Senior Transit Planner/project Management Coordinator

Arlington, Virginia
$75,712.00 - $115,648.00 Annually
Oct 18, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Join our team to provide technical planning expertise for transit-related capital projects and site plans!

Arlington County Government is seeking a seasoned Planner/Project Manager to oversee multiple complex projects in the County's Transit Capital Program (TCP). With currently more than 15 complex projects in the TCP involving the planning and design of transit infrastructure or facilities totaling in excess of $500 million, this position will provide technical planning expertise and senior-level professional project management for these transit-related capital projects and site plans.

As Senior Transit Planner/Project Management Coordinator, the employee will be responsible for coordinating and successfully completing feasibility studies, conceptual planning, environmental documentation, preliminary engineering, design, and construction of transit infrastructure projects. Project assignments may include: planning and design of new entrances and other access improvements to existing Metrorail stations and the Crystal City Virginia Railway Express station; area planning and design; planning and implementation of multi-modal improvements; planning and design of a maintenance and operations facility for Arlington's local transit system; and planning and design of extensions to Arlington's dedicated transit lanes and transit stations.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing planning and design expertise and ensuring compliance with applicable local, state and federal requirements including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Virginia State Environmental Review Process (SERP);
  • Scheduling, coordinating, and implementing project phases involving multiple internal staff and external agency representatives;
  • Developing and managing project work scope, budget and schedule including submission of project manager's reports;
  • Reviewing and approving consultant/contractor invoices and progress reports;
  • Evaluating plans and work schedules for contracted engineering and construction projects to assess feasibility of meeting targeted actions; recommending shifts in funding or scope of projects to meet objectives;
  • Preparing Requests for Qualifications or Proposals for consultant services or Invitations to Bid for contractor services and leading the evaluation and selection process;
  • Assisting in the preparation of and/or review of engineering work and design drawings prepared by other staff and contractors;
  • Advising county planning and engineering staff on multi-project cost, planning, scheduling, control and productivity analysis;
  • Presenting study findings, project plans, designs and construction data to the general public, commissions, the County Manager, the County Board and Federal, state or regional agencies:
  • Representing the Transit Bureau in the negotiation of crucial project management matters; and
  • Mentoring and guiding the work of junior planners or engineers.

This employee operates independently with minimal direction and reports to the Transit Capital Program Manager. This is a senior-level project management position located within the Transit Bureau of Arlington County's Division of Transportation.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Transportation, Urban or Community Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or a related field; plus at least three years of experience in project management for the planning, design and construction of transit facilities or other infrastructure.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Senior-level project management experience in the transportation/transit arena;
  • Environmental assessment and environmental clearance for federally funded transit projects;
  • Negotiating project agreements and contracts;
  • Working with the business community, citizens, public interest groups, neighborhood groups and other organizations in an active diverse community;
  • Using planning, scheduling design and/or modeling software;
  • Presenting study findings, project plans, designs and construction data; and/or
  • Professional certification or license (i.e. AICP, PE, PMP, etc.)

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

This is a 40 hour a week position, with flexible work hours generally between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work will be required.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in Transportation, Urban or Community Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or a related field?
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am choosing to substitute my education for experience on a year-for-year basis


How much experience do you have in project management for the planning, design and construction of transit facilities or other infrastructure.
  • None
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please describe your senior-level project management experience in the transportation/transit arena. (Please include type and size of project you have managed and number of years).


Describe your experience developing engineering plans, budgets and schedules.


What groups have you had experience working with regarding transportation/planning issues.
  • None
  • Planning Commissioners (or equivalent)
  • County Boards (or equivalent)
  • Other departments
  • Other government agencies
  • Organized neighborhood groups
  • Developers
  • Contractors
  • Citizens
  • Other


How much experience do you have with environmental assessment and environmental clearance for federally funded transit projects?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please indicate your experience using the following software, check any that apply:
  • MSProject
  • GIS
  • AutoCAD
  • Synchro
  • None of the above


I have the following professional certification or license:
  • AICP
  • PE
  • PMP
  • Other
  • I do not have any of the above certifications


If you selected "other" in the question above, please list the professional certifications or licenses that you possess or put "n/a"

Required Question

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