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General Manager Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) in Bellingham, Washington

September 28, 2020 by Judi Pickell

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Prothman is helping the Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) in Bellingham, Washington find their next General Manager!


Salary: $144,808 – $170,363


Apply by Sunday October 4, 2020 by clicking here or by visiting!


The Region:

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is an innovative, well-run, transit agency with a dedicated team of employees and a supportive Board of Directors. The agency is highly regarded in the community for its organizational integrity and the quality of services provided. WTA is fiscally sustainable with healthy cash and reserve balances.  The new General Manager will have the opportunity to positively shape the future of WTA in one of the most vibrant, beautiful areas in the Pacific Northwest. Whatcom County is located in the northwest corner of Washington State. With its proximity to Mt. Baker, the Puget Sound, and the world-renown San Juan Islands, it is an extremely desirable place to live and work. Situated just south of the Canadian Border, Whatcom County (population 229,000) is a recreational haven. Skiers, hikers, kayakers, cyclists, boaters, and other adventurers enjoy unparalleled access to the outdoors. The county also supports a thriving cultural community, with a lively theater and music scene, and a mix of museums and annual festivals. Whatcom County is made up of several rural communities and smaller towns. Located just 90 miles north of Seattle and 51 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia sits the county seat Bellingham; home to WTA’s headquarters and 90,000 citizens. Bellingham enjoys a wide variety of lively community events, including a Farmers Market, food and music festivals, and recreational races for runners, kayakers, skiers, cyclists, and more. Bellingham boasts an award-winning school system, and a historic downtown area that consists of restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops, along with a mix of brew pubs, wine bars, and cafes. Nearby institutions of higher learning include Western Washington University (WWU), Whatcom Community College, Northwest Indian College and Whatcom Community College. With 15,000 students, WWU is the largest employer in Bellingham as well as a major contributor to Bellingham’s liveliness and culture. WTA enjoys a strong partnership with WWU as their students account for 40% of WTA ridership.


The Organization & Position:

WTA provides public transportation services throughout Whatcom County. Services run 7 days a week which include fixed routes, paratransit service, and a vanpool program. WTA serves the City of Bellingham, as well as 10 surrounding smaller towns and communities. WTA is composed of 7 divisions overseen by the Executive Department and employs about 270 FTEs.  With an operating budget of $37.2 million, most of WTA’s funding is from a 0.6 percent sales tax which is collected within its Public Transportation Benefit Area (most of Whatcom County). The organization is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors composed of 9 elected officials from jurisdictions throughout Whatcom County, plus 1 non-voting member representing labor. Board relations are positive and productive, with Board Members expressing strong support for the work of the General Manager, staff, and the service provided to the community.


The Board of Directors is seeking a collaborative, innovative and visionary leader to guide the Board and staff to provide transit services that meet the transportation needs of a diverse community within urban and rural areas of the county. Working under the direction of the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for the leadership, management, and administration of Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA), including accomplishing WTA’s mission and vision, as established by the Board of Directors. The General Manager supervises the Finance Director; Fleet and Facilities Director; Human Resources Director; IT Director, Operations Director; Planning Director; Marketing and Community Relations Manager, and an Executive Assistant II.


Please visit to review the detailed position profile, total compensation package, and to apply online.


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Thank you for your time!


Sonja Prothman

Prothman Company