Senior Planner

Job ID
Planning & Scheduling
Regular Full-Time
Starting Pay Range
$57,348 - $70,000/yr

Basic Purpose

Take a leading role with one of the most innovative transit systems in the US, in systems planning and the project management/delivery of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other premium transit service plans, transit-related environmental documentation, and transit facility feasibility and conceptual design studies.  The position involves managing and coordinating projects with multiple stakeholders, including agency staff, community partners, and consultants.   

Essential Functions

Transit Service and Capital Project Planning


Manage alternatives analysis, NEPA, and conceptual design phases of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and other major capital projects.  Manage design consultants and coordinate with other departments through design phase.


Evaluate project costs and benefits, and submit project justification and supporting data for management review.


Make regular reports on status of projects, schedules, budgets, and concerns, including recommendations to remedy issues that may arise.


Pursue funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals and contract agreements for assigned projects.


Develop scopes of work, prepare project budgets and ensure and manage work of project consultants. Assist in the procurement of planning and engineering consultants.


Prepare and monitor project budgets to ensure project is completed within budget guidelines.


Participate in complete street and roadway corridor studies to identify opportunities to implement transit enhancements (TSP, amenities, bus lanes) in future BRT corridors.


Develop relationships with potential funding partners including FDOT, local jurisdictions, the MPO, and private entities. 


Coordinate all medium and long range planning activities closely with the MPO, FDOT, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), local jurisdictions, and other transit agencies in to ensure strategic integration of PSTA priorities. 


Develop, recommend or assist in formulating policy and strategies for implementing plans and planning services, and assists in securing capital funds from diverse sources.


Provide planning data and analysis to other divisions and departments.  Ensure accurate data is integrated into development of service extensions and station and service improvements.


Analyzes, evaluates, and prepares written comments on transit studies, environmental impact reports, land use studies, and any documents or reports that are relevant to PSTA’s present and future operation.


Interact with, and make presentations on PSTA planning projects to project stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, neighborhoods, business groups, and private entities.


Understand and develop long-term funding strategies for agency financial planning


Plan Development, Review and Research


Manage Transit Development Plan (TDP) update and oversee Title VI analysis and plan updates.  Provide guidance to less experienced staff assigned to these projects.


Follow industry trends in service organization and delivery, including understanding of how PSTA can remain at the forefront of trend innovation.


Assist in the development and administration of research and demonstration projects.


Utilize quality control system for Planning Department work products, including peer reviews.


Perform other professional duties as assigned by the Director of Planning or CDO.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration, Geography, Political Science, Business Administration, or similar.  Master’s Degree preferred.


Required Experience: Five (5) years  professional, related transportation planning experience.


Preferred: AICP Certification or willingness to obtain, project management experience, and experience leading and influencing others within or outside the organization.


License: Must possess, or obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license.


Knowledge and Experience:


This position requires experience within the transportation planning field and the application of planning best practices to deliver transportation planning projects.  Knowledge and experience in a majority of the following areas of transportation planning are preferred:

·         Long range planning and systems planning

·         Service Planning and Route Development

·         Project management

·         Corridor studies

·         Alternatives analysis

·         Engineering and/or Environmental Clearance Concepts

·         Cost/benefit analysis

·         Travel demand model data usage

·         Geospatial data analyses and data presentation

·         Transit station design and associated land use policy development

·         Financial plan development

·         Federal, State, MPO, and local planning processes

·         Public engagement


Skills and Abilities:


Superior communication, presentation, and technical writing skills.


Ability to manage and coordinate projects with multiple entities and communicating effectively with staff, community stakeholders, and consultants.


Competency to think comprehensively about short and long-term solutions that will enhance or complement other departments’ initiatives in concert with agency strategic initiatives and overall goals


Ability to review detailed planning analyses with high degree of quality control.


Ability to express complex planning concepts to non-transit professionals, and experience making presentations to elected officials, professional organizations and the general public.


Ability to work within a collaborative team environment and be comfortable in any role – as a leader or providing assistance. Experience leading and influencing others within or outside the organization is a plus. 


Ability to work across diverse departments and disciplines with respect, tact and professionalism.



PSTA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


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