Planning Manager

Washington D.C
Oct 03, 2019
Oct 18, 2019
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Planning, Engineering, Economics, Public/Business Administration, or a related field

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in transportation planning, public transportation, project management, and/or public advocacy
  • Previous managerial, supervisory and project management experience

  • N/A

  • Master's degree in City Planning, Public Administration, or related field
  • Understanding of geographic information systems (GIS).

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

Metro's Office of Intermodal Strategic Planning is seeking to hire a Planning Manager specializing in the areas of Systems, Performance and Analysis. This position supports Bus and Rail Planning and Scheduling by providing and interpreting critical decision-making data. The incumbent works closely with Operations and Maintenance departments, and the Offices of Management and Budget, Performance, Information Technology (IT), and Fare Collection. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills, and broad knowledge of and experience in, the following (or similar) areas:
  • Data mining tools (e. g., SQL)
  • Large data sets (Automatic Fare Collection (AFC), Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), Automatic Passenger Counts (APC), etc.)
  • Business intelligence/data reporting applications for ridership/revenue, performance, productivity, incident reporting, customer complaint reporting.
  • Systems integration applications (Scheduling, Computer Aided Dispatch-Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD-AVL), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Successfully managing technical staff responsible for transit systems software including Trapeze, Hastus, Clever Systems, Signal Priority Systems, and Ride Check Plus
  • Preparing and presenting data and analysis in graphic and verbal form
  • Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

The Planning Manager is responsible for overseeing, managing, and coordinating the development of assigned transit planning programs and projects from conceptualization to final delivery. The Planning Manager supervises professional planners, support staff and consultants, manages and directs planning activities, and develops plans and transit services and facilities across the region. The employee participates in regional planning activities including coordination with other offices within the Authority and with federal, state, regional and local agency representatives and other stakeholders.

Essential Functions
  • Directs, manages, and supervises subordinate staff to include allocating resources, ensuring appropriate subordinate training, establishing work plans, conducting performance evaluations, assigning duties, and generally supervising and directing work. Identifies, manages, and advances projects that support the most cost-effective enhancements or expansion of regional transit services.
  • Defines, estimates, and prepares resource requirements for office and project operating and capital budget(s).
  • Serves as a planning program manager for planning activities in support of transit services. Directs the development and preparation of major inputs to the annual work plan including identification of program goals, determining staffing and consultant needs, and initiation of projects and studies that support the program goals and the overall mission, goals and objectives of the Authority to expand and improve transit services and facilities.
  • Serves as a project manager, manages and directs planning staff and professional consultants in development of concept plans and technical studies to support the requirements of the office.
  • Participates in regional and metropolitan transportation planning activities, including representing the Authority at technical and committee meetings of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC), the US Department of Transportation (DOT), and other regional planning organizations.
  • Serves as an Authority liaison to local and state transportation projects and studies concerning the Metrorail system or Metrobus services.
  • Cooperatively works with other offices to identify all operating and capital requirements for input to the region's Constrained Long-Range Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  • Identifies opportunities for ridership growth and service enhancement through new initiatives and new market areas and recommends these strategies to senior management.
  • Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations for staff reports and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board materials within areas of assigned responsibility.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

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.

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