Executive Director

Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System (BACTS) - Brewer, ME

Full-timeEstimated: $77,000 - $100,000 a year

Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System


The Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System is seeking an experienced and innovative urban transportation professional to lead BACTS.


BACTS is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) designated by Federal and Maine State Government to carry out transportation planning in the Bangor urbanized area. BACTS is an independent non-profit corporation organized as a Public Benefit Corporation that has IRS 501(c)(3) status. BACTS is governed by a policy committee comprised of members drawn from municipal officials (both elected and appointed) of the member cities and towns, and a member from the Maine Department of Transportation. The committee also has non-voting members representing Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration. Approximately 61,000 citizens are served by the BACTS in areas which currently include: Bangor, Brewer, Veazie, and major portions of Hampden, Hermon, Orono, Old Town, Milford, Bradley, Orrington, and the Penobscot Indian Nation. The staff consists of the Executive Director, a Transportation Planner, Transportation Technician and an Office Manager. More information about BACTS is available at: https://bactsmpo.org/ .


The BACTS Director is responsible for performing duties and tasks as assigned by the BACTS Policy Committee and for carrying out the mission of the MPO in compliance with federal requirements for the transportation planning process. This includes five major areas of responsibility: coordinate the regional transportation planning and programming process, administer annual work programs and contracts, perform and oversee planning studies, supervise the BACTS staff, and work with committees. This position is solely responsible for managing an operating budget of approximately $500,000 in addition to capital investment projects and/or monies from funding sources.

A summary of responsibilities include:

  • Develop additional funding sources for transportation planning.
  • Ensure funds awarded to BACTS are properly managed which includes preparing budget planning and financial summaries, preparing an annual budget for Policy Committee approval, meeting with auditors, and monitoring performance against budgets.
  • Maintain and manage positive working relationships and regular communication with member municipal and transit officials, BACTS committees, and the Maine Department of Transportation.
  • Interact with pertinent parties including the MPO’s federal partners, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, regional agencies, citizens, elected officials, City and Town Managers and staff, and the media.
  • Develop the biannual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) with staff and committees. Ensure work described in the UPWP is completed.
  • Oversee the development of short- and long-term plans, including the Transportation Improvement Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
  • Review and prioritize proposals for the TIP and make recommendations and provide prepared documents to appropriate BACTS committee(s).
  • Plan and manage monthly meetings of the Policy Committee. Provide support to members between meetings and provide technical and policy advice to the committee when warranted. Coordinate with all committee Chairs and provide advisement on an as needed basis.
  • Develop studies, including the budget and work program, and management of consultants and staff resources.
  • Perform duties related to hiring, removal, and performance management of BACTS staff.


The candidate must have a strong working knowledge of relevant transportation programs at the Federal, State, and local levels. The Director must be visible throughout the BACTS region by strengthening relationships with municipalities, regional agencies, elected officials, and state and federal agencies. Ability to travel and work outside the typical business hours may be required.

The desired candidate should possess a Bachelors’ degree in transportation, urban or regional planning, engineering or related field with five years’ experience in transportation planning. Experience in leadership roles, particularly within a governmental entity is a plus. Excellent communication skills, both in person and via written methods, is essential.

Salary & Benefits

The position salary will be commensurate with experience and education and includes a generous benefits package consisting of: health insurance, paid holidays, paid vacation (15 days initially on an annual basis) and sick leave, income protection (short-term disability), and retirement plan with employer contribution. This position is subject to background checks, including credit reporting.

Job Type: Full-time


  • relevant: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Multiple locations


  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off