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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5318

Class Designation: Civil Service

February 1999

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Transit Director


Under general administrative direction, plans, organizes and directs the functions of the Transit Department which include public transportation administration and operations, equipment, vehicle maintenance and procurement and financial planning and grant administration. Represents the Department to the City Council, the community and federal, state and local agencies, and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Transit Director is directly responsible to the City Manager for the performance of duties. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with sole authority and responsibility for a broad service area. Discretion is involved in applying goal and policy statements and in resolving complex organizational and service delivery problems.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general administrative direction from the City Manager: exercises direct supervision over individuals holding civil service and civil service exempt positions both part-time and full-time.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors long-term plans, goals, and objectives focused on achieving the City's mission and City Council's priorities in a team environment with the Division Managers.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates public transit, paratransit, and equipment maintenance services; develops comprehensive plans to meet future needs for department services; develops and implements transit capital improvement program.
  • Prepares and administers the budget for the Transit Department, including financial planning and grants administration; secures revenue sources through grant applications and acts to ensure the City's eligibility for, and receipt of local, state and federal funding support.
  • Manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, policies, and procedures relating to public transit, paratransit, and equipment maintenance activities to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards; ensures that policies are administered equitably.
  • Promotes good communication and improves service to benefit transit system users.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates the performance of managers and their assigned staff as well as mentors for improvement and development.
  • Monitors relevant industry developments, evaluates their impact on City operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements;
  • Evaluates and provides analysis on legislation affecting transportation funding and regulatory compliance and ensures compliance of regulatory requirements. Presents the City's position before appropriate legislative and administrative bodies.
  • Establishes performance requirements and personal development goals; takes disciplinary action to address performance deficiencies.
  • Provides leadership and works with managers to develop and retain highly competent staff through selection, compensation, training and management practices which support the City's mission and values.
  • Advises the City Manager, City Council, City Commissions, governmental agencies, regulatory boards and various public groups on proposed projects and improvements.
  • Participates in transit industry organizations and on internal and external committees, boards, and task forces, as appropriate.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Reviews reports and other documents submitted by subordinates for completeness and accuracy;
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • The principles, techniques, and practices of managing a municipal transit system.
  • Transit route design and bus deployment.
  • Hazard and safety procedures relative to municipal transit operations.
  • Federal, state and local regulations governing the operation of a municipal transit system.
  • Budget preparation and control.
  • Principles of management, supervision and training.
  • Employee relations including the meet and confer process, grievance procedures and contract interpretation and administration.
  • City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters.
  • Customer service techniques.
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, direct, and integrate broad, comprehensive transit system services and vehicle maintenance services.
  • Analyze complex issues, evaluate alternative solutions, develop sound conclusions, and recommend a course of action
  • Present proposals and recommendations clearly and logically in public meetings.
  • Develop and evaluate management practices and procedures.
  • Exercise sound, expert, independent judgement within general policy guidelines.
  • Understand the applicability of existing Federal and State laws and regulations and to keep abreast of current developments in legislation and trends.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Council, officials, other department heads, staff, private and community organizations, and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Interpret and apply Memoranda of Understanding, City ordinances, and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Utilize a computer and other office equipment.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess an appropriate valid California drivers license.


    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or a related field; and six years of increasingly responsible professional transportation experience, at least three years of supervisory experience at a transportation manager or assistant director level.
    Master's degree in business or public administration preferred.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to use standard office equipment. Tasks require color and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability; may require the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.