• Manager of System Planning

    Job Locations US-WA-Everett
    Opening Date 2 weeks ago(8/5/2019 3:59 PM)
    Job ID
    Planning and Development
    Bargaining Unit
    Min (Annual)
    USD $102,266.00/Yr.
    Max (Annual)
    USD $153,399.00/Yr.
    Min Hiring Range
    USD $102,266.00/Yr.
    Max Hiring Range
    USD $112,493.00/Yr.
  • Overview

    This position is being recruited through Reffett Associates - please apply by going to www.reffettassociates.com


    A managerial position responsible for development of Community Transit’s service vision and strategies to meet agency goals and the needs of a growing community.  Facilitates development and approval of financially-constrained six-year transit service and capital plans, annual service improvement plans, service and fare policies.  Coordinates with land use and transportation planning of cities, counties, state and metropolitan planning organizations.  Manages planning studies and formulation of policies for adoption by Executive Team or Board of Directors; provides expertise and recommendations to leadership on technically and politically complex issues or policies.


    This position has oversight of the following areas: development of transit markets, design and implementation of new services, route restructures and enhancement of existing service; development of service and fare policy; regional planning coordination; translation of leadership directives into complex decision support models including a cost allocation model, revenue/expense model, ridership forecasting model, and capital needs model.  This position requires strategic thinking, exceptional communication and relationship building skills, and the ability to integrate diverse needs and priorities into cohesive and achievable plans.

    Essential Duties

    1. Hires, develops, manages, oversees, coaches, disciplines, evaluates and trains assigned staff.
    2. Provides guidance and direction to staff in transit system planning, modeling, forecasting, service development, inter-agency coordination, public engagement, briefing of management and elected officials and responding to public comments.
    3. Manages and organizes activities and communication between internal agency stakeholder groups to address specific issues of concern, ensure alignment and coordinate plans and projects.  Provides regular briefings to management team for input and direction.
    4. Provides expert knowledge.  Advise Executive Team, CEO, and Board on transit service strategies and provide critical expertise on related policy issues including status, issues, risks, and opportunities.  Communicates Board policy and corporate objectives to regional partner staff and ensure that policies and practices are handled in a consistent manner.
    5. Represents agency in regional transportation and land use planning forums.  Facilitates coordination of transit, roadway and land use planning.  Negotiates for transit-supportive policies and infrastructure.  Positions Community Transit as a partner of choice.
    6. Manages consultants and contractors in planning studies.  Provides direction, addresses and resolves obstacles and barriers.


    Minimum Qualifications

    1. Bachelor’s degree Public Administration, Transportation Planning or related field.
    2. Seven years of progressively responsible experience in transit, public works, transportation or land use planning.
    3. Five years of professional level experience applying planning principles.
    4. Three years of experience of progressively responsible experience in supervision.


    An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above may be considered.



    1. A Master’s degree is highly desirable.
    2. Transit and/or transportation planning experience are highly desirable.


    Entry Requirements for: Knowledge and Skills


    Qualification to enter this position requires knowledge of the following:

    1. Principles and practices of transportation service and system planning and their relationship to land use planning.
    2. Federal, state and local legislation and regulations governing land use, environmental impact, and transit operations.
    3. Principles and practices of supervision and management. Effective leadership including setting priorities, resolving conflicts and making decisions.
    4. Market research, demographics and survey methodologies.
    5. Financial and statistical analysis techniques.
    6. Public policy planning processes.


    Qualification to enter this position requires skill in:

    1. Organizing, presenting, facilitating and negotiating with diverse stakeholders and user groups.
    2. Personal leadership, including team cohesion, effective meetings, interactive listening, resolving conflicts, and making decisions.
    3. Expressing ideas and information easily and clearly in verbal and written form to enhance understanding and affect desired outcomes.
    4. Creating a vision and motivating others to achieve excellence in performance.
    5. Managing project flow and staff resources in a dynamic and fast-paced public agency setting.
    6. Identifying and defining problems and solutions.
    7. Making assessments and financial recommendations based on numerical data.
    8. Developing systems and plans based on research and analysis.
    9. Establishing and maintaining productive and positive working relationships.
    10. Organizing, presenting, facilitating and negotiating with diverse stakeholders and user groups.
    11. Achieving results using a flexible, open approach to problem solving while remaining sensitive to individual and community issues.

    Physical Requirements

    Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions, carrying.


    Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and /or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are requires only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.


    Apply online at www.reffettassociates.com


    On-line applications only at www.communitytransit.org.  Please attach a resume and cover letter.  Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be scheduled for an interview as well as a variety of tests to demonstrate knowledge and skills for the position.  The evaluation process may include interviews, background checks, reference checks and various performance tests.   The hiring range for the position is $102,266 to $112,493.  If you have a family member, or share the same living quarters of a current Community Transit employee, please let your Human REsources Recruiter know as your eligibility for this position may be affected.


    Community Transit provides a tobacco-free and drug-free work environment.  As a recipient of federal funds, Community Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by Federal, State or Local law.  We value and encourage diversity in our workforce.   EOE AA M/F/ Vet/ Disability.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


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