The Transit and Active Transportation Director leads and manages Minnesota’s public transportation (transit and intercity bus) activities and pedestrian and bicycle programs as well as MnDOT-owned ABC Ramps in downtown Minneapolis. The person will direct an annual operating budget of $3 million and a capital budget of $195 million and lead a team of 40 staff in order to improve transit services and connect people in both urban and rural areas to jobs and services. The next Transit and Active Transportation Director should seek innovative ways to bring new mobility services into the transit program so that more Minnesotans have access to multiple modes of travel.
ABOUT Minnesota, MnDOT, and the OFFICE OF TRANSIT & ACTIVE TRANPORTATION
The MnDOT Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) provides public transportation services throughout the State of Minnesota. OTAT administers the plans and programs of 40 transit operations that provide service in all 87 counties and major cities. OTAT also provides guidance and resources to the pedestrian and bicycle network that contributes to Minnesota cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul being ranked as some of the best places to walk and bike.
MnDOT’s headquarters is located in the City of St. Paul (population 307,672 in 2017), the Capitol City. With its proximity to Minneapolis and the convenient Green Line Light Rail running between the 2 major downtowns, this makes it an easy trip and an extremely desirable place to live and work. Minnesota is known for its art and culture; with so many art galleries, museums, and cultural hubs, you can’t help but share in the creative heart and soul of Minnesota. It is also well known as one of the healthiest states and for its outdoor recreation resources. The State enjoys a stable and prosperous economy with a rich history and strong family values, not to mention a large fan base for Minnesota’s professional sport teams.
MnDOT is governed by the State’s Governor and Legislature. The agency is composed of five Divisions overseen by the Commissioner of Transportation: State Aid, Engineering Services, Modal Planning & Program Management (MPPM), Operations, and Corporate Services. MnDOT has an operating budget of $2.3 billion; and employs approximately 5000 FTEs. OTAT, one of the modal offices within MnDOT, has an annual operating budget of $125 million to support transit, pedestrian, and bicycle planning and implementation outside of the St. Paul/Minneapolis metropolitan area. OTAT supports the transit providers in greater Minnesota that provides approximately 11.5 million fixed route boardings annually with 40 FTEs.
MnDOT’s currently adopted 4-year State Transportation Improvement Program identifies an average of over $108 million per fiscal year for transit and active transportation investments in greater Minnesota ranging from rural and small urban transit capital and operating assistance to programs like Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and the Rural Area Formula. OTAT provides the direction for Minnesota’s public transportation (transit and intercity bus) activities, statewide programs related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and management of the MnDOT-owned ABC Parking Ramps in downtown Minneapolis. OTAT works in parallel with the Metropolitan Council, the 7-county metro-area MPO. Similar to OTAT, the Metropolitan Council is responsible for laying the course of action for the metro area to maintain and enhance their existing transit facilities, to better connect people and communities, and to provide more transportation choices that will make Minnesota stronger and a better place to live and work.
Working under the direction of the MPPM Assistant Commissioner, the Director provides overall leadership to the OTAT, including short and long-range service planning, capital/facilities planning for the agency, and grant oversight. The Director also works extensively with the Executive and Senior Leadership to discuss, receive approval for, and then implement plans, policy, and funding changes. This employee works with considerable independence under the general direction of the Division Assistant Commissioner.
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The successful applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible leadership experience in transit and active transportation or related field (e.g., planning, public administration), in which three years are managerial. Managerial means those positions being accountable for determining, securing and allocating human, financial and other resources needed to accomplish objectives.
Additional Salary Information: WHY WORK FOR US
We offer excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage. Other benefits include:
• 11 paid holidays per year
• Up to 29 paid vacation days per year
• 13 paid sick days per year
• Defined pension plan
• Relocation reimbursement may be available
• Paid life insurance
• Short & long-term disability available
• Cutting edge technology
• Flexible work schedule
• Hiring incentive may be available
• Travel both in-state and out-of-state
• And more!
Internal Number: 27590
About Minnesota Department of Transportation
We are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.