DC Job Alert: Senior Planner – WMATA

*Posting closes at 11:59pm on Thurs., 10/16


Job Title: Senior Planner
Job ID: 141056
Location: DC -Jackson Graham Bldg-6th Fl
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

All WMATA posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful submission of application applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off. The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting is automatically removed from the website as of 12:00am at which time submission of an application is no longer possible. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings at any time without notice as business needs demand.)

Org. Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Office of Planning is seeking a dynamic Sr. Planner. This position is with the Access Planning & Policy Analysis (APPA) program area in Metro’s Office of Planning. The APPA program area focuses on region- and system-wide policy and planning efforts to improve access to both Metrorail and Metrobus, with specific emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian access, and transportation equity. Planners in this position conduct spatial and demographic analyses, prepare technical reports, analyze transit demand and socio-economic trends, and analyze regional transit development policy strategies. The successful candidate will possess extensive capabilities in conducting quantitative and geospatial analysis, and be particularly skilled at translating highly technical information into written documents, graphics, and presentations that are easily digested by a wide range of audiences. Knowledge in the areas of demographic, statistical, and financial analysis related to project evaluation and alternatives analysis strongly preferred.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Financial Management, Economics, Public/Business Administration or a related field. Eight years progressively responsible experience in public transportation, project management, financial analysis and public advocacy is required.

Experience in lieu of education will be considered if candidate can effectively demonstrate progressively responsible experience in public transportation, project management, financial analysis and public advocacy is required.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary/Duties:

This incumbent is responsible for participation in the development of an annual business plan in close cooperation with other Authority offices; identifying opportunities for future growth and development using tools such as new technologies, economic trends and demographics; defining future strategies for the office to promote to the General Manager and the Board of Directors. Also, working in an advocacy role with local, state, regional and federal agencies, the private business sector and community groups to ensure the successful implementation of plans approved by the Board of Directors. This is a highly responsible professional, technical planning, project management and advocacy work of a complex nature.

Serves as a project leader for the development and preparation of major inputs for the annual update of the business plan which supports the mission, goals and objectives of the Authority.

Serves as a project manager with responsibility for managing and directing staff and professional consultants in technical work required to support the project requirements of the office.

Monitors factors which affect or may affect WMATA, such as federal, state and local funding policies; regional demographic and economic trends; regional and local transportation programs and policies; and new transportation technology advances.

Provides a pro-active advocacy role in the region by working with local, state and federal agencies and community groups to ensure the successful implementation of programs related to the Authority’s business plan.

Assists in the development of the mission, goals and objectives of the Authority’s business plan and identifies changes that may be appropriate based on the evolving role of public transit services in the region.

Identifies and examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the Authority and proposes functional changes to address these issues.

Serves as a project manager for policy analysis regarding transportation services, growth opportunities and other issues related to achieving the Authority’s mission and role in the region.

Directs analysis of benefits and costs of program strategies and policies for achieving the goals and objectives of the business plan.

Coordinates with and leads staff of other offices in the analysis of alternative sources of funding to finance the operation, maintenance and capital requirements of the Authority. Identifies methods of cross subsidization from other modes of transportation to transit.

Serves as an Authority liaison to local and state transportation projects and Major Investment Studies concerning the expansion of the Metrorail system or Metrobus services into areas not currently served by the Authority.

Cooperatively works with other offices to identify all operating and capital requirements for input to the region’s Constrained Long Range Plan.

Develops, manages and conducts transportation planning and analysis studies to identify strategies to achieve the mission of the Authority.

Develops opportunities for ridership enhancement through new initiatives and new market areas and recommends these strategies to the General Manager.

Identifies and assesses strategies to enhance non-fare box revenues.

Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations within areas of assigned responsibility.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

Personal Interview
Skills Assessments
Verification of education and experience
Criminal Background Check
Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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