The Supervising Planner - Transportation will be responsible for the implementation of the County’s long term vision for infrastructure investment, transportation and mobility; external relationship building with federal, state, regional local agencies; internal relationship building within the county organization and the Middlesex County Department of Transportation; and oversight of transportation and mobility planning staff and consultants.
The selected candidate will report to the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Planning and be an experienced, highly-motivated, technically proficient, detail-oriented, cutting-edge, creative and thoughtful, big thinker. They will demonstrate a deep understanding of federal, state, and regional transportation funding policies; working relationships between the County, municipal partners, and other public and private stakeholders; and, current trends and best practices for the planning and implementation of transportation infrastructure and policy across multiple transportation modes to address the safe, equitable, and efficient movement of people and goods.
Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 18 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 832,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities and employing nearly 40,000 people. Ranked #1 in the state for best schools, the County offers an award-winning vocational school system, a county college, and workforce development creating a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov and find us on Facebook and Instagram.
The Middlesex County Office of Planning resides within the Middlesex County Department of Transportation, comprising the Offices of Planning, the Office of Engineering, Middlesex County Area Transit (MCAT), and the Office of Public Works.
Develops and supervises the development of comprehensive plans and programs.
Supervises the conduct of studies and surveys and directs consultants conducting technical studies involving transportation planning.
Supervises the work operations and functional programs of staff. Has the responsibility for effectively recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and disciplining employees.
Coordinates transportation planning activities with federal, regional and other state and local planning efforts.
Establishes and maintains liaison and cooperative working relationships with other agencies and interested parties involving planning matters and issues.
Assists in preparing fiscal documentation and monitoring expenditures related to transportation planning projects and grants.
Assigns work, supervises, and coordinates the activities of planning personnel engaged in various planning tasks.
Reviews and interprets complex statistical and other planning data.
Prepares and supervises the preparation of correspondence in the course of official duties.
Reviews and analyzes technical reports prepared by consultants.
Supervises the preparation of contracts for transportation planning activities.
Supervises the analysis of data involving transportation operations and facilities.
Supervises the preparation of environmental documents associated with transportation planning projects.
Supervises the preparation of technical reports that assess the social, economic and land use consequences of transportation projects.
Prepares and supervises the preparation of clear, sound, accurate, and informative transportation and other planning reports and studies containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Supervises the establishment and maintenance of records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and manual recording and information systems used by the County.
This position requires a master’s degree in planning or a related field and a minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in transportation planning, with a minimum of one (1) year of experience in a supervisory capacity.
A license as a Professional Planner, issued by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Planners, is required. AICP certification is preferred.
Middlesex County resident preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the theories, practices and principles of transportation systems planning.
Knowledge of best practices in Vision Zero, Complete Streets, and Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) infrastructure, and Electric Vehicles (EV) and charging infrastructure.
Knowledge of transportation trends and policies.
Knowledge of and experience with the use of GIS and other data tools.
Knowledge of the varied transportation problems associated with urban centers' growth, the movement of goods and people, and other attendant conditions.
Knowledge of the administrative, technical and other problems associated with comprehensive transportation planning activities.
Knowledge of the NEPA process.
Knowledge of the history of transportation policy making and the impact on low-income and minority populations in the United States.
Knowledge of the various conditions affecting transportation systems
Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.
Knowledge of the techniques used in data collection and the conduct of surveys, and in other planning and research methods.
Ability to assign and instruct planning staff and other office personnel and supervise the performance of their work.
Ability to identify current transportation conditions, trends and needs.
Ability to analyze and resolve transportation planning problems.
Ability to supervise research and survey activities.
Ability to assess the social, economic and land use consequences of transportation projects.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those interested or involved in the work of the County.
Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret laws and regulations.
Ability to keep abreast of current trends and significant developments in the field of transportation systems planning.
Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.
Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official duties.
Ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports and studies containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to supervise the establishment and maintenance of essential records and files.
Ability to develop and supervise the development of financial and progress reporting documents for supporting grant funded projects, as required by the funding agency.
Ability to learn to utilize various electronic and manual recording and information systems used by the County.