Deputy Director, Capital Programs

  • Valley Metro
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Community and Economic Development Planning and Development Project Management Transportation or Transit Executive, Management, Mid to Senior Level, Supervisory
  • Salary: $112,401.00 - $168,602.00 Annually USD
  • Apply By: Oct 28, 2021


Position open until 8/31/2021. First review of applications begin on August 13, 2021.

In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must include a Resume.

The Deputy Director, Capital Programs leads the long-range Capital planning and development program for Valley Metro's Capital and Service Development Division. This position is responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and advancing Capital studies for capital projects and leading community relations in support of high capacity transit initiatives.

It articulates and champions Valley Metro’s regional initiatives on high capacity transit investment as well as active transportation efforts.

Typical duties include:
Overseeing high capacity transit planning and environmental studies to ensure adherence to scope, schedule, budget, quality and timely delivery.

Leading public involvement and business assistance staff during planning, design and construction phases.

Participates in the preparation of the annual Capital Planning budget and the Five-Year Capital Program.
Assuring adequate funding and staff resources are available to successfully carry out the program.

Managing and supervising staff and consultants; and ensuring strong communications and coordination between all aspects of highly-complex, high capacity transit studies.

Serves as primary capital program liaison with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Maricopa Council of Governments (MAG), Valley Metro member jurisdictions, and other Valley Metro divisions.

Job Description


The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

Develops Valley Metro’s long-range plans and leads the high capacity transit Capital planning program.

This includes direction and supervision of management staff and consultants.

Ensures strong coordination between planning, design, construction and
community relations for all projects.

Participates in the preparation of the annual Capital Planning budget and Five-Year Capital Program, including preparation of work priorities, staffing plans, and project schedules and budgets.

Directs development and completion of high capacity transit studies and ensure they adhere to scope, schedule, budget and quality commitments.
Oversees preparation of environmental documents, mitigation plans and environmental monitoring for capital projects.

Oversees community relations activities, including public outreach and coordination with key stakeholders, in support of rail and other high capacity transit investment initiatives.

In coordination with local jurisdictions, leads Valley Metro business assistance program during project construction phase.

Directs transit fleet planning, travel forecasting, sustainability and climate action initiatives, environmental justice (Title VI) activities, Transit Oriented Development support to member cities and transit research.

Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or standards in all work products of the department.

Regularly communicates and reports project status and issues with the Division Director and Valley Metro leadership.

Leads coordination of the Capital planning program and projects with Valley Metro Divisions to ensure that divisional expectations and requirements are considered on each project.

Principal liaison with Valley Metro member jurisdictions regarding Capital studies in their communities and primary advocate for regional transit initiatives with the Maricopa Council of Governments, the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Contributes significantly to Valley Metro’s innovative technology and sustainability goals, including autonomous vehicles, fleet electrification, and climate action plan.

Principal point of contact with the Federal Transit Administration regarding high capacity transit planning.

Leads all grant preparation, readiness activities, and submittals.
Presents Capital planning program items to the Board of Directors, city councils and other policy boards / groups.

Develops Capital planning program organizational structure/staffing requirements, and hires, supervises and trains staff and consultants in areas of planning and capital project development.

Supervises staff in prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; providing staff training; ensures employees follow policies and procedures; maintains a healthy and safe working environment; and makes hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.

Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of:
Management principles and practices.
Leadership principles.
Business management.
Public relations principles and practices.
Transit operations.
Labor contracts and employment laws and regulations.
Environmental laws and regulations.
Transportation infrastructure.
Autonomous, connected and other vehicle innovations.
Strategic planning principles.
Budgeting principles and practices.
Politics governing multi-jurisdictional transit systems.
Methods, practices and procedures involved in management of a public transit system;
Local, regional, state, federal agencies, groups and organizations involved in transit planning and development.
Laws, codes, regulations, and legal requirements related to public transportation.
Fiscal management and internal controls.

Skill in:
Using computers and related software applications.
Strong oral and written communication.
Supervising and evaluating employees.
Prioritizing and assigning work.
Developing and implementing strategic plans.
Planning, organizing, coordinating, and providing overall executive direction and leadership for a transit agency.
Delegating responsibility and authority to management staff.
Representing the Authority to legislators, civic groups, regulatory agencies and others in the community.
Representing the department.
Monitoring and overseeing the Authority's budget process for major rail projects.
Analyzing and solving problems.
Managing and executing multiple tasks;
Analyzing processes and making recommendations for improvement.
Mediating conflict
Conducting negotiations.
Developing effective work plans, goals and objectives.
Preparing and delivering oral presentations.
Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Physical Demands:
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, driving, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Valley Metro complies with ADA / EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force

Job Requirements


Bachelors of Science in Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, or related field and eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in development of major public transportation projects.

Including five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties such as those listed.

A Master's Degree is desirable.

Background Investigation:
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Positions may require:
--Valid Arizona Driver's License

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