The State-Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee (SAIPRC) is a multi-agency body comprised of Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and 20 state agencies from 17 states. SAIPRC’s staff is a small and growing team of highly motivated transportation professionals, whose mission is to improve passenger rail service across the United States. We currently have three full-time staff with offices in New York City and Washington, DC, and expect to add two more positions (including this one) in 2020.
SAIPRC’s focus is the state-supported rail services—Amtrak routes 750 miles or less (outside of the Northeast Corridor) that are funded by the states in which they run. The 28 state-supported routes connect city pairs like Los Angeles to San Diego, Seattle to Portland (OR), Chicago to St. Louis, Washington DC to Richmond, Boston to Brunswick (ME), New York to Toronto, Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, and many more. In FY 2019, the state-supported services carried a record 15.4 million annual passengers—about one-half of all Amtrak riders nationwide.
SAIPRC was created by Congress and is responsible for overseeing cost-sharing between the states and Amtrak; managing collaboration in areas like marketing, rolling stock planning, and reducing delays; and improving the data Amtrak and the states use to make business decisions.
SAIPRC is seeking a skilled professional who will bring energy and passion to promoting passenger rail service throughout the U.S. The successful candidate will enjoy getting to know people and their concerns, leading focused discussions, and following through on plans. For the successful candidate, this position provides an opportunity to be a key player on a small and highly productive team, to influence passenger rail service on a national scale, and to help guide processes that are generally the purview of managers and senior officials.
The incumbent will oversee SAIPRC’s activities related to collaborative planning and marketing, principally through the management of the Marketing Working Group. The Working Group is comprised of representatives from Amtrak, the states, and the U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration, and members typically represent managerial staff within each organization. In coordination with the Working Group, this position will lead and advance projects aimed at growing ridership, increasing revenue, enhancing the customer experience, and improving customer satisfaction.
Responsibilities will include managing the ongoing collaboration of the WG, supporting the development of shared Amtrak-state marketing initiatives and tools, overseeing research in marketing best practices and data analysis, hiring and managing consultants, improving performance reports provided to states, and supporting states in their review of ridership, revenue, and customer satisfaction data. Depending on the successful candidate’s interests and SAIPRC needs, the position may also contribute to ongoing initiatives relating to cost sharing, equipment procurement, external communication, or other aspects of passenger rail service.
SAIPRC has offices in New York City and Washington, DC. This position may be based in New York, Washington, DC, or Philadelphia, PA.
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