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CITY OF PHOENIX: Assistant Public Transit Director


The City of Phoenix seeks an effective, results-oriented professional to fill the position of Assistant Public Transit Director. The successful candidate will manage employees in the Public Transit Department’s Management Services Division, Fiscal Services section, Contracts section, and Information Technology section. These areas prepare and interpret complex financial and administrative reports, including short- and long-term revenue forecasting and budgeting; provide financial, procurement, federal compliance and audit support for departmental needs; apply for and manage grant applications and administer awarded grant funds; manage the department’s technology projects and regional I.T. support functions; direct and participate in management studies and analyze programs and implement solutions; serve on and lead interdepartmental project groups or special projects; interact with other city departments and regional transit partners and represent the city when dealing with federal, state, county, and local agencies regarding public transit issues and funding needs; demonstrate continuous efforts to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.

Department resources include an annual operating budget of approximately $300 million, a five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of $1.2 billion, and a staff of 121 employees committed to delivering safe, quality public transit services throughout Phoenix and adjacent cities. The Assistant Director supports the department Director in the administration, leadership, management, and operation of the Public Transit Department, including local and regional bus, light rail, and paratransit services, as well as in the department’s Designated Recipient role as it relates to the region’s Federal Transit Administration funding and oversight programs. Work is performed with considerable discretion and a high degree of independent judgment, including acting as the department’s liaison to regional transit partner agencies. The position consults with the City Manager’s Office, department heads, and elected officials in implementing cost-effective services and maximizing resources. The position leads the department’s financial advisory services and fiscal reporting in support of the implementation of Phoenix’s Transportation 2050 Plan. Approved in August 2015, the plan expands investments throughout Phoenix for bus service, light rail construction, and street improvements through 2050.

This recruitment and any interview process as a result of this recruitment may be used by multiple hiring managers and multiple departments throughout the City to fill any related current or future vacancies; other recruitments and appropriate eligible lists may also be considered.

A comprehensive Executive benefits package is offered which includes:

Traditional pension with employer and employee contributions; choice of medical HMO, PPO, HSA/HDHP plan; wellness incentive of up to $720 annually; dental; vision; life insurance; long-term disability; medical enrollment includes a monthly $150 City contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan; bus/light rail pass; tuition reimbursement; paid time off includes 11.5 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 15 sick days.  For more details, visit: Executive Benefits.

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The City of Phoenix has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling from a federal judge which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide. If the requirement is reinstated, the City of Phoenix may require new hires to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment. After a conditional offer has been extended, candidates may request a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.


Recruitment closes February 22, 2022. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.


Apply online at by completing the required information and attaching, as one document, your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. Only the highest qualified may be posted to the eligible to hire list. The results of the resume screening process will be sent to your primary email address.


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Asst Public Transit Director: Job Code 17870, ID# 43775

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City of Phoenix is an equal opportunity employer. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni who meet the required qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Desired Education & Experience

  • The most qualified candidates will possess strong leadership skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to manage staff from a variety of disciplines.
  • Five years of responsible experience in planning, organizing and directing a large public transit or related operation
  • Three years in an administrative and supervisory capacity
  • Bachelors degree in public administration or a related field
  • Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.

Desired Skills & Abilities

  • Familiarity with the Phoenix region's transit system structure and a proven history of collaborating with internal and external stakeholders throughout the provision of public services.
  • Candidates will have demonstrated the ability to plan, organize, and direct activities related to the department's accounting, procurements, sales tax collections, investments, and debt management.

Salary Range

to Up to $149,385.60 annually.  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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