Program Planning Manager, Alexandria VA
$74,000 – $115,000
Open Until Filled
Virginia Railway Express
Program Planning Manager
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE), a rapidly growing commuter rail operation connecting Washington, DC with Northern Virginia and surrounding counties, is in need of an experienced Program Planning Manager to perform professional and technical work on a broad scope and complex level assisting in the development, coordination, administration, and implementation of VRE services and capital improvements. For a complete overview, please see the Job Description posted on our website: www.vre.org. A Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Geography, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field and at least seven years of progressively responsible professional planning experience is required; or a Master’s Degree in a planning field appropriate to the position and at least four years of progressively responsible professional planner experience. Great benefits. Projected salary hiring range: $74,000 – $115,000, depending upon prior experience and education.
The Program Planning Manager reports to the Planning Administrator in the VRE Office of Development and performs professional and technical work of broad scope and complexity to assist in the development, coordination, administration, and implementation of VRE services and capital improvements.
The Program Planning Manager is responsible, directly or through management of subordinate contractors, for assisting with the following activities under the general supervision of the Planning Administrator.
- Strategic, system, and operational planning efforts for the organization.
- Technical planning and conceptual design projects such as station, facility, or system expansions, rail and intermodal operational analyses, travel demand forecasts, pedestrian or traffic flow analyses, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses, and other analyses of a similar nature.
- Representing VRE in transportation planning coordination efforts with state, regional and local jurisdictions and agencies, including attendance at regional meetings and review of local jurisdiction development applications.
- Collecting and maintaining ridership and other performance statistics for submissions to the National Transit Database (NTD), Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and other organizations as requested.
- Planning research and development of ridership projections for use in the annual budget process and other purposes.
- Development of the annual operating and capital program budget submissions.
- Maintaining and updating the VRE System Plan, Transit Development Plan (TDP), Fleet Management Plan and other internal planning documents.
- Preparation and administration of grant applications and reporting for federal, state and regional funding programs.
- Administration and management of reports concerning planning, engineering and construction projects.
- Data collection and preparation of responses to requests from the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and other regulatory agencies.
- Preparation of input on federal and state regulations and programs that impact VRE, including federal, state and regional railroad/transit funding programs, NEPA requirements, USDOT-FTA civil rights programs.
- Preparation of responses to inquiries and requests from VRE staff, Operations Board members, other agencies and the general public as directed.
- Preparation of technical presentations, briefings, memorandums and reports, as required, with the ability to present and defend finding as requested.
- Preparation of and participation in public outreach activities and meetings.
- Conduct of research, planning, and analysis functions as directed.
- Field assistance during service disruptions, customer service activities including Meet the Management and Santa trains.
- Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Thorough understanding of the fundamentals of planning, design and construction as they pertain to the design and development of urban and regional areas.
- Experience with the application of transit planning principles and practices, travel demand forecasting, project management (including budgeting, scheduling, scoping and quality control).
- Thorough understanding of federal, state and local laws, regulations, guidelines and practices as they pertain to rail transportation management, operations and financing.
- Ability to communicate effectively in oral, written and graphic form, in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
- Ability to plan, organize and carry out complex data analysis and research projects
- Experience using geographic information systems (GIS) to produce spatial analyses, mapping and other planning-related tasks.
- Ability to use a computer and related software applications (e.g., Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat).
- Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-discipline department team.
Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Geography, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field and at least seven years of progressively responsible professional planning experience; or a Master’s degree in a planning field appropriate to the position and at least four years of progressively responsible professional planner experience. AICP certification and a strong portfolio of rail or transit projects are preferred.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Background checks are performed on all new employees. No inquiring phone calls will be accepted in response to this ad. Qualified candidates interested in applying should submit by e-mail or mail a professional styled cover letter, resume, salary history and three confidential references (to include their address, phone & e-mail) by close of business September 3, 2014 to:
1500 King St. Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314
The statements in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbent(s) assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
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