Transit Systems 2019-01-07 2019-02-11

Director of Strategic Planning

Company: North County Transit District View more listings
Location: Oceanside, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 104530

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, the Director of Strategic Planning manages, plans, organizes, and coordinates planning, research, and analysis relating to specified activities/projects, from concept through development and implementation to close-out. This includes serving as the activity/project lead or serving in a contributor capacity. The Director of Strategic Planning is responsible for collaborating with senior staff members and third-party entities to support achievement of NCTD goals and completion of activities/projects.

This position reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with the Division Chiefs as required. S/he has direct supervisory responsibility for support staff assigned within the department. This position is responsible for coordinating with NCTD staff, external entities and consultants. Further, this position is expected to share expert knowledge and participate as a vital member of various project teams as directed.


Essential Functions:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Performs advanced professional work on a wide array of assignments that include but are not limited to project management, financial and legislative analysis, grant development, and other activities specified by the Executive Director.

  • Assists the Executive Director with the overall management and administration of specified activities and internal operations of NCTD.

  • Works with Division Chiefs to support the completion of specified projects and achievement of positive outcomes for NCTD.

  • Reviews and analyzes strategic initiatives that support/promote NCTD interests.

  • Manages consultant contracts in consultation with District Procurement and Contract Administration staff. This includes development of procurement documents, scopes of work, and project budgets; and review of consultant proposals.

  • Acts as a liaison to various external agencies and special interest groups for specified projects to ensure successful completion.

  • Reviews, analyzes, and provides comment for specified activities, plans and projects for community and transportation impacts, as well as compliance with District regulatory requirements.

  • Provides guidance to and oversight of consultants on projects proposed for, or under development on, District property.

  • Responsible for the hiring, training, supervising, reviewing, disciplining, and terminating subordinate staff as needed and in accordance with District policy.

  • Presents information to senior management, elected officials, advisory and special interest groups, partner transit agencies, local jurisdictions, governmental funding and regulatory agencies and other stakeholders.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in transportation planning, urban planning, business or public administration, environmental planning or related field required.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years prior directly relevant experience.

A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five (5) years.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

General Requirements:
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public transportation planning including federal, state and local laws, policies and regulations.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of local, state, and federal environmental planning practices, standards, and laws.

  • General knowledge and experience with project management principles including direct experience initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing various public and/or public/private projects.

  • Able to read, analyze and interpret maps, schedules, plans, spreadsheets, and related documents.

  • Able to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to appropriate sources.

  • High level of professionalism; demonstrate a positive, pro-active attitude and commitment to excellence.

  • Ability to interpret and apply local, state, and federal rules and regulations accurately and effectively.

  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite.

NCTD is an equal opportunity employer. Apply online at for consideration.

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