Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario and our goal is to create a transportation network that enhances the prosperity, sustainability and quality of life for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. It leads the planning in the region with its Regional Transportation Plan that guides the work and investments of the organization. It builds light transit, bus rapid transit and Regional Express Rail and operates GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO.
Our Third Party and Agreements Team within the Capital Projects Group (CPG) is seeking a Director to provide leadership and direction to ensure all transit project initiatives are planned, prioritized, coordinated and managed in a way that is integrated with overall organizational delivery goals, program objectives and mandate. The Director will partner with municipalities, transit agencies and other third parties throughout the region and provide oversight to permits and approvals management, traffic and transportation support, third party agreements management and third party stakeholder issues management.
Leads the development and implementation of project and planning strategies to ensure a consistent, integrated approach in the development and delivery of Metrolinx capital projects and program initiatives
Directs and provides senior strategic leadership in the provision of support services for permitting, traffic and transportation, third party agreements and stakeholder issues management
Establishes and ensures effective governance including procedures and risk management associated with regulatory requirements (permits, licenses and approvals) and traffic management to enable the timely completion of corridor construction projects
Provides the strategic direction for timely transportation coordination (e.g. vehicle traffic, transit, pedestrian, cycle and parking) with municipalities and other entities, to minimize disruption to local transportation flow including detours, traffic signals and traffic progression
Provides guidance to the development of third party agreement terms and conditions and provides technical expertise as required for negotiations
Directs the development and implementation of an issues/risk management process and guidelines to anticipate and address the identification, response and resolution to emerging, high profile and contentious issues affecting the delivery of Metrolinx capital programs/services
Provides leadership and oversight in the establishment and implementation of a common framework with all municipalities to facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of the capital transit programs
Leads and facilitates consultations and negotiations with third parties and relevant stakeholders (e.g. municipalities, utilities, elected officials) to effectively deliver operational policies/processes, including the development of a consistent approach (e.g. contractual framework) to ensure delivery of the desired economic benefits anticipated in project business cases
Builds and manages relationships with a wide number of internal and external stakeholders/partners including provincial/federal/municipal governments, agencies and/or communities, leveraging those relationships to advance project objectives
Provides senior leadership by consulting with the Capital Projects Group management team to manage the program issues/risk management process and to anticipate and address the identification, response and resolution to emerging, high profile and contentious issues affecting the delivery of programs/services
Ensures timely reporting of project financial and performance results as necessary, including any significant costs, security, safety, human resources or project management issues to Capital Projects Group management team
Provides creative thought leadership with input from others through consultation and collaboration to develop and deploy a strategic vision; builds strong business partnerships and manages stakeholder relationships; connects and aligns projects with strategic corporate goals
Location:10 Bay Street, Toronto
Completion of a postgraduate degree in Planning or Public Policy or Business Administration, or a related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent
Minimum ten (10) years’ progressively responsible experience in the transportation and/or public transit sector, including experience developing strategic operational policy and planning strategies in a public sector transportation planning environment.
Senior leadership experience in transportation and corridor planning (in a multi-model framework) and knowledge of public sector transportation and transit planning environment
Knowledge of various delivery models for major projects, including experience with the alternative financing and procurement (public/private sector partnership) model
Familiarity with relevant legislation (e.g. Metrolinx Act, Places to Grow Act, Planning Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario (RSO), Municipal Act) is an asset
Knowledge of leadership practices, strategic policy and operational planning methods, theories and techniques to provide strategic direction and leadership in the development and implementation of effective and efficient operational policy and planning strategies in support of the delivery of projects/initiatives.
Knowledge of issues and risk management principles, strategies and techniques to lead the development and implementation of an issues/risk management process that anticipates and addresses the identification, response and resolution to emerging issues affecting the delivery of programs/services; to support evidence-based decision making; to ensure that a strong accountability framework is maintained and updated as necessary
Excellent relationship building and management skills to develop and maintain internal and external partnerships
Highly developed written and verbal communication skills to develop briefs and presentations for senior management with a clear and succinct definition of the issues
Strong negotiation skills to act as a recognized and credible representative of the organization; to prepare and respond to proposals
Highly developed political acuity skills to recognize and respond to issues which may have an impact for the organization
Ability to create and manage change to achieve more efficient and effective operational effectiveness in delivering the new transit services, within the context of financial and program integrity; ability to cope with multiple demands, resolve priority conflicts, manage competing priorities, meet deadlines and deal with confidential material on a regular basis
Strong project management skills to proactively plan, establish priorities, allocate project resources and monitor project activities; to lead and direct cross functional teams and consultants
Understanding of multi-year financial planning techniques, procedures, funding mechanisms and processes used for investment decision-making
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: THI0001
About Metrolinx (Capital Projects Group)
WHO WE ARE
Metrolinx is undertaking the largest transportation investment in Ontario’s history to get you where you need to go better, faster, easier, while also operating GO Transit, UP Express and PRESTO. We have a unique opportunity to plan, build, operate and connect transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
When the Province of Ontario created Metrolinx as a new regional transportation agency in 2006, the challenges of under-investments in transit were mounting. Metrolinx was tasked to work with federal, provincial and municipal partners, the private sector and other stakeholders to create an integrated transportation system that would support a higher quality of life, a more prosperous economy and a healthier environment.
Over the last decade, Metrolinx has delivered on our mandate to expand transit throughout the region. Since the release of the region’s first-ever transportation plan in 2008 (The Big Move), Metrolinx set out a common vision for the region and a guide of how to transform transportation here. Working toward that vision, we’ve increased the number of weekly train trips offered by GO Transit by 500%, added eight new stations to our network..., extended our network by 70 kilometres, and added more than 13 million passenger trips a year. We also renovated 29 stations and added almost 22,000 parking spaces to our system. Adoption of our PRESTO card has tripled in the last five years, while UP Express now provides 3.5 million passenger trips per year and on-time performance to the airport runs at better than 98%.
And our growth continues. Today, the expansion of transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area is one of the largest concentrations of infrastructure projects in North America. By 2041, more than 10 million people will live in our region—comparable to Paris or London. Metrolinx continues working towards delivering an integrated, regional transportation system with a mix of buses, streetcars, light rail, heavy rail and subways that will serve the needs of residents and businesses for years to come. With the release of the 2041 Regional Transportation Plan, we are mapping out our future vision of how we plan to connect communities and cities.