets and complex calculations
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Significant travel to meetings (including overnight travel), varies by month

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