Program Manager-Sustainability & Planning

Posted on February 5, 2020

Title:  Program Manager-Sustainability & Planning
Department:    Policy
Reports To:      Director-Planning, Policy and Sustainability
FLSA Status:    Exempt Position
Vacancy No.:   005-01-2020  

The individual in this position reports to the Director-Planning, Policy and Sustainability and is responsible for managing and organizing activities that support APTA’s environmental and policy program goals affecting the public transit industry.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serves as a staff advisor to the APTA Sustainability Committee and supports subcommittees and working groups of the committee, including the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Working Group
  • Serve as staff advisor to the APTA Planning, Policy, and Program Development Committee and selected subcommittees, as assigned, especially the major capital investment planning subcommittee, environmental subcommittee, the transit performance management subcommittee, metropolitan and municipality planning subcommittee, and the environmental justice/Title VI subcommittee, and respective work plan activities and working groups including but not limited to the capital investment grant readiness assessment  program;
  • Facilitates updates to and develops new Sustainability and Transit Asset Management recommended practices under the APTA Sustainability and Urban Design Standards program;
  • Coordinates sessions and committee meetings at APTA conferences, workshops, webinars, and policy forums
  • Manages the APTA Sustainability Commitment and serves as a resource to signatories to the commitment and tracks progress against commitment performance metrics;
  • Serves as project manager for the APTA Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop including the development of abstract themes, selection and general coordination of all activities for the workshop;
  • Develops industry comments on, tracks, and reports policy and regulatory changes under NEPA, the Capital Investment Grant program, MAP-21 and FAST Act performance-based planning and programming, Clean Air Act, National Trust for Historic Preservation and other associated regulations and policies affecting public transit systems programs and capital projects;
  • Supports the BRT Committee as needed by the Director
  • Monitors Federal initiatives on performance management including asset management, state of good repair and life cycle cost initiatives for transit infrastructure;
  • Tracks and monitors changes in performance-based energy and environment programs for high performance buildings and facilities such as EMS, LEED, LEED-ND, ENERGY STAR and their impact on transit;
  • As assigned, take the lead in developing expertise and lead responsibilities in policy areas such as sustainability, energy, and resiliency;
  • Communicates in writing and through personal contacts APTA’s position on a broad range of policy issues including issues involving environmental, energy and social/ community engagement (i.e. HUD, environmental justice) programs;
  • As directed, represents the Association at conferences on energy, environmental and land use related policies and initiatives.



  • Extent to which the APTA members and staff are informed in a timely manner on environmental and green infrastructure policies and programs;
  • Extent to which APTA Sustainability Committee members and APTA Planning, Policy, and Program Development Committee subcommittee members are served and supported in a timely manner;
  • Extent to which timely recommended practices are produced and used under the APTA Standards program, especially the State of Good Repair/Transit Asset Management Working Group
  • Extent to which the number of signatories to commitment increases;
  • Extent to which written work products are accurate, timely and effectively prepared;
  • Quality of communication materials and presentations.


Bachelor’s degree in public administration or policy, transportation or related field. Master’s degree in Urban Planning or Sustainability or one to two years of comparable work experience preferred with programs related to public policy, familiarity with federal transit policies and programs as well as major issues and priorities in public transportation, and strong writing and communications skills.  Must be able to travel to assigned conferences and meetings.

Persons interested in applying for this position should submit their cover letter and resume to the Vice President-Human Resources & Administration via email at

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