Regional Transit Authority Seeks CEO


Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Posted: June 17, 2013
Position Type: Full-Time
Primary Industry: Public Transportation
Location: Southeast Michigan


Organization Information:  
A new Regional Transit Authority (the “RTA”) of Southeast Michigan was created through state legislation on December 19, 2012 (MI P.A. 387, 2012). The RTA service area is comprised of the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne. It is governed by a ten member board with two representatives from each of

the participating counties, one representative from the City of Detroit, and one non-voting member appointed by the governor who serves as the chair. The purpose of the RTA is to coordinate the activities of the existing transit agencies within its jurisdiction and secure funding to improve and enhance public transportation within the four county area and the city of Detroit.

The immediate task for the CEO will be to take the lead executive responsibility in developing a regional transit plan and securing a local dedicated source of funding for the RTA service region that will be positively embraced and approved by the taxpayers of the region through a vote of the people. The anticipated timetable for the vote is November 2014.

Job Description:
The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan seeks an outstanding individual as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The CEO will take the lead role for the Authority in developing an approved transit plan and a local dedicated funding vehicle for the RTA service area. The CEO will provide the leadership in organizing the effort to secure a positive vote to support a dedicated local source of funding.

The CEO will have overall responsibility for all aspects of the RTA administration and operations. This individual has oversight and overall accountability and responsibility for the RTA¡¦s capital development program. These programs include coordination of existing and future expansion of public transportation. The CEO has coordination responsibilities consistent with the Board-approved regional transit plan for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA), Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC), and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).

Over the next one to three years, these responsibilities are anticipated to include:

  • Guiding development of the RTA’s initial budget and staffing, and charting a path to fiscal sustainability for the authority
  • Creating the first regional transit plan for the four-county metro Detroit area
    Leading public engagement and education of the RTA’s activities in advance of an expected ballot campaign for regional transit funding
  • Identifying and leading the implementation of opportunities for coordination and collaboration between the region¡¦s local transit authorities
  • Responsibility for the RTA’s capital development program, including directing Alternatives Analyses

Employment Standards:
Successful candidates will have considerable experience in a public transit agency, particularly in planning, designing, and managing public transit projects, raising funding from private and public sources, running campaigns for public approval of bonding, millages and other proposals, and working with local, state and federal appointed and elected officials. Experience with Michigan local government is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s preferred.



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