Transit Systems 2023-05-12 2023-06-16

Assistant Vice President – Automation and Innovation

Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, Florida

Job ID: 149470
Job Status: Full-time

Jacksonville Transportation Authority is moving towards the execution of its visionary plan of integrating Autonomous Vehicles into public transit. The marquee project known as Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) is the vision of repurposing existing infrastructure and leveraging emerging technologies to interconnect various neighborhoods through the downtown core of Jacksonville.

This position - The AVP of Automation & Innovation is responsible for supporting the VP – Automation & Innovation in managing the Authority’s U2C Program planning, design, procurement, manufacture, installation, and construction. The role will also have oversight over the existing Skyway Operations and the Test & Learn program which is the Division’s R&D function and, also serves to socialize the technologies in various ways in preparation for Launch of AV Fleet operations.

The Test and Learn Program is also geared towards testing and preparing for AV fleet operations, fleet management and logistics. This role will have oversight for ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization through fiscal responsibility, proving quality service to customers and other stakeholders, and leading culture to ensure the delivery of a safe, reliable, and accessible AV Fleet.

This role will have a cross functional working relationship with the Planning & Sustainability and Construction & Capital Programs departments and will collaborate accordingly on all related projects in support of the U2C program.

Essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Manages and coordinates finalization of project planning, environmental review, project development, funding alternatives, design, procurement, and construction phases of U2Cprojects.
  • Procures the necessary planning, engineering, technical systems, integrator, and financial advisory consultant services in accordance with JTA, state and federal guidelines. Negotiates schedules, scopes, and fees for U2C capital contracts.
  • Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in operations management and the AV industry.
  • Ensures that departmental decisions, staffing plans, project management, and all capital and operational expenses are aligned with the organization’s business plan and vision.
  • Identifies, recommends, and implements new processes, technologies, and systems to improve and streamline organizational processes and use of resources and materials.
  • In coordination with staff with Planning & Sustainability, Transit Planning, Skyway Operations, and Maintenance, identifies needed long-range transportation needs to support the authority’s strategic vision.

The Top Candidate will have strong organizational, analytic, and strategic-thinking skills with the demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans and translate those plans into goals and concrete methods and strategies.

Possess proven management ability, and a strong work ethic. Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, or a related management degree with a minimum of seven (7) years comprehensive experience. An advanced degree is preferred with prior Sr. Management experience demonstrating sound experience related to transit/transportation, engineering, construction programs, and sound knowledge of new transportation technologies.

Confidential inquiries are welcome. For additional information and a complete position description, contact Daphne Le Blanc with TALENT SEARCH CONSULTANTS @ 818.399.5787. If this position offers the opportunity you seek, submit your resume and a letter of interest outlining what your experience brings to this role. Also, submit two (2) peer and two (2) senior-level professional references directly to Daphne at by June 30, 2023.

JTA will offer a competitive compensation package to the successful candidate depending on qualifications and experience. This position will remain open until filled.

JTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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