Public Transit Director


Position Title:                Public Transit Director

Reports to:                       County Administrator

FLSA Status:                 Unclassified/Exempt

Hours:                        Full-time, 8:00-4:30 (flexible, nights and weekends expected)

Job Summary: The Public Transit Director, with the direction and guidance of the Huron County Board of Commissioners and County Administrator, shall manage all aspects of Huron County Public Transit (HCPT) in terms of development, administration, daily operations and maintenance. Director is responsible for adopting strategic goals and determining departmental needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Legal compliance
    • Assures adherence to all legal and regulatory statutes and processes.
    • Acts as the Authorized Account Executive for Transit Asset Management (TAM) oversight.
    • Keeps abreast of legislative and regulatory developments that may affect the operation and management of the system.
    • Submits various reports to the State Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to “Blackcat” statistical data, grant requests, grant reports, and Transit Asset Management (TAM) plan data.
    • Monitors and manages compliance with drug and alcohol programs related to transit operations.
    • Oversees procurement of transit assets and ensures compliance with transit specific procurement rules.
    • Produces/oversees production of an annual report as outlined in 306.04(C)18 of the Ohio Revised Code
  • Mission, policy, and planning
    • Implements the Huron County Board of Commissioners’ values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals.
    • Assists the Board and Administrator with monitoring the Department’s relevance and effectiveness in the community, while ensuring positive outcomes.  
    • Keeps the Board and Administrator fully informed on the condition of the Department and on all important factors influencing it.
    • Identifies problems and opportunities and addresses them; brings those which are appropriate to the Board and Administrator; and facilitates discussion and deliberation.
    • Informs the Board and Administrator about trends, issues, problems, and activities relating to the mission. Recommends policy positions.
    • Keeps informed of developments in human services, management and governance, philanthropy, and fund development.
  • Management and administration
    • Provides general oversight of all department activities and assures a smoothly functioning, highly efficient, and effective transportation system.
    • Monitors program quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluations.
    • Fosters a work environment that promotes recruitment, retention, and support of quality staff.
    • Has the authority to recommend hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, or discipline employees.
    • Specifies accountabilities for management personnel and evaluates performance regularly.
    • Performs routine administrative support including, but not limited to answering the phone, responding to rider concerns, ensuring bills are paid monthly, maintaining office inventory, distributing mail, maintaining appointment schedule, preparing purchase orders, and other clerical duties as assigned.
  • Finance
    • Promotes services and processes in a cost-effective manner, maintaining a balance between the economic impacts and the high level of quality that the Department sets.
    • Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and auditing.
    • Works with the Administrator and Huron County Board of Commissioners to ensure financing to support short- and long-term goals.
    • Participates actively in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting partners and funder prospects.
    • Leads the identification and development of grant applications to public and private funding sources.
    • Maintains appropriate financial plans as required by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
    • Manages, applies for, and oversees all transit grant programs desired and/or available to HCPT and ensures compliance with any grant specific rules and/or regulations.
    • Seeks, maintains, and manages departmental contracts for service.
  • Community relations
    • Facilitates the integration of the Department into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities in collaboration with relevant County resources.
    • Strengthens and fosters new partnerships with the Department in ways that meet the community’s needs, furthers the Department’s mission, and increases the Department’s relevance and revenues.
    • Acts as an advocate, within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to the Department, its services, and constituencies.
    • Communicates with the customers to improve services, generate public involvement, and foster awareness of Department’s response to community needs.
    • Serves as chief spokesperson for Department in the community.
    • Initiates, develops, and maintains cooperative relationships with key constituencies.
    • Works with trade association, regulatory agencies, and representatives of transportation systems to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and address the issues of the Department’s constituencies.
    • Establishes a working relationship with the media for the purpose of informing the public of HCPT’s mission, policies and practices in a positive, consistent and credible manner.
    • Travels to training, meetings, and conferences both inside and outside of county.
    • Safeguards information of a confidential or sensitive nature.
    • All other duties assigned by the County Administrator/ Huron County Board of Commissioners.
    • Maintains regular and predictable attendance.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of public transit related programs, rules, procedures, operating metrics, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of government structure and process.
  • Knowledge of County policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of computer software.
  • Skilled in crisis and disaster mitigation.
  • Skilled in managing multiple grants, projects, and contracts at one time.
  • Skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to stay organized and adhere to reporting deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, transportation management, urban planning, business, finance or related field; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities; and
  • Two (2) years of experience working in a state or federally regulated grant-funded public entity or not-for-profit; and
  • Two (2) years of experience with P&L management responsibility; and
  • Valid Ohio driver’s license.

Equipment Operation:

  • All office equipment, including, but not limited to, computers, keyboards, telephone system equipment, copiers, scanners, recorders, projectors, and facsimile machines.

Physical Requirements:

Most work is performed indoors in a climate-controlled environment.  The job requires sitting (sometimes for long periods), standing, walking, bending, stooping, and light lifting (20 pounds), pulling, or reaching. Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.