Transportation Planner III to Principal Planner

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Kansas City, MO
United States
AICP Certification: 


The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), the Kansas City area’s association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organization, is seeking a qualified professional in the Transportation & Environment department as a Planner III up to a Principal Planner, depending on qualifications.  MARC seeks to expand its capacity to provide performance-based, technical and scenario planning services to support development of integrated, multi-modal transportation systems to meet the economic, environmental and community goals of greater Kansas City.

The successful candidate will plan, perform, lead, direct and supervise professional transportation planning duties within the agency's transportation program and department including: regional policy and plan development; coordination and planning with local and state governments and transportation stakeholders; public participation activities to engage and involve the broader community; and assisting with ensuring the agency fulfills its responsibilities as the region's federally and state-designated metropolitan planning organization and responds to transportation needs throughout the MARC area.

  • Uses professional knowledge and skills in supporting, assisting, and leading the development of transportation policies, plans, programs and projects.
  • Uses data management and statistical techniques to create or direct staff and contractors to create models to measure and/or forecast characteristics of current and future transportation systems.  May write, review and edit code to automate some procedures.
  • Formulates projects and design programs; negotiates direction, policy recommendations or program details; works independently with internal teams and external stakeholders; leads programs; supervises project teams; solves problems; identifies and works toward addressing opportunities; supports projects. 
  • Actively represents MARC policies and positions on internal and external committees; initiates contact with project/program stakeholders and committee members to prompt or advance projects and programs; may serve as media contact. Works with external stakeholders to identify program or policy opportunities, facilitate discussions, and support work to design programs or policies that respond to community interest. 
  • Staffs, leads and directs agency and community committees, boards, and groups as assigned. Oversees committee activities, work programs, and schedules; sets agendas; recruits committee members; provides logistical support; and presents content.
  • Assists in program or policy implementation. Manages project work and the corresponding budget, schedule, communication, and invoicing responsibilities as required.
  • Supervises, manages, and coordinates staff for individual and group projects, initiatives, and organizational programs as directed.  Directs supporting staff work activities.
  • Monitors, collects, enters, prepares, compiles, analyzes and presents data on various aspects of transportation planning using a variety of computer software including databases, spreadsheets, geographic information systems, graphics and statistical software.
  • Conducts research and policy analyses using multiple methods of inquiry and research techniques. 
  • Communicates in a professional manner with internal staff, the general public, government employees, elected officials, committee and board members, and others.  Writes technical and policy reports as required.
  • Answers and responds to questions from internal staff, the general public, government employees, elected officials, committee and board members, and others regarding agency activities and initiatives.
  • Attends, participates in and organizes meetings during office hours, evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Maintains and upgrades professional knowledge, skills, and ability by attending seminars and training programs and reading trade and professional journals and publications.
  • Identifies and develops grant opportunities, and submits grant proposals targeted towards organizational and/or community needs.
  • Performs-those day-to-day activities that are required to keep the unit/program functioning effectively.
  • Performs other related work as required and directed by the Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use.

Job Requirements

Requires a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in transportation planning, regional planning, geography, public administration, business analytics, data science or closely related field.

Demonstrated experience using data and data tools to drive decisions in innovative directions.

Three (Planner III) to eleven (Principal Planner) years of successful and progressively responsible and related work experience required.  Project management experience required.  Personnel management experience required.  

Preference will be given to individuals with:

  • Certification from American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Experience working in a public agency.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of urban and regional planning, transportation planning, environmental planning, and community planning and/or other related disciplines.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of research, standard statistical procedures, sources of planning information, and techniques used in the preparation of materials for presentation.
  • Analytical abilities required to collect, integrate and interpret data from various sources, to produce information and reports, and to develop, evaluate, and present planning information and analysis.
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interact with and manage internal staff; effectively communicates with the general public, media, and outside organizations to successfully present information, respond to questions and consult with others.
  • Public speaking skills necessary to effectively interact with committees, governmental bodies, the general public, and outside organizations to successfully and accurately present information.
  • Effective writing skills to accurately and succinctly summarize highly technical data into an organized and easy-to-read format.
  • Skill in operating computer programs and applications using spreadsheet, database, word processing, geographic information systems, and other relevant programs.
  • Skill in interpreting complex graphic and/or computer output related to the urban planning process.
  • Working knowledge of coding and application development languages.
  • Skill in managing projects, staff assigned to specific projects, and the corresponding budgets, schedules, and general communications.
  • Skill in identifying and developing grant opportunities and submitting grant proposals.

How to Apply

Starting salary ranges, depending upon qualifications:

  • Planner III $53,488 - $66,857
  • Sr. Planner $65,254 - $76,562
  • Principal PL $68,763 - $87,668

MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. For more information about the program and to apply, please visit our website at Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume when applying online. MARC is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified persons without regards to race, color, sex, disability, national origin, citizenship, age, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, ancestry or any other characteristic or status protected by law. 



Published on:
November 2, 2018 - 4:14pm
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