Director of Transportation Planning

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Allentown, PA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Civil Engineering
Community Development
Economic Development
Infrastructure Planning
Public Policy
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Highly competitive. Excellent benefits.

Director of Transportation Planning

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) is seeking a candidate for Director of Transportation Planning to lead a team developing and managing the implementation of the regional multi-modal long-range transportation plan, and implementation of this plan, subject to Federal and state requirements of metropolitan and county planning.  The Director of Transportation Planning performs complex professional, stakeholder development and administrative work under the general supervision of the LVPC Executive Director.  The Director of Transportation Planning also, works closely with the community, Lehigh Valley Planning Commissioners and Lehigh Valley Transportation Study Board.  As such, possessing excellent communication and time management skills, and the ability to manage the work of others is key.  Communication of technical analyses via written reports and presentations (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) is also required.

The position will entails understanding of and management of staff operating the region’s travel demand forecasting model (using Citilabs and REMI software) and Geographic information Systems with the support of the Assistant Director of Transportation Planning.  The successful candidate must exhibit a thorough understanding of transportation planning and principles and have a Master’s degree in Urban, City, Regional or Transportation Planning or Civil Engineering. 

In addition to the above required skills, experience in any of the following areas is desirable:

  • Land use and demographics
    • Transportation finance
    • Air quality conformity analysis and performance measurement
    • Transit, pedestrian and bicycle modes
    • Freight transportation
    • Public outreach and engagement

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Transportation Study + Region

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission is the official planning commission for Pennsylvania’s Lehigh and Northampton Counties. The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization, or transportation and infrastructure planning agency for the region.  The Lehigh Valley is strategically located on the eastern border of Pennsylvania, north of the Philadelphia region and west of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan statistical area.  The fastest growing region in the Commonwealth, the Lehigh Valley is known for a high quality of life, recreational and cultural amenities, as well as, its variety of housing and communities from rural to urban.  The region is unique, in that it is home to three cities and 59 other communities including dense urbanized boroughs, old and new suburbs, cross-roads villages and rural landscapes.  The Director of Transportation Planning will assist the Executive Director with the prioritization of infrastructure projects and investments while balancing the overall needs of the Lehigh Valley’s communities as well as, a strong and expanding economy.

The current LVPC work program includes:

  • Update of the Transportation Improvement Program
    • Administration and implementation of a robust freight planning program
    • Overhaul of theLehigh Valley Comprehensive Planincluding its merger withMOVELV: Long-Range Transportation Plan 
    • Development ofWalkBikeLV: Active Transportation Plan
    • Update of theRegional Hazard Mitigation Planto include resilient infrastructure priorities
  • Continued advancement of the regional traffic counting and segment inventory program with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
    • Administration and management of the regional Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program providing direct grants to municipalities
    • Direct municipal technical assistance including scenario and urban/community design services
    • Coordination of associated partners from Lehigh Valley Greenways to public health professionals and pedestrian and bicycle advocates to regional freight carriers
    • Public transit planning assistance for the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority
    • Review of land development transportation elements and studies, among other activities
  • Cross-regional collaboration with the neighboring regions including: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, Delaware Valley regional Planning Commission, Berks County Planning Commission and others   
  • Transportation-related support to other LVPC planning and partnership efforts: Multimodal Working Group, Freight Advisory Committee, Lehigh Valley Greenways, Alliance on Aging, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Planning Partners, Chamber of Commerce, housing and public health coalitions, and Lehigh Valley Sustainability Network, among others

Duties + Responsibilities

  • Handles long-range transportation issues on a daily basis.  Develops and/or coordinates elements ofMOVELV: Long Range Transportation Plan(LRTP)/transportation integration and merger with theLehigh Valley Comprehensive Planincluding research and analysis of roads, bridges, public transportation, air, rail, freight, and non-motorized transportation.
  • Develops population projections, maps and financial forecasts for the LRTP and analyses environmental and societal impacts.  For particular projects and developments, presents plan aspects to citizens and government officials at the local, regional, state and federal levels.
  • Coordinates transportation aspects of land development review with the LVPC Community Planning Section, municipalities, developers, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  • Develops the transportation-related elements of theLehigh Valley Comprehensive Plan.  
  • Works as member of the LVPC Senior Management Team.
  • Handles multi-modal transportation issues on a daily basis.  Meets with local governments concerning transportation infrastructure from roadway systems and rail networks to pedestrian and bicycle facilities, reviews grant requests and assists local agencies in leveraging project grant funding.
  • Organizes workshops and presentation for the purpose of informing local agencies on transportation issues affecting the region.
  • Oversees the work of consultants retained to work on transportation projects.
  • Works with state and federal officials to advocate for transportation equity across all modes of travel.
  • Serves as staff liaison to the US Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. 
  • Serves as staff liaison to LANta, the area’s regional transit-agency.  Provides agreed transit planning services, coordinates with LANta in the development of the LRTP and Transportation Improvement Program and advocates for effective coordination between the agencies.
  • Coordinates the public involvement process for the Transportation Section.  Stages public appearances and announcements, organizes public meetings, gives presentations, and generally educates the public concerning transportation issues.
  • Serves as LVPC liaison to the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, various citizen traffic advisory committees.
  • Serves as the lead staff member to the Lehigh Valley Transportation Study.  Provides project updates, presents on certain aspects of the transportation program and provides other information, as requested.
  • Manages Transportation Team.
  • Plans, develops, implements, and administers the regional transportation program.
  • Assures transportation system implementation, grant administration, and compliance with United States Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, practices, and procedures involved in transportation planning, engineering, metropolitan planning organization operations, and management
  • Methods, practices, and procedures involved in regional and/or local government transportation planning
  • Traffic and safety laws
  • Modern business financial principles and practices
  • Record keeping practices
  • Community engagement concepts
  • Contract administration
  • Computer programs, including Microsoft Office

Ability to: 

  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Work in a team environment and assist other LVPC sections
  • Interact with citizen groups, elected officials and high level administrators
  • Perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities
  • Establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, and the public
  • Provide leadership in formulating and directing policies and programs and engendering a creative environment
  • Prepare clear and concise reports
  • Prepare grant proposals and administer grants

Minimum Job Requirements

A Master’s degree in Urban, City, Regional or Transportation Planning, Engineering, or related field plus eight years or more of experience in a related field.  Other combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Other Requirements

This position requires participation at some early morning, evening and weekend meetings and events.  Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license is also, required within six months of employment.

Salary and Benefits

Highly competitive.  Dependent on experience. Excellent health and retirement benefits, generous paid vacation and time-off package.  Collegial environment where innovation is supported and encouraged.


Only e-mail submissions to will be accepted and must include:

  1. Current resume detailing your education and experience
  2. Letter of interest describing how you meet the qualifications for this position and why you would like to be considered.  Please address the letter to Becky A. Bradley, AICP, Executive Director, 961 Marcon Blvd, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18109
  3. Minimum of three (3) references with names, address, telephone number, e-mail and relationship information for each person  

Application materials must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on March 26, 2018.

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission/Lehigh Valley Transportation Study is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (610) 264-4544.

Published on:
February 26, 2018 - 9:07am
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