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Developing Leaders to Drive Transportation Safety
Department of Transportation
Los Angeles, CA

“Developing Leaders to Drive Transportation Safety” 
Los Angeles Department of Transportation 
Los Angeles, CA 

PROJECT CONTEXT 

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is a department in the midst of major change. In recent years, the city has begun seeking innovative ways to meet the transportation needs of its nearly four million residents – a number predicted to grow by an additional half a million people within the next two decades. Through his Executive Directive on Vision Zero, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, aims to eliminate all traffic related deaths within the next decade. Today more people in LA die from traffic related deaths than from gang violence, with over 200 traffic related fatalities each year. Under the leadership of the Mayor’s Office, LADOT is also embracing a number of new transportation options—such as bike-sharing and electric vehicle-sharing programs. 

For an agency of nearly 2000 staff that has historically focused on traffic circulation and congestion, achieving Vision Zero and adapting to new and disruptive transportation technologies like self-driving cars and ride-sharing apps requires a fundamental shift in the department’s culture. As an organization that, by charter, primarily promotes from within, it will be LADOT’s employees themselves who will make or break this ambitious shift in strategy. Hiring, training, and promoting the right people with the right leadership abilities will be core to establishing an internal culture change that is real, measurable, and sustainable. General Manager Seleta Reynolds and her executive team have championed this mentality, prioritizing making LADOT a great place to work as a major focus in the department’s first-ever strategic plan released in 2014. 

To advance these efforts, LADOT is partnering with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level Fellow for one year to create a robust leadership training academy and unique curriculum for its roughly 300 managers. These efforts will help LADOT realize its overarching goals: saving lives, making streets safer and neighborhoods more livable, and giving people choices in how they get to where they need to be.

PROJECT SUMMARY 

The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first month of the project, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the Fellow and the host agency. 

Starting in October 2017, the FUSE Fellow will begin by meeting with all relevant stakeholders throughout the Department of Transportation. They will become acquainted with LADOT’s established supervisor training program for parking enforcers as well as with comparable personnel training programs at other public service-oriented agencies in large cities, and in the private sector. After completing an analysis of current gaps, the fellow will create a mid-level management training program and curriculum for LADOT that, at its core, is aligned with the department’s goals. The program will aim to ensure a strong leadership pipeline for the department and establish a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration. Before the year ends, the fellow will implement the new training program, which should be built to withstand future changes in LADOT leadership and strategies. 

The ideal candidate will have a background in organizational management, be ready to adapt and leverage the cultural differences between the private and the public sectors, and have a grasp of the latest models and best practices driving the science of change management. There is strong buy-in for such change at the executive level, and staff across the department have generally been eager to learn more about best practices and embrace new ways of working. 

POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES 
 
  • Survey previous training efforts and best practices – Assess current and previous programs and initiatives related to management training, including the existing training program for Parking Enforcement Leadership. Survey training programs of other organizations and comparable city agencies throughout the country, and identify solutions that can be implemented at a large public sector transportation department. 
  • Engage and align stakeholders around training goals – Work and consult with staff from all different levels of the organization to encourage buy-in for the training approach and for the overall transformative efforts being implemented. Meet with mid-level managers to identify what they need in terms of training, professional development, and guidance, and discuss plans with executive-level managers to ensure they are on board.
  • Develop or adapt a tailored curriculum for a leadership-training academy – Work with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive training plan based on LADOT’s goals. Identify or design the first iteration of the training curriculum, including specifics about the program’s logistics, such as where trainings will occur, who will conduct them, what the potential costs will be, how outcomes will be measured, and how trainers will be recruited and trained. 
  • Support initial implementation phases and sustainability strategy – Work with the department to identify and recruit the first class of trainees for the academy. Establish processes for selecting and contracting with potential trainers. Ensure the program is able to be delivered with fidelity in the selected environment. Support leadership and staff in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the academy, which could include identifying departmental and functional ownership of the various components as well as plans for evaluation and iteration of the curriculum. 

KEY STAKEHOLDERS 
 
  • Bridget Smith, Chief of Staff & Assistant General Manager, ‎Department of Transportation 
  • Sydia Reese, Senior Management Analyst II, Department of Transportation 

QUALIFICATIONS 
 
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in a relevant field, particularly with a strong background in talent management, leadership development, organizational design, human capital management, adult learning infrastructure, human centered design and/or management consulting. 
  • Superior critical thinking and analytical skills; ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise recommendations; and experience in process design/design thinking.
  • Ability to relate to a variety of diverse audiences with varying interests; strong emotional intelligence and empathy. Flexibility, adaptability, persistence, humility, inclusivity and sensitivity to cultural differences. 
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and the ability to use facilitative leadership techniques to influence people into action without direct reporting authority.
  • Self-motivated, goal-oriented, entrepreneurial leader who is an independent worker; creatively resourceful in creating novel solutions to complex problems; persistent in obtaining information; and able to create direction and movement within potentially ambiguous environments.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in public presentations.
  • Support and understanding the strength of diversity, and the need for solutions to support all regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity. 

TO APPLY 

Click below to upload a resume and complete the online application questions in lieu of a cover letter. The application process will allow you to indicate interest in more than one fellowship opportunity. You only need to submit one application. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selections will be made on a rolling basis and specific opportunities may close quickly. 

This role offers the opportunity to work full time for 12 months as an independent contractor of FUSE Corps with an annual stipend of $90,000 paid through monthly installments. 

The FUSE Fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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