Knoxville, Tenn The greater Knoxville area is situated in a valley between the Cumberland and Great Smoky Mountains and has a moderate, four-season climate. Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee with a population of 192,000. Located along the banks of the Tennessee River, it is the urban heart of the metropolitan area, which consists of eight counties and has a population of 893,000. Knoxville is home to the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, which has an annual enrollment of 30,000 students. Additionally, there are four two-year colleges and nine other four-year universities located in the region. Knoxville is consistently ranked among the nation’s best places to live, raise a family, and own a business, with its low cost of living, diverse economy, and cultural amenities. It is recognized internationally for recreational opportunities and is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
The Transportation Planning Manager works under the direction of the Knoxville-Knox County Planning Executive Director, though broad discretion is given for managerial, professional, and technical job duties. The position also leads the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), a multi-jurisdictional group that directs transportation programming throughout the region. The successful candidate will have extensive experience preparing multi-modal transportation and environmental protection plans and policies with a regional scope, managing grants, overseeing the Transportation Planning Work Program, Mobility Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and air quality planning. The Transportation Planning Manager will have experience managing teams, program design, and budgeting. The position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with elected and appointed officials and stakeholders that represent a diverse geographic area. The successful candidate needs to have extensive knowledge of federal transportation planning regulations and programs.
- The Transportation Planning Manager communicates frequently with regional, state, and federal representatives about transportation needs, policies, and programs. Manages planning grants and work programs to ensure compliance with state and federal programs.
- Oversees TPO committee structure, including the Executive Board, Technical Committee, and advisory groups. Recommends policies and actions to Planning’s Executive Director. Serves on Planning’s leadership team and coordinates the work of the Transportation Planning division with other agency divisions.
- Supervises Transportation Planning staff, monitoring short and long-range studies and reports, and evaluating job performance. Oversees the work of consultants. Is responsible for the transportation portion of the Planning Department’s budget and work program.
Qualifications: A master’s degree in urban planning, or related field and eight years or more of experience in project management, supervision of personnel, and working with local governments and the public. Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Engineer (PE) licensure or certification as a Professional Transportation Planner is preferred.
Under Tennessee law applications may be subject to open records request. The starting pay rate is $99,857. Final compensation will be subject to experience and qualifications. This position is open until filled, with first review on July 24, 2023, to the attention of W. Lane Bailey, Senior Vice President. Tel: (847) 380-3240.
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled