Chief of Rail Operations

California High-Speed Rail Authority
Sacramento, California
$300,000 to $350,000
Sep 28, 2021
Oct 28, 2021
Position Type
Chief / Principle
Contract Type
Organization Type

California High-Speed Rail Authority
Sacramento, CA

Chief of Rail Operations
Annual salary range: $300,000 to $350,000 DOE
The State of California provides outstanding benefits.
Application deadline: Open until filled.

Under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief of Rail Operations must work closely and collaboratively with various project partners including, the Authority’s Board Members, contracted consultants for early train operations and rolling stock, various rail entities, regional partners and stakeholders, city, state and federal government agencies, and the general public. If you are an innovative person and have a passion for the rail transportation industry, this opportunity to create the first system of its kind in North America is for you.

The ideal candidate must have a high level of specialized expertise in rail systems, operations, and maintenance planning and possess the ability to direct multiple, large, concurrent, complex, and sensitive project efforts at the executive level. This position will advise the CEO, as well as Program Delivery Chiefs/Directors on rail development issues of significant importance. The successful candidate must have outstanding communication skills, including effective public speaking, use of diplomacy when addressing complex political dynamics, tact resulting in positive employee relations within a political/unionized environment and a professional reputation of integrity. Preferred experience in electrified high-speed rail service operations, a successful track record with the delivery of mega-transit/rail program, and strong knowledge of program/project management methodologies, engineering/maintenance and operations, and processes will be needed. Further, they will have knowledge of all phases of the capital outlay process.

The position is located in Sacramento, the Capital of California and is home to the state legislature and Governor. The Authority’s headquarters is within walking distance to the Golden One Center, which sits proudly in the heart of downtown Sacramento. It’s here that you’ll find people from all walks of life building a community around their favorite things: Music, sports, entertainment, culture, food, and beverage. The city also has a growing technology presence due to its proximity to Silicon Valley. Located along the American and Sacramento rivers, Sacramento is known for its great quality of life and affordability compared to other major metro areas of California. Sacramento’s estimated 2020 population of 512,756 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth-largest capital in the United States.

Submit a cover letter, résumé (reflecting years and months of employment, beginning/ending dates, as well as the size of staff and budgets you have managed), and a list of six work-related references (two supervisors, two direct reports, and two colleagues who will not be contacted in the early stages of the process) by applying online:

For additional information contact:

Veronica Ortiz-Torres
CPS HR Consulting

To view an online brochure for this position visit:
California High-Speed Rail Authority website:

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is an equal opportunity employer.