Executive Director for Rock Region Metro

  • Rock Region Metro
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Jan 03, 2018
Full Time Administration and Management Transportation or Transit Executive, Management
  • Salary: $125,000 to $165,000
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816-868-7042
  • Apply By: Feb 14, 2018




 (Salary Range $125,000 to $165,000 DOQ/E Plus Excellent Benefits)

Rock Region Metro’s Board of Directors is seeking a strong and visionary leader to aggressively continue the agency’s progress in the implementation of its strategic initiatives and priorities.  This will require candidates with outstanding communication and management skills, and an established record of teamwork, innovation, and knowledge of industry best practices.  Located in greater Little Rock, Rock Region METRO has a core mission to advance and operate a regional network of transit operations that serves nearly 3 million passengers per year for the cities of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Jacksonville, Sherwood and Pulaski County.  As the capital city of Arkansas, Little Rock’s MSA grew 5.5 percent from 2010 to 2017, with a regional population approaching 750,000. Centrally located in the United States, the region has achieved tremendous success recently with nationally recognized museums, award winning restaurants and outstanding cultural arts.

METRO is comprised of three distinct operations: METRO Local, a fixed-route bus service for Pulaski County consisting of twenty-one fixed routes and four express routes covering 51,000 miles weekly; METRO Streetcar, a rail system operating in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock with a 3.4-mile streetcar system covering 1,080 miles weekly; and, METRO Links, an on-demand paratransit service covering 12,500 miles weekly.  Originally known as the Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA), METRO was created in 1986 using an interlocal agreement among the municipalities making up the transit service area, and chartering METRO as a public corporation.  Rock Region METRO has established a reputation for providing excellent public transit services to its customers and seeks a talented leader to continue the organization’s progress. 

METRO is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors that meets monthly and is appointed by local elected officials; five members representing the City of Little Rock, three representing North Little Rock, two representing Pulaski County, and one member each representing the cities of Sherwood and Maumelle. METRO is funded by annual appropriation from each of its local funding partners, direct operations revenue, and by Federal and State revenues. 

Job Description

The Executive Director serves as METRO’s chief executive officer and will be responsible for the overall leadership, development, and management of the organization, and assists the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of policies, financial strategies, and service delivery initiatives to serve public transit customers and the region.  The Executive Director will have four directors overseeing Operations, Finance, Maintenance, and Public Engagement, with an annual operating budget exceeding $18M for FY 2018.  The METRO workforce is comprised of 203 employees (including 140 operators/drivers.)  The Fixed-Route and Links Paratransit Operators/Drivers, and non-exempt Maintenance employees are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (ATU) Local 704.  

Job Requirements

 The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with a focus in transportation, management, engineering, or business management; a Master’s Degree is preferred.  A minimum of five to ten years of management experience in an urban transportation system, or related field is desired.  

Special Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1738.This position is open until filled; First review deadline is Wed., Feb. 14, 2018.  Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure.  For more information, please contact Art Davis at adavis@springsted.com, or by phone at 816.868.7042; or contact Chuck Rohre at crohre@springsted.com, or by phone at 214.466.2436.

Additional Information

Rock Region METRO is an equal opportunity employer, and considers all qualified candidates regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. EOE

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