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Company: Harris County, TX
Location: Houston, TX
Career Level: Director
Industries: Not specified



Harris County seeks a strong manager and visionary – with a deep understanding of the planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of toll roads – as the executive Director of the Harris County Toll Road Authority.

Under the direction of Harris County Commissioners Court, the Executive Director leads an executive staff in planning, budgeting, and administering programs and projects for the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA). The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing a complex array of projects and operations that impact mobility throughout the County and will be expected to set a multi-year strategic vision for the authority that includes a plan for achieving stated goals and objectives. This role will involve liaising with the County Judge's and Commissioners' offices to ensure the agency's vision and activities meet the County's needs.

Other duties of the Executive Director include direct the management of general consulting contracts; evaluating proposed legislative actions to determine potential impact on the agency and what position to take in response; and otherwise keeping track of legislative and regulatory activities that may affect the agency.  The Executive Director of HCTRA should have a significant awareness of the engineering, construction, operations and maintenance required to manage HCTRA's transportation systems.  The Executive Director must be able to rely on his or her management experience and judgment in running the authority and have the capacity to exercise a wide degree of latitude and creativity in planning and accomplishing agency goals.  This position will require frequent interaction with the public, community and civic organizations, elected officials, and other County departments.


Harris County is the third-largest county in the country. Its population of more than 4.5 million rivals that of the entire state of Colorado. Harris County is governed by Harris County Commissioners Court. The Court is composed of a County Judge and four Commissioners. Commissioners Court conducts the general business of the County and oversees financial matters. The County Judge is the County's chief executive and a voting member of Commissioners Court. According to state statute, the County Judge also is the County's Director of Emergency Management.

The Harris County Judge and Commissioners oversee a $4.3 billion budget that helps fund key county services and institutions. As the main governing body of Harris County, Commissioners Court plays a critical role that is part administrative, part legislative, and part judicial. Its many responsibilities include adopting a budget; setting tax rates; calling for bond elections; building and maintaining county infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and overseeing county courthouses, jails, libraries, parks, and the Harris County Flood Control District. Harris County currently has more than 75 departments with over 15,000 employees.


  • Responsible for setting multi-year strategic vision for the organization, which includes refining agency mission and goals to align with County objectives
  • Directs, coordinates, and manages HCTRA initiatives through subordinate division directors and division activities
  • Reviews and analyzes reports, records, directives and confers with division directors regarding HCTRA operations
  • Oversees HCTRA's financial resources, which includes managing and disbursing revenues in accordance with specified parameters and to align with regional mobility goals
  • Presents the authority's operating and capital projects budgets to Commissioners Court annually for approval
  • Reports to all members of Commissioners Court and their staff, and interfaces with the public, government agencies, and interest groups, on HCTRA activities, progress, accomplishments, and objectives
  • Collaborates with other County departments, professional and community organizations, government representatives, and other high-level officials throughout the region, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Houston-Galveston Area Council, METRO and other City agencies
  • Oversees development and implementation of authority policy
  • Performs other duties that may be added or changed as the course and scope of the job requires


  • Submit a cover letter and resume to hctradirectorsearch.hctx@pfm.com 
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Job posting is scheduled to close on July 31th
  • PFM Group Consulting has been retained by Harris County to coordinate and facilitate the recruitment process for this position


Commensurate with experience and qualifications and based on competitive salary requirements and previous Director salary.


Harris County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Accordingly, the County judges applicants and employees on individual merit and qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. The only exceptions are based on bona fide occupational qualifications. 


If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email 


Note:  Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to advertised closing date.

Harris County has an Employment-at-Will Policy.

Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background check.

Upon receiving a conditional Offer of Employment, all applicants are screened for the presence of illegal drugs.

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