Planning Manager

Washington D.C
Jun 01, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Full Time
Metro's Office of Bus Planning & Scheduling is seeking a Planning Manager to lead strategic planning studies and analysis to support Metrobus Services and Facilities. In this dynamic role you will manage the route design and analysis component of Metro's upcoming Bus Network Redesign project and later manage the implementation phase for the new network. Additionally, you will manage service planners and contractors conducting other strategic planning studies, analysis and implementation for future Metrobus improvements.

You will play a strategic role informing key decisions for bus operations and training, budget, EEO, marketing, and public relations, and coordinate closely with local jurisdictions.

You should be skilled at communicating effectively with external stakeholders and contracted staff to advance WMATA's goal and objectives. You must be ready to respond quickly, accurately and patiently to rapidly changing conditions and show strong leadership skills.

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.

Mission Essential Designation
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.

Job Summary

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:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

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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