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Trimet Assistant Manager, Bus & Rail Operations (Operations Command Center) in United States

Assistant Manager, Bus & Rail Operations (Operations Command Center)

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Assistant Manager, Bus & Rail Operations (Operations Command Center)


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Portland, OR

Job Type

Non-Union Regular Full-Time


Transportation (Non Union)

Job Number



5/27/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

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  • Benefits


Responsible for the daily operations of TriMet's Operations Command Center (OCC), including dispatch of fixed-route bus operations and control of the MAX light rail system. Tasked to develop, coordinate, and implement operational plans and daily OCC activities for normal, degraded, and emergency service. Develops operational processes and strategies in order to achieve performance metrics. Responsible for performance management of Rail Controllers and Bus Dispatchers.

Manages a union workforce and resolves associated labor relations issues. Assists in hiring, training, and development of Rail Controllers and Bus Dispatchers. Accountable for ensuring that rules, procedures, and instructions are followed. Assists in determining OCC functional requirements and plans related to TriMet service expansions and other projects. Investigates safety/performance issues in order to identify and enact mitigations. Supports the implementation of the TriMet Safety Management System (SMS).

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Serve as a good steward of TriMet by regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers’ experiences and of TriMet’s product and service offerings.

Essential Functions

  1. Provide direct supervision and effective leadership of Rail Controllers, Bus Dispatchers, Field Operations Supervisors, Rail Operators, and/or Bus Operators. Responsible for performance management of staff and any associated employee or labor relations issues, including training and development, coaching, mentoring, corrective actions, work improvement plans or disciplinary action, and terminations. Ensure all staff certifications are current. Includes managing Dispatcher and Controller role rotation in the OCC between managing radio air, supporting roles, training, and other duties intended to build employee skills.

    Develop a work environment that is inclusive, respectful and in full partnership with members and officers of the ATU. Ensure consistent application of policies, procedures and labor agreement throughout the workforce.

  2. Maintain Bus Dispatcher and Rail Controller competency. Ensure collaboration between OCC and other departments in order to develop and implement operational strategies and respond to accidents or emergencies, service disruptions, inclement weather, natural disasters, and special events. Ensure an effective and positive working relationship with the Maintenance division to ensure essential and timely responses including up to date situational awareness during events.

    1. During incidents and service delays: responsible to ensure that Dispatcher and Controller responsibilities are adequately aligned to resolve the issue in a timely manner. Responsible for communicating regarding the incident to internal TriMet personnel (for example: PIO, CS, Directors, Executives) using email templates or other supported technologies. Responsible for ensuring that applicable SOPs and policies are followed and that operational safety is maintained.

    2. Acts as the point of contact in the OCC during incidents so the Dispatcher(s) and Controller(s) can focus on service recovery with on-scene incident commander. Responsible for identifying and implementing corrective action plans to mitigate future incidents. Provide Dispatchers and Controllers with feedback after the incident regarding their performance, both positive and/or constructive. Supports an OCC culture that prioritizes safety, improves the customer experience, and responds with a sense of urgency during service disruptions.

    3. Assist in development and maintenance of programs for OCC technical systems, including bus dispatch, rail control, CCTV, radio, telephone, paging, and mobile computing systems. Support managing logistics for implementation sequence and schedules, testing, training, and operations cut-over for replacement or modification projects for OCC technical systems.

    4. Adhere to a 24X7 rotational responsibility to maintain a management presence in the OCC. Responsible for deploying and directing field supervisory personnel and other resources as needed to recover, restore and maintain customer service. Support TriMet's incident commander, during major special event service and during a major emergency or natural disaster.

    5. Establish, evaluate, and ensure sustained excellence in operational performance through clearly defined objectives and measurements, regular monitoring of performance indicators, and continuous involvement of transportation workforce.

    6. Support the development and implementation of annual goals and budget that support and align with the TriMet business plan. Help establish clear goals, targets, strategic actions and scorecards. Monitor budget expenditures, measure performance goals and recognize achievements. Monitor payroll and budget expenditures, including authorization for overtime.

    7. Primary Investigator of the OCC role in bus and rail incidents.

    8. Provide leadership in emergency situations. Responsible for coordinating service adjustments and to act as first responders in the field or to the base facility in the event of accidents or service emergencies, service disruptions, inclement weather, natural disasters and special events.

    9. Provide direction and set standards for excellence in internal and external customer service. Promote professional and courteous behavior with a creative approach to problem resolution that creates a positive experience for the customer.

    10. Responsible for performing and supporting CMS assessments including scheduling supervisors and training staff on CMS. Manage and oversee assigned shift activities to ensure and optimized delivery of safe, secure, reliable, and cost cost-effective delivery.

    11. Assist in the management of resources including non-revenue vehicles, technical systems, equipment and tools to support effective deployment and service delivery performance.

    12. Assist in the documentation, development and implementation of policies, standard operating procedures, communication protocols, business processes, and training programs. Recommend changes as appropriate.

Position Requirements

A minimum of a High School diploma/GED or equivalent is required.

A minimum of six (6) years total credited experience*.

Four (4) years of experience in transit or transit operations are required.

One (1) year of lead experience with a supervisory role in Control Center, Field Operations, and/or Transportation is required.

Possession of a valid Class C drivers' license and the ability to obtain a Class B Commercial Driver's License, with passenger endorsement and without airbrake restriction (is required.

Or any equivalent combination of training or experience.

*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the "credited experience".

Selection Criteria

Type of Position / Grade / FLSA

Grade 15, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time

Salary Range

Minimum: $82,536.00

Maximum: $123,804.00

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:

  1. Application Review (please include: Cover Letter and Resume)

    1. First Round Panel Interview
  2. Second Round Panel Interviews

  3. Reference Check/Criminal History Check

Supplemental Information

Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

Internal applicants: Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans' preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays' notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

ADA Statement

As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet's accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee's preferred accommodation.