North County Transit District
Director of Procurement and Contracts Administration
Annual salary range: $107,880 to $172,621 DOE
NCTD provides outstanding benefits.
Application deadline: Open until filled.
Are you an expert in managing contracts funded by the Federal Transit Administration? Do you possess a strong business acumen and the ability to motivate and work collaboratively? If so, this is an exciting opportunity to drive organizational effectiveness and play an integral role with NCTD’s leadership team in facilitating the rapid growth of the organization that is expected over the next two years. Driving this growth is the insourcing of currently contracted rail delivery and facilities maintenance services. It is anticipated that this move will double the size of the agency to nearly 300 employees.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) was established in 1975 to plan, construct, and operate public transit and provides about 10.3 million passenger trips per year, primarily in North San Diego County. It covers a geographic area of approximately 1,020 square miles with an approximate population of 964,000 people. Services include BREEZE bus, SPRINTER hybrid rail, COASTER commuter trains, FLEX demand response, and LIFT ADA paratransit service. NCTD shares the use of its tracks with rail partners Amtrak, Metrolink, BNSF, and Pacific Sun Railroad. Amtrak and Metrolink operate more than 264 commuter trains on our tracks every week, with BNSF and Pacific Sun moving more than 9.6 million pounds of freight. NCTD is governed by a Board of Directors. NCTD's Operating Budget is approximately $145 million (FY22), and Capital Improvement Program is approximately $43 million (FY22).
NCTD's mission is to deliver safe, convenient, reliable, and user-friendly public transportation services. Our vision is to build an integrated transit system that enables our customers to travel easily and efficiently throughout our growing region. NCTD has implemented cutting-edge green initiatives and sustainability programs that minimize the environmental impact of public transit. At five locations, NCTD has installed solar panels that generate energy for the agency. NCTD uses low-energy lighting and biodegradable cleaning supplies, installed electric car chargers at the Oceanside Transit Center, and procures buses to operate in a demonstration pilot across the NCTD service area six battery-electric buses and eight fuel-cell electric buses.
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As our next Director of Procurement and Contracts Administration, you will report to the Chief Financial Officer and take direction from the General Counsel on legal and regulatory matters. This position has direct supervisory responsibility for staff positions and may also oversee the work of consultants and contractors. Further, the position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be an energetic and collaborative team builder with excellent communication and problem-solving skills. The successful candidate will exercise sound judgment and deductive reasoning; interpret, explain, and diplomatically enforce procurement policies and procedures; effectively procure quality products, services, and equipment on a timely basis at competitive prices; analyze, evaluate, and modify complex purchasing methods and procedures; analyze and evaluate products and price variables requiring in-depth research; evaluate technical and functional specifications prepared by departments for accuracy and appropriate content; prepare accurate and legally correct complex specifications and contracts; and prepare clear, concise and detailed statistical reports. The selected candidate will be able to present alternative options and creative solutions in addressing challenging procurement issues.
Key Attributes and Characteristics
- A consensus builder with a flexible leadership approach
- Able to build a culture of customer service and inter-departmental engagement based not on a rigid style, but one of collaboration, consensus and persuasive communication
- A positive leader and manager willing to coach and mentor new staff
- Demonstrates value and respect for all employees
- Performs effectively as a team player. Values the ideas of others and routinely collects their input as part of the decision-making process
- Bachelor's Degree in business administration, public administration, accounting, or a related field is required; Master's Degree or Juris Doctor preferred.
- Minimum 10 years prior directly relevant experience, including five (5) years supervisory experience required.
- Applicable coursework and/or training in federal and state procurement laws and regulations is desired.
- Previous solid experience with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory procurement requirements
- Previous public sector or transit industry experience strongly desired.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.
- Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver's license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years.
- Maintain compliance with the District's policies regarding conflict of interest and ethics.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.
The successful candidate experience should also include:
- Expert knowledge of contracting rules, regulations, and procedures, such as Uniform Commercial Code, California Public Contracting Code, Federal Transit Administration Third-party Contracting Guidance (FTA C. 4220.1F) and other laws and regulations pertaining to the solicitation of bids/proposals, evaluation of offers, negotiations and awarding of contracts, including proposal preparation, negotiation, legal aspects and financial accounting.
- Advanced knowledge of and experience with public agency and construction contracting rules and regulations.
- Strong business acumen and advanced negotiation skills.
- Ability to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills including exceptional attention to detail; ability to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to appropriate sources; ability to interpret and apply local, state, and federal rules and regulations accurately and effectively.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range for the Director of Procurement and Contracts will be $107,880-$172,621, and the starting salary will be dependent upon experience.
NCTD offers the following benefits:
Retirement: CalPERS: NCTD participates in the CalPERS retirement program with benefit formulas of 1.5% @ 65, 2% @ 60, and 2% @ 62. Benefits are calculated based on your date of hire, age at retirement, the number of years of service credit with CalPERS, and the highest average pay rate in 36 months.
457 Deferred Compensation/401(a) Plans: NCTD offers a voluntary Deferred Compensation savings plan through VOYA. Employees are eligible upon hire and can contribute a designated percentage of their compensation into the plan per IRS limits. Additionally, NCTD matches 50% of employee 457 contributions, up to 8% of payroll (4% max contribution) into a 401(a) plan. Employees are vested in NCTD contributions after three years of service.
Medical Insurance: NCTD participates in the CalPERS medical insurance program and offers a wide variety of plans to choose from. NCTD contributes towards monthly medical premiums. If selected coverage is greater than the NCTD contribution, employees will pay the additional premium via pre-tax payroll deduction.
Dental Insurance: NCTD offers dental coverage through United Concordia with a PPO or DHMO option.
Vision Insurance: NCTD offers vision insurance through Medical Eye Services.
Life Insurance: NCTD provides group Life/AD&D insurance at no cost to the employee of up to $200,000. Additionally, voluntary supplemental life insurance is available for the employee and eligible dependents at the employee's expense.
Long Term Disability Insurance: NCTD offers voluntary Long Term Disability Insurance at the employee's cost. Coverage up to 60% of your hourly wage ($6,000/monthly maximum) can be purchased.
Flexible Spending Account Plan: NCTD offers the following plans for pre-tax employee contributions:
- Health Care
- Dependent Care
- Commuter Transit
- Commuter Parking
Holidays: NCTD recognizes nine holidays annually: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
PTO/Paid Time Off: Employees earn PTO in accordance with the following schedule:
- 0 through 3.99 years: 120 hours per year
- 4.00 through 9.99 years: 176 hours per year
- 10+ years: 216 hours per year
Transportation Passes: Employees and eligible dependents receive a complimentary "PRONTO Card," which can be used to ride any NCTD transit service at no charge.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
Submit your résumé to be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, a cover letter, and a list of six work-related references (two supervisors, two direct reports, and two colleagues). References will not be contacted in the early stages of the process. Résumé should reflect years and months of employment, beginning/ending dates, as well as the size of staff and budgets you have managed.
The most competitive candidates will be invited to participate in a telephone interview with the client. NCTD will make the final determination as to which top candidates advance to the final interview process.
Please go to our website to submit your application: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/nctd/jobs/3244709/director-of-procurement-and-contract-administration
For additional information contact:
CPS HR Consulting
North County Transit District website: https://gonctd.com
The North County Transit District is an equal opportunity employer.