Chief Operating Officer

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Deadline: open until filled

Salary: DART offers competitive benefits/salary and is an EEO employer.

Description: The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority seeks a Chief Operating Officer. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), the largest transit system in Iowa, serves a region of nearly 600,000 residents. Greater Des Moines is a hub of commercial, cultural and political activity, home to two major colleges, and is widely considered one of the top three “insurance capitals” in the world. In 2016, Business Insider ranked Des Moines the #1 “Best City for the Middle Class”, U.S. News & World Report ranked Des Moines as the #2 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S. and Fortune ranked Des Moines as the #5 “Best Place Where Millennials are Buying Houses.”

Duties and Responsibilities: With an annual budget of $30+ million, DART’s 114 local/express buses, 37 paratransit and on-call vehicles, and 112 rideshare vans, provides nearly 5 million rides per year. Under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the day-to-day management of DART’s fixed-route transit, paratransit and fleet and acilities maintenance providing direction, effective communication and support to ensure safe, reliable and customer-focused transit services. In addition, the COO will administer collective bargaining agreements, assist in contract negotiations, handle staff hiring and performance evaluations, and be responsible for safety, training, security, and facility maintenance.

In conjunction with senior staff, the COO will provide the Authority with strategic vision, policy and procedure development, capital project planning, and will remain current on emerging industry practices and technologies to maximize the efficiency and service for the customer.

Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Public Administration, Transportation, Engineering, Business Administration or a related field, and a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible management, supervisory and labor relations experience, preferably in a public transportation environment, is required. A Masters Degree is preferred.

The COO must also be an excellent communicator both inside the organization and externally, as s/he may be called upon to represent the General Manager and/or the Commission with the community.

Application Procedure: For a complete job description, visit Submit resume and salary requirements in confidence to Christopher Boylan at Harris Rand Lusk Executive Search:

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