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Director of Long Range Planning

Job Description
Position Title Director of Long Range Planning
Location Atlanta, GA, US
Organization Name Dir of Long Range Planning
Date Start 13-Dec-2018
Closing Date 25-Jan-2019
Bachelor's degree in urban planning, engineering, transportation or a related field. Eight (8) years of progressively responsible conducting transportation/regional planning studies and operational analysis of transit projects and/or programs.  Three years of supervisory experience is required. Knowledge of FTA mandated policies, procedures and processes (i.e. Federal Capital Investment Grant process, Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is highly desired.  Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to conduct research independently and present findings in a comprehensive and clear format.  Experience in leading groups and projects, proven problem solving skills, and computer literacy required.  In lieu of a degree, experience as described may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
INTERVIEW SELECTION PROCESS: The selection process may include one or more components to demonstrate applicants’ knowledge, skills and abilities in job related areas. These may include exercises such as practical demonstrations, written communications, oral interviews and/or competency assessments.
Basic Functions
Directs, develops and implements strategies needed for the sustainability and advancement of the Authority’s long range planning efforts needed for future system program expansions.  Oversees transit planning and budget activities for the Office of Long Range Planning ensuring that long range programs and projects are established in accordance with budget and all applicable local, state and federal regulations.  Plans, designs and implements long range strategies that foster increased community awareness and involvement for transit related programs and projects which may affect the regional transit community. Works closely with elected officials, internal and external stakeholders, governmental agencies and the general public for the optimization and advancement of bus and rail services, projects and programs provided by the Authority. 

  1.     Provides direct oversight of various transit-specific activities related to the development and oversight of the Authority’s long range planning projects, programs, and strategies needed for future system expansions. 
  2.     Oversees, guides and directs the operations of functions related to the long range transit planning activities of the Office. Partners with internal business units/departments to secure consultant services for projects.
  3.     Directs planning, environmental studies and preliminary engineering activities for transit corridor and facility projects. Supports and enhances MARTA Title VI, GIS, transit-oriented development and sustainability programs.
  4.     Participates and promotes the development of strategies and policies for land use programs and projects along transit corridors.  Engages in various transit/regional planning activities ensuring compliance with local, state and federal regulations and ensures that MARTA goals and objectives are maintained in adherence to budget.
  5.     Directs the development and implementation of agency and community participation programs for projects in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies. Serves as the primary liaison with agencies on transit planning issues and activities. Maintains strong working relationships with external stakeholders and agencies.
  6.     Develops and presents written and oral reports to MARTA committees and Boards of Director and/or policy groups (such as city councils, transportation commissions, etc.) on related projects and programs.
  7.     Serves as the primary liaison with the Federal Transit Administration on transit planning issues and submittals. Ensures full compliance with federal requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).   Leads staff to develop submissions for Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts/Small Starts program.
  8.     Manages and coordinates activities associated with regional transit planning and Authority-specific long range plans for future system expansion as well as coordination with planning partners for the regional transportation planning process.
  9.     Manages, coordinates and maintains the Authority's Planning Initiatives in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for reporting to the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA). 
  10.  Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Special Requirements
Directs the work of those personnel assigned to the Project Planning and Special Projects & Analysis branches.  Interviews, hires and evaluates performance of employees; provides feedback, coaches, disciplines and discharges as appropriate. 

MARTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Classification Exempt
Number of Openings 1
Salary Range $83,960 - $125,940
Salary Grade 00023
Work Hours 37.5
Work Days
Posting Type Both Internal and External
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