Supervisor Bus Ops I - 90336002 - Seattle/Portland

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Portland, Oregon, US, 97209

Company: Amtrak

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This position may be based in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.


This position manages Thruway Bus Operations throughout the Pacific Northwest in direct support of the WSDOT-Amtrak and ODOT-Amtrak contracts.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring safe, on time performance under DOT hours of service, management of bus-train connections, revenue collection, and the provision of emergency bus management during service disruptions. The supervisor is responsible for contract compliance, and customer service performance of bus drivers to points between SEA-BEL, SEA-VAC, SEA-SPK, PDX-EUG, BND-ONT, KFS-MFR, GTP-BKO, PDX-ART, BND-EUG, BND-KFS. 


  • Responsible for managing daily operation of Thruway bus services throughout Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver B.C. Canada. Supervision includes provision for safe passenger handling, ticket revenue collection, audits, bus orders, equipment inspection and driver performance evaluation. Responsible for inventory management and extra section expenditures. Secures and manages emergency bus services during rail corridor disruptions. Writes and implements bus operations policies in conjunction with state partners. Quik-Trak deployment and monitoring.        
  • Frequently rides with customers and inspects service to ensure compliance in areas of safety, on-time operation, mechanical reliability, and customer service by employees.   Responsible, with contractor staff, for the training and qualification of drivers to Amtrak services standards. 
  • Must establish and support productive partnerships with rail corridor management, state agencies and local officials to develop, implement and communicate service improvements to drivers and Amtrak employees. Respond to customer correspondence. Maintain database for forecasting bus sections, and ADR for City Profiles. Ensure operational integrity of schedules, including holiday, in Arrow. Develop and manage the emergency busing contract program. Partner with contractors to develop and deliver an effective Amtrak driver qualification course, including eMD and emergency training. 
  • Responsible for ensuring contract service meets specifications and administers liquidated damages for failures. Maintain BPO agreements in Ariba. Manages the customer service experience provided by drivers and Amtrak employees to meet or exceed expectations. Supports Amtrak revenue and budget goals. Responsible for revenue collection. The incumbent will perform these responsibilities in a manner which leads by example and creates effective teamwork between all contract and Amtrak employees.  
  • The incumbent will work closely with Seattle & Portland District Station Managers and indirectly supervise 80-90 station employees in their service area as the onsite management representative for the district station managers. Each position supervises the performance of contract drivers. It coordinates daily bus and train connections with contract dispatchers, Amtrak operations managers and the Oakland Operations/CNOC staff.
  • The Pacific Northwest Bus Ops Supervisor will directly report to Bus Operations California and work closely with Bus Ops Supervisors in North/South CA. Must have a working familiarity with all west coast bus operations and rail corridors. They will cover for each other during days-off, vacation, training, etc.
  • The incumbent will work flexible days & hours and provide rotating after-hours coverage. They will be on-call to respond to emergency situations and have reliable transportation.
  • Travel is 25-50%. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, or the equivalent combination of education, training, and work experience
  • 2 years (or equivalent) supervisory or management experience in Customer Services/Transportation with a detailed knowledge of rail and/or bus operations.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills, plus the interpersonal skills which build strong relationships and teamwork among state agencies, contractors, and Amtrak employees.  
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and daily operations under pressure.  Demonstrated leadership in negotiation, conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Must model the highest levels of behavior and integrity with employees and bus contractors.  
  • Must be sensitive to diverse levels of personnel skillsets and education.
  • Have demonstrated computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access, plus Arrow, ADR, eTrax, Ariba, and Kronos.
  • Must have prior satisfactory job performance.



  • Prior functional experience in bus operations, stations and/or customer service.
  • Working knowledge of Amtrak’s bus route structure, policies, and procedures.


  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Requisition ID:107961
Posting Location(s):Oregon; Washington
Job Family/Function:Transportation 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

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All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.

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