Executive Director, OPTA (Not SARTA position)


Description of Position


Reports to: OPTA Board


Salary Range: D.O.Q

Position Summary

The Executive Director plans, leads, organizes, and assures continuing direction for the Association's activities and goals, including legislative initiatives, growth, outreach, and professional development programs all as prioritized by the OPTA Board. 

The Executive Director is a public transportation subject matter expert, advocate and spokesperson for the public transit industry.  They must work closely with state agencies and elected officials. 

The Executive Director shall continually strengthen relationships with member transit systems and develop relationships with associate members.

Finally, the executive director, with assistance of staff, holds responsibility for developing and administering the governance and adopted annual budget together with the financial integrity of the Association. 

The Executive Director will:

  • Build public understanding and support for public transportation by promoting the value of public transportation and mobility services at every opportunity;
  • Advocate investment in public transportation services, equipment and infrastructure; and
  • Provide a forum for members and other key stakeholders to interact, exchange information and ideas, and to continuously improve mobility services; and
  • Guide the infrastructure of the Association in conjunction with staff.
  • Develop revenues and plan events to support the initiatives.

Position Requirements

A Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of five years’ experience in Public Transit, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Finance, or Public Administration.   Alternatively, the minimum qualifications may be met with any combination of experience and training resulting in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

The Executive Director shall have the ability to: 


  • Communicate verbally and in writing with attention to details.
  • Act in a self-directed and independent manner.
  • Legally operate a motor vehicle.
  • Travel independently by vehicle or air
  • Physically navigate Public Transit Properties.
  • Occasionally lift up to 40 pounds (paper, office supplies, etc.)
  • PC’s and software applications including word processing, financial management/accounting, spreadsheets, data bases, desktop publishing, e-mail, etc.
  • Use office terminology, practices, procedures and equipment.
  • Deal with state and federal legislative issues and work with elected officials.
  • Facilitation and coordination abilities to ensure member involvement and participation, as well as cooperative relationships with relevant constituencies.
  • Display an outgoing personality and effective inter-personal skills, demonstrating a positive attitude.
  • Develop and coordinate effective presentations before small and large groups and demonstrate effective and strong public speaking skills
  • Create marketing materials, fliers and/or agendas.
  • Develop relationships with members, associate members and committee members


In addition, the Executive Director shall be knowledgeable (or have the ability to become knowledgeable) in the following areas: 


  • Relevant Government Regulations, Ohio and Federal law,
  • Association management practices
  • Public Transit Operations
  • Marketing and Public Relations


The Executive Director is generally expected to work weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM but hours may be varied for travel, conventions and evening meetings. A flexible work schedule may be permitted, subject to the approval of the CEO, provided it meets the needs of OTRP.    There may be requirements to work in excess of a 40-hour workweek including extra hours in the evening, weekdays or weekends as circumstances require.

The Executive Director will spend approximately 35% of their time in an office environment with the additional 65% divided between walking/navigating, standing, operating a motor vehicle, attending meetings, or doing off-site work.  Significant travel including auto, rail and airline is required.  The Executive Director must be able to remain stationary for long periods of time; occasionally move about the inside of an office to access filing cabinets, office machinery, and other tasks; constantly operate a computer and other office machinery; share accurate information with clients, and co-workers both in person and electronically; and occasionally work in outdoor weather conditions. 

 General Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Make decisions and operate in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  2. Proofread and independently composes correspondence.
  3. Work collaboratively with co-workers and staff.
  4. Prepare reports, presentations, summaries, and studies as needed or required.
  5. Maintain filing systems and inventory for records
  6. Create policies, work plans, budgets and short/long term objectives.   
  7. Control the content in websites and newsletters.  
  8. Develop Board/Committee packets and attend/lead meetings.
  9. Develop and give presentations and training sessions for large or small groups.
  10. Visit and interact with all members of OPTA on a regular basis.
  11. Perform other duties as assigned by the OPTA Executive Committee.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Monitor compliance with bylaws and other governing documents.
  2. Oversee, in conjunction with staff, all OPTA activities and contractors.
  3. Develop and implement, in cooperation with the OPTA executive Committee, an annual work plan, short and long term objectives, and association policies and procedures.
  4. Develop revenue resources.
  5. Attend and actively participate in all OPTA Board meetings.
  6. Issue RFP’s and bids for services to facilitate the hiring of all contractors and services.
  7. Present draft budgets and track budget compliance with reporting to the OPTA board.
  8. Oversee with assistance of staff, compliance with all State and Federal laws for the association and any required filings.

            Membership and Marketing

  1. Maintain contact and/or act as the member representative with other relevant state and national associations.
  2. Serve on boards and related committees both in and out of the transit industry as authorized by the OPTA executive Committee.  This representation shall be to promote the objectives in other organizations where transit should be considered an integral component of their mission.
  3. Create membership development and retention initiatives and facilitate member participation and growth in OPTA.
  4. Develop awards/recognition programs for OPTA.
  5. Manage and develop education programs, conferences and retreats.
  6. Plan and manage the OPTA Annual Meeting and Trade Show.
  7. Ensure appropriate OPTA member representation and monitor/facilitate committee activities to ensure coordination of goals and purpose of the committees.
  8. Edit and/or publish newsletter, membership directory, membership brochure and other publications, including preparation of power point presentations/slides as needed.
  9. Develop and manage OPTA website and social media.
  10. Update and oversee OPTA Database of Members and Partners.

            Advocacy Activities

  1. Monitoring and evaluate proposed state and federal legislation to determine impact on members and coordinate with legislative contractor for outcomes.
  2. Develop collaborative relationships with relevant constituencies, including elected officials and their staff at state and federal levels.
  3. Propose and support OPTA group policy development and legislative/regulatory initiatives, including grassroots participation campaigns, drafting press releases and advocacy letters on behalf of the association.
  4. Attend legislative meetings, press conferences, events and meetings. 
  5. Manage and coordinate and oversee the contracted lobbying service.
  6. Advocate for public transit through supportive policies and initiatives with stakeholders throughout the state

Please apply here: Application

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