Senior Transportation Advisor
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a unique partnership of federal and state government. The mission of ARC is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia so that the Region will be able to attain socioeconomic parity with the nation. For Appalachia to compete economically with communities across the nation, it must have a safe and efficient transportation system connecting it to national transportation networks.
Because of its difficult terrain, Appalachia was largely bypassed by the national Interstate Highway System, leaving the Region with a network of winding two-lane roads, which presented a major barrier to development. Recognizing the importance of overcoming the Region's geographic isolation, in 1965 Congress authorized the construction of an Interstate-quality highway system in Appalachia. The Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) was created, and is being built to enhance economic development opportunities in the Region by providing access to markets for goods, jobs, healthcare and education. ARC partners with the U.S. Department of Transportation and state departments of transportation to oversee the continuation of planning and construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
This position serves as the Senior Transportation Advisor for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and is assigned to the Planning and Research Division. The position has lead responsibility for the Commission's transportation-related economic development activities, and provides critical oversight of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), a 3,090-mile system of modern highways that connects Appalachia with the Interstate Highway System, and serves as the cornerstone of ARC's transportation economic development efforts. The position provides strategic leadership regarding completion of the remaining corridors of the ADHS, serving as liaison with the thirteen Appalachian state highway agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, and provides oversight and monitoring of the use of ARC funds in highway programs.
- 50% or Greater
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
- You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required by the Position:
- Knowledge and understanding of the role that transportation and highways play in the ARC strategic plan for regional economic development.
- Knowledge of federal and state transportation programs, regulations and legislation as well as the ability to interpret and synthesize such information.
- Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative techniques for analyzing and measuring the impact and benefits of transportation programs as well as the ability to compile and communicate relevant data to build consensus and achieve results.
- Ability to identify strategic program needs and formulate and execute a plan to address those needs.
- Ability to be creative and effectively solve problems in a way that addresses competing interests.
- Experience in effectively communicating specialized information orally and in writing to both technical and broad audiences.
- Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with local, state, and federal partners and act as a strategic advocate for transportation issues.
- Ability to exercise sound professional judgment and deal with staff and outside parties in a tactful and courteous manner.
An M.S. degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration or closely related fields is preferred. Depending upon other experience or skills, a B.S. degree in these fields may also be acceptable. Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure is desirable, but not required. Ability to travel extensive within the thirteen-state Appalachian region will be required.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- Prior to hire, the selectee must successfully complete a federal background investigation.
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