| Honolulu Authority for Rapid TRANSPORTATION |
Chief Executive Officer
ABOUT THE HONOLULU AUTHORITY FOR RAPID TRANSPORTATION
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is a semi-autonomous public transit authority responsible for the planning, construction and expansion of the city's fixed guideway system. To provide an efficient and reliable transportation alternative for Honolulu's congested urban corridor, the Honolulu Rail Transit Project was established in 2005. The project provides for a rail transit route running from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, with stations at key commuter and visitor destinations, including Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu International Airport and downtown Honolulu, Oahu's core commercial and business center.
Honolulu's modern, fully automated electrically powered rail system will take more than 40,000 vehicles off the roads every week day by 2030. Because the train will be electrically powered, it will use renewable energy sources, thereby reducing Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels. Rail transit will deliver reliable and affordable transportation service, enhancing the quality of life for Oahu's residents by freeing them from time spent in traffic congestion. The first section of the rail system, from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium, is slated to begin operating in 2020, and the entire route will be operational in 2025 when the remaining segment to Ala Moana Center is completed. By 2030, nearly 70 percent of Oahu's population and more than 80 percent of the island's jobs will be located along the 20-mile rail corridor. Rail will connect major residential areas with primary job centers. There will be stops downtown, at three University of Hawaii system campuses, Aloha Stadium, the Honolulu International Airport and several shopping centers. Rail will offer a convenient way to get to work, school or home. In addition, rail will provide a way to attend special events at Aloha Stadium, catch flights at the airport, or enjoy concerts at the Blaisdell Center, without the challenges of parking and traffic. All parts of the guideway will be elevated, except near Leeward Community College where it will be at-grade. The system will incorporate steel wheel on steel rail technology. The HRTP includes 21 stations, one Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF), and 80 light metro vehicles and associated core systems.
The status of the construction of the HRTP is as follows:
•The MSF substantial completion was issued July 2, 2016.
•The two guideway sections, West Oahu Farrington Highway section and Kamehameha Highway section, are nearly complete. More than 10 miles of guideway have been built – over 450 columns and 425 spans stressed.
•HART has contracted with a Design-Builder to construct the Airport section of the guideway and attendant stations. The Notice to Proceed was issued on December 1, 2016.
•The Notices to Proceed for the 9 stations of the guideway west of and including Aloha Stadium station have been issued and construction is underway.
•HART has also contracted with a Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Core Systems Contractor, who is currently engaged in the manufacturing of the light metro vehicles, and the design and installation of traction power, train control, communications and other systems-related components.
•HART has also contracted with a Design-Furnish-Install-Maintain Elevators and Escalator Contractor, who is currently, engaged in the design and manufacture of elevator and escalator systems.
With the elevated rail transit project underway, voters in November 2010 overwhelmingly approved a charter amendment to create a semi-autonomous public transit authority to oversee the planning, construction, operation and extension of the rail system. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) began operations July 1, 2011, with existing rail transit staff, contracts and resources. HART consists of a Board of Directors, Executive Director and the necessary staff.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HART is governed by a 10-member board composed of the state Department of Transportation Director; the City Department of Transportation Services Director; and six volunteers from the community: three appointed by the Mayor, three by the City Council. The director of the City Department of Planning and Permitting also serves as a non-voting member. The voting members appoint the tenth member to the board.
The Board is the policy making body of the authority and appoints and evaluates the CEO. The Board adopts HART’s annual operating and capital budgets, adopts a six-year capital program, adopts rules and regulations and carries out other duties as authorized by law. The Board’s powers are primarily stated in the City Charter Section 17-104.
In November 2016, voters approved a charter amendment clarifying the responsibility of the HART Board to establish policies and regulations regarding the development of the rail system, the internal management and organization of HART, and the allocation of decision-making authority between the Board and the agency's executive director and staff. In addition, the charter amendment additionally provides for the establishment of a rate commission and placed the operations and maintenance responsibilities for bus, paratransit and rail with the Department of Transportation Services.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The CEO is responsible for leading the development of the rail transit fixed guideway system in accordance with the Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration. The CEO provides strategic and visionary leadership and is responsible for the overall performance and organizational effectiveness of HART in carrying out its mission.
The CEO is also responsible for HART’s robust capital program. The CEO is charged with leading the Authority into the future and fostering a collaborative, innovative, and high-performing organizational culture to ensure successful implementation of the Authority’s programs.
The new CEO will be integral to the continued planning and design of HART’s system as it strives to construct a high quality rail system that will serve its customers, including persons from the City and County of Honolulu, residents of the State of Hawaii and visitors.
•Assumes full management and administrative responsibility over HART to ensure the achievement of HART’s mission to build a fixed guideway rail transit system integral to the City’s multi-modal municipal transit system.
