POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Transportation Planner performs highly skilled professional transportation planning and development work involving a variety of the agency's most critical and complex transportation planning and analysis projects. A Senior Transportation Planner is part of Metro's Planning and Development Department team and has complex assignments in policy formulation and project management and they are recognized as technical specialists in a specific program or functional area. Their assignments have visibility and impact across the region and involve engagement with policy makers representing Metro, local city and county governments and state officials.
Exceptional writing and speaking skills are required for this position, as this person will have extensive work with the general public, other public agencies and Metro committees. Exceptional project management skills are also required in order for this person to work independently and effectively lead a project team.
General Assignments: Long Range Transit Planning - This person serves as lead for implementing the 2018 Regional Transit Strategy through local transportation plans and regional investment area studies; serves as transit planning lead in Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) updates; serves as project manager for periodic updates to Regional Transit Strategy; serves as Metro's lead on long-term, regional transit planning with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the implementation of ODOT's Transit Plan.
Planning Liaison to Transit Districts - This person serves as long-range transit planning liaison to TriMet, SMART and C-Tran for topics related to systemwide transit planning and service planning consistency with the Regional Transit Strategy. This may include
Local Government Liaison - This person serves as liaison to Multnomah County transportation planning program, including participation in the East Multnomah County Transportation Committee (EMCTC) and its technical advisory committee.
Special Planning Projects – This person leads highly complex, multi-agency and multi-partner planning projects as assigned. The projects may come from the needs identified in the 2018 RTP, or as needed by Metro Council and the leadership in Planning and Development department, and generally follow these topics and themes:
Long-term, innovative transit planning
Green transportation and climate resiliency
Updates to regional planning requirements for local jurisdictions
Coordination with local governments to implement regional policy
2040 Growth Concept Refresh and Green Corridors policy
Transportation pricing policy
Freight rail planning
Passenger rail planning
At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.
Bachelor's degree in planning and/or related field
Three (3) years of technical transportation planning/modeling with extensive computer experience, or
Any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Project management experience which include experience working independently and experience leading a team
Clean air and clean water do not stop at city limits or county lines. Neither does the need for jobs, a thriving economy, and sustainable transportation and living choices for people and businesses in the region. Voters have asked Metro to help with the challenges and opportunities that affect the 25 cities and three counties in the Portland metropolitan area. A regional approach simply makes sense when it comes to providing services, operating venues and making decisions about how the region grows. Metro works with communities to support a resilient economy, keep nature close by and respond to a changing climate. Together we’re making a great place, now and for generations to come.