Principal Planner, Corridor Studies
Director, Long-Range Transportation Planning - Lois Goldman
Under the direction of the Director, Long-Range Transportation Planning, the Principal Planner, Corridor Studies, will conduct and/or manage analysis and collaborative transportation planning efforts to address priorities identified in the federally-mandated Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The Principal Planner, Corridor Studies, will manage and/or conduct in-house analysis and will project manage consultants selected according to federal requirements.
Studies will likely contain public and stakeholder involvement; vigorous data collection and analysis; physical deficiency analysis, analysis of land use and smart growth strategies, needs assessment, and development of recommended actions. Candidates should be familiar with transit and multimodal transportation, sustainability, economic development, active transportation, complete streets principles and general planning practice. Strong data analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), statistical and/or other analysis skills are required. Candidates should be comfortable writing for varied audiences and with presenting to large and small groups. Candidates will also coordinate with planning partners such as NJTPA member subregions (its thirteen member counties and the cities of Newark and Jersey City), Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), municipalities, NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, other metropolitan area MPOs, non-profits, and others.
Major Activities Include:
• Development of the Long Range Transportation Plan:
The incumbent will contribute research, analyses, public and inter-agency outreach, and written sections to the federally-mandated Long Range Transportation Plan.
• Transit Planning:
The incumbent will contribute to the NJTPA’s transit system planning efforts, in coordination with NJ TRANSIT and other agencies and entities. This work may involve research and analysis to facilitate increased ridership, maintain and expand service capabilities, and provide multi-modal access to one of the nation’s busiest commuter rail, bus, and light rail networks.
• Transportation-Land Use Planning:
The incumbent will conduct or manage region-wide, subregional, municipal, or other sub-area studies focusing on transportation-related land use considerations. Implicit in this is consideration of state of good repair needs, travel demand management, complete streets implementation, sustainability, and emerging technology.
Contribute analyses, documentation, outreach support and other tasks towards the development of the long range transportation plan;
Manage and guide consultants, develop RFPs, and comply with the federal procurement process;
Conduct in-house analysis and planning efforts to advance long range transportation plan goals;
Engage in internal and external collaboration with new and existing planning partners.
Accomplishment Aptitude: Establishes and follows through on a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishment of a specific objective. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively producing desired results at the level expected for the position.
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.
Range: Adapts while maintaining high quality performance and continued focus, challenging situations of a varied nature, calling upon differing and sometimes competing competencies.
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.
Graduation from an accredited college with a master’s degree in transportation planning or urban/city and regional planning or related field. A minimum of 5 years' experience in city planning, regional planning, and/or transportation planning.
License to practice Professional Planning and/or Professional Engineering in the State of New Jersey and accreditation through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Experience at a metropolitan planning organization or other regional planning agency, or at a provider of public rail transit services
Knowledge and experience with federal and state laws regarding transit and familiarity with the National Environmental Policy Act;
Familiarity with the metropolitan planning process;
Strong analytical skills and the ability to conduct data analysis with large data sets, and to clearly communicate findings;
Strong communication skills – written and verbal;
Demonstrated project management and organizational skills.
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.