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Chief Executive Officer – Regional Transit Services Commission

THE ORGANIZATION

The Regional Transit Services Commission (RTSC) respectfully operates on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/ Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

The RTSC is a new entity representing eight municipalities (City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, City of St. Albert, City of Spruce Grove and Town of Stony Plain) who seek to create a single and amalgamated public transportation system to best support their residents and utilize resources available.  The Edmonton Metropolitan Region has long been a leader in regional co-operation, and the member communities of RTSC fundamentally believe in the value of shared investment for shared and amplified benefit.

Integrated transit services delivered by the Regional Transit Services Commission will:

  • Support residents across the region by providing a more seamless, customer-focused, and coordinated service;
  • Reduce barriers for a municipality to establish new transit service in a community;
  • Align transit planning with other efforts to regionally coordinate and plan infrastructure and services;
  • Combat increasing congestion and travel times;
  • Support local and regional environmental objectives; and
  • Make the Edmonton Metropolitan Region more economically competitive now and in the future. [1]

Purpose:         Bringing municipal transit services together for the benefit of one region.

Vision:             Experience the future of mobility where you can go any place, at any                                                               time and in the way you choose.

Mission:          To enable a variety of sustainable mobility options that best serve our region’s people and                           communities.

[1] Accelerating Transit in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region: Building a Regional Transit Services Commission, (2020). [PDF File]. Retrieve from https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/transit/Accelerating_Transit_in_Edmonton_Metropolitan_Region.pdf

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

Job Title:Chief Executive Officer
Reports to:Board of Directors

 

THE MANDATE

As the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTSC, the successful candidate has the challenging and exhilarating opportunity to steward an entity’s growth from a single employee to a fully-operational service-delivery organization responsible for innovative transit-service delivery for the second-fastest growing region in Canada.  Reporting to the Board, the CEO will oversee and direct the start-up and operation of the Commission, building a progressive, modern organization. The CEO will create a vision of success to inspire a leadership team and workforce that will deliver over 6,000 estimated weekly conventional transit service hours.

The CEO will work with the Board to create a strategic plan to guide the start-up and operations of the Commission.  The CEO will build their leadership team and surround themselves with talented leaders who can deliver on the vision and mission of the RTSC.  The CEO, as a forward-thinking executive leader, will drive innovative solutions for mobility in the region and build a diverse and inclusive workplace culture to deliver on these plans. The CEO will be savvy and skilled at partnering with unions and non-union workforce groups, and an expert in aligning and achieving optimal outcomes with a wide range of stakeholders. The successful candidate will be fiscally prudent and oversee a capital program related to transit assets as well as develop a multi-year operating budget.

 

FIRST YEAR DELIVERABLES / MEASURES OF SUCCESS

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Meaningfully engage and build trusting relationships with the Board, member municipalities, non-member municipalities, and other key stakeholders;
  • Work in partnership with the Board to develop the RTSC’s strategic plan;
  • Effectively attract, recruit, onboard and/or transition a highly skilled and engaged leadership team and employees in order to meet first year operational objectives;
  • Lead the creation of annual business plans, budgets, and objectives that support operationalizing the strategy; and
  • Efficiently facilitate asset transfers and operational responsibilities from member municipal transit agencies (excluding ETS local transit services) to the RTSC.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education

  • Completion of post-secondary education in business, leadership or other relevant programs of study;
  • Graduate-level degrees, and sector-specific training are welcome.

Experience

  • Successful professional trajectory culminating with a minimum of 5-10 years executive-level leadership in a complex organization;
  • An outstanding record of achievement in building an organization from startup to operational maturity and/or successfully merging and integrating operations from two or more disparate organizations;
  • A track-record of leading cohesive teams towards successful delivery of strategic plans and audacious goals;
  • Demonstrated commitment to operational excellence and outstanding customer experience, with preference given to those candidates who have this experience in a publicly funded or resource constrained environment;
  • An established relationship builder with authentic and influencing style that allows others to see the alignment of interests;
  • Exposure to, or understanding of, public transportation systems required; expert-level knowledge welcomed; and
  • Prior experience reporting to and working closely with a Board of Directors, various committees and stakeholder groups, is preferred.

 

Competencies and Attributes

  • Leadership Skills – demonstrates a visionary leadership style while providing guidance and support to staff. A mentor and positive role model combined with a practical, collaborative and common-sense approach.
  • Strategic and Business Planning – provides executive leadership to all planning initiatives and ensures accountability for achievement of results.
  • Innovate & Lead Change – questions current practices and the status quo, and makes changes to improve processes and systems across the organization; supports a culture of inquiry which includes showing openness and building excitement around new possibilities and opportunities.
  • Politically Astute – knows and understands governance, legislative and regulatory processes and has the ability to read the political implications of recommendations and actions. Enjoys working with a Board and elected officials.
  • Relationship Building – demonstrates an ability to develop and maintain win/win relationships and partnerships. Understands the importance of identifying potential partners and working with them to further the goals of the organization.
  • Interpersonal – works well with people from all disciplines and is sensitive to diverse needs of stakeholders. Will be effective at promoting positive interactions with the Commission.
  • Communication – employs an open and straightforward style with all audiences and an ability to effectively communicate with the Board, employees, and the public; is candid and respectful with everyone.
  • Critical Thinking – applies systematic, logical reasoning in addressing problems or situations. Considers various issues and components of the problem, develops sequential steps to address the situation and determines rational timeframes and priorities.
  • Project Management – demonstrates an ability to successfully complete projects, including project scheduling, planning and resourcing; is skilled at leading project teams to ensure on-time and on-budget results.
  • Financial Management – a proven ability to work within the constraints of a budget. Timely reporting in all budget, financial and information matters.
  • Self Confidence – possesses a positive attitude and confidence in own skills and abilities; is able to make difficult decisions and stand by them; thoroughly researches implications of all recommendations to the Board and is willing to provide the best possible advice even when those recommendations may not always be well received.
  • Ethics and Integrity – earns the trust and respect of others through consistent transparency and professionalism in all interactions. Diplomatically handles challenging or tense interpersonal situations and expects same from the team.

 

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

RTSC welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of diverse backgrounds and experiences and encourages applications from candidates who represent the diversity of the communities the Commission serves.

 

THE COMPENSATION

A competitive compensation package awaits the successful candidate.

Please note:  A final offer will be extended to the successful candidate pending the Province’s approval for the establishment of the Commission as a legal entity.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: pies_edmonton@optimumtalent.com . Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AETF-034180 Chief Executive Officer – Regional Transit Services Commission - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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