Technical Programs Manager

Posted on July 23, 2019

ORGANIZATION: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO)
TITLE: Technical Programs Manager
OPENING DATE: April 2019
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Technical Programs Director

Nature of Position: Under the leadership of the Technical Programs Director, the Technical Programs Manager supports the Technical Committee and its subcommittees, facilitates the selection of presentation proposals for the Annual Conference and Technical Symposium, supports AMPO’s federal grant related projects, and conducts various tasks on behalf of the membership. In addition, the Technical Programs Manager works closely with the Membership Coordinator to develop content for the website and newsletter.

The Technical Programs Manager assists the Executive Director and Technical Programs Director to ensure AMPO members are cognizant of key technical, legislative, regulatory, and policy issues related to transportation planning. The Technical Programs Manager works closely with AMPO partners such as the United States Department of Transportation, Federal resource agencies, the American Association of State Highway Officials, the American Public Transportation Association, the Transportation Research Board, and various transportation industry associations.

In supporting AMPO’s federal grant related projects, the Technical Programs Manager works closely with the Technical Programs Director to administer and facilitate several working groups. This includes attending the working group meetings, taking meeting minutes, and drafting materials associated with the working group meeting as defined by the scope of work.

The Technical Programs Manager will work closely with the Technical Programs Director to establish short and long-term program goals and objectives based on member needs; implementation strategies; promotion of AMPO’s services and products; and coordination of activities, programs, and projects with appropriate stakeholders. The Technical Programs Manager assists the Technical Programs Director and Executive Director in overseeing the development of materials, webinars, website materials, workshops, and national conferences.

The Technical Programs Manager, as directed by the Executive Director and/or Technical Programs Director, will assist, represent, and promote AMPO’s goals and policies on behalf of the organization; prepare and deliver presentations; assist in drafting responses to requests from federal agencies, develop and manage surveys and tabulates responses, plan and facilitate conference calls, meetings and conferences; disseminate informational materials to members, and performs other functions as
EDUCATION: A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, preferably in transportation planning, urban planning, or a related field. Evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as a postgraduate education, is highly desirable.
SKILL REQUIREMENTS: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to serve and represent members on councils, committees, subcommittees, and technical working groups. Broad understanding of the US transportation system, surface transportation policy, regulations, procedures, and practices at federal and state level preferred. Familiarity with and a capacity to further develop project management skills including planning and tracking project budgets and deliverables. Ability to be a strong contributor in a team environment. Capability to effectively and strategically plan and organize activities, and work independently to achieve desired results. Demonstrated understanding of transportation research is preferred.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: A minimum of four to six years of progressively responsible, professional experience preferably with trade and membership associations. An advanced degree in the area of transportation policy, engineering or equivalent can substitute for the professional experience. It is desirable that the candidate have experience, either through previous employment or education, in the area of transportation or environmental policy. Prior experience in project management is preferred.
Members: Maintains regular and frequent contact with members through telephone contacts, meeting attendance, conference calls, webinars, websites, newsletters or other correspondence.

Governing Structure: The position involves frequent direct contact with the AMPO Technical Committee and its leadership. As directed by the Executive Director, the incumbent may communicate with the AMPO Policy Committee and Board of Directors.

Government: Incumbent establishes and fosters communications and partnerships with federal executive branch agencies such as the United States Department of Transportation and resource agencies.

Other organizations: The incumbent develops and maintains good working relationships with stakeholders and associations and works to identify potential partnership opportunities.

Association Office Personnel: In the event of illness or absence of other key Association members, the incumbent is expected to assist others in ensuring that programs are delivered on-time and appropriately.
Transportation Policy Formation: At the direction of the Executive Director or Technical Programs Director, the incumbent may participate in the development, drafting and editing of AMPO policy statements and resolutions related to relevant issues of interest to members, but may not establish such positions without approval of higher authority.

Planning: The incumbent will assist in program and project planning efforts pertaining to activities throughout the Association. The incumbent will be responsible for planning pertinent elements of the Association’s conferences and meetings.

Decision Authority: Participates in the development of technical programs, membership programs, and may be included in the development of policy and regulatory positions, at the discretion of the Executive Director and/or Technical Programs Director.

Budgetary Responsibility: Responsible for assisting the Technical Programs Director in developing and maintaining the budgets for assigned programs and projects.

Supervisory Responsibility: May supervise consultants.

Supervision Received: Supervision is provided in terms of general objectives, rather than on a day-to-day basis. Significant decisions will be reviewed by the Executive Director.

Travel: This position requires travel to the AMPO Annual Conference, the AMPO Planning Tools & Training Symposium (Technical Conference), various AMPO Working Group meetings, and other events as needed.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with a starting annual salary range of $60,000 – $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. AMPO offers a competitive benefits package including healthcare and a 401k plan.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to