Manager IV, MTA (Traction Power Group Manager)

Recruitment #PEX-9174-107687


The following information describes the position for which applications are being solicited.
Make sure you read the entire announcement before completing the application form.
The purpose of this announcement is to fill a vacant position in this classification.

 Amended to add information in "How to Apply" section


     Division: Transit
Section/Unit: Maintenance of Way
Work Location: 1580 Burke Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:00AM – 4:00PM


     APPOINTMENT TYPE: Permanent Exempt - This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.


Under general direction of the Senior Operations Manager of Maintenance of Way, the 9174 Manager IV, MTA Traction Power Group Manager is responsible for management of the Traction Power Group (TPG), which includes the Power Control Center, Overhead Lines and Motive Power units. The group has a maintenance staff of 80 employees in 14 classifications of various transit power line, electronic maintenance and electrical power plant operation disciplines. TPG operates and maintains a DC distribution network (180 MW) consisting of 26 substations, 82 miles of light rail overhead contact system (OCS) and 400 miles of trolley coach OCS. TPG is responsible for underground and above ground electrical utilities including duct banks, sectionalizing switches, utility poles and underground vaults.  The system must operate and be monitored 24 hours a day. This position directs the Power Control Center, which coordinates the traction power distribution system remotely from a central location. The Traction Power Group Manager has oversight of the traction power SCADA system, a centralized LINUX based computer system utilizing networked stations and independent communications to provide control and data acquisition to and from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) traction power substations and major switching locations.


     The Traction Power Group Manager oversees preventive and defect maintenance programs, including planning, reporting and representation to SFMTA management, CPUC, FTA, PG&E and SFDPH. This position maintains and refines Standard Operating Procedures; instructs and oversees personnel in solving non-routine electronic issues and emergency work situations; advises and reports to the Senior Operations Manager of Maintenance of Way on the state of traction power systems and components. The Traction Power Group Manager prepares unit budgets, determines allocation of staff and resources and recommends capital improvements needed to update and remove vulnerability to the traction power system. This position works with SFMTA engineering, construction and maintenance on projects which include reviewing and making recommendations related to the traction power system. In addition, the Traction Power Group Manager works with representatives of other city departments, contractors, and the public and acts on behalf of the Senior Operations Manager of Maintenance of Way as needed.


• Plans, monitors, evaluates, and supervises the operation of the TPG; coordinates the work of the Power Control Center, Overhead Lines, Substation Maintenance and the Underground Splicing teams; advises and consults with other section managers, division managers and deputy directors; meets with appropriate staff to identify and resolve problems or conflicts; makes or recommends final decisions regarding policy, operations, and administrative procedures.
• Develops, implements and maintains policies, administrative monitoring practices and controls in order to obtain smooth and effective operation of the section; coordinates work activities with other sections and divisions within the Agency to prevent delays in required actions or to improve programs or services; assists in the identification, development and implementation of Division and Agency goals, objectives, policies, and priorities. Establishes and monitors safety standards at TPG for all activities in traction power system. Responsible for keeping TPG unit in compliance with local, state and federal requirements: CPUC, OSHA, FTA, DPH etc.
• Directs the gathering and analysis of information and reports on Traction Power Group maintenance activities to the Senior Operations Manager of Maintenance of Way. Tracks On-Time-Performance data. Receives and analyzes Division and Agency reports; directs the preparation of weekly, quarterly and annual reports.
• Conducts employee evaluations and assists with professional development. Takes steps to improve staff performance, including coaching and training.
• Directs maintenance and construction support resources to maximize system performance and meet service goals within budget; directs resources to respond to power outages and address public safety hazards.
• Establishes and monitors maintenance standards for TPG. Sets priorities for unit activities and maintains flexibility to meet Agency goals. Identifies and recommends alternative approaches or improvements to the traction power system; implements revisions, adjustments and changes. 
• Serves as liaison for the Agency with a variety of other City/County staff, policy-making officials, and officials of outside agencies; explains and justifies administrative procedures, policies, or programs; negotiates and resolves difficult and complex issues and problems. Coordination with Transit, SFMTA and CCSF units. Evaluation of Power Plant redundancy, weakness and emergency solutions.
• May plan, develop, implement or direct major or complex projects or programs which span a number of the Agency's established sections or divisions; directs the research of complex, highly technical issues; analyzes alternative solutions or approaches; recommends most effective course of action.
• Reviews Capital Improvement Project (CIP) scopes and specifications; provides guidance on CIP Program Priorities; monitors CIP progress from inception to implementation; attends progress meetings; arranges construction support; site acceptance of OCS, substations and distribution equipment projects.
• Implements budgets and determines staffing and resource allocations; directs and monitors expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments, if necessary; provides executive management with practical options and recommendations regarding potential cost over-runs or other budget issues. Manages hiring processes and oversees the discipline process; coordinates with HR.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.


1. Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; AND
2. Five (5) years of full-time experience performing work in the areas of Transit Power Line, Electronic Maintenance, Substation and/or Electrical Power Plant Maintenance background; three years of which must have been in a management and/or supervisory capacity; AND
3. Possession of a valid driver's license.


     Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. One year (2000 hours) will be considered equivalent to thirty (30) semester unit/forty-five (45) quarter units.


