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Title: Executive Director
Company: Greater Portland Transit District (Metro)
Location: Portland, Maine
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 156166
Come join the Greater Portland Transit District (Metro), Maine’s largest fixed route bus service located in the award winning City of Portland. Metro is accepting applications for the pivotal position of Executive Director, the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

Metro, a transit district located in Maine’s largest city, operates a fixed-route bus service in the communities of Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, and Gorham.

Metro is overseen by a 15-member Board of Directors made up of five (5) representatives from the City of Portland, three (3) from the City Westbrook, two (2) from the Town of Falmouth, one (1) from the town of Yarmouth, one (1) from the town of Freeport, one (1) from the Town of Brunswick, and two (2) from the Town of Gorham. The majority of Metro is funded by local entities, federal and state transit funds, and farebox revenues. Metro operates 44 buses with peak ridership of 2,100,000 passengers (2019); more than 1,450,000 vehicle miles per year; employs 115 full time union and nonunion employees, and has an annual operating budget of $16.9 million. Metro has been advancing several projects from the long range Capital Improvement Program including electrifying its fleet, AVL system enhancement and replacement, and is working towards a major facility expansion over the next five (5) to six (6) years. Additionally, Metro is leading the exploration of Maine’s first BRT project.

The Executive Director position reports to the 15-member Board of Directors and is responsible for management and direction of operations, maintenance, vehicle and facilities, strategic vision and planning, responsible growth, finances, procurement, and personnel and public relations of Metro. The individual must be a visionary with demonstrated leadership, organizational, and negotiating skills as well as an excellent written and oral communicator with the ability to assign, coordinate, and evaluate the work of administrative, professional, and technical staff. The individual must have the ability to interface with a wide array of stakeholders, elected officials, regional and community leaders, and customers. The Executive Director serves as a liaison to key local, regional, state, and federal organizations to facilitate collaboration, multimodal transportation planning and funding and to advance the system’s future, including the possibility of consolidating with other transit providers. Familiarity or experience working with organized labor is a plus.

The ideal candidate must be a professional leader who can inspire trust and confidence with integrity, honesty, transparency, and humor combined with creative problem solving. Candidates must possess knowledge of transit laws and regulations; operations and scheduling; local and regional transit issues; report preparation and record keeping techniques; governmental procurement and contracts management; and principles of employee development. Required skills include logistics and analytics, organization, detail orientation, professional judgment, effective communication and correspondence, professional relationship management, and professional public representation.

This position seeks a person with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in business administration, public administration, transportation planning, environmental studies, political science, public policy, or a related field. A master’s degree in one of those fields is highly desirable. While a bachelor’s degree is preferred, equivalent experience will be considered. Candidates should also possess between five (5) and 10 years of progressively more responsible professional-level public transportation-related experience, including multiple years in a supervisory capacity. A combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying.

This is an excellent opportunity that offers attractive compensation, relocation, and equal opportunity. Metro values diversity at all levels of its workforce – all ethnicities, genders, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. To be considered, please visit, select the Metro listing, and upload your letter of interest, resume, salary expectations, and four (4) to five (5) professional references (preferably supervisory and including name, title, phone number, email address, and relationship to you).

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact KL2 Connects LLC’s Kristen Joyner at [email protected]. Thank you!

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