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LOSSAN Managing Director

at Orange County Transportation Authority

Posted: 10/7/2019
Job Reference #: 2296
Keywords: operations

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    About LOSSAN:

    The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency (Agency) is a joint powers authority that works to increase ridership, revenue, reliability, coordination and safety on the coastal rail line between San Diego, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. The LOSSAN Agency assumed management responsibility for the Pacific Surfliner rail service in July 2015, following the execution of an interagency transfer agreement with the state of California. The Pacific Surfliner train travels along a 351-mile coastal rail route through San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, serving 27 stations. It is the busiest state-supported intercity passenger rail route in the United States with 24 daily trains and annual ridership of nearly 3 million. The LOSSAN Agency is staffed by the Orange County Transportation Authority.


    Directs, oversees, evaluates, leads and manages the Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency (Agency), establishing objectives, strategic plans, and policies subject to approval of the Board of Directors. The incumbent is directly accountable to the Board of Directors and the Orange County Transportation Authority Chief Executive Officer for implementation and fulfillment of the agency goals and objectives. Establishes relationships and represents agency's interests with the California State Transportation Agency, government officials and agencies, financial communities, and the public.

    The starting salary will be based on qualifications.

    This position is open until filled.


    This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.

    • Directs the development, negotiation and implementation of key agreements including the operating agreement with Amtrak, major equipment agreements, host railroad usage agreements, the continuance of the Interagency Transfer Agreement and the Administrative Services Agreement.
    • Manages the complete administration of the agency, including the selection, termination, development, performance evaluation of the agency staff. Ensure that staff productivity and morale are at high levels.
    • Directs the development of regular Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Technical Advisory Committee agendas, solicits input and oversees communications with member agencies, communicates regularly with the Board of Directors and member agencies on key initiatives, policies and implementation of goals and objectives.
    • Directs the development of the annual business plan, strategic plans, planning and implementation of service initiatives to guide the agency's future programs and activities for presentation to the Board of Directors for approval.
    • Implements approved strategies that will result in the achievement of the agency's goals and objectives.
    • Directs service and operations planning, establishes performance goals for service and operations and reports to the Board on that performance. Ensures that programs are in line with the stated mission of the agency.
    • Establishes, reviews, and measures and reports on agency-wide performance objectives.
    • Acts as the agency's chief spokesperson in communicating the agency's vision and transportation messages with the public, investment institutions, community organizations, government officials, and other constituencies.
    • Communicates the agency's policies, plans, and performance results to the Board, officers, and other employees. Ensures that agency-wide goals and policies are uniformly understood and properly interpreted and administered by subordinates.
    • Translates the agency's goals into budgets and identifies a potential means of financing each major endeavor. Reviews and approves the draft budget, capital acquisition, and expenditure plans and presents the budget to the Board of Directors for consideration and approval.


    Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a master's degree in business or related area and a minimum of ten years of management experience, which includes a minimum of two years at the executive level. Five years of management experience in the transportation field is also required.

    Knowledge of:

    • Principles and techniques of organizational management and business leadership.
    • Budgeting and financial planning for a transportation agency.
    • Principles, techniques, and processes of local, regional, state, and federal government.
    • Multimodal transit systems and transportation planning.

    Ability to:

    • Plan, organize, and manage a large passenger rail organization.
    • Communicate clearly and persuasively with appointed and elected government officials, business and community organizations, interest groups, customers, and members of the general public.
    • Direct complex programs.
    • Formulate short- and long-term plans, policies, and procedures and develop strategic plans to support overall passenger rail agency goals.
    • Develop legislative platforms and collaborate with elected officials to advance that platform for the betterment of passenger rail and other transportation systems.
    • Monitor the achievement of agency goals and objectives.
    • Develop and manage budgets.
    • Select, motivate, evaluate, and direct staff.
    • Collaborate with government officials, boards, and agencies.

    Working Conditions/Physical Activities:

    (The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).

    Positions in this class typically require:

    • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
    • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
    • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.

    Compensation and Benefits:

    OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision health insurance programs, flex time (may be available), paid sick leave, paid vacation and holidays, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, deferred compensation plan, educational reimbursement, excellent in-house training programs, free transportation passes for the employee and dependents, wellness and ergonomic programs, and much more.

    OCTA is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.