•Provides support to the Board and the Authority on key strategic, policy, and legislative issues; identifies key challenges, risks, and opportunities; engages the Board of Directors in collaborative development of solutions.
•Fosters effective mission-critical working relationships with Legislators, Councilmembers, the Mayor, congressional representatives, media, labor, businesses, advisory groups, advocacy groups, and regulatory and oversight agencies to advocate HART’s policy positions as recommended by the Board of Directors.
•Manages the current and trending conditions of programs, including financial and construction; develops innovative approaches, as well as effective and responsive solutions to transit funding challenges.
•Leads HART’s strategic planning processes and ensures effective alignment of all resources including talent, infrastructure, and funding HART’s mission, and the strategic business plan; leads the Authority in continuous enhancement of business practices, leveraging efficiencies, and maximizing financial and environmental sustainability.
•Promotes a consistent, equitable, and inclusive culture to maximize the Authority’s talent potential, coaches, develops, motivates, and retains high–performing team members, and addresses performance challenges as appropriate, in a time-sensitive environment.
•Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the Authority’s budget; directs, monitors, and evaluates all aspects of the Authority’s fiduciary responsibilities; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
•Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; explains Authority programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
The ideal CEO candidate will have extensive executive-level rail transit construction experience and a record of proven, effective leadership in managing the successful construction of a rail transit project of this magnitude with its significant financial and technical complexities. The CEO must be a passionate transit advocate; exceptional negotiator and balanced leader; comfortable with managing and leading in a highly political, complex, and transparent environment; and someone who is capable of building bridges internally and externally to create opportunities for advancement of the Authority’s strategic objectives.
The CEO will provide leadership and support to the HART Board and the Authority on key strategic, policy, and legislative issues. The new CEO will have a successful track record of managing capital programs of considerable scale, overseeing public transit projects, and working with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials.
HART values workplace diversity and seeks to create an environment and culture that embraces employee differences. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at HART with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences. The new CEO will be expected to continue to support and build upon a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
The successful candidate will have substantial executive transportation management experience within a large and complex publicly accountable organization that involves leading a diverse staff and management of significant funds. The preferred candidate will have experience leading a department or organization responsible for delivery of complex infrastructure projects, on-time and within budget as well as experience with a fixed guideway system and commitment to a multi-modal transportation system in a metropolitan setting. An advanced degree is preferred.
•Advanced principles and standards of engineering and construction management necessary for successful construction of a rail transit system of this magnitude.
•FTA’s New Start project development process and associated requirements for project management and grant administration.
•Advanced principles and practices of large-scale project management.
•Advanced principles and practices of government and legislative processes, public administration and local government administration.
•Best practices in working with city, county, state, and federal government officials including appointed and elected office holders.
•The local cultural and political landscape for the Authority’s public transportation planning and operations.
•Economic, political, social and environmental factors related to the provision and use of public transit.
•Planning, designing, and management of public transit projects; campaign procedures for public approval of bonding and taxation.
•Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
•Principles of management, human development, continuous improvement and performance evaluation using modern metrics
•Commitment to cultural competency that enables effective outcomes and maintains working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
•Identifying and responding to Board of Directors, elected officials, community representatives, customers, and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
•Managing and directing a comprehensive regional transit authority in coordination with the Board of Directors, departments, divisions, consultants, and associated staff.
•Leading high-level exceptional negotiations and effectively partnering with local jurisdictions and agencies, utilities, contractors, and community groups.
•Leading, motivating and influencing staff using superior interpersonal and management techniques and demonstrating a consistent commitment and ability to working with diverse work groups and individuals.
•Preparing and administering large capital projects and associated complex budgets.
•Working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines, and adjusting to changing priorities.
Persons interested in this job must submit a cover letter, salary history, and current resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. The position will remain open until filled; however the screening process will move quickly. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials as soon as possible but no later than April 10, 2017.
The total compensation for this position is competitive. Benefits include comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance; a deferred compensation program; a retirement plan; holiday, vacation, and sick leave; and employee assistance program.
HART is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.
LIVING ON OAHU
Spectacular natural surroundings, thriving urban centers, vibrant neighborhoods, and a lively arts and cultural scene are just some of what makes Oahu a great place to live and work. Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It’s this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes living on Oahu so enjoyable. The clear blue waters of Kailua Beach meet the metropolitan cityscapes of Honolulu. The historic architecture of Iolani Palace meets the timeless memorials of Pearl Harbor. The big city of Waikiki meets the small town of Haleiwa on the North Shore. Outdoor activities are especially plentiful given the area’s natural beauty and mild climate. Hiking atop iconic Leahi (Diamond Head), enjoying some of Hawaii’s best shopping, or simply unwinding on the sands of the island’s beautiful beaches are just a few of the options available. Hawaii is viewed as a progressive and innovative state where people are outgoing and friendly.