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Transportation Planner

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 10795284
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 4
Required Education : Master's Degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :
Veterans Preference

This is a highly responsible administrative and professional position whose purpose is to review, analyze, prepare, communicate and coordinate appropriate comments, responses, proposals to address routine and significant development, transportation and planning related issues on a local, regional and state level, for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the County’s significant resources. Specialized responsibilities include assisting Director in budgeting, administration, planning, enforcement, organizing the preparation, amendment, maintenance and interpretation of the Marion County Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code and Code of Ordinances.  The employee has total administrative responsibility for projects and is involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs. Work is performed under the direction of the Growth Services Director.

The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.

Planning and Zoning

  • Acts as department director for planning in absence of the Growth Services Director.

  • Assists director in development of department work program.

  • Coordinates with regional and state planning and zoning programs and agencies, the review of new legislation and agency regulations as they affect the County and the Growth Services Department work program.

  • Participates in grant fund programs, as required.

  • Provides for review and consultation with other County agencies related to zoning, land use regulation, code enforcement, transportation planning and impact fees, and economic development.

  • Serves on the Development Review Committee in the absence of the Growth Services Director.

  • Assists the director in preparation of department budget and prepares special reports as required.  Conducts special studies when directed by the Growth Services Director.

  • Attends conferences, public hearings, professional meetings, and board meetings, which may be conducted outdoors.

  • Responsible for the yearly update of the Capital Improvement Element of the Marion County Comprehensive Plan.

  • Coordinates the preparation, public hearing process and final submittal of the departments’ Comprehensive Plan Evaluation and Appraisal Report mandated by the State Department of Economic Development.

  • Acts as liaison for and coordinates meetings of the Marion County Local Mitigation Strategy Commission and Steering Committee, for the development and maintenance of a multi- jurisdictional local mitigation plan that addresses economic costs of natural, technological, and societal disasters.

  • Responsible for maintenance and updating of the Department’s Data Repository webpage, which provides statistical information on population, census, housing, education, economic and education.

  • Attends the monthly East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) and the Transportation Coordination Committee meetings.

  • Implements the organization’s guiding principles and core values.


  • Administers the planning and coordination of transportation infrastructure within the County to ensure the efficient and safe movement of people and goods as the County continues to develop.

  • Manages  the  development  of  transportation  planning  efforts  between  Marion  County, Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

  • Identifies and evaluates transportation issues, including proposed legislative actions on the state and regional level, formulates recommended positions and responses on behalf of the County, develops and maintains a process to ensure appropriate review and coordination of responses among Planning, Administration and other County Departments.

  • Communicates and coordinates with FDOT on issues related to statewide and regional freight and multi-modal planning efforts; prepares responses and recommendations in cooperation with the Department Director and County Attorney as appropriate, on behalf of the County.

  • Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications, with the Department Director, Administration and other appropriate Departments on significant transportation planning related issues.

  • Plans and coordinates local long-range transportation planning efforts; coordinates these efforts with other County Departments, TPO and FDOT; prepares reports and recommendations.

  • Identifies, researches and analyzes complex transportation issues including but not limited to those related to freight movement, and multi-modal transportation; prescribes and recommends policies, programs and projects regarding development and management; prepares draft resolution and ordinance language as necessary.

  • Performs independent work in the development of recommendations.

  • Leads,  coordinates,  and  serves  on  internal  and  inter-departmental  project  teams  and committees.

  • Responsible for conducting basic transportation modeling analyses, planning review, data collection, report development.

  • Reviews  significant  development  proposals for  conformity  to transportation  plans,  with principles of good planning and land-use practices, and for compliance with development regulations.

  • Serve as a resource and facilitator to support the growing needs of local industry regarding freight mobility, local regulations, and transportation planning matters between county departments and acts as liaison to outside transportation agencies including but not limited to FDOT, port authorities and Infrastructure providers.

  • Assists Boards, Commissions, and committees, prepares agendas and makes presentations concerning transportation related issues.

  • Attends Board, Commission, TPO, FDOT and committee meetings as required.


  • Prepares, in cooperation with the  Growth Services Director and Purchasing Department, develop requests for qualifications, scopes of work and contract language when contracted services are required to help carry out essential responsibilities.

  • Prepares grant applications and negotiate, in cooperation with the Growth Services Director and County Attorney, inter-local agreements with FDOT, water management districts and other agencies to secure funding to implement programs and project related to essential responsibilities.

  • nteracts with the public, local units of government and media on planning and transportation- related issues.

  • Prepares progress and activity reports.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This is a front-line position for providing customer service to members of the general public and other County employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit, employees of other departments in the County, citizens, and customers of the department.  Service is provided in person or by phone and or by email contact.

Often functions as a lead worker in small and large groups of employees. May review the work product of others. Provides guidance, advice, and assistance to others on work assignments. Provides work direction.
Required Qualifications :
Education and Experience
Master’s Degree in planning, public administration, with an emphasis on Transportation Planning, or a related field, or equivalent; and a minimum of 4 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Possession of a valid Florida Divers License for required travel.

Specialized Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to research proposed and new legislation and determine the effects or potential effects to Marion County.

  • General knowledge of County codes.

  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, supervise, and perform research projects.

  • Ability to analyze data, including use of GIS.

  • Organizational skills.  Ability to prioritize tasks and meet multiple deadlines.

  • Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions, maps, aerial photography and site plans.

  • Ability to communicate tactfully and effectively with associates, subordinates, public officials, representatives of other agencies, and members of the general public.

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

  • Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns.  Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.

Machines and Equipment
This employee will be required to operate a vehicle,  computer,  calculator, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and other general office equipment in the completion of the tasks of the position.


Work Schedule:  Full-time; hours not specified

Salary:  $27.65 per hour
Skills :
Data entry Geographic Information Systems Public Administration Purchasing Transportation Modeling Analyses Transportation Planning
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