Transportation Planner II or III

Washington D.C.
Aug 01, 2022
Sep 05, 2022
Full Time



Transportation Planner II or III

Starting Salary: $61,417 - $89,239 Planner II

                          $68,173 - $99,055 Planner III


The Department of Transportation Planning of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) seeks a Transportation Planner II or III (Depending on Qualifications) to assist in professional-level planning activities that support metropolitan transportation planning with a focus on public transportation. The transportation planner position, as part of the Systems Performance Planning Team, will primarily play a role in facilitating regional coordination and communication of regional public transportation issues.

The successful candidate will also have broader responsibilities including authoring technical and policy-oriented reports on metropolitan transportation issues, the collection and analysis of data for transportation planning studies, presenting to the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and COG committees and subcommittees, and assisting with federal performance planning requirements, as well as staffing the TPB’s Regional Public Transportation Subcommittee. The position requires data management and analysis skills, and the candidate should be familiar with general transportation planning and specifically transit planning and operations, metropolitan transportation issues, and transportation performance measurement.

Primary Responsibilities

• Staff the Regional Public Transportation Subcommittee, preparing agendas and minutes and coordinating meeting logistics and acting as a general liaison for regional transit issues.

• Prepare the annual State of Public Transportation report on the accomplishments of transit agencies and development of future public transportation projects and studies in the region.

• Write and prepare memoranda, and technical and policy-oriented information reports. Collect, collate and analyze data. Review and collate professional reports and other documents and summarize findings.

• Make oral and graphic presentations of metropolitan transportation data, issues, findings and recommendations to TPB and COG committees and subcommittees, including the Regional Public Transportation Subcommittee, among others.

• Coordinate and work with federal, state, regional and local public transportation organizations, regularly interacting with and participating in other organizations’ planning activities, attending meetings and representing the TPB’s interests and summarizing meeting discussions.

• Prepare other materials for other committee and subcommittee meetings when assigned, as required to support metropolitan transportation planning.

• Conduct project management of metropolitan transportation planning studies, including developing project scopes, schedules, and milestones, and monitoring progress toward completion.

• Monitor the performance of regional transit systems in the areas of transit asset management and transit safety in fulfillment of federal performance-based planning and programming requirements, including performance analysis and the writing of performance reports.

• Respond to requests for information, data and technical reports from federal, state, local and regional transportation agencies, consultants and citizens.


No direct staff supervisory responsibilities but may be involved in recruitment, supervising interns, and/or supervise consultants to ensure the quality and timeliness of deliverables.


The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills and demonstrated skill in critical thinking, judgment, data analysis, member services, and applied regional transportation planning. This candidate will also have a strong academic background in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Statistics or a related field. The ideal candidate will have experience with computer software packages used for database development, statistical analysis, and reporting; knowledge of public transportation operations data reporting and planning activities, and experience with report and data analysis software.


To be considered for the Transportation Planner II position, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Statistics or a related field, and up to three (3) years of directly applicable work experience.

To be considered for the Transportation Planner III position, candidates must possess a master’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Statistics or a related field, and three (3) or more years of directly applicable work experience.

Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, analytical and writing skills and abilities will be considered.


Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), statistical software (SAS preferred), ArcGIS, data management, and data visualization software.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common planning, scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal and policy documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries from members, regulatory agencies, community leaders and citizens. Ability to effectively present information to senior management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. Ability to work collaboratively with board and committee members to develop meeting agendas and provide staffing support for committee meetings.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percentages, rates, and ratios and to draw and interpret numeric charts and graphs. Ability to compute and interpret basic statistical analyses such as means, medians, and standard deviations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization may exist.

MWCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices.

Please send a cover letter and resume highlighting the skills and relevant experience you would bring to this position, writing sample and salary requirement to:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

77 North Capitol Street, NE

Suite 300 - Attention: OHRM

Washington, DC 20002-4239 Or visit our website at:

Fax: 202-962-3715

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