Human Resources Director

Organization: Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA)

Location: Bellingham, Wash.

Deadline: First review of applications: May 24, 2020 (open until filled)

Salary: $100,056 – $134,076

Description: Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) seeks a Human Resources Director. WTA’s services include fixed routes, paratransit service and a vanpool program. The agency is composed of seven divisions: Finance, Fleet & Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing & Community Relations, Operations, and Planning. WTA has an operating budget of $37.2 million and employs about 270 FTEs, including bus operators, mechanics, customer service representatives, route maintenance workers and administrative personnel.

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) provides public transportation services throughout Whatcom County which is in the northwest corner of Washington State. Located just south of the Canadian border, Whatcom County (population 229,000) is made up of several rural communities and smaller towns, as well as the City of Bellingham (population 90,000), the county seat, and home to WTA’s headquarters. With its proximity to Mt. Baker, beautiful Puget Sound and the world-renown San Juan Islands, it is an extremely desirable place to live and work. With 15,000 students, Western Washington University (WWU) is the largest employer in Bellingham, as well as a major contributor to Bellingham’s liveliness and culture. WTA enjoys a strong partnership with WWU and their students account for 40 percent of WTA ridership.

Duties and Responsibilities: Working under the direction of the General Manager, the Human Resources Director is responsible for developing and administering a full range of human resource programs, including recruitment and selection, policy development and administration, employee compensation and benefits, training and development, collective bargaining, and employee and labor relations. The Human Resources Director supervises three staff members within the division.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, human resources management, or a related field is required. In addition, the successful candidate will have at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, experience as an HR generalist with recruitment and selection, labor relations, benefits and compensation administration, and experience working in a union labor environment, including contract administration and negotiations. Additional experience may substitute for a degree. Certification as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or a master’s degree in human resources management is preferred.

Application Procedure: For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at, click on “Open Recruitments” and then click the position title. To apply, click on “Apply Online” and follow the directions provided. For questions, call 206-368-0050. WTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: May 24, 2020 (open until filled).

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The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and its members believe that mobility is a basic human right. From work and education to life-sustaining health care and human services programs to shopping and visiting with family and friends, mobility directly impacts quality of life.