California High-Speed Rail Authority

Chief of Rail Operations

$300,000 - $350,000
Filing Deadline:
Open Until Filled
Veronica Ortiz-Torres
Executive Recruiter
CPS HR Consulting

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is seeking a Chief of Rail Operations. The Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building, and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation. The Chief of Rail Operations position will help lead progress on the nation’s first high-speed rail program. 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.

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