Whatcom Transportation Authority
  • 17-Apr-2020 to 24-May-2020
  • - Human Resources
  • Bellingham, WA, USA
  • 100,056
  • Salary
  • Full Time

For a complete position profile and to apply, please visit the Prothman Company at http://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Current Searches."

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is a financially sound transit agency with a dedicated team of employees and a supportive Board of Directors. The agency is highly regarded in the community for its organizational integrity and the quality of services provided. WTA is fiscally sustainable with healthy cash and reserve balances.  The new Human Resources Director will have the opportunity to positively shape the future of WTA in one of the most vibrant, beautiful areas in the Pacific Northwest.

Situated just south of the Canadian Border, Whatcom County (population 229,000) is made up of several rural communities and smaller towns, as well as Bellingham (population 90,000), the county seat. Bellingham'home to WTA's headquarters'is located about 90 miles north of Seattle and 51 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.

WTA is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors composed of nine elected officials from jurisdictions throughout Whatcom County, plus one non-voting member representing labor. Board relations are positive and productive, with Board Members expressing strong support for the work of the General Manager, staff, and the service provided to the community. Pete Stark has been the General Manager since 2014 after serving as Director of Fleet and Facilities for over 18 years.

WTA is composed of seven divisions overseen by the Executive Department: Finance, Fleet and Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing and Community Relations, Operations and Planning.  WTA has an operating budget of $37.2 million and employs about 270 FTEs, including bus operators, mechanics, customer service representatives, route maintenance workers and administrative personnel. Of those 270 employees, 171 are transit operators.

Working under the direction of the General Manager, the Human Resources Director is responsible for developing and administering a full range of human resource programs including recruitment and selection, policy development and administration, employee compensation and benefits, training and development, collective bargaining, and employee and labor relations. The Human Resources Director assures the highest quality of human resources programs for WTA while also complying with all local, state and federal laws.

A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, human resources management, or a related field is required. In addition, the successful candidate will have at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, experience as an HR generalist with recruitment and selection, labor relations, benefits and compensation administration, and experience working in a union labor environment, including contract administration and negotiations. Additional experience may substitute for a degree. Certification as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or a master's degree in human resources management is preferred. Candidates must have a valid Washington State driver's license at time of hire.


Whatcom Transportation Authority is an equal opportunity employer. First review:May 24, 2020 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at http://www.prothman.com/ and click on "Submit Your Application" and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Whatcom Transportation Authority


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