As part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) provides leadership in transportation improvements and innovation through trusted, timely, impartial, and evidence-based information exchange, research, and advice regarding all modes of transportation. For example, committees, researchers, and staff are currently focused on advancing resilient infrastructure, exploring transformational technology, and caring for the public’s health and safety. For more, please see the TRB 2020 Annual Report. TRB’s mission is divided into three primary roles, Research, Convene, and Advise.
Working with the Technical Activities Division (TAD) Director, the Director for Operations is responsible for the development, ongoing management and evaluation of operational, technology, and administrative support functions that enable efficient and effective conduct of TAD’s activities. This position oversees the TAD Operations Group, which includes operational and administrative support and technology support. The operational and administrative support team provides a variety of services to the TAD Program Group in areas supporting both volunteer management and activity management and processes, including but not limited to committee membership and rotation, planning and management of the program content of the Annual Meeting and specialty conferences, and paper review processes; this team also provides administrative and application technology support services to all of TAD. Technology Support evaluates TAD information technology needs, evaluates potential software packages, trains staff in effective use of applications, and coordinates with TRB’s IT unit.
The Director for Operations develops staffing requirements, processes, and assignments to ensure that each TAD activity has the required support to meet the objectives and mission of the Division. Maintains internal relations to coordinate needed resources. Ensures that each activity carried out by the Operations Team meets its stated objectives, and conforms to TAD-wide, TRB, and NASEM policies. Proposes and develops new or revised operational policies where needed to improve Division operations. Maintains internal and external relations with a focus on TAD’s operational requirements. Develops, implements, and manages a long-term technology plan for TAD.
Responsible for financial management and resource allocation, staff planning and management, and is fully accountable for the performance and results of TAD’s Operations Group. Must have high-level professional staff as direct reports. Incumbent deals with complex operations and effective communications, negotiation, and collaboration are critical for the work. Reports to the Director of the Technical Activities Division of TRB.
Proven success in managing complex organizational structures that include professional staff, volunteers, and operational experts identifying problems and engaging creative and collaborative processes for resolution, understanding change management principles, and embracing and leading organizational change. Ability to solve operational problems that reflect substantial variety and complexity. Ability to serve as a resource to others in the resolution of complex problems and issues. Ability to operate with substantial latitude for independent judgment and action in conformance to TAD policies and procedures, knowing when to elevate issues to the TAD Director. Ability to train and develop staff. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams. Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees in other National Academies’ departments through effective communication. Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to effectively interact with all levels of employees. Understanding of the National Academies’ mission and culture.
Internal Number: R0001072
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