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VRE Chief Executive Officer

Immediate Availability

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is seeking a forward-looking, transformative leader with deep experience in capital infrastructure and public sector operations to be its next Chief Executive Officer and direct the commuter rail system’s growth from a daily ridership of 19,000 to a projected daily ridership of 40,000 by 2040. Operating on two railroad lines originating near Fredericksburg and Manassas, Virginia, VRE carries passengers to destination stations in Alexandria, Crystal City, and Washington DC along the I-66 and I-95 corridors. VRE is owned by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position exercises executive leadership responsibilities in achieving VRE’s vision and strategic plan; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with the VRE Operations Board, the parent commissions and internal staff; and in maintaining and expanding cooperative relationships with the host railroads, Amtrak, transit agencies, and federal, state, regional, and local governments. VRE has a staff of 54 full-time employees and a Fiscal Year 2021 budget of $163 million. The CEO is a contract employee of PRTC and NVTC and reports to the VRE Operations Board.

The CEO position requires extensive senior management experience in an organization with a comparable scale and scope of services and a master’s degree in organizational leadership, public administration, business administration, or a related field. Equivalent education and experience will be considered. Qualified candidates must demonstrate the ability to manage change, support diversity, and create a cohesive organizational culture. The position requires a strong working knowledge of the industry, high-level financial understanding, and a record of establishing effective partnerships with stakeholders. Experience managing multiple large projects is desired.

VRE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Informational Brochure can be found here.

Recruitment Posting can be found here.