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Ride Cities Jan 03

COIC/CET is hiring a Transportation Director!

Author: Derek Hofbauer | Posted on

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council/Cascades East Transit is hiring a Transportation Director. Visit and select Transportation Director to apply for this position. Details are below:


The Transportation Director is responsible for all aspects of COIC transportation programs including Cascades East Transit (CET). Oversee all Transportation Department 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 the region.  Provide regional leadership on transportation issues, and develops partnerships and support for all CET programs.


Operations Management

  • Develop and implement management policies and practices for efficient and cost-effective transportation operations;
  • Mentor, guide and oversee the work of supervisors/managers;
  • Participate in union contract negotiations; ensure productive interaction with union representatives;
  • Manage department contracts and subcontracts;
  • Ensure efficient and effective staff management and staff development;
  • Manage planning, data, and technology functions;
  • Research and implement new transportation options to meet growing regional needs.

Budget and System Planning

  • Oversee the development of program and transportation departmental budgets; ensure all programs operate within established budget;
  • Oversee grant writing and grant management activities;
  • Develop appropriate short and long term plans for the build-out and financing of the transportation systems;
  • Ensure financial systems and procedures meet funder requirements and are consistent with applicable OMB Circulars and other statutory requirements.

Statewide Activities

  • Engage with state-level discussions and committees/workgroups that impact transit funding and policies.

Outreach and Partnership Development; Develop and Maintain Regional Support for COIC Transportation Programs

  • Ensure an active and engaged regional Public Transit Advisory Committee is in place to provide feedback on CET services and policies;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local governments; communicate to local/regional leadership the value of the CET systems, 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, ODOT Region 4, Coordinated Care Organizations, and Department of Human Services. Ensure organizational responsiveness;
  • Ensure regular, ongoing communication with transit stakeholders and the public.


  • Broad-based and detailed knowledge of transportation and transit service development principles and practices;
  • Ability to manage a large and complex operations system;
  • Working knowledge of transit operations, project management, budgeting practices, labor relations, 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;
  • Work independently and effectively under pressure without close supervision;
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and work as a team;
  • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Exhibit courtesy and professionalism to represent COIC in a manner that will maintain and promote the positive reputation of the organization;
  • Exercise discretion in confidential matters;
  • 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.


Bachelor’s degree plus five years of progressively responsible supervisory or managerial service, preferably within a public transportation or transit setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to sufficiently perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. 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. Must be proficient in the use of Excel, Word and MS Office Suite.

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to clearly communicate in person or over the telephone. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision to read printed materials and a computer screen. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee may be required to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds. Employee will be required to drive a motor vehicle to travel to various work sites. Reasonable accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Moderately low level of personal risk encountered while performing assigned work.  Job conditions are occasionally uncomfortable relative to noise, temperature, inside/outside work, dirty conditions, or interactions with angry or hostile individuals, exposure to contagious disease, etc.

Exposure to Confidential Information:  HIPAA, Payroll.


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