The South West Transit Association is an eight-state regional trade association working with the public transportation sector. The organization is 39 years old and spans Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Please see www.swta.org for more information about the organization. The physical office is located in downtown Dallas, but telecommuting is possible.
Salary Range (2019): Negotiable according to experience
The position is Exempt and reports to the Board of Directors.
The following information outlines the functions and position requirements of this job. It does not identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.
General Position Summary:
The Executive Director provides overall leadership and management for the Association, its staff and professional contractors. The Executive Director plans, leads, organizes, and assures continuing direction for the Association’s activities, including legislative initiatives, communication and professional development programs, in accordance with the SWTA strategic plan. The Executive Director is a public transportation subject matter expert, advocate and spokesperson for public transit industry; must work closely with national/state agencies, national organizations, staff of key federal transportation committees and SWTA Delegation; facilitates development of and carries out Board priorities; builds strong relationships with the private sector. A primary focus of the Executive Director is to continually strengthen relationships with all SWTA members and provide avenues of engagement. Additionally, the Executive Director holds responsibility for developing and administering the adopted annual budget and the financial integrity of the Association. Requires significant amount of travel to various meetings including site visits.
Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:
Advocacy/Member Services/Outreach. Works with Board to develop annual work plan and legislative agenda. Leads transit advocacy efforts with a number of federal and agency audiences. Oversees a contract with federal representation. Responsible for communicating with federal elected officials and agencies on behalf of SWTA. Makes presentations to variety of local, state and federal groups, and develops presentation materials for Board members. Works with Board as primary staff on special projects; develops Board agendas with Board leadership and participates in Board meetings. Prepares newsletter for members, associate members and others. Responds to information requests and/or assistance from members, public, private and public agencies regarding transit topics; responses may be one-to-one and/or with large groups. Develops relationships with business members and committee members.
Financial and General Management. Develops and adheres to approved budget; approves expenditures; seeks out and maintains stable revenue sources. Responsible for diversifying revenue sources for Association. Has contract authority to hire auditor, contracted personnel and other services, as well as major equipment leases or purchases. Negotiates benefits packages for staff. Reviews financial statements including payroll reports, bank statements and audit reports. Responsible for final approval of IRS Form 990, audit reports to Board, and “owner” of Association bank and investment accounts. Supervises organization staff. Leads hiring process for any staff hires.
Event Management. Plans and executes the major SWTA events (Conference & Vendor Expo for example), including contract negotiation.Works with elected official’s staff, federal & state agency staff, and other associations’ staff to provide current legislative and industry messaging for Board and SWTA members. Responsible for substantive program, keynote speaker and overall organization for annual conference and expo. Develops board leadership training.
Workforce Development. Develops, plans and executes training events for transit attorneys, marketing, mobility, procurement, maintenance, tribal and transit management professionals, including contract negotiation. Responsible for substantive program.
Communication Services. Develops and directs creation of newsletter, website, marketing and social media communications to members, elected officials, state, national, federal agencies and the transit business community.
Builds and maintains relationships with state and national organizations, transit agency staff, and association members.
Member special event visits
Other duties as required
Incumbent works independently with little to no supervision. Work is highly complex and generally recurring, but often involves new and varied situations. While decisions are made within prescribed guidelines, the incumbent often develops procedures and contributes to concepts. Incumbent is responsible for budget preparation and control of organization capital assets.
Incumbent has supervisory responsibility for entire agency, including direct and indirect reports. The responsibility includes delegating work and coaching staff along with decisions regarding hiring, termination and compensation.
Incumbent has contact with a wide variety of people including both individuals within and outside of SWTA, including elected officials, using both written and verbal communication. Communication frequently includes confidential or sensitive information. Communication includes public speaking.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Send salary requirements with resume
About South West Transit Association
South West Transit Association is an 8-state association of public transit providers. Our mission is to provide education, communication and advocacy support services for the public transportation industry.