Caltrain is seeking a highly qualified Deputy Chief of Planning. The Deputy Chief reports to the Chief Operating Officer of Rail and is responsible for the strategic and operational planning initiatives and execution of an enhanced service, infrastructure and development vision for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board. This position is also responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive Capital plan to ensure the successful implementation of Caltrain projects and programs.
The Deputy Chief must be a thought leader who drives the agency’s vision for a financially sustainable business plan that can optimize its role as a mobility manager for the Peninsula, Bay Area, and larger mega-region. This position will deliver Caltrain’s modernized service vision by shaping the service, infrastructure, and financial planning functions of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain). The Deputy Chief must be dynamic policy problem-solver, able to forge innovative planning, financial, and community partnerships that tackle the complexities of Caltrain’s evolving challenges and opportunities. The Deputy Chief will ultimately navigate the agency through the implementation of an ambitious Business Plan that improves the region’s mobility and quality of life.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
Examples of Essential Functions:
Oversee planning initiatives that include but are not limited to: Business Plan implementation; long-range, systemwide planning; real estate and land use programs; capital, financial, and network planning services.
Oversee the planning and execution of an enhanced service and infrastructure vision for Caltrain.
Oversee the development of a comprehensive policy for developing Caltrain service within the corridor.
Provide strategic guidance on all Caltrain and rail initiatives.
Represent Caltrain with internal and external stakeholders and policy makers, and the public on the delivery of Caltrain’s service and infrastructure vision.
Supervise staff. Hire, mentor, and take appropriate corrective and/or disciplinary action. Ensure EEO policies and procedures are followed. Participate in selection of staff. Coordinate staff training and professional development. Establish performance objectives. Monitor and evaluate employee performance.
Examples of Duties:
Provide regional leadership guidance by defining Caltrain’s place in the larger megaregional rail system and working with stakeholders to maximize connectivity to other fixed-guideway and rubber-tired services.
Define a capital planning vision that delivers enhanced service, addresses deferred maintenance, and contributes to the corridor’s quality of life.
Oversee the development of a financially sustainable plan that can address capital, operating, and maintenance needs over time.
Support the successful delivery of real estate initiatives needed to deliver enhanced service, increase ridership, enhance revenue opportunities, and support local land use initiatives.
Oversee successful delivery of special projects involving new business opportunities and service innovations.
Oversee corridor-wide planning efforts for grade separation.
Responsible for discussions with all tenants to establish operations maintenance agreements including California High Speed Rail, Amtrak, ACE and Freight.
Provide regular reports to the Chief Operating Officer, Rail, GM/CEO, and the Board of Directors on the progress of planning programs and make recommendations for Board action or response.
Act as COO in the absence of the Chief as needed.
Represent Caltrain at regulatory, intergovernmental, and private sector meetings. Work closely with community leaders and members, neighborhood councils, business, property owners, neighborhood groups and public/private organizations related to Caltrain planning initiatives, policies, and programs.
Represent the agency’s planning program in internal Executive Team meetings with the GM/CEO.
Work with Human Resources to develop a succession plan for the agency’s planning staff that includes human capital initiatives and workforce retention strategies.
Evaluate job performance of staff which also includes the professional development of staff through the identification of on-the-job and other professional development opportunities.
Perform all job duties and responsibilities in a safe manner to protect one’s self, fellow employees, and the public from injury or harm. Promote safety awareness and follow safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
Perform other duties as assigned.
To obtain more information or to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Gregg Moser, K&A at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sufficient education, training and experience to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Development of the required knowledge and abilities is typically obtained through but not limited to:
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, transportation or urban planning, real estate, or related field.
Eight years of professional experience in leading and managing planning functions in a large, complex, and highly integrated organization.
Four years of management level experience.
Experience with Transit Oriented Development design and planning principles is desirable.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations as they relate to planning, construction, and delivery of fixed-guideway services.
Must have knowledge of transportation planning and funding.
Commuter rail experience is desirable.
Experience with policy advocacy, policy research and analysis, and coalition building is desirable.