Senior Planner, Subregional Support
Lois Goldman, Director of Long Range Planning
Under the direction of the Director, Long Range Planning, the Senior Planner, Subregional Support will administer the Subregional Transportation Planning (STP) Program, and support the Principal Planner, Subregional Planning Studies, in the ongoing operations of the Subregional Studies Program (SSP). The incumbent will work closely with the NJTPA member
subregions, NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and other stakeholders, and will coordinate closely with Finance and Administration and other functional divisions within the NJTPA.
The STP Program is a federally funded pass-through program that supports the NJTPA’s fifteen subregions (thirteen counties and the cities of Newark and Jersey City) in their activities that support the NJTPA regional transportation planning process. The SSP provides federal funding to support local planning studies in support of agency goals. See https://www.njtpa.org/Planning/Subregional-Programs/Subregional-Planning.aspx for additional information on both programs.
Additionally, the incumbent will, as requested, conduct and collaborate on a variety of planning efforts to advance NJTPA’s regional planning agenda to address priorities identified in the federally mandated Long Range Transportation Plan. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation and land use planning, travel safety, active transportation, multi-modalism, equity, and environment.
• Coordinate the Subregional Transportation Planning (STP) Program, including preparation of an annual solicitation and subregional work plans, administrative oversight and guidance, review of subregions' quarterly progress reports and invoices, and preparation of quarterly reports
• Support administrative and technical guidance for aspects of the NJTPA's Subregional Studies Program (SSP), working closely with the Principal Planner for Subregional Planning Studies and various NJTPA functional divisions
• Manage or support NJTPA planning studies, conduct analysis, provide input on draft analysis and other deliverables. Serve on Technical Advisory Committees for special studies and projects
• Coordinate with other divisions within the agency, and externally with partner agencies and stakeholders
• Contribute to the research, analysis and writing for the Long Range Transportation Plan, participation in Together North Jersey, and other initiatives
• Contribute to the writing and presentation of graphs, data, and maps and make presentations to Board of Trustees, the subregions, central staff, and the general public as needed
• Perform other related duties as assigned
• 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.
• Continuous Improvement: Continually seeks and achieves incremental improvements in work processes, results and capabilities.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
Graduation with a master’s degree in planning, environmental studies, public policy, engineering or related field. Two (2) years’ experience in city planning, regional planning, and/or transportation planning.
• At least one year of experience at a metropolitan planning or other regional planning organization preferred.
• Background or willingness to learn federal grant requirements, and the ability to understand project budgets and administrative guidelines.
• Strong analytical skills and the ability to conduct data analysis with large data sets.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Willingness and ability to work collaboratively, and to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
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.