The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency. OCTA creates, funds, and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County. We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects. OCTA began in in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies. OCTA is dedicated to its organizational mission and core values. OCTA’s mission is to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and keep Orange County moving. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication, customer focus, and can-do spirit.
Under general direction, responsible for technical transit related projects which may include system development, transition, or enhancements to existing or new transit software systems. Provides expertise in the role of supporting and administering the transit applications. Researches commercially available technology solutions within the public transit industry. Plans, executes, and finalizes projects according to deadlines and within budget. Assures third-party contractors or consultants comply with technical specifications and deliver projects according to plan.
This is an exempt position in Salary Grade S: Min $83,241.60 – Mid $102,648.00 – Max $122,033.60 per year. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.
The application deadline for this position is Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
• Administers transit systems and acts as technical liaison between the transit domain expert and the transit system’s vendor. Learns and builds proficiency in the use of the system, configuration, and reporting tools with key staff.
• Analyzes technical problems and business needs relating to computer solutions and identifies and oversees solution development.
• Assists in installing, upgrading, and maintaining transit systems.
• Assists in defining the vision for future transit technologies through extensive research within the entire public transit industry.
• Analyzes transit software processes, reporting requirements and technical functionality within the transit systems to develop recommendations and implement improvements to policies, procedures, and practices.
• Ensures goals and deliverables support transit technical system objectives. Develops project plans and associated communication documents. Tracks project milestones and deliverables against contractual requirements.
• Develops and delivers scopes of work, requirements documentation, and presentations for transit operations and maintenance system projects such as radio communications, fuel measurement systems, or coach operator scheduling and bidding systems. Analyzes system features and assures enhancements or replacement system results meet project requirements, troubleshoots problem areas and provides resolution.
• Communicates project expectations to other transit personnel to ensure alignment with requirements as well as potential benefits. Advises project stakeholders on an ongoing basis of project status to secure timely approvals and signoffs.
• Negotiates with managers for the allocation of required personnel to support system development and maintenance of technical system projects.
• Identifies potential issues and possible changes in project scope. Manages required changes, and devises and implements alternative plans in conjunction with stakeholders.
• Assures project team members and contractors are accountable and that assigned deliverables are complete and timely.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in business administration, computer science, or engineering with a minimum of approximately five years professional level management of information system projects. An advanced degree is preferred. Knowledge of software, hardware, and communications systems used in transit operations for in-vehicle and backend systems such as scheduling, passenger counting, voice annunciation, voice and data radio, automatic vehicle locations, fluid management, and computer aided dispatching software is desired. Project Management Professional Certification is preferred.
• Systems development, techniques, and documentation requirements.
• Technology advances in both the computer industry and the public transit industry.
• Transit technologies, including radio communications, fare payment (including fareboxes and mobile payment applications), fleet management, fuel management, and on-board video surveillance systems.
• Principles and practices of project management, budget preparation, administration, and cost control.
• Contract procurement principles, administration, negotiations, policies and procedures.
• Industry practices regarding transit technical projects and programs.
• Conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
• Analyze situations, identify problems, implement solutions and evaluate outcomes regarding project objectives.
• Develop functional specifications and procurement documents.
• Evaluate vendor proposals.
• Elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including upper management and other departments.
• Identify and resolve issues and conflicts.
• Communicate clearly and persuasively with others.
• Conduct research into project-related issues and products.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
• Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
• Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
• Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. The specific features of this package include: medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement; vacation and holiday pay; life insurance; deferred compensation plan; short-term and long-term disability plans; flexible spending accounts; educational reimbursement; ergonomic/wellness programs; flex-time schedule Salary is dependent upon qualifications.
OCTA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and ensures that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.