Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HC2 ($202,904.00 - $253,884.80 - $304,865.60)
Job Summary

Works closely with the Chief Planning and Development Officer to develop and implement Metro’s Planning and Development programs, initiatives, and activities to enhance communities.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Supports the Chief Planning and Development Officer in directing the workplan and actions of the Planning and Development Department staff

  • Supports the Chief Planning and Development Officer with transportation planning and programming in support of Metro′s focus on customer service, value to taxpayers, delivery of programs and projects, and innovation

  • Develops goals, major priorities, and strategies to improve mobility and air quality and resolve major transportation issues

  • Creates and implements policies to provide effective transportation projects and services

  • Identifies and secures grant funding necessary to underwrite a multi-billion-dollar transportation capital and operating portfolio

  • Develops and implements procedures to effectively implement actions that support and protect the public interest

  • Directs community oriented joint development projects and new business opportunities, and provides high-level direction on all Metro real estate activity

  • Leads staff in inter-departmental and inter-agency collaboration and cooperation

  • Collaborates with the Chief Planning and Development Officer in analyzing policies and formulating and presenting policy recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Metro Board of Directors on multimodal integrated planning, transit-oriented communities and transportation demand management, long range transportation planning and mobility corridors, highways, financial planning, programming, and grant management matters

  • Supports the Chief Planning and Development Officer in the preparation and updating of a long-range transportation plan addressing public transit and paratransit, highways, streets, and roads; traffic management; and goods movement

  • Directs the analysis and documentation required to assess environmental impacts and meet requirements of California and federal environmental laws and regulations for all of Metro's programs and projects

  • Works with outside agencies and policy makers to create partnerships and secure support for programs and projects

  • Consults with and recommends to CEO and management effective legislative and communications programs to enhance Metro′s image

  • Discusses, informs, and advises management on department operations and special projects

  • Develops, monitors, and adheres to budget

  • Develops solutions for challenges arising from constrained and conflicted resource demands

  • Prepares and maintains forecasts of sources of funding for transportation projects and services

  • Implements programs to train and prepare all planning and programming staff to advance professionally

  • Advocates Metro′s safety vision; approves and adopts the agency′s safety rules, policies, and procedures; communicates safety expectations; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of the entire agency

  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices of transportation land use planning and regulations, and public administration, funding, and finance, and joint development

  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies, funding sources, and real estate leasing and development practices

  • Financial, analytical, and statistical research processes and procedures

  • Policy issues impacting and shaping the environmental, social, and political environment surrounding transportation

  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation

  • Capital and operating budgets

  • Leadership principles and modern management theory

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Planning, organizing, and controlling the integrated work of a multi-tiered organizational unit in providing transit planning and programming services

  • Developing and implementing objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls

  • Providing leadership and determining strategies to achieve goals

  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing

  • Critical thinking for effective problem definition and resolution

  • Managing diverse internal workforce and external constituencies

  • Facilitating and negotiating at individual and group levels

  • Building and managing effective teams

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Manage and prioritize complex multiple tasks

  • Direct and assign limited financial, personnel, and temporal resources

  • Represent agency effectively in vastly different forums, including elected official, business, legal, and the public communities

  • Represent Metro before the Board of Directors, elected officials, staff, the public, and the media

  • Exercise sound judgment and creativity in making decisions swiftly and nimbly and in responding to rapidly changing environments

  • Think proactively and creatively; embrace innovation within reasonable constraints

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, budgets, and contracts

  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence

  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Engineering, or a related field; Master's Degree in a related field preferred


  • Five years of relevant executive management-level experience in transportation planning, programming, and project development


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

  • Local Travel

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium

  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions

  • Standing

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required



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This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.