Transportation Director

Posted on February 14, 2020

Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC) is seeking a Transportation Director to join a fast paced, collaborative transportation network by providing leadership in transportation planning for 39 municipalities.  The Transportation Director will be responsible for the execution of projects and activities that use both state and federal transportation funds.  The ideal candidate will also ensure the collection, analysis and evaluation of demographic and transportation related data as well as public input to understand the transportation system requirements in the region and apply the most recent transportation planning practices.

The position will manage staff in the fields of transportation and planning and will collaboratively work with staff in the fields of economic development, land-use, sustainability, and resiliency planning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures the implementation of all aspects of the required rural and metropolitan planning process in the SMPDC Region.
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state laws and regulations relevant to the activities of the KACTS MPO, such as updating the Long Range Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) per the federally required schedule.
  • Ensures the timely annual development and execution of the KACTS, PACTS, and other MaineDOT contracts and tasks.
  • Coordinates with the Maine DOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Maine Turnpike Authority, and the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) in various matters, including the progress of MPO and other MaineDOT programs and projects.
  • Oversees or delegates as appropriate oversight of contracts with firms and individuals performing services for components of the SMPDC transportation program.
  • Provides timely and detailed information to meet and satisfy member municipalities’ transportation planning needs.
  • Plans and manages meetings of the MPO Policy Committee as well as meetings of other specially appointed subgroups.
  • Acts as the principal liaison with the public and media regarding MPO and other SMPDC transportation planning activities.
  • Ensures on-going training and development for staff, transportation committee members and key transportation support staff. Ensures member agencies are informed on developments in the transportation, land use, air quality and planning fields.  Ensures there is an effective public participation process that creates and educated, interested and concerned public regarding transportation plans in the region.
  • Supervises and manages all SMPDC Transportation staff and ensures continued staff professional development.
  • Coordinate the Regional and Statewide Traffic Incident Management (TIM) program with First Responders dealing with incident scenes.

Education and Experience         

Master’s Degree in Transportation, Planning, Engineering, Public Administration or a related field, or bachelor’s degree with at least 6 years similar supervisory experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Paul Schumacher Applications will be open until the close of business on March 6, 2020 or until the position is filled.

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SMPDC is an equal Opportunity Employer