MBTA engages search firm in ‘worldwide’ recruitment for next GM

MBTA engages search firm in ‘worldwide’ recruitment for next GM

The executive search firm hired by Gov. Maura Healey to find the next MBTA general manager distributed a listing for the position, which was posted on several national job boards aimed at the transit industry.

A job description posted Wednesday states Krauthamer & Associates is seeking candidates with at least 10 years of “executive management experience with a transit agency or another public or private entity of significant complexity or size.”

“This individual will be responsible for the overall operations and day-to-day administration of the MBTA and will prioritize the reliability, safety and on-time performance of bus, train and commuter rail services for MBTA ridership while ensuring a ‘state of good repair’ and the delivery of capital maintenance and modernization projects,” the job description states.

This seems to draw from the findings of the Federal Transit Administration’s safety management inspection report, which concluded after a months-long investigation that the MBTA was prioritizing capital projects at the expense of day-to-day operations and maintenance.

“The next GM/CEO will have the proven ability to build, transform and lead high-performing teams while instilling a positive organizational culture that is committed to delivering safe, affordable, equitable and dependable operational service,” the job description states.

It went on to add that the next MBTA leader will have a “strong commitment to safety and excellent operational service delivery.”

The job description is available on at least three job sites with national and international reach, particularly in Canada: TransitTalent, American Public Transportation Association, and Advancing Women in Transportation.

Healey has remained largely mum on the search for a new MBTA general manager, since announcing late last month that she had hired K&A to conduct a “worldwide” hunt.

“The GM search remains ongoing,” said Karissa Hand, Healey’s press secretary. “We are working quickly and diligently to fill this position as soon as possible.”