Transit Systems 2024-05-06 2024-06-10

Assistant Vice President - Automation & Innovation

Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, Florida

Job ID: 155881
Job Status: Full-time

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is making great strides towards integrating autonomous vehicles into public transit. The Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) program aims to connect various neighborhoods throughout Jacksonville's downtown core and provide reliable, accessible, safe, and equitable mobility options. The first phase of the U2C, the Bay Street Innovation Corridor (BSIC) Project, is already underway and will complete the first 3 miles of the planned 10-mile autonomous public transit network when it launches in the summer of 2025. This $66 million dollar project leverages discretionary transportation grant funds awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in December 2018.

Excitingly, the second and third phases of the U2C program are on the horizon. The second phase will modernize and convert JTA's 2.5-mile Skyway legacy system to an elevated connected guideway for autonomous vehicles. The third phase will expand the at-grade autonomous vehicle public transit service into adjacent historic neighborhoods nearby downtown to complete the planned 10-mile autonomous public transit network.

JTA is seeking an Assistant Vice President - Automation & Innovation to join their team! This role will support the VP in managing the U2C Program's planning, design, procurement, manufacture, installation, and construction. The AVP will also oversee the existing Skyway Operations and the Test & Learn program, which serves as the Division's R&D function that socializes the technologies through various supporting demonstration and pilot projects throughout the community in advance of the U2C Program deployments.

This is a critical role in preparing and enabling the JTA organizationally to perform the operations and maintenance of the new autonomous vehicle public transit service. This responsibility includes developing and implementing strategies, tactics, and overall approaches to organizational workforce development and training to support this operational transition to autonomous vehicles.

A four-year management degree with a minimum of seven years of comprehensive experience is required. While not required, an advanced degree would be ideal with prior Sr. Management experience demonstrating sound working knowledge related to transit/transportation, engineering, and construction programs, with wide-ranging knowledge of new transportation technologies.

The Ideal Candidate should have a pre-disposition for action and possess the ability to explore and develop new use cases for the future of alternative vehicles. Functioning much like a “Swiss Army Knife” with “4D chess” strategic ability, you will pivot and re-prioritize while continuing to deliver high impact projects.

If this creative role offers the opportunity you seek, submit your resume and letter of interest expressing what your experience will bring to this role by June 17, 2024, via [email protected]. Confidential inquiries and talent recommendations are encouraged.

This position will remain open until filled.

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