Transportation Program Manager

Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Charlottesville, VA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Starting $55,000 with full benefits (depending on qualifications)


Charlottesville Albemarle MPO

Regional Vision | Collaborative Leadership | Professional Service

Department:  Planning & Transportation

Supervisor: Director of Planning & Transportation

FSLA Status: Exempt

Summary position description: Under the general guidance of the Director of Planning & Transportation, the Transportation Program Manager administers the organizational transportation planning function for the Charlottesville Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Rural Transportation program. Coordinates transportation projects between agencies, directs the maintenance of extensive reporting and data systems, provides highly responsible and complex support to the Director of Planning & Transportation, and represents the MPO and Rural Transportation to the public and other key stakeholders. Major responsibilities of the Program Manager include the MPO Long Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Plans, Six Year Improvement Plans, Unified Program Work Plan, Annual Rural Work Program, invoicing for services and contract management. MPO and Rural Transportation committees are direct duties of the Program Manager. The Program Manager is the direct supervisory lead of the Transportation Program Planners.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides administrative, oversight, and technical responsibility for the management of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Rural Transportation Program.
  • Oversees updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Unified Planning Work Program, the Transportation Improvement program, Rural Transportation Plan and related federal/state urban area planning activities.
  • Oversees daily operations of the MPO.
  • Serves as a liaison with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the Virginia Departments of Transportation for planning activities, administers and manages the solicitation and contracts of professional consultant services.
  • Serves as a project manager on major regional projects and as project team member for projects undertaken by other groups and/or organizations; develops new strategies and initiatives; manages budgets and/or contracts.
  • Represents the MPO and Rural Program throughout the study area to assist the local governments as needed and provides technical expertise on planning issues to the public and partner agencies.
  • Providing highly responsible support to the Director, The MPO Board, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Citizen’s Advisory Committee and its subcommittees and assistance in the implementation of recommended policies as directed.
  • Collects, analyzes and interprets transportation data, designs surveys, develops long-range transportation planning priorities, summarizes data and prepares reports, and reviews transportation model inputs and outputs.
  • Develops proposals; develops and tracks project budget, scope and performance measures; recommends and procures consultant services; manages consultant and MPO staff team; reviews and reports on study progress and deliverables; applies for and manages grants; corresponds with agency partners; and develops and implements public outreach plans.
  • Maintains current knowledge in transportation planning developments and strategies, public policy, and legislation related to regional transportation planning issues.
  • Supports multi-modal support for bicycle, pedestrian, freight, rail, and develops vehicular equity in funding, safety programs and safety goals.
  • Performs personnel related duties in conjunction with the Human Resources, or/and Director including, but not limited to, assigning and directing work, writing performance plans, appraising performance, developing and training, counseling, rewarding and disciplining, handling complaints and grievances, reviewing time reports, and recommending the hiring, termination, and promotion of subordinates and other supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Compiles, develops and reviews long-range planning studies including assessing and analyzing data, coordinating and facilitating public engagement, scheduling and attending meetings, preparing and delivering pubic presentations; assures coordination with local comprehensive plans including providing comments on local plans and developments with regional impacts.
  • Convenes and facilitates meetings; prepares content and presentations; coordinates with communications staff to prepare scripts, digital communications and other information.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of regional transportation system performance measures.
  • Knowledge in federal transportation planning at the regional and local level.
  • Ability to conduct technical analysis to determine the performance of transportation projects and systems, including the use of travel demand and air quality models.
  • Ability to lead interagency consultation meetings, including local, state and federal partners.
  • Ability to think critically while managing multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Ability to travel periodically (local and regional) and attend some meetings after hours.
  • Extensive knowledge of local government budgeting processes.
  • Working knowledge of transportation policy at the state and local levels highly desired.
  • Ability to maintain strong and effective working relationships with elected officials, transportation agencies, public stakeholders.

Minimum Requirements

PHYSICAL SKILLS: Ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written and visual communication.

EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree, or higher, in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, or related field. Preference to Five (5) years’ experience in transportation planning which includes two (2) years of supervisory.    

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS: Must possess or obtain a valid Virginia driver's license.  AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certification required within five (5) years of obtaining the position.

ADA STATEMENT: A qualified employee or applicant with a disability may be afforded a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential job functions of a position in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Full posting, requirements and application available at Positions will be available until filled. Resume, cover letter, and completed job application may be submitted to Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, 401 East Water Street Charlottesville, VA 22902, or by email at No phone calls please. Please include last name and position title in email subject line.

Published on:
May 6, 2019 - 11:41am
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