The Chief Operating Officer will provide direction and leadership to the staff and contractors who are responsible for all line operations including Train Services, Dispatching Services, Equipment Maintenance, Track, Signal, and Communication Infrastructure Maintenance, State of Good Repair Engineering and Construction, Facilities Maintenance, Fleet Maintenance, Field Management, Planning and Project Delivery, Positive Train Control (PTC) including Track, PTC Communications Systems, PTC Technical Support Services, PTC C & S Train Control Maintenance and PTC Network Control Operations.
TO APPLY: This is a continuous recruitment with the first review of applications beginning April 21, 2021. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
This job description is not part of a job series.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Receives general oversight from the CEO and Board of Directors
Responsible for managing and monitoring work performance of the department
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Lead the operations and functions of all railroad services to ensure services are operating at maximum efficiency and consistent quality service is provided.
Monitor the development of the budget and budgetary performance and make necessary adjustments to achieve budget compliance.
Manage and negotiate contracts with service providers (freight railroads, intercity rail operators, etc.) to ensure on time performance and cost efficiency.
Develop and review a variety of reports on the operating performance of the functional areas within the various departments and for the SCRRA overall. Report issues and problems involving department activities and take action to address and resolve issues.
Provide day-to-day oversight, policy direction and high-performance development for all the reporting departments.
Evaluate the budgetary impact of operational recommendations.
Collaborate with SCRRA executive team on the activities throughout the SCRRA, and lead the development of the Capital and Rehabilitation
Review and make recommendations to the CEO on the impact of various changes to the commuter rail service.
Direct staffing issues within the reporting departments to ensure that objectives are achieved within budgetary constraints.
Work closely with the Executive Leadership team as part of a strong leadership team working on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer.
Act as the CEO’s liaison to staff and the Board of Directors for preparation and reviews of all Board Committee and Board Agenda items related to the reporting departments.
Represent SCRRA to external audiences and stakeholders.
In collaboration with the other Executives, leads the development of the Capital and Rehabilitation Plans and allocates resources accordingly.
Interpret and provide guidance on a variety of laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and contracts.
Manage subordinates who may possess highly specialized knowledge and skills in professional disciplines other than one's own.
Participate in various cross-functional teams and task force committees to address overall SCRRA organizational strategies and goals.
Liaison with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA); California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other governmental and regulatory bodies.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or Business Development.
A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience supervising, directing and leading management level staff.
A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in railroad operations in a senior leadership position.
Valid class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years.
A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulations
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulation
Industry issues, practices and procedures
SCRRA policies and procedures
Analysis and measurement
Value orientation and reinforcement
Strong and effective leadership, communication, time management and organization
Demonstrate experience creating both vision and mission and providing leadership to others;
Understand detailed related railroad construction designs, costs and schedules
Review cost and scheduling projections and studies, analyze cost and schedule problems and their impacts on the SCRRA
Review and monitor the delivery of services under those regulations
Build team cohesiveness by establishing, communicating and reinforcing shared values and norms
Make formal presentations to large and small groups, the Board and the public
Provide clear direction and policies
Create a work environment to encourage excellence, to reward performance and to embrace change
Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations
Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery
Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs
Exchange ideas by means of communication
Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks
Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks
Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, Railroad Track and Right-of-Way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as heavy trucks, construction, etc.). Telecommuting may be available for this classification.
Hello and Welcome to the SCRRA Online Recruitment Process. First, some information about SCRRA! The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) is the joint powers authority that operates Metrolink. Metrolink was formed in 1991 and includes the 5 county agencies - Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). SCRRA is responsible for reducing highway congestion and improving mobility throughout Southern California. Metrolink has grown tremendously during our more than 20 years in service with a dedicated staff of approximately 275 full-time employees and over 800 contract staff. Metrolink has expanded to 7 service lines, 59 stations and 43,000 daily boardings, all over 534 route miles and is one of the fastest growing commuter rail systems in the country.