Overview

Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is the regional transit agency that provides service to the urbanized area of Chatham County. Covering 438 square miles with a population of 265,000, CAT offers traditional fixed-route service, paratransit (34 small buses providing door-to-door service for those with qualifying disabilities) and a free downtown bus and ferry system, the latter between Hutchinson Island and Savannah. Overall, it provides almost four million passenger trips annually, including 100,000 for persons with disabilities. It does so through 60 buses serving 16 fixed routes and 1,300 bus stops, 40 CAT Mobility Vehicles, and four ferry vessels (providing 750,000 passenger trips annually).

CAT is governed by a Board composed of nine members who represent Chatham County, the City of Savannah, and the communities therein (including the elderly and disabled). All the Board Members have the best interests of the community at heart, and none view CAT as a steppingstone to higher office. They are collegial and work well together. They respect each other and think highly of the authority’s staff.The Board is seeking an outstanding leader and manager—someone who will be passionate about making CAT the preeminent transit authority in the nation.

The individual will be strong, energetic, proactive, honest, humble, intelligent, articulate, open minded, responsive, and, as one Board Member put it, ridiculously competent.

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in leadership and management along with a sound knowledge of public transportation—operations, maintenance, system development, finance (including funding mechanisms) and community and intergovernmental relations. As noted, CAT’s future success depends in large part upon its ability to leverage its resources and work with others to achieve synergy.

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, transportation or related field, and seven to ten years of increasingly responsible experience as a senior level transportation agency executive. While not an accountant, the next CEO will understand municipal and transportation finance and act as a diligent steward of the agency’s finances.

Additional Information

The starting salary range is targeted to be $170,000 to $190,000. Fringe benefits are generous. To apply, e-mail your resume and cover letter to Recruit37@cb-asso.com on or before November 19th. Faxed and mailed resumes will not be considered. Questions should be directed to Rick Conner at (915) 227-7002 or Colin Baenziger at (561) 707-3537. For more information, go to www.cb-asso.com and click on “Executive Search / Active Recruitments.