Under general direction from the Executive Director, the Director of Planning is responsible for overseeing the development of short and long-range transportation plans by directing the work of professional staff in the transportation planning department, as well as managing the work of consultants. The work requires knowledge of specialized areas of transportation planning policies, practices and regulations, as well as supervisory techniques, policies and procedures. The Director of Planning also may perform the duties of the Executive Director during their absence.
Distinguishing Characteristics This position is YoloTD’s lead for overseeing multimodal transportation planning, including fixed-route transit, on-demand transit, active transportation, transportation demand management and congestion management. This is an at-will position in accordance with the Personnel Policies.
Supervision Received and Exercised The Director of Planning reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the direct and/or indirect supervision and management of transportation planning staff. This includes both YoloTD employees and oversight for consulting contracts. Further, this position is a vital member of the executive staff team where they contribute to agency-wide priorities and initiatives. .
Working Conditions Normal working conditions for this position are in an office and field setting, with the option to work remotely up to two days per week. Business travel may be required between District sites, governmental agencies and other locations as required.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Oversees the development of multimodal transportation plans, programs, and policies.
Oversees the planning, funding, design, and construction of transportation capital projects.
Provides leadership and direction to the transportation planning department by setting priorities, developing workplans and budgets, and monitoring performance.
Serves on the executive staff team, contributing to agency-wide priorities and initiatives.
Recruits, supervises, trains and mentors professional staff, in accordance with YoloTD policy including establishing professional standards for work quality, quantity, performance, and accountability.
Leads long-range transit planning processes including short range transit plan (SRTP) updates and periodic comprehensive operations analysis (COA).
Oversees the development of the capital improvement plan, countywide transportation improvement plan, congestion management plan and/or other multimodal transportation plans.
Communicates effectively and establishes strong working relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders, including staff and Board members, member jurisdictions, regional and state agency partners, NGOs and members of the public.
Oversees the development of funding applications/proposals, including detailed scopes of work, budgets, and partnerships to secure funding for priority projects.
Oversees the collection and analysis of data and technical information pertaining to public multimodal transportation planning.
Directly and indirectly manages consultant contracts, vendors, and partnerships for successful project completion.
Coordinates with marketing and communications staff to ensure effective external communications and engagement around priority projects and planning efforts.
Make public presentations on complex planning issues to the YCTD Board, advisory committees, and public audiences.
Oversees research, and analysis of relevant legislation, regulations, and industry developments and best practices that may impact transportation in Yolo County.
Prepares, reviews, and approves detailed correspondence and reports.
Serves as Executive Director during his/her absence and represents the Executive Director as assigned.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Transportation, Urban Planning, Environmental Policy, Civil Engineering, or related field. Advanced degree in a relevant field and/or active participation in a professional society/organization is a plus.
Minimum 6 years’ prior directly relevant experience in transportation planning, land use planning, environmental planning, or closely related field and 3 years’ minimum supervisory experience.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.
Complex multimodal transportation planning issues, including planning and design of transit, active transportation, transportation demand management and congestion management policies, programs and projects;
Working knowledge of relevant legal, federal, state, and local regulations, trends, environmental review processes (CEQA/NEPA), funding constraints and programs.
Working knowledge of federal, state, and regional/local grantmaking programs in the transportation field
Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat) is a plus
Bilingual/multilingual abilities are desirable though not required.
Principles and practices of administration and organizational management, supervision, and budget development and monitoring.
Create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public around sensitive issues.
Demonstrate strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; gather, organize, analyze, and present facts and data to appropriate sources.
Demonstrate strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports.
Manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.
Demonstrate a desire to learn and grow professionally.
Physical Requirements The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must possess the ability to use the phone and computer for extended periods, manual dexterity to complete keypad entry functions and work with office equipment, and lift equipment up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. The employee must be able to hear, see, and communicate verbally to exchange information. The employee must be able to physically travel between District locations and other destinations, work in evenings when required, work in hazardous conditions. The employee may be subject to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals. The employee must be able to walk, climb, balance, bend, carry, push, reach, sit, and stand.
Machines / Tools / Equipment
Ability to operate a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite programs.
Ability to operate standard office equipment, including a copