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Director Transportation Planning Organization

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 10851414
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 8
Required Education : Masters Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

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.


  • 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

Required Qualifications :


  • 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.


  • 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.

Skills :
AICP Communication Transportation Planning Urban Planning
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