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Transportation Director

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $6,525.00 - $11,441.00/yr. USD / Year
  • Salary: $6,525.00 - $11,441.00/yr.

Website Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council


Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council’s Cascade East Transit is looking for a Transportation Director. $6,525.00 – $11,441.00/Monthly, DOE and Qualifications. This is a great opportunity for someone with a strong background in Public Transportation Department Management who wants to live in beautiful Central Oregon. The ideal applicant will have strong working knowledge of transit operations, project management, budgeting practices, grant and funding compliance, labor relations, strategic planning, and employee development and supervision. Come join the CET team and work for an organization serving and doing great things in Central Oregon!

Job Details:
Job Title – Transportation Director

Hours/Days – Normal Business Hours, Monday – Friday, with some after hours and occasional weekend work for meetings, training and similar obligations associated with a Director level position.

Position based in Bend, OR

Benefits include health, vision, and dental. One low monthly premium will cover you and your dependents. Earn vacation and sick time from day one and employer paid retirement! Other benefits available.

Role of Department:

The overarching purpose of COIC’s transportation program is to strengthen regional transportation services and infrastructure through the development and implementation of regionally-based transportation plans, administration and operations, service coordination, and project development. A regional approach to transportation enhances efficiencies among transportation organizations and ensures regional connectivity for Central Oregon’s residents, businesses, and visitors.

Job Purpose:

The Transportation Director is responsible for all aspects of COIC’s Transportation Department and programs including Cascades East Transit (CET). This position oversees all Transportation Department planning, operations, development, budgeting and staffing; ensuring operational safety, effectiveness, and efficiency. This position oversees the development of transportation options that create a strong transportation system to meet the growing needs of the region. Provide internal and regional leadership on transportation issues, and develop partnerships and support for all Transportation programs.

COIC Mission:

COIC supports the region as a trusted leader and partner, helping communities identify and address their unique and common needs through collaboration, shared service delivery, technical assistance, information sharing, and resource development.


COIC values the diversity of the people we hire and serve. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and fostering a workplace in which individual differences are appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways which elevates the delivery of our services to Central Oregon Communities.


This job description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this position and is subject to change. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. Employment remains AT-WILL at all times.

Department Leadership & Management:

  • Develop and implement management policies and practices for safe, efficient, cost-effective, and customer-service focused transportation operations.
  • Lead, coach mentor, guide, and oversee the work of supervisors/managers.
  • Participate and provide leadership in union contract negotiations; ensure collaborative and productive interaction with union representatives.
  • Manage and oversee department contracts and subcontracts.
  • Ensure efficient and effective staff management and staff development, with emphasis on a strong culture of customer service, mutual trust, teamwork, wellness, and safety.
  • Manage and provide leadership for planning, data, and technology functions.
  • Lead and provide research and implementation of new transportation options to meet growing regional needs.
  • Develop and implement processes for forecasting market conditions and trends.

Budget and System Planning:

  • Oversee the development of program, project and transportation department budgets; ensuring all operate within established budgets.
  • Oversee grant writing, grant management, and grant lifecycle activities.
  • Develop appropriate short and long-term plans for the build-out and financing of the transportation systems.
  • Ensure financial systems and procedures meet funding requirements and are consistent with applicable Federal requirements and other statutory requirements.

Statewide/Regional Activities:

  • Engage with and bring leadership to state-level discussions and committees/workgroups that impact transportation funding and policies.
  • Outreach and Partnership Development; Develop and Maintain Regional Support for COIC’s Transportation Department.
  • Ensure an active and engaged regional Public Transit Advisory Committee (PTAC) is in place to provide feedback on CET services and policies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local and other governments; communicate to local/regional leadership the value of CET and other related transportation systems, and identify and secure local funding allocations to support a strong transportation system.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with regional partners, including organizations representing transit-dependent populations, transit, and mobility options advocacy organizations, businesses, public health and safety, and city/county planning departments.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key funding agencies, including ODOT (Oregon Department of Transportation) Public Transit Division, Coordinated Care Organizations, and Department of Human Services.
  • Ensure organizational responsiveness including, regular, ongoing communication with transit stakeholders and the public.



