Chief Officer, Caltrain Modernization Program (Calmod)
$183,044 - $265,412
The San Mateo County Transit District is the administrative body for public transit and transportation programs in San Mateo County, California: SamTrans bus service, Redi-Wheels paratransit service, Caltrain commuter rail service and the managing agency for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The District transports approximately 32 million customers a year and is one of the nation’s top transit agencies. We look forward to continuing our leading role in meeting the transportation challenges of the future.
Caltrain is the commuter rail system that serves the San Francisco Peninsula region from San Francisco to San Jose and Gilroy in sunny Northern California. We serve the most dynamic and fast-paced economy in the country. Our rail system spans more than 77 miles, through three counties, with an annual ridership of nearly 20 million passengers and growing, making it perhaps the most dynamic commuter rail system in the nation. Its annual operating budget is $146 million (Fiscal Year 2017). This is a transformative time in the 150-year history of the Caltrain commuter rail system. Caltrain is in the midst of a nearly $2 billion Caltrain Modernization Program (CalMod) and electrifying the railroad is the key element of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP). The PCEP is expected to be operational in 2021.
The Chief Officer, CalMod will lead this modernization effort and oversee the entire CalMod program including PCEP. Directly reporting to the GM/CEO, the Chief Officer CalMod will be a member of the agency’s Executive Team. The PCEP is environmentally cleared, fully funded and underway through two design build contracts, one of which is for the infrastructure and the other for 96 Electrical Multiple Units (EMUs). The Chief Officer, CalMod will lead a dynamic team of employees and consultants whose task is to deliver the PCEP. National attention has been drawn to this project because of the recent FTA award of a Full Funding Grant Agreement. The project requires close cooperation and communication with the FTA, and regional and state funding partners. The full build-out of the CalMod Program will result in an electrified rail system that will be faster, quieter, cleaner, and more frequent, with a significant capacity increase. CalMod improvements on the Peninsula corridor will support California’s future statewide high speed rail system.
Caltrain is looking for an individual with strong leadership and team building skills to work as a strategic partner to support the General Manager/CEO who serves as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA). The incumbent is responsible for all activities supporting the program delivery of CalMod including coordination with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as well as coordination with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) for the Caltrain/high-speed rail blended system along the Caltrain Right-of-Way (ROW) in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.
You will be responsible for overseeing program delivery of CalMod, including project delivery for the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) including staff, consultant and contractor oversight, construction, contract administration, budget, and schedule adherence. You will be a key stakeholder and participant in planning and strategic direction for CalMod future phase delivery. You will also be responsible for the overall design and implementation of the Caltrain/high-speed rail blended system in the Peninsula corridor, developing effective constructive partnerships with the CHSRA, the FTA and other funding partners, and participating as a member of the Executive Team in policy development and implementation.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Transportation Planning, Engineering, Economics, Business/Public Administration or a related discipline with ten (10) years of increasing responsibility and experience in planning, business and/or property development or related activities, plus five years’ experience in a senior management or executive level position. Supervision of professional and technical staff is required. A confident, experienced leader who can quickly gain the confidence of the CalMod team and regional, state and federal partners is desired. We seek a person who has the ability to utilize consistent best practices to ensure the successful delivery of the project, a strategic thinker with excellent communication and management skills who understands how to accomplish goals within a complex environment who also has the ability to perform within agency values of transparency, accountability, excellence and empathy.
The San Mateo County Transit District serves nearly 100,000 customers each weekday on its SamTrans buses, Redi-Wheel paratransit vehicles, Caltrain commuter rail cars and shuttles, as well as a robust capital program. The Transit District, which is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, also is the managing agency for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.