Chief People Officer – Ben Franklin Transit

Chief People Officer

Ben Franklin Transit

Richland, Washington

Salary:  $98,926 – $148,390


Located among the Columbia, Yakima, and Snake Rivers in southeastern Washington, Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) is a municipal corporation which provides public transportation services in a 616 square mile area in Benton and Franklin Counties. BFT administration offices are in Richland, which, along with its sister cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, make up the Tri-Cities (population 283,000). The area is in the heart of wine country and averages 300 days of sunshine a year, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities, including water sports, golf, wine touring and outdoor theater.


BFT is governed by an appointed ten-member board of directors. The overall management of BFT is divided into five departments: Fleet & Facilities, Human Resources & Labor Relations, Marketing & Communications, Planning & Service Development, and Administrative Services. BFT has a 2022 operating budget of $58.8 million and a current capital budget of $83.6 million. BFT employs 374 full and part-time employees, both union and non-union. BFT provides fixed-route service, paratransit (Dial-A-Ride) services to the Public Transit Benefit Area (PTBA), Night & Sunday Service, and Demand Response services, as well as connector services for outside of BFT’s PTBA. In 2019, combined ridership for all modes of service totaled 3,126,689.


Under the direction of the General Manager, the Chief People Officer (CPO) is responsible for the management, administration, and coordination of BFT’s Human Resources and Labor Relations, Training, and Communications teams. This position will oversee labor and employment relations, recruitment and selection, classification, compensation, benefit program administration, and drug and alcohol testing. The CPO will ensure compliance with employment laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and affirmative action requirements, and identify and implement practices and procedures of compensation, organizational planning, safety, training, and employee engagement and development.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human Resources, Organization Development, Industrial Psychology, Business Administration, or related field, and seven (7) to ten (10) years of professional human resource work experience, including experience in a unionized environment, is required, with five (5) years at an Executive/Senior level; or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree and have PHR, SPHR, or equivalent certification.


For a complete position profile, full job description, and to apply online, visit Prothman at and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. Ben Franklin Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: December 4, 2022 (open until filled).

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