The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.
• Detailed knowledge of traction power systems, high voltage AC/DC systems and related underground and overhead infrastructure; power distribution and power control operations.
• Understanding of the High voltage electrical safety standards; awareness of regulatory requirements for the safe operation of a large complicated power distribution system.
• Experience managing staff in 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year operation.
• Management experience with maintenance and construction personnel.
• Experience negotiating with Unions and knowledge or familiarity of work rules and City/SFMTA/Union MOUs.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, administration, fiscal and personnel management; federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations pertaining to operation of a large-scale electric distribution system.
• Knowledge of SFMTA’s operations, services, administration, and activities.
• Knowledge of transit facilities, systems, personnel allocation, and fiscal considerations.
• Knowledge of appropriate computer systems and programs to perform duties, and experience developing quantitative analysis and preparation of detailed reports regarding maintenance activities and equipment statuses.
• Expertise in analyzing and assessing policies and operational needs and making appropriate operational adjustments when necessary.
• Skills and ability to present complex facts clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
• Experience preparing and presenting comprehensive reports.
• Experience working at a mass transit agency.
• Demonstrable skills and superior knowledge in working with office programs and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.
• Experience working with a large and diverse workforce of people with different cultures, backgrounds, and opinions.
• Ability to prioritize and organize multiple high priority assignments and projects.
• Knowledge of City and County of San Francisco practices, processes, and procedures.
• Substantive and prolonged experience working on projects or tasks related to managing transit service.
• Experience in strategic planning to achieve strategic objectives.
• Demonstrable skills and superior knowledge in working with office programs and software, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Access, and Outlook.
• Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience working with a large, diverse workforce of people with different culture, backgrounds, and opinions.
• Ability to prioritize and organize multiple high priority assignments and projects.
• Experience handling highly confidential and sensitive personnel issues appropriately.
• Experience working with senior level staff.
• Knowledge of City and County of San Francisco practices, processes, and procedures.


City and County of San Francisco employment applications for this position will be accepted through an on-line process only.  A resume and cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications must be attached to the online application.  Mailed, hand delivered or faxed applications will not be accepted. Visit to begin the application process.

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• Click on “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or on “I have REGISTERED PREVIOUSLY”
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     To submit resume using the online application:
• Select the “Resume” tab in the online application
• Follow instructions given on screen

     To submit cover letter using the online application:
• Select the “Other” tab in the online application
• Choose “Upload” as your method of submittal
• Click on “Upload Attachment”
• Follow instructions given on screen

     If you are having trouble attaching your resume and cover letter to the online application, you may submit by email at, Subject: 9174 Manager IV, MTA (Traction Power Group Manager) (PEX-9174-107687). Resume will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online application.

     In order to comply with social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely at this time.  As a result, the Department of Human Resources (DHR)'s and SFMTA's Human Resources offices are currently closed to the general public.  We highly recommend applications be completed early.  If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415.646.2076 between 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by e-mail at

     Applicants may be contacted by e-mail.  It is their responsibility to ensure that their registered e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses: (,

     Upon successful submittal of the application online, the applicant will receive a notification on the screen, as well as in the applicant’s e-mail inbox, acknowledging the receipt of the application.

     If you are having difficulty submitting your application online, please contact us at 415.646.2076 between 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by e-mail at


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience and education at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at


     Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.


Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine candidates’ qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Agency will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

     Qualified applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must contact the Agency by phone at 415.646.2076 or, if hearing impaired at 415.701.5043 (TTY) or in writing to the SFMTA Human Resources, Talent Acquisition Division Services Unit, 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (specify Class 9174 Manager IV, MTA (Traction Power Group Manager) - Transit Division).


Applicants are responsible for updating their email address or mailing address. Contact Information must be updated online at by clicking on “Update My Contact Info” and logging into your account.  If updating contact information online, applicants must contact the analyst at 415.646.2076 immediately to inform them of the change. Failure to do so may result in the loss of eligibility.

     Make sure your application and any attachments to the application submitted at the time of filing are complete and accurate and include details on all experience, education, training and other information that qualifies you for this recruitment. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment or inability to receive full credit for scoring purposes. Any new information concerning work experience, education, training and other information that is submitted after the filing deadline may not be used for scoring or considered to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has determined that Class 9174 Manager IV, MTA (Traction Power Group Manager) is a “safety-sensitive” position, under regulations issued by the Federal Transit Administration (49 CFR Part 655).  Federal law requires that all transit employees who perform safety-sensitive functions be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.  All applicants for Safety-Sensitive positions shall undergo urine drug testing prior to employment and within 90 days prior to performing Safety-Sensitive functions for the first time.  Receipt by the SFMTA of a negative test result is required prior to the employee being placed on the payroll.  The SFMTA will not consider hiring any person who tested positive, adulterated, substituted or refused to submit to testing for a minimum of two years following the positive test.

     In addition, each applicant who has worked for a Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employer(s) within the last two years will be required to sign a consent form, prior to appointment, authorizing SFMTA to obtain information from his/her prior employers concerning his/her drug and alcohol test history.  Each applicant will also be required to provide SFMTA with information regarding whether, during the last two years, the applicant tested positive or refused to test on any pre-employment drug or alcohol test administered by an employer to which the applicant applied for, but did not obtain, safety-sensitive transportation work covered by DOT drug and alcohol testing rules.  SFMTA will not hire any applicant for a safety-sensitive position who fails to provide this information or fails to provide written consent for the release of information from prior employers.


     General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.


     Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.


     Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 




Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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