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Colorado DOT: Transit and Rail Deputy Director


About the Work Unit

The Division of Transit and Rail, per CRS 43-1-117.5, is responsible for the planning, development, finance, operation, and integration of transit and rail services, including, where appropriate, advanced guideway systems, into the statewide transportation system. The Division in coordination with other transit and rail providers, plan, promote, and implement investments in transit and rail services statewide.

About the Position
As the Deputy Director, you will serve as the principal strategist and steward of resources for CDOT’s FTA-funded programs and provide executive leadership and guidance for achieving best practices in the management and delivery of FTA programs. You will oversee three business units, including the Transit Programming unit, the Transit Program Administration Unit, and the Transit Budget and Financial Management Unit.

Work Environment:

  • Your schedule will primarily be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday, but we are flexible to meet your work/life balance needs while ensuring CDOT business needs are met.
  • You will likely work a hybrid schedule with a combination of in-office and remote work.
  • Occasional travel required across Colorado for meetings and presentations
  • Occasional overnight travel

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment screening which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information is in the supplemental information section.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated will be required to submit to twice-weekly serial testing. Testing details will be provided during the onboarding process. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination or begin twice-weekly serial testing for COVID-19. Testing will take place in-person/at home/TBD and will be considered paid work time. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. (10/27/21)

Primary Duties

  • Provide senior-level leadership for FTA-funded programs, setting the vision and strategy for these programs.
  • Directly supervise professional-level staff and managers to include performance management, team building, feedback, and coaching.
  • Planning, directing, and executing the FTA Transit program to planning annual and long-term budgets.
  • In coordination with the Director provide and implement the strategic vision, leadership, and coaching to assigned units.
  • Establish performance metrics to assess policy and program progress and effectiveness. And initiate system and process improvement to continually improve the quality of the programs, products, and services.
  • Serve as a collaborative strategic business partner within CDOT and with local governments, public agencies, and private entities.
  • Represent DTR on the Transit and Rail Advisory Committee.
  • Direct the implementation and maintenance of grant management software, and establish integration of said software with other CDOT software
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Education & Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business administration, finance, marketing, accounting, political science, communication, or a closely related field.
  • Six years of professional experience in a management position, two of which must have included experience with public or business administration establishing goals and objectives, as well as developing and managing budgets to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Additional work experience in a transit agency may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor’s degree but not for the specific experience.
  • A graduate degree in one of the fields listed above will substitute for the required six years of transit management experience, but not the specific two years of experience.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • The exceptional applicant will be an experienced transit management professional and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section.
  • State service experience related to the duties of this position.
  • Master’s degree in business, finance, engineering, planning, or public administration.
  • Experience leading high-performance teams including, including experience with carrying out HR processes.
  • Direct transit agency management experience, preferably at the senior or executive management level.
  • Demonstrated success in project delivery.
  • Experience working with complex issues.
  • Demonstrated success managing change and ability to adapt to changing environments.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated success partnering with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations that may be politically sensitive.
  • Leadership and vision across multidisciplinary groups.
  • Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem-solving ability.
  • Effective communication style and interpersonal skills that incorporate consensus building and participative decision making.
  • Coaching mentoring, challenging, and supervising professional and support staff in order to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Adapting leadership styles to various situations, modeling high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily.

Salary Range

$7,795.00 Monthly to $10,213.00 Monthly
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