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Strategic Planning Manager

Augusta-Richmond County Government

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SALARY: $62,636.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 01/27/20
CLOSING DATE: Continuous

The Strategic Planning Manager oversees Augusta-Richmond County's regional transportation planning initiatives; represents the department and MPO at local and state functions on transportation related topics; and  serves as a liaison with the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Transportation for transportation planning activities.  

  • Provides administrative, oversight, and technical responsibility for the management of the bi-state Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  Develops and oversees the annual MPO budget, including budget development, reimbursements and federal program funding compliance.  Drafts financial and milestone progress reports on GDOT, FHWA and FTA metropolitan planning funds.
  • Directs and oversees the development of the Transportation Improvement Program, Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Unified Planning Work Program and related federal/state urban area planning activities. Provides tactical direction on long-range planning topics centered around transportation; such as land use, equity, housing, historic preservation, economic development, comprehensive planning and policy.
  • Conducts and designs complex technical planning studies. Collects, analyzes and interprets transportation data, designs surveys, develops long-range transportation planning priorities, summarizes data and prepares reports, and reviews transportation model inputs and outputs.  Responsible for supervising and conducting on-site review, monitoring, inspections and studies of intersections and transit routes.
  • Leads multiple ARTS-MPO quarterly and monthly committee and board meetings.
  • Supervises planning staff according to departmental policies and procedures.  Provides oversight and guidance on the continuous development of staffs' transportation skills set. Stays abreast of BMPS in transportation.
  • Performs senior level project management. Duties include developing proposals; developing and tracking project budget, scope and performance measures; recommending and procuring consultant services; managing consultant and MPO staff team; reviewing and reporting on study progress and deliverables; applying for and managing of grants; corresponding with agency partners; and developing and implementing public outreach plans.
  • Provides multi-modal support for bicycle, pedestrian, freight, and develops vehicular equity in funding, safety programs and safety goals. Provide guidance on ADA and complete streets initiatives.  Conducts public outreach to ensure planning efforts meet the long-range vision of residents and stakeholders.
  • Performs related duties of a similar nature or level.

Education: Bachelor's degree in planning, transportation engineering, civil engineering (with a concentration in transportation systems), public administration, or related field.    
Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience in planning and development with three (3) years of supervisory experience.
Preferred: (in addition to the minimum requirements) Master's degree in urban and regional planning.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to read, write, interpret, and analyze plans and complex regulations.
  • Ability to analyze data, generate statistics and identify trends.
  • Significant and demonstrated knowledge and experience in transportation and land use planning including the management of major plans and studies;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of regional planning best practices including the integration of equity, economic development and environment;
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting and communicating public policy recommendations;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Critical analytical and strategic capabilities;
  • Experience in employee and staff performance management and mentoring;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with section staff and agency peers.
  • GIS and Data Analysis
  • Grant Writing and Administration.
  • Ability to supervise and maintain effective working relationships with professional colleagues.
 Certification(s):  AICP preferred but not required
Licensing:  Possession of a valid driver's license with good driving history.  If State license is other than Georgia or South Carolina, applicant must obtain a license in Georgia or South Carolina within 30 days of employment. *This position requires driving a county vehicle* 

This position requires travel from office to other locations.

  • Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to work with and apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others to coordinate programs or activities of a project, and resolve typical problems associated with the responsibilities of the job.
  • Equipment:  Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.
  • Verbal:  Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
  • Math:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; may include ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions; may include ability to compute discount, interest, and ratios; may include ability to calculate surface areas, volumes, weights, and measures.
  • Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
  • Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving broader aspects of organizational programs and operations, moderately unstable situations, or the direction, control and planning of an entire program or set of programs.
  • Physical Abilities:  Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
  • Sensory Requirements:  Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors:  Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.

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