  • Broad-based and detailed knowledge of transportation and transit service development principles and practices.
  • Ability to manage a large and complex department.
  • Working knowledge of transit operations, department and project management, budgeting practices, labor relations, strategic planning, and employee development and supervision.
  • Ability to identify, develop, and maintain strategic relationships/contacts with local, regional, and national public agencies, non-profit and private industry managers.
  • Work independently and effectively under pressure without close supervision.
  • Communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships and work as a team.
  • Demonstrated public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Exhibit courtesy and professionalism to represent COIC in a manner that will maintain and promote the positive reputation of the organization.
  • Exercise discretion in confidential matters.
  • Ability to effectively instruct and direct staff by assigning, reviewing, and checking work.
  • Ability to identify overall work objectives and priorities, and plan and carry out projects objectives.
  • Must be proficient in use of Excel, Word and MS Office Suite.


Accountability – Accepts responsibility and is accountable for achieving results.

Adaptability – Adapts to handle unexpected challenges. Responds positively to changes in direction and priorities, responsibilities, or assignments.

Building Effective Teams – Creates a feeling of belonging in the team while defining success in terms of the whole team. Fosters open dialogue and blends people into teams when needed.

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions. Aligns work with strategic goals.

Communication Skills – Possesses good verbal and written communication skills. Articulates thoughts clearly and effectively.

Conflict Resolution – Embraces positive conflict and treats others with respect and dignity. Facilitates the development of creative solutions to conflict.

Continuous Improvement – Originating action to improve existing conditions and processes; identifying improvement opportunities, generating ideas, and implementing solutions.

Critical Thinking – Approaches problem-solving with rigor, discipline, and analytical thinking. Thinks outside the box as needed.

Customer Focus – Demonstrates ability and concern for delivering exceptional service to internal and external customers. Establishes and maintains effective relationships.

Decision Making – Makes decisions in a timely manner. Considers the pros and cons of each alternative with objectivity and pragmatism. Sought out by others for advice and solutions.

Delegation – Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions. Broadly shares both responsibility and accountability. Tends to trust people to perform. Allows direct reports to finish their own work.

Integrity & Trust – Complies with rules, regulations, and policies. Treats people with respect, maintains confidentiality, and inspires the trust of others.

Leadership – Leads with integrity, teamwork, and commitment to a common goal. Inspires others to do their best and gives due recognition for contributions.

Motivating Others – Creates a positive work environment. Empowers others by allowing ownership of processes and tasks. Celebrates and rewards accomplishments.

Personal and Professional Growth – Demonstrates continuous improvement, energy, creativity, and intellectual growth. Seeks out opportunities to learn and develop.

Planning – Accurately scopes out the length and difficulty of tasks and projects. Sets goals and objectives, and includes appropriate people in the planning process.

Professionalism – Behaves in a business-like manner and performs responsibilities to the highest standards. Displays proper attitude, work attire, and interaction with others.

Team Work – Works collaboratively with others, gets help when needed, shares knowledge, and contributes to a positive work environment.

Time Management – Uses time effectively and efficiently. Prioritizes short- and long-term tasks against business objectives.

Work Standards – Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.


Bachelor’s degree in the field of business, public administration, transportation and mobility, transportation planning, logistics, civil engineering, or related field, plus four years of a progressively responsible combination of supervisory and program managerial service, in a public or private organization clearly transferable to a public transportation or transit setting; and responsibilities covering development of program policies and guidance, development of long- and short-range goals and plans, program evaluation, and budget preparation and accountability. Or, an equivalent combination of education and experience to sufficiently perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to clearly communicate in person or over the telephone. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision to read printed materials and a computer screen. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee may be required to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds. Employee will be required to drive a motor vehicle to travel to various work sites. Reasonable accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

Working Environment:

Moderately low level of personal risk encountered while performing assigned work. Job conditions are occasionally uncomfortable relative to noise, temperature, inside/outside work, dirty conditions, or interactions with angry or hostile individuals, exposure to contagious disease, etc.

Exposure to Confidential Information: HIPAA, Payroll.

COIC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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