Director Transportation Planning Organization
This is highly responsible, professional, and managerial position guiding the Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). This position reports directly to the Ocala/Marion County TPO Board.
Required to use safety equipment as provided and/or assigned by department.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Plans, evaluates, and directs organization's policies, programs and operations.
- Directs and supervises all aspects of the transportation planning process as required by federal regulations and State Statutes.
- Oversees the recruitment, employment, evaluation and termination of staff and contract personnel.
- Supervises all organization staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff.
- Directs the preparation and implementation of the biannual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which serves as the agency budget and work plan.
- Acts as liaison between Marion County, its municipalities and the FDOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD).
- Oversees the management firm responsible for the operation of SunTran, the local fixed-route transit system.
- Prepares and monitors the annual budget and capital plan for SunTran.
- Oversees grant applications and invoicing for various programs including PL, Section 5305(d), Section 5307 and the CTD.
- Develops, in coordination with citizens, local municipalities and other agencies, the multimodal transportation needs for the TPO planning area and recommends appropriate actions.
- Prepares or directs the preparation of reports, studies, and other publications relating to the transportation system.
- Ensures the TPO board is kept fully informed on the condition of the agency and about any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the agency's success.
- Reports events and activities to the TPO board, senior management, and elected and appointed officials.
- Evaluates transportation planning related legislation and applicability to department projects.
- Represents the TPO at the statewide MPO Advisory Council and Central Florida MPO Alliance.
- Oversees the development of the Long Range Transportation Plan, the Transit Development Plan, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.
- Develops and presents recommendations for transportation strategies to the TPO and its subcommittees.
- Provides planning advisory service to other local governments and state agencies as well as other interested parties.
- Make presentations to local governments, civic groups and professional organizations as necessary.
- Attends meetings and conferences.
- Performs related work as required.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, hours of work not specified
Salary: Negotiable based on experience
- Masters Degree in urban planning, public administration, traffic engineering or related field.
- Minimum of eight (8) years progressively responsible planning experience of which four (4) years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity
- Or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
- Valid Florida Driver's License for required travel.
- American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning and transportation planning.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of supervision, organization and administration.
- Written and oral communication skills, including editing, oversight of preparation of technical reports, and the presentation of information to government entities and various committees.
- Problem solving and negotiation skills.
- Ability to analyze technical data and provide solutions.
- Ability to plan, develop, and implement technical reports and administrative programs.
- Ability to become familiar and utilize a variety of software to conduct urban and transportation planning and reporting.
- Ability to present complex information in a concise format.
- Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive, or controversial political situations.
- Ability to use various office equipment including, but not limited to, telephone, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.
- Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with the general public, public agencies and elected and appointed officials.
- Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.