Houston, Texas, JOB PURPOSE
Harris County seeks a strong manager and visionary – with a deep understanding of the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of toll roads – as the executive Director of the Harris County Toll Road Authority.
Under the direction of Harris County Commissioners Court, the Executive Director leads an executive staff in planning, budgeting, and administering programs and projects for the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing a complex array of projects and operations that impact mobility throughout the County and will be expected to set a multi-year strategic vision for the authority that includes a plan for achieving stated goals and objectives. This role will involve liaising with the County Judge’s and Commissioners' offices to ensure the agency’s vision and activities meet the County’s needs.
Other duties of the Executive Director include direct the management of general consulting contracts; evaluating proposed legislative actions to determine potential impact on the agency and what position to take in response; and otherwise keeping track of legislative and regulatory activities that may affect the agency. The Executive Director of HCTRA should have a significant awareness of the engineering, construction, operations and maintenance required to manage HCTRA’s transportation systems. The Executive Director must be able to rely on his or her management experience and judgment in running the authority and have the capacity to exercise a wide degree of latitude and creativity in planning and accomplishing agency goals. This position will require frequent interaction with the public, community and civic organizations, elected officials, and other County departments.
OVERVIEW OF HARRIS COUNTY
Harris County is the third-largest county in the country. Its population of more than 4.5 million rivals that of the entire state of Colorado. Harris County is governed by Harris County Commissioners Court. The Court is composed of a County Judge and four Commissioners. Commissioners Court conducts the general business of the County and oversees financial matters. The County Judge is the County’s chief executive and a voting member of Commissioners Court. According to state statute, the County Judge also is the County’s Director of Emergency Management.
The Harris County Judge and Commissioners oversee a $4.3 billion budget that helps fund key county services and institutions. As the main governing body of Harris County, Commissioners Court plays a critical role that is part administrative, part legislative, and part judicial. Its many responsibilities include adopting a budget; setting tax rates; calling for bond elections; building and maintaining county infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and overseeing county courthouses, jails, libraries, parks, and the Harris County Flood Control District. Harris County currently has more than 75 departments with over 15,000 employees.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for setting multi-year strategic vision for the organization, which includes refining agency mission and goals to align with County objectives
Directs, coordinates, and manages HCTRA initiatives through subordinate division directors and division activities
Reviews and analyzes reports, records, directives and confers with division directors regarding HCTRA operations
Oversees HCTRA's financial resources, which includes managing and disbursing revenues in accordance with specified parameters and to align with regional mobility goals
Presents the authority’s operating and capital projects budgets to Commissioners Court annually for approval
Reports to all members of Commissioners Court and their staff, and interfaces with the public, government agencies, and interest groups, on HCTRA activities, progress, accomplishments, and objectives
Collaborates with other County departments, professional and community organizations, government representatives, and other high-level officials throughout the region, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Houston-Galveston Area Council, METRO and other City agencies
Oversees development and implementation of authority policy
Performs other duties that may be added or changed as the course and scope of the job requires
HOW TO APPLY
Submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Job posting is scheduled to close on July 31th
PFM Group Consulting has been retained by Harris County to coordinate and facilitate the recruitment process for this position
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on competitive salary requirements and previous Director salary.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Harris County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Accordingly, the County judges applicants and employees on individual merit and qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. The only exceptions are based on bona fide occupational qualifications.
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email
Note: Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to advertised closing date.
Harris County has an Employment-at-Will Policy.
Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background check.
Upon receiving a conditional Offer of Employment, all applicants are screened for the presence of illegal drugs. QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university; AND
Seven (7) years of progressively responsible, verifiable management experience, including experience supervising professional, technical, field, and/or administrative employees; OR
Equivalent combination of education and experience.
Track record of successful management and/or execution of complex, large-scale projects.
Strong skills using Microsoft Office applications
Excellent communication skills including presentation, grammar, and writing skills.
Excellent analytical skills in applying guidelines, policies and precedents, and in adapting standard methods to fit facts and conditions
Excellent organizational and managerial skills; effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks/initiatives
Works independently with long periods of relative autonomy and general review
Works well with the public, interest groups, government agency personnel, and external organizations; builds and maintains cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Works well under pressure and public scrutiny
Effectively prioritizes, identifies, and solves problems
Makes independent judgments that have significant impact on employees and/or the organization, managing a large multi-division team of professional, technical, field, and administrative employees
Reads/comprehends written materials, e.g. policies, procedures, operating instructions, and safety notices
Solves mathematical problems that may be required in normal work situations
Writes/records legible notes of activity and accurately completes required forms Must exercise good judgment and common sense
Experience working with government agencies and their governing bodies
Experience working with community groups and professional organizations
Experience working with or knowledge of TxDOT process/procedures
Experience with civil engineering projects from project implementation through construction including operations and maintenance of a toll facility
Experience negotiating complex Intergovernmental relationships and contracts
Depending on experience and qualifications