Summit Stage Transit Director

Organization: First Transit

Location: Frisco, Colo.

Deadline: open until filled

Salary: TBD

Description: First Transit is seeking a seasoned public transportation management professional to direct the operation of the Summit Stage Transit system. Based in Frisco, Colo., the Summit Stage is the third largest rural transit agency in the nation and provides public transportation services to the communities in Summit County, Colorado, as well as four world-class ski resorts of Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.

Duties and Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will combine strong public transportation and management expertise with exceptional interpersonal skills. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills and the ability to maintain composure and professionalism in stressful and/or difficult situations. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task are required. Individual must be self-directed, highly organized, flexible, detail oriented and have the ability to manage a very busy and ever changing work environment. Critical thinking, developing solutions and improving existing programs to meet the changing needs of the organization are an important aspect of this position. The position requires a dynamic leader.

The essential duties of the position are as follows:

  • Oversee all functions within the transit department for fixed route and Paratransit operations;
  • Formulate, recommend and implement strategic direction for the Summit Stage;
  • Prepare and oversee annual operating and capital budgets of over $12M;
  • Prepare long range operating and capital forecasts for the Summit Stage;
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports for the Summit Stage Advisory Board and Board of County Commissioners;
  • Coordinate with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on application and administration of state and federal transit grants and other transportation programs;
  • Direct department operations to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Oversee vehicle preventative maintenance program to ensure vehicles are maintained in a safe and effective operation condition;
  • Coordinate contracted fleet vehicle maintenance and planned fleet replacement;
  • Facilitate and participate in Transit Department meetings to identify issues, develop solutions, make recommendations and to support the staff;
  • Perform personnel functions (i.e. interviews, evaluations, supervision, counseling, discipline, training, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity of personnel and achieving department objectives within budget;
  • Collaborate with internal and external personnel for the purpose of implementing and/or maintaining services and programs;
  • Respond to emergency situations during and after standard hours and on holidays to resolve immediate safety concerns;
  • Write, amend and administer policies and procedures to ensure compliance with established statutes and requirements or regulatory agencies (i.e. CDOT, FTA, ADA, Board of Commissioners);
  • Counsel and recommend discipline of staff;
  • Evaluate performance of Supervisors and Administrative staff;
  • Participate in Union negotiation process and administer terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement. Respond to employee grievances as needed;
  • Effectively communicate transportation philosophies and adhere to the policies and standards set forth;
  • Maintain appearance of all facilities and vehicles in such a manner as to enhance the prestige and dignity of the department;
  • Seek funding sources by writing and submitting appropriate grant applications for funding operations, vehicles, facilities and equipment procurement. Complete all reports as required by funding sources;
  • Possess a clear understanding of the overall operation to meet the needs of passengers and employees;
  • Monitor customer service and satisfaction;
  • Work with local agencies to provide efficient public transportation services.


  • Provides dynamic leadership by setting expectations, training, mentoring and coaching staff to meet the mission and goals of department.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Capacity to plan, develop and implement various Transit programs.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to client questions.
  • Ability to administer Transit operating contracts, including direction and supervision of operations, financial matters, performance and maintaining working relationships with operating companies.
  • Competence to improve operations, decrease turnaround time, streamline work processes and work cooperatively and jointly with Transit staff.
  • Capacity to relate to and work well with staff.
  • Extensive experience supervising, training and providing on-going staff development.
  • Experience in public or private sector transit systems management, including experience in transit operations and planning.

The ideal candidate will be a dynamic leader who possesses a four-year degree from an accredited college or university in transportation, logistics, planning, business administration or public administration and have a thorough knowledge of FTA guidelines, programs and reporting requirements and experience working with Unions. Additionally, qualified candidates should possess a minimum of five years progressively responsible management experience at a public transportation operation or a resort area transportation operation. A combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a four-year degree.

Application Procedure: Please apply online at:

FirstGroup is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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