Director of Planning & Transportation

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Charlottesville, VA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Starting $60,000

Director of Planning & Transportation

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC)

Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)

“The intersection of ideas, partnerships and support creating a cohesive regional community”

Charlottesville, VA


Full benefit package including employee health care and Virginia Retirement System  

STARTING SALARY: $60,000 Annually

The TJPDC is seeking a Full Time Director of Planning & Transportation to add to our innovative planning staff in areas of transportation, land use, housing and environmental planning. If you believe in the values of Professionalism, Integrity, Mutual Respect, Accountability and Transparency, and want to work with leaders in transportation, land use and environmental planning, you would love this job. The TJPDC area, consisting of the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson Counties, is located in central Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is home to approximately 234,712 residents who enjoy a high quality of life in an area known for its history, educational opportunities, scenic beauty and well-managed, progressive and environmentally conscious governments.

The TJPDC is seeking an experienced planning manager to guide and lead in multiple planning areas including transportation planning for the Metropolitan Planning Organization  and rural transportation program, environmental and land use planning programs. This individual will be a motivated and creative thinker who leads and oversees a variety of planning initiatives. This individual will collaborate with and support the activities and meetings of the Executive Director, the Planning District Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and numerous regional decision-making and advisory committees.

This position offers the motivated individual opportunities to develop and expand his or her professional capacities managing a team of planners and who the agency’s transportation and land use programs, including but not limited to: transportation demand management, public transit planning, multi-modal transportation planning, environmental and water quality services, comprehensive, small area and community and economic development planning and code analysis.  It is mandatory that this position is filled by a “people person” who interacts verbally and visually well with individuals and groups and who can communicate expectations and messages clearly to staff and the community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of principles of personnel management, including supervision, training and performance evaluation
  • Considerable knowledge of the theory, principles and techniques of the planning profession and development process
  • Considerable knowledge of federal, state and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods and techniques of research and analysis
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles of budgeting and finance
  • Knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, Internet applications, and GIS

Tasks and Duties:

  • Oversees the recruitment, employment, evaluation, and release of staff and contract personnel.
  • Supervises departmental staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff
  • Develops department-wide goals, objectives, policies and procedures
  • Prepares division/department operations budget
  • Manages overall functions of planning, transportation and environmental programs
  • Ensures that the Executive Director is kept fully informed on the condition of the department and about any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the program’s success
  • Report events and activities to senior management and executive director
  • Represents the organization on state/regional/local boards
  • Implements planning projects & project scopes of work
  • Reviews all departmental reports and presentations
  • Develops proposals to local governments for organization's planning consulting services
  • Serves as departmental liaison between local governments and state and federal agencies
  • Researches, recommends and develops new funding opportunities through grants and contracts
  • Evaluates and develops project funding applications from local, state and federal sources
  • Attends substantial number of evening and weekend meeting

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in urban planning, public administration or a related field and a minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible planning experience with 3 years supervisory
  • Master’s Degree preferred with at least 5 years of full-time experience with 3 years supervisory
  • A valid driver’s license

To view the complete posting online, visit our website at Posting is open for application until filled. Resume, cover letter, salary history and completed job application are required for consideration. Applications may be submitted to Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 401 East Water Street Charlottesville, VA 22902, or by email at No phone calls please.

Published on:
March 8, 2019 - 9:39am
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