Senior Planner

Posted on December 4, 2017

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) announces the vacancy of the following position: Senior Planner, Center for Livable Communities/Transportation Access & Mobility Group.

OPEN DATE:  November 20, 2017 

CLOSE DATE: Open until filled


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

The Senior Planner position will serve as a team member in the Project Implementation and Partner Services section within the Transportation Access and Mobility Group. This position will also work with the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Manager along with ongoing interaction with staff from GDOT Program Delivery and GDOT Planning, MARTA grants office staff, and local jurisdiction staff.


  • Work with local jurisdictions on general transportation planning and assist jurisdictions/local project sponsors on federal-aid funded projects following GDOT’s Plan Development Process (PDP);
  • Generate quarterly TIP project delivery reports for the Atlanta region;
  • Provide support in the administration and maintenance of the TIP project solicitation process;
  • Assist with the management and distribution of FTA funding apportionment notices. This will be conducted in collaboration and coordination with MARTA staff;
  • Update the regional transit formula fund sub allocation lump sum line items as listed in the RTP/TIP and the updating of the Transit Program of Projects (POP);
  • Facilitate the Transit Operators Subcommittee (TOS);
  • Perform other duties assigned, to support division, center and agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of the federal transportation planning process;
  • Knowledge of federal urban transit funding programs;
  • Ability to work independently think through assignments comprehensively and creatively;
  • Ability to effectively use ArcGIS;
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and precisely through a combination of verbal, written and graphic means;
  • Ability to document complex methodologies;
  • Ability to present to a variety of audiences, from small groups of internal technical staff to larger groups of external public and private stakeholders;
  • Skill in oral and written communications;
  • Skill in project management in the transportation field;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
  • Possess strong interpersonal and facilitation skills;
  • Proficient in standard office equipment, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and Project), and related software applications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (equivalent combination acceptable):

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two (2) years experience in planning


  • AICP and/or P.T.P. certification


In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues’ Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues’ success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $49,182 – $82,438 (no SS deductions except for Medicare portion, approx. 1.45% of salary)

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ARC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in employment or the provision of services.