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Deputy CEO, Planning and Innovation

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), which operates accessible fixed-route bus, commuter bus, demand-response, vanpool and airport service in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area -- home to the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College -- is looking for a C-Suite level transportation professional to serve in the newly created position of Deputy CEO, Planning and Innovation

TheRide’s over 124 buses, paratransit and service vehicles, 289 employees, and $45M operating and $5.2M capital budgets support 30 routes carrying over 6.8 million trips/yr to over 1,100 stops throughout the region. 

As a member of AAATA’s Executive Leadership team, the Deputy CEO, Planning and Innovation will lead and oversee the planning of all agency services and infrastructure, and related policies, programs and partnerships. This includes identifying needs and opportunities in the community; leading public engagement efforts; developing and refining plans, policies, programs and standards; and monitoring performance of program design. While fixed-route bus service is a focus, other areas include paratransit, transportation demand management, facilities, and new mobility.

Direct reports include Services and Data Coordinator, Service Planning and Communication Coordinator, Bus Stop and Service Planning Coordinator, Planning Coordinator, and Financial Analyst/Planner.

In addition to being an experienced planner, s/he must also be a strategic thinker who will develop a high-performance team to ensure service meets the highest standards of safety, customer satisfaction, efficiency, and excellence in accordance with AAATA policy and goals.  S/he will be attuned to emerging technologies and industry developments to keep TheRide at the forefront of operational excellence and optimal service delivery.  

AAATA offers competitive salary and benefits.  For a complete job description and details on how to apply, go to and click on "Current Searches," or submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements in confidence to Christopher Boylan, at Harris Rand Lusk Executive Search:


Posted on: Thursday, June 07, 2018
This listing expires on: Thursday, November 01, 2018

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