Principal Planner & Project Manager

Posted on April 10, 2019

Principal Planner & Project Manager

DIVISION: Planning
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
CLASS: Professional (Exempt)


The Principal Planner & Project Manager will take a leading role in systems planning and the project management/delivery of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other premium transit service plans, transit-related environmental documentation, and transit feasibility and conceptual design studies. The position involves managing and coordinating planning projects with multiple stakeholders, including agency staff, community partners, and consultants.


Transit Service and Capital Project Planning

  • Manage alternatives analysis, NEPA, and conceptual design phases of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other major capital projects. Manage design consultants and coordinate with other departments through design phase.
  • Evaluate project costs and benefits and submit project justification and supporting data for management review.
  • Provide regular reports on status of projects, schedules, budgets, and concerns, including recommendations to remedy issues that may arise.
  • Pursue funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals and contract agreements for assigned projects.
  • Develop scopes of work, prepare project budgets, and manage work of project consultants.
  • Assist in the procurement of planning and engineering consultants, and other services as needed.
  • Manage project budgets to ensure projects are completed within budget guidelines.
  • Participate in complete street and roadway corridor studies to identify opportunities to implement transit enhancements (TSP, amenities, bus lanes) in future BRT corridors.
  • Develop relationships with potential funding partners including FDOT, local jurisdictions, MPOs, and private entities.
  • Coordinate all medium and long-range planning activities closely with MPOs, FDOT, local jurisdictions, and other transit agencies to ensure strategic integration of TBARTA priorities.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Develop, recommend or assist in formulating policy and strategies for implementing plans and planning services, and assist in securing capital funds from diverse sources.
  • Provide planning data and analysis to other divisions and departments. Ensure accurate data is integrated into development of service extensions and station and service improvements.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and prepare written comments on transit studies, environmental impact reports, land use studies, and any documents or reports that are relevant to TBARTA’s present and future operation.
  • Interact with, and make presentations on TBARTA planning projects to, project stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, neighborhoods, business groups, and private entities.
  • Understand and develop long-term funding strategies for agency financial planning.
  • Attend and participate in all pertinent city, county, regional, state, and federal transit related meetings.

Plan Development, Review and Research

  • Manage Regional Transit Development Plan (RTDP) and oversee Title VI analysis and plan updates. Provide guidance to less experienced staff assigned to these projects.
  • Follow industry trends in service organization and delivery, including understanding of how TBARTA can remain at the forefront of trend innovation.
  • Assist in the development and administration of research and demonstration projects.
  • Utilize quality control system for work products, including peer reviews.
  • Provide overall management of division-related planning issues and advise Executive
  • Director on matters requiring attention.
  • Perform other professional duties as assigned by the Executive Director.



  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Political Science, Business Administration, or similar field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Required Experience: Five (5) years progressive transportation planning experience.
  • Preferred: AICP Certification or willingness to obtain, project management experience, and experience leading and influencing others within or outside the organization.
  • License: Must possess, or obtain, and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.



This position requires experience within the transportation planning field and the application of planning best practices to deliver transportation planning projects. Knowledge and experience in most of the following areas of transportation planning are preferred:

  • Long range planning and systems planning
  • Service planning and route development
  • Project management
  • Corridor studies
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Engineering and/or environmental clearance concepts
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Travel demand model data usage
  • Research methods and statistical principles related to urban growth and development
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations including recent changes
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management
  • Geospatial data analyses and data presentation
  • Knowledge of transit station design, transit-oriented development, smart growth, and other transit related planning/design concepts
  • Financial plan development
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques
  • Federal, state, MPO, and local planning processes
  • Public engagement



  • Superior communication, presentation, and technical writing skills.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate projects with multiple entities and communicate effectively with staff, community stakeholders, and consultants.
  • Competency to think comprehensively about short and long-term solutions that will enhance or complement other initiatives in concert with agency strategic initiatives and overall goals.
  • Ability to review detailed planning analyses with high degree of quality control.
  • Ability to express complex planning concepts to non-transit professionals, and effectively present to elected officials, professional organizations and the general public.
  • Ability to work within a fast-paced, collaborative team environment and be comfortable in any role – as a leader or providing assistance. Experience leading and influencing others within or outside the organization is a plus.
  • Innovative, detail-oriented, and experienced in highly visible and/or controversial projects.
  • Ability to work across diverse departments and disciplines with respect, tact and professionalism.

TBARTA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Revised: 2/2019