Transit Systems 2023-11-15 2023-12-18

Program Manager - Strategic and Regional Planning

Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Jacksonville, Florida

Job ID: 152563
Job Status: Full-time

This position is part of the Planning and Sustainability Department. Under the supervision of the Director - Planning & Sustainability, this position is responsible for management, oversight and development of regional and long range transportation planning. This position will assist the Director with the annual budget development covering planning section of the group. It is responsible for representing JTA on committees and organizations focusing on long range and regional planning initiatives.

Essential Functions

  • Leads and manages long range and regional transportation planning projects

  • Leads and manages planning team consisting of Planner II

  • Demonstrates leadership, commitment and passion for collaboration, public engagement, and innovative thinking to shape regional planning initiatives

  • Leads implementation of the MOVE2027 strategic plan initiatives

  • Fosters professional environment that reflects a high value on internal and external customer service, collaboration, preparation, and work quality

  • Provides feedback into the annual operating budget development

  • Manages consultant teams and their budgets

  • Makes presentations to the public and community stakeholders on mobility initiatives

  • Ensures JTA compliance with Federal and State regulations.

  • Communicates with citizens, public committees, community organizations, business and civic organizations, Citizen Planning Advisory Committees, Veterans organizations, Career Source and related groups.

  • Provides management and oversight of projects, programs of assigned division; develops strategy, goals, and priorities; manages initiatives; provides advanced technical guidance related to processes, standards, policies, and regulations; performs technical analysis used in decision making; makes resource assignments.

  • Serves as liaison with other departments, internal and external stakeholders, boards, and the public; oversees collaborative efforts; provides consultation related to regional planning issues.

  • Reviews and approves communications, reporting and presentations.

  • Develops ongoing coordination of planning projects with the City of Jacksonville.

  • Monitors quality standards.

  • Evaluates program needs and required improvements to existing programs.

  • Oversees preparation and processing of the JTA Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), Priority Projects and UPWP submissions

  • Attends, tracks, and monitors LCBs for regional partner counties in coordination with Northeast Florida Regional Council

Supervisory & Operational Authority
This position has 2 direct reports

  • Ensures department compliance in submittal, and monitoring FTA Section 5310 and 5311 grant applications and projects.

  • Responsible for reviewing and complying with the Florida Department of Transportation regulations.

  • Responsible for reviewing and complying with Federal Transit Administration’s regulations.

  • Responsible for reviewing and complying with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and associated documentation required by the Federal Transit Administration.

  • Responsible for completing all mandatory training classes.

  • Responsible for reviewing and complying with all JTA policies, procedures and directives.

  • Conforms to all safety rules and wears/uses all appropriate safety equipment.

Required/Preferred Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or closely related field from an accredited four-year college or university and a minimum of 5 years related experience.

  • An advanced degree is preferred and may substitute for one year of experience. Demonstrated expertise of ArcGIS.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of or the ability to learn components of the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 and 5311.

  • Thorough knowledge to support long range and regional transportation planning.

  • Ability to think creatively and develop cutting edge solutions that can be implemented.

  • Knowledge of planning practices, public policy and transportation programs relating to transportation planning projects.

  • Knowledge of Federal, State DOT, City and MPO planning and processes, permitting procedures and requirements.

  • Knowledge of and skill in the operation of a personal computer utilizing planning related software applications, including general familiarity with modeling software, GIS programs and Microsoft Suite.

  • Ability to manage and coordinate projects with multiple entities.

  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with staff, community and consultants.

  • Possession of good written and verbal communications skills to develop. requests for proposals, professional correspondence, to make presentations, and to conduct technical meetings.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include some weekends and evenings.

Physical Demands
  • Sit and or stand for prolonged periods.

  • Perform repetitive motion.

  • Attendance at day and evening meetings outside the JTA.

Additional Details
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is a public transit service provider governed by requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

Due to the nature of some work performed at the JTA/JTM some jobs are classified as ‘Safety Sensitive’ and are subject to random testing for drug and alcohol use. All offers for employment are required to undergo pre-employment and possible random drug testing. If test shows a positive result your application for employment will be rejected, or if hired, employment may be terminated.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

How To Apply
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Preference in appointment is available to eligible veterans, disabled veterans and spouses of disabled veterans. Applicants claiming preference must attach the following applicable forms with their resume at the time application in order to receive the preference.
  • DD-214 (Member Form-4 copy)
  • FDVA Veterans Preference Certification Form VP-1
  • FDVA Certificate of Current Member of Reserve Form VP-2
  • FDVA Certification of Unremarried Widow or Widower Form VP-3
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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- M/F/D/V.

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