The mission of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Regional Offices is to help provide and improve public transportation in America’s communities. To accomplish this mission, FTA supports research, training and information dissemination, demonstration projects, and deployment programs aimed at increasing transit ridership, improving transit safety and security, increasing mobility and economic growth, and minimizing fuel consumption and air pollution.Learn more about this agency
This executive position reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees the management and administration of the region with a focus on customer-responsiveness and organizational results.
The Regional Administrator provides executive direction over the planning, grant making and project management functions and is responsible for the delivery of $700 million annually in grant funds to a large number of public transit agencies. Additionally, they are responsible for managing all open grants, which could range from one year for an operating assistance grant, to up to eight years to construct complex transit improvements. The Regional Administrator is responsible for overseeing these activities to ensure that the projects are well managed and the Federal funds are protected, while also serving as FTA's primary spokesperson, promoting new initiatives and programs mandated by FTA's Authorization Act.
Duties of Regional Administrator for Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA office
Chicago, Illinois Regional Office
FTA’s Region V office serves six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These states contain 83 urbanized areas with populations over 50,000 people and 15 tribal governments. The region provides direct funding to 146 agencies. The Regional Administrator manages the award of approximately 300 annual grants totaling $1.5 billion and oversees an active portfolio of $9.6 billion in federal projects distributed among nearly 900 active grants. The Regional Administrator is responsible for the funding and oversight of the grantees and funding resources.
The Chicago Regional office has some of the largest transit providers in the country, including those in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. This office is among the three FTA Regional offices with the most extensive grantee and project portfolios. With a staff of 29 employees, the office manages the federal development and oversight for complex capital construction projects. The incumbent of this position will represent FTA at various speaking engagements at State transit agencies, conferences, and quarterly meetings. FTA’s regional office have day to-day contact with 83 grantees to help them develop projects, assist with their grant applications, make grant awards, and oversee the implementation and financial management of the projects. Additionally, the incumbent of this position is responsible for managing all open grants, which could range from one year for a rural operating assistance grant to up to eight years for construction of complex transit projects. The Regional Administrator oversees these activities to ensure that the projects are well managed and the Federal funds are protected, while also serving as FTA's primary spokesperson, promoting new initiatives and programs by senior management of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and FTA.
San Francisco, California Regional Office
FTA’s San Francisco, CA region IX office serves 141 grantees and oversees a total portfolio of $12 billion in federal funding distributed amongst 832 active grants for transit projects and initiatives. This region also manages a Los Angeles Metropolitan Office and serves the top transit agencies in the country based on ridership (Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (Muni), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA or Metro) among others. The San Francisco Regional office also serves the areas of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Promoting these initiatives requires reaching out to the highest level of state and local elected and appointed officials as well as top officials of other Federal agencies. Additionally, the Regional Administrator works with the large number of individual grantees who are FTA's customers. In particular, the Regional Administrator works directly with mayors, county commissioners, transit authority general managers and board members, and other state and local elected and appointed officials. Their common goal is the development of comprehensive and coordinated mass transportation systems, both public and private, in metropolitan and other urban areas. These contacts require an extremely highlevel of inter personnel skills, negotiating skills, and the ability to influence those officials with different pointsofview on a variety of controversial and sensitive issues. The transit programs in the regions are characterized by the highest degree of complexity due to the number of persons served; the type and number of ongoing projects; the involvement of large sums of money; the requirements of different transit needs; the involvement of a multiplicity of carriers and governmental jurisdictions; and the involvement of complex, novel, and politically sensitive cases.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. citizens.
Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on: December 22, 2017 and January 5, 2018.
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