The open position is within the Strategic Planning program area in Metro’s Office of Planning and will report to the Director, Strategic Planning. The Senior Planner will possess a high level of technical fluency and leadership in a broad range of transit and mobility areas including: long-range planning, and/or regional planning, alternatives analysis, project development, corridor planning, access to transit, and/or bicycle and pedestrian planning. The applicant will possess strong oral and written communications skills, will exhibit flexibility in a constantly changing environment, and will represent PLAN within Metro and Metro across the region at a high level of engagement. Graphics skills are a plus.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Financial Management, Economics, Public/Business Administration or a related field. Eight years progressively responsible experience in public transportation, project management, financial analysis and public advocacy is required.
Experience in lieu of education will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible experience in public transportation, project management, financial analysis and public advocacy is required.
Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodations.
This incumbent is responsible for participation in the development of an annual business plan in close cooperation with other Authority offices; identifying opportunities for future growth and development using tools such as new technologies, economic trends and demographics; defining future strategies for the office to promote to the General Manager and the Board of Directors. Also, working in an advocacy role with local, state, regional and federal agencies, the private business sector and community groups to ensure the successful implementation of plans approved by the Board of Directors. This is a highly responsible professional, technical planning, project management and advocacy work of a complex nature.
Serves as a project leader for the development and preparation of major inputs for the annual update of the business plan which supports the mission, goals and objectives of the Authority.
Serves as a project manager with responsibility for managing and directing staff and professional consultants in technical work required to support the project requirements of the office.
Monitors factors which affect or may affect WMATA, such as federal, state and local funding policies; regional demographic and economic trends; regional and local transportation programs and policies; and new transportation technology advances.
Provides a pro-active advocacy role in the region by working with local, state and federal agencies and community groups to ensure the successful implementation of programs related to the Authority’s business plan.
Assists in the development of the mission, goals and objectives of the Authority’s business plan and identifies changes that may be appropriate based on the evolving role of public transit services in the region.
Identifies and examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the Authority and proposes functional changes to address these issues.
Serves as a project manager for policy analysis regarding transportation services, growth opportunities and other issues related to achieving the Authority’s mission and role in the region.
Directs analysis of benefits and costs of program strategies and policies for achieving the goals and objectives of the business plan.
Coordinates with and leads staff of other offices in the analysis of alternative sources of funding to finance the operation, maintenance and capital requirements of the Authority. Identifies methods of cross subsidization from other modes of transportation to transit.
Serves as an Authority liaison to local and state transportation projects and Major Investment Studies concerning the expansion of the Metrorail system or Metrobus services into areas not currently served by the Authority.
Cooperatively works with other offices to identify all operating and capital requirements for input to the region’s Constrained Long Range Plan.
Develops, manages and conducts transportation planning and analysis studies to identify strategies to achieve the mission of the Authority.
Develops opportunities for ridership enhancement through new initiatives and new market areas and recommends these strategies to the General Manager.
Identifies and assesses strategies to enhance non-fare box revenues.
Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations within areas of assigned responsibility.
The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.
Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.
Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
- Personal Interview Skills Assessments Verification of education and experience Criminal Background Check Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.
This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.