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Assistant Director, Housing & Local Planning

Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Francisco, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required
$143,336.59 - $190,976.70 Annually

Selected candidates will be interviewed on Thursday, October 24, 2019 (TENTATIVE DATE)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.  For more information about MTC, visit us at

Under the general supervision of the Deputy Planning Director for the Regional Planning Program serving the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the person in this position will manage the Housing & Local Planning Unit overseeing a work program that includes: leading the agency's housing policy efforts including planning analyses and technical assistance to support the implementation of Plan Bay Area, the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)/Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS); managing planning analysis and grants activities to increase and preserve the region's housing supply, particularly for very low, low and moderate income households; advancing social equity studies and programming; and overseeing local engagement activities at the agency including coordination with local jurisdictions.

Assistant Directors are expected to successfully execute responsibilities and duties by managing reporting staff, consultants and other resources available to the agency. New and different programs, projects or functional assignments may be assigned to Assistant Directors in an effort to keep up with the agency's changing policy requirements. The Assistant Director for Housing & Local Planning position requires an individual with creativity and vision who can successfully direct daily operations and develop and introduce new and/or improved programs, initiatives and procedures to inform and deliver on the goals and objectives included in the Regional Planning Program's strategic plan. Assistant Director level employees participate as members of the Regional Planning Program management team and are responsible for initiating, implementing and carrying to completion project services, work plans, staff evaluations and training programs and daily operations.


  • Individuals at the Assistant Director level are expected to have the ability to:
  • Make decisions that produce high-quality results, by applying his/her skills and knowledge.
  • Meet organizational goals and performance expectations.
  • Set objectives and scope the length and difficulty of projects; break down work into process steps; develop schedules into task/people assignments; anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks, measure performance against goals and evaluate results.
  • Supervise reporting staff; monitor, evaluate, direct and train staff members and address personnel issues professionally and directly.
  • Craft and communicate public policy recommendations;
  • Execute regional planning best practice including the integration of equity, economic development and environment.
  • Build consensus among diverse stakeholders.
  • Manage and monitor complex project budgets with highly detailed reporting requirements.
  • Apply a combination of broad managerial skills and technical knowledge to all aspects of the job.
  • Work directly with executives, senior managers, regional agency staff members and local jurisdictional and stakeholder partners, consultants and contractors.
  • Follow regulatory policy and processes; represent MTC/ABAG business decisions and actions accurately.
  • Execute complicated procurements and vendor selection processes as well as manage vendor and consultant relationships.


(The following are minimum qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)

An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education: Completion of a Master's degree in a relevant major from an accredited college or university. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with the application.) Alternately, a Bachelor's degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.

Experience: A minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience effectively leading and managing an operational team with an aptitude to providing an overall business operational perspective. Specific experience with transit programs, customer service operations, toll collection operations and systems, budgeting and expense monitoring, and marketing preferable. Experience should also include three (3) years supervising, mentoring, and coaching professional and support staff.


Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.


Specific assignments and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Strategic Management

  • Developing goals, milestones and strategic recommendations for review and approval by the Executive Office, Executive Board and the Commission.
  • In partnership with federal, state, regional agencies and local jurisdictions, conduct technical analyses and coordinate development of inter-agency strategies and programs to implement Plan Bay Area, with particular emphasis on housing, priority development areas and social equity
  • Work in collaboration with other agency Assistant Directors and Directors.
  • Coordinate staff assignments based on the Program's Strategic Plan and annual work plan to ensure the effective use of available resources and develop and prioritize work tasks accordingly across the Planning Program;
  • Provide explicit directions and ensure that roles and responsibilities are clearly articulated and supported.
  • Coordinate with Section Directors, other Assistant Directors and senior staff to achieve cohesive and comprehensive development of policy recommendations.
  • Ensure the integration of assigned responsibilities with related responsibilities both within and outside of the Planning Program.
  • Oversee the timely delivery of major work products.

Program Management

  • Oversee major agency planning initiatives including housing policy development, Priority Development Area (PDA) planning, jobs-housing connectivity, social equity, and local jurisdiction engagement;
  • Lead the strategic development of local technical assistance that provides support to the region's cities, counties and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) relative to expanding housing choices and supply.
  • Oversee the cross-functional integration of these efforts with other MTC sections.
  • Represent the first line of communication with numerous internal staff and external partners and stakeholders regarding regional planning and policy initiatives
  • Ensure that agency planning products adhere to applicable federal and state statutes and guidance

Staff Oversight

  • Monitor overall work assignments and work flow of approximately seven staff members.
  • Ensure that staff assignments are resourced correctly to deliver projects and ensure operational success. Identify shortfalls/gaps in resources and recommend solutions.
  • Provide leadership and clear direction to assigned staff; instruct staff regarding work procedures, review and evaluate work performance.
  • Serve as point of escalation for problem-solving, conflict resolution.
  • Coordinate strategic work planning and day-to-day activities with the Deputy Planning Director, Planning Director, and other Planning Program Assistant Directors

The Assistant Director, Housing & Local Planning, will perform other job related duties as assigned.

All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Services Workers.

Published on:
September 26, 2019 - 9:39am
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