Executive Director

Organization: Metra
Salary: Highly competitive pay and benefit package including interview and moving costs.
Close Date: September 10, 2010

Job Description:

Metra is the Chicago area's multi award-winning commuter rail agency which serves a 3,700 square mile region comprised of Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry Counties. Governed and funded according to the Regional Transportation Act, Metra operates under the financial oversight of the Regional Transportation Authority as one of three transit “Service Boards.” Metra is a sister agency to the CTA which provides transit rail and bus service within Chicago and several Cook County suburbs, and Pace which provides bus service primarily in the suburbs. Metra serves more than 320,000 weekday riders and 100 communities through its 240 stations and 11 lines which radiate out of Chicago’s Loop. Metra is second only to the Long Island Rail Road in commuter rail average weekday ridership in the U.S.

Metra is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of representatives of the six-county area. The Directors are appointed by the chief elected officials of the six-counties, the suburban Cook County Commissioners, and the Mayor of Chicago. Metra receives 55 percent of its operating funding from fares. The remainder is from state subsidies and a small regional transportation sales tax. Capital funding comes from the federal government and periodic state bond programs. Metra has approximately 2,700 employees and functions with a FY-2010 operating budget of $613 million.

Metra's Executive Director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Commuter Rail Board (Board). Metra's enabling statute requires a “super majority" of at least eight Board members to appoint, retain or dismiss the Executive Director. The Executive Director serves as Metra's chief executive officer and has the full administrative authority and responsibility to appoint, manage and retain subordinate officers and employees. The Executive Director is required, consistent with Board policy and direction, to organize the staff, allocate their functions and duties, fix their compensation and conditions of employment, and take all actions necessary to achieve Metra's purposes, fulfill its responsibilities and carry out its powers. The Executive Director shall have such other powers and responsibilities as the Board may determine.

Requirements: By statute the Executive Director is required be an "individual of proven transportation and management skills and may not be a member of the Commuter Rail Board.” Must have extensive executive level management and leadership experience from an organization comparable in size and complexity to Metra. Included must be some transportation experience which preferably will include direct management or executive management oversight over a commuter rail or public transit system serving a large metropolitan area. Most critical are impeccable professional ethics, strong and proven management and leadership skills, financial management strength, strategic planning skills, excellent communications abilities and political sensitivity.

Highly competitive pay and benefit package including interview and moving costs. Please visit the Metra website at www.metrarail.com.

Please send a confidential resume and cover letter, with present salary, immediately but NLT September 10, 2010 to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
Fax: (770) 416-0848
E-mail: slavin@bellsouth.net
Website: www.slavinweb corn


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