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Deputy Director I, Chief Mechanical Officer - Transit Division - SF Municipal Transportation Agency (9183)

Recruitment: RTF0121939-01112060

Published: May 02, 2022


Aileen Hayashida-Fong -

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Department: Municipal Transportation Agency
Job Class: 9183-Deputy Director I, Municipal Transportation Agency
Role Type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA or “the agency”) connects San Franciscans with their communities to enhance the economy, environment and, ultimately, the quality of life in the city. As an agency within the City and County of San Francisco, the SFMTA is responsible for managing the city’s transportation network. The agency has more than 6,000 employees who are responsible for the management of all ground and some underground transportation in the city. The SFMTA has oversight over public transit, as well as bicycling, paratransit, parking and curb management, street operations, walking, and taxis.

Role Description

APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Exempt – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Application Opening Date: May 2, 2022

Application Filing Deadline: May 16, 2022

Recruitment ID: PEX-9183-121940

Salary: $190,242 to $242,736 annually

Please Note: A resume and cover letter must be attached to the online application.

The Chief Mechanical Officer reports to the Director of Transit and provides leadership and senior level management of Maintenance Operations in the Transit Division. The Maintenance Operations include bus, trolley bus, light rail, historic streetcar, fleet appearance, farebox, radio, video, and the electronic shop. This position is responsible for developing and managing programs, policies, and procedures to increase efficiency of the daily activities of Maintenance Operations within the Transit Division. The incumbent provides highly complex management and policy support and may be required to perform duties in the absence of the Director of Transit. This position directs activities to ensure compliance with local state and federal guidelines, safety, and regulatory policies including leading investigations of activities directly related to field safety and overall vehicle maintenance. The position is subject to a 24-hour call-back during emergency situations including on nights, weekends, and holidays.

The Transit Division of the SFMTA oversees five transit modes including bus, trolley bus, light rail, historic streetcar, and cable car. The mission of Transit Division is to provide safe, reliable, clean, efficient, accessible, and convenient public transportation to any destination in San Francisco. The Transit division works collaboratively with other SFMTA divisions and other city departments to provide services to our customers by operating and maintaining over 1,000 vehicles including motor coaches, trolley coaches, light rail vehicles, and historic streetcar and cable car.

Transportation connects us all and that’s why the SFMTA works hard every day to build a safer, more reliable transportation system for our city. We strive to ensure that our community, and the nearly 25 million yearly visitors to our city have access to safe and reliable transportation options. Join us to become a part of delivering this mission!

Examples of Important and Essential Duties:

  • Directs all functions of Maintenance Operations by establishing and evaluating division goals and objectives, assigns priorities, and ensures the use of effective work plans and methods to achieve goals.
  • Plans and evaluates staff performance in order to ensure the effective use of personnel and other resources and develops action plans to improve employee productivity and morale.
  • Responds quickly and effectively to unanticipated events and emergencies and provides guidance and direction to staff.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director of Transit and the Executive Director of the agency.
  • Directs the development and implementation of the division's budget; directs and monitors expenditures and assists in the determination of resource allocation and service levels.
  • Directs the development and implementation of Maintenance Operations goals, strategic plans, policies, procedures, and work standards.
  • Facilitates division-wide development of positive and constructive relationships with leadership of labor unions in the spirit of partnership towards creating an outstanding workplace and advancing the mission of the agency through engaging employees and the unions that represent them.

How to Qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

1.      Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; AND

2.      Ten (10) years of experience at a mass transit agency with six (6) years in a management and/or supervisory capacity; AND

3.      Possession of a valid driver license.


Additional qualifying experience in a management and/or supervisory capacity at a mass transit agency may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis. One year (2000 hours) will be considered equivalent to thirty (30) semester units/forty-five (45) quarter units.

1. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

2. One (1) year full-time experience is equivalent to 2000 hours. (2000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above forty (40) hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine full-time experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.

  • Expertise of the theory, principles, and practices of operations and maintenance of heavy- duty transit bus fleets.
  • Expertise in supervision, training, and performance management.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulations governing public transportation systems.
  • Knowledge of SFMTA’s operations, services, administration, and activities.
  • Knowledge of transit facilities, systems, personnel allocation, and fiscal considerations.
  • Knowledge of appropriate computer systems and programs to perform duties, and experience. developing quantitative analysis and preparation of detailed reports regarding maintenance activities and equipment status.
  • Expertise in analyzing and assessing policies and operational needs and making appropriate operational adjustments when necessary.
  • Skills and ability to present complex facts clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
  • Experience preparing and presenting comprehensive reports.
  • Experience within a union environment involving contract negotiations and resolution of grievances.
  • Demonstrable skills and superior knowledge in working with office programs and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with a large and diverse workforce of people with different cultures, backgrounds, and opinions.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize multiple high priority assignments and projects.
  • Experience handling highly confidential and sensitive personnel issues appropriately.
  • Management experience working with senior level staff.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and financial management.
  • Experience managing transit operations in a multi-modal transportation agency.
  • Knowledge of City and County of San Francisco practices, processes, and procedures.

What else should I know?

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Process:
Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be used to determine candidates' qualifications.  Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to move forward in the selection process.

For questions or inquiries, please contact: Aileen Hayashida-Fong, Human Resources Analyst at  

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.