Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HCC ($183,123.20 - $228,904.00 - $274,684.80)
Job Summary

Directs the independent Office of the Inspector General to detect, investigate, study, inspect, and audit Metro to deter and prevent fraud, waste, abuse, dishonesty, and illegal and noncompliant activities, and promote safe, efficient, and effective performance of the agency′s programs and operations.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Directs the overall independent oversight program of Metro to help ensure employee, passenger, and general public safety, and to perform activities that detect malfeasance, waste, abuse, and noncompliance
  • Advises the Board of Directors on issues relating to Metro's compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies, and the need and status of any appropriate corrective action
  • Communicates regularly with and notifies the agency and the Board of Directors of unsafe conditions and wasteful practices
  • Manages the daily affairs and operations of the Office of the Inspector General
  • Oversees the operation of the Metro Transit Court, including representation at third level superior court hearings on matters heard previously at Transit Court, and coordinates with outside agencies
  • Provides leadership and direction and recommends policy changes and remedial actions to correct deficiencies in work processes/plans; promotes improved efficiencies and effectiveness
  • Receives and investigates complaints from any source or proactively initiates actions concerning alleged fraud, waste, or abuse of Metro resources or other misconduct or illegal activities related to Metro
  • Closely monitors the expenditure of funds in the Office of the Inspector General and the agency, or entities receiving Metro funds, to ensure expenditures are proper and legal
  • Reports quarterly on the expenditures of Metro for travel, meals, refreshments, private club dues, membership fees, and other charges and expenditures or Inspector General activities at public hearings
  • Maintains good working relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and officials
  • Reports to the District Attorney, Attorney General, United States Attorney, or other appropriate prosecutorial and investigative agencies in instances of violation of criminal law as appropriate
  • Directs staff conducting investigations, audits, reviews, and analyses relating to Metro programs, operations, and contracts; presents oral and written briefings and reports to the Board of Directors, management, and other agencies
  • Directs the establishment of policies, goals, priorities, and strategies for comprehensive audits, investigations, and reviews of problems in management performance, operational systems, administrative activities, and alleged improper performance by contractors, individual employees, or Board members
  • Represents Metro before industry and related professional groups, public agencies, the private sector, and the general public
  • Communicates Metro's safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, practices, and program areas related to criminal and civil law, audits, and investigations
  • Laws and practices related to due process, conducting hearings, and proper judicial administration and operations
  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Construction forecasting and claims
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations relevant to transportation and government
  • Principles and practices of public administration
  • Leadership principles and methods, and modern management theory

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Planning, organizing, and directing the integrated work of a multi-discipline organizational unit in providing authority oversight
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Creative thinking and implementation of bold and novel ideas
  • Developing and managing a budget for maximum utilization of resources
  • Complex analysis of circumstances and data and exercising sound judgment in decision making
  • Developing professional working relationships and obtaining the trust of staff and management
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees, outside representatives, and public officials
  • Leading, managing, training, and mentoring a diverse group of highly skilled professionals

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Produce high quality products that are fair and accurate and timely
  • Achieve a high-volume output
  • Direct staff to comply with laws and policies
  • Accomplish objectives through the work of others
  • Instill confidence in others
  • Develop and implement objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Represent Metro before elected officials and the public
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Accounting, Law Enforcement, or a related field; Juris Doctorate Degree or other appropriate advanced degree preferred


  • Five years of relevant executive management-level experience in operational or financial audits, criminal or administrative investigations, or prosecutions/defense; experience in transportation and in government preferred

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) preferred
  • Licensed Attorney preferred
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required


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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.