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Mid-Columbia Economic Development District  - Deputy Director of Transportation

Posted: 1/28/2021
Salary: $65,000 - $72,000 Annual
Location: The Dalles, OR

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, responsible for all aspects of MCEDD transportation programs including regional mobility management and The Link Public Transportation. Oversee all Transportation division planning, operations, development, budgeting and staffing; ensure operational effectiveness and efficiency. Oversee development of transportation options that create a strong transportation system to meet the growing needs of Wasco County and the region. Provide regional leadership on transportation issues, and develop partnerships and support for all MCEDD programs. Support the Executive Director as needed on other projects for the benefit of MCEDD.

The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department. Operations Management • Develop and implement management policies and practices for efficient and cost-effective transportation operations;

  • Mentor, guide and oversee the work of direct reports;
  • Manage transportation contracts and sub-contracts;
  • Ensure efficient and effective management and development of assigned staff, including effective recommendations on hiring, training, addressing employee grievances, and performance evaluations. Ensures adherence to personnel policies and procedures.
  • Manage planning and data functions. Gather and analyze data to evaluate The Link transportation service options and needs.
  • Develop and direct the design, production and distribution of marketing materials for The Link. Ensure online and print materials are up-to-date.
  • Research and implement new transportation options to meet growing needs. Budget and System Planning
  • Oversee the development of program and transportation division budgets. Including assuring program and division budgets and assure programs operate within budget;
  • Identify appropriate funding sources, oversee and sometimes lead grant writing, and oversee grant management activities;
  • Develop appropriate short- and long-term plans for the build-out and financing of the transportation systems;
  • Work with the Finance Manager to ensure that financial systems and procedures meet funder requirements. Outreach and Partnership Development; Develop and Maintain Regional Support for MCEDD Transportation Programs
  • Promote the enhancement of, and facilitate access to, transportation services, including the integration and coordination of services. Develop potential for future expansion of transit options in Wasco County and across municipal boundaries.
  • Ensure an active and engaged Wasco County Public Transportation Advisory Committee is in place to provide feedback on The Link services and policies; 
  • Ensure an active and engaged Transportation Administration Board is in place to provide feedback on the MCEDD transportation division;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local governments; communicate to local/regional leadership the value of MCEDD transportation programs, and solicit/secure local funding allocations to support a strong transportation system;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional partners, including organizations representing transit-dependent populations, transit and mobility options advocacy organizations, businesses, and city/county planning departments;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key funding agencies, including ODOT Public Transit Division, WSDOT, Wasco County, and Coordinated Care Organizations. Ensure organizational responsiveness;
  • Ensure regular, ongoing communication with transit stakeholders and the public.
  • Engage with state-level discussions and committees/work groups that impact transit funding and policies. Organizational Support and Resource Development
  • Act as a thought partner to the Executive Director to pace and drive organizational development and meet core strategic purposes.
  • Market and promote MCEDD in order to retain and attract new business and projects for MCEDD.
  • Make presentations to boards, councils, commissions, civic groups, and the general public describing MCEDD purpose, goals, and services to promote opportunities within the region.
  • In conjunction with Executive Director and Economic Development division leadership, respond to contacts from, or initiate contacts with member governments to identify, define and quantify economic development needs in such areas as public works, housing, recreation, planning, infrastructure, transportation, roads, and other areas which meet the mission of MCEDD.
  • Support other MCEDD projects as needed. Auxiliary Job Functions
  • Follow MCEDD policies and procedures. Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas. Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with other District staff, member organizations, and the general public.
  • Maintain proficiency by attending training and meetings, reading materials, and meeting with others in areas of responsibility.
  • Set goals and establish processes and procedures to accomplish the goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Knowledge and Abilities Broad-based and detailed knowledge of transportation and transit service development principles and practices; Working knowledge of transit operations, project management, budgeting practices, strategic planning and employee development and supervision; Ability to identify, develop, and maintain strategic relationships/contacts with local, regional, and national public agency, non-profit and private industry managers; Ability to effectively instruct and direct staff by assigning, reviewing, and checking work; Ability to identify overall work objectives and priorities, and plan and carry out projects based on such; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; current software skills; proficiency in handling a multitude of varied projects without much guidance; demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships; demonstrated ability to prepare timely, clear, and concise reports; working knowledge of rules and regulations governing local government, state and federal/community development programs; ability to work both independently and in a team environment; consistent reliability; ability to exercise discretion in confidential matters; proficiency in project budgeting and fund management; a positive “can do” attitude, especially to provide superb customer service. Education, Licenses, and Certifications Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, planning or economic development, or related field plus five years of progressively responsible supervisory or managerial service, preferably within a public transportation or transit setting, or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties. A valid Oregon driver's license and access to a private vehicle or equivalent means of transportation will be a condition of employment for all employees whose work duties require, at any time, driving a motor vehicle. Must pass a criminal background check. Desirable Knowledge and Abilities Public transportation or transit experience; Ability to speak and write in Spanish.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools, or controls. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 10 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 25 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required at least 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment. Employee will be required to drive a motor vehicle to travel to various meetings. Reasonable accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. Occasional evening meetings and moderate travel within the region may be required.

Provides direct supervision of staff in assigned division(s). This position also supports and supervises other staff when serving as the delegated authority on behalf of the Executive Director in the Executive Director’s absence.

Works under the general supervision of the Executive Director.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and list of at least three professional references by February 18, 2021 for first-round consideration. Submit applications to or to 802 Chenowith Loop Road, The Dalles, OR 97058. MCEDD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: February 18, 2021