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Whatcom Transportation Authority
Executive Search Services
Responses due July 25, 2018 no later than 1:00 PM

Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) is the public transportation provider for fixed route,
paratransit, and vanpool service throughout Whatcom County. WTA employs 270 employees,
including a General Manager and six Directors. The transit revenue fleet consists of 61 fixed route
buses, 42 paratransit vehicles, and 30 vanpools. WTA completed a strategic plan in 2017 and is in a
modest growth phase. Currently, service to the community increases on a two year cycle, as outlined
in the plan. Additional information about WTA can be found at

Periodically, WTA experiences an opening within its leadership team, made up of six Directors and a
General Manager. A director-level opening is anticipated in 2019, potentially requiring the assistance
of an executive search firm in late 2018. In addition, WTA will likely need to recruit for a new General
Manager in the next few years.

WTA invites qualified and experienced executive search firms to submit qualifications and proposals
to assist in the selection of Executive level positions.

The services are to include, but may not be limited to, the below list. WTA may require all or some of
these services be performed during the contract term.

  • Define and finalize the position requirements and develop a detailed recruitment profile.
  • For a General Manager search, establishes responsibilities of the Board of Directors (BOD) search committee comprised of elected officials, WTA staff, and consultant staff.
  • Establish search timelines.
  • Meet with WTA and community stakeholders to establish applicant screening emphasis.
  • Identify recruiting market.
  • Identify recruitment strategies for minority and women candidates.
  • Produce recruitment materials.
  • Advertise and outreach to potential candidates.
  • Manage the evaluation and selection process of final candidates.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the search committee.
  • Recommend selection strategies for finalists.
  • Perform reference interviews.
  • Conduct background checks including credit reports and criminal background investigations.
  • Assist WTA BOD with General Manager level searches during interview days.
  • Advise on public disclosure requirements.

Activity Date - 2018
Request Released June 15
Submissions Due July 25 No Later Than 1:00 PM PST
* WTA reserves the right to award a contract(s) without Interviews.

At the time of submittal, a proposer must:

  • Have a State of Washington and all required local government business license(s) and endorsements
  • Be registered with and not be suspended or debarred
  • Not be disqualified from proposing under RCW 39.06.010 or 39.12.065 (3)
  • At least 5 (five) years of experience in executive placement with emphasis on public sector specific recruitment.
  • Demonstrate there are no outstanding and/or repetitive violations with Labor and Industries, Department of Revenue, or Employment Security.
  • Possess all permits, registrations, and licenses as required by city, state, and Federal ordinances, rules, laws, and regulations. When requested by WTA, Proposer shall provide documents confirming that he/she/it has obtained any local business registrations or permits that may be required.

Proposers not meeting these minimum requirements will be rejected.

Closing Date: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018