Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Executive Director, Operations - Metra Commuter Rail System

$225,000 - $250,000 yearly
  • GovHR USA
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Nov 16, 2020
Full time Transportation

Job Description

Chicago, IL Metra is a nationally recognized commuter rail system serving the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The system operates 242 stations on 11 rail lines and is the fourth busiest commuter rail system in the United States. Metra is seeking a progressive, innovative, experienced leader in commuter rail, freight, transit or comparable operation to serve as its next Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Executive Director, Operations.  Reporting directly to the CEO/Executive Director, this position provides executive leadership over the departments of Engineering, Mechanical, Transportation and Safety and Environmental Compliance.  

  • The Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Executive Director, Operations is responsible for leading regulatory compliance in the development of policies, goals, objectives and priorities that align with Metra’s strategic plan, mission, vision and goals. This position also acts as Metra’s liaison on projects with transit partners, government agencies and community leaders. 
  • Metra is a large, complex organization consisting of more than 2800 employees of which approximately 2200 are represented by 17 collective bargaining agreements in 14 unions. Metra has a diverse workforce and is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organization. Like many agencies, Metra also has an aging workforce, with 21% of its workforce eligible to retire by 2023. 
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or in lieu of a degree, any combination of education and experience that equals four years of operations experience may be substituted for the required degree. In addition, candidates will ideally have at least seven years’ experience in transit/railroad or other closely related industry including at least five years of supervisory experience. Possession of a master’s degree or other related advanced degree is highly valued. 
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate innovative and creative problem-solving skills that include incorporating data and relevant metrics into decision-making processes. Collaborative leadership skills with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships both internally and externally are a must. 

Starting salary range is $225,000 - $250,000 +/- depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits package including pension, 401k and 457 deferred compensation options. Residency in the City of Chicago is not required. Submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references by December 18, 2020 to to the attention of Heidi Voorhees, President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3243. 

Metra is an Equal Opportunity Employer.