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Senior Director, Planning


Reports To:
Executive Director - Mary D. Ameen

Position Type:
Grant Funded

Position Summary:
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Planning oversees the day-to-day operations of the Planning Department - consisting of Analytical and Planning Tools, Subregional, Systems, Environmental & Sustainability, Freight, and Regional Planning staff. Guides and foster partnerships. Implements quality assurance protocols. The Senior Director must address a comprehensive set of regional challenges and decision-making factors and successfully partner with a broad range of stakeholders. The Senior Director will also lead advancements of interagency initiatives and economic development strategies into the regional planning process for the agency and will provide expertise in participatory process, asset planning, performance-based planning, data sharing, and emerging technologies.

Essential Functions:
Oversees the day-to-day operations of the Planning Department - consisting of Analytical and Planning Tools, Subregional, Systems, Environmental & Sustainability, Freight, and Regional Planning staff. Plans, organizes and prioritizes the technical and substantive work of the NJTPA Planning Staff in response to all applicable federal requirements, Board of Trustee initiatives and commitments as set forth in the annual Unified Planning Work Program. Guides staff participation in the development and updates (as required) of the Long Range Regional Transportation Plan. Oversees the administration and coordination of the state’s Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), including the development and reporting on performance measures. Oversees the substantive planning pass-through grant programs of the UPWP – including the Subregional Studies Program. Oversees an inventory of data, including the integration of data files from various studies and other sources with the North Jersey Regional Transportation Model. Guides staff participation in the development and updates (as required) of the Long Range Regional Transportation Plan. Leads implementation of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. Oversees and identifies opportunities for expanding the role of the NJTPA in regional operations planning and operations integration, developing a framework for addressing operational issues, and incorporating them into its future Work Plans and deliverables, in accordance with the metropolitan transportation planning process. Oversees the linking of the Regional ITS Architecture to the project development / TIP process to identify opportunities for the region to expand and implement ITS in order to improve the management of roadway incidents.

Additional Functions:
Advises major agency technology investments in order to foster innovation. Supports the organization’s outreach efforts in order to identify a full cross-section of interests including: business and industry, organized labor, freight carriers and shippers, environmentalists and various modal interest groups. Directs the Planning staff response for the preparation of Board of Trustee initiatives requiring follow-up actions. Represents the Executive Director as required at various planning meetings, forums and conferences. Effectively manages other staff activities , providing guidance and support for staff initiatives that further the NJTPA’s goals and mission; as well as encouraging their professional development and training. Orchestrates several public and stakeholder events, including engaging non-traditional transportation Partners. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Essential Characteristics:
Achievement/Goal Orientation: Demonstrates a concern and aptitude for achieving or surpassing results against an internal or external standard of excellence, showing passion for improving the delivery of services with a commitment to continuous improvement. Creativity/Innovation: Generates novel and valuable ideas and uses these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, or services. Initiative: Evaluates, selects and acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives within parameters of position before being asked or required to do so; self-directed rather than passively complying with instructions or assignments. Teamwork/Team Orientation: Willingly cooperates and works collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties; works cooperatively with others to accomplish departmental and university objectives. Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Demonstrates a mature logic, analytic aptitude and creativity in the approach to issues demanding resolution, by drawing on own expertise and experience base while utilizing other references and resources as necessary. Communication: Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and/or in writing, as appropriate to the position and task at hand. Organizational Awareness: Understands the agendas and perspectives of others, recognizing and effectively balancing the interests and needs of one's own group with those of the broader organization. Professionalism: Conducts oneself at all times in an ambassadorial, committed and personable manner demonstrating respect for the position, fellow colleagues, departmental integrity and the university's best interests.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college with a Master’s Degree in planning, environmental studies, or related technical field. 10 years of related experience in technical transportation planning, which involve responsibility in the development of plans and programs conducted through the metropolitan planning process, including eight (8) years'experience in supervising transportation planning professionals. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
At the university’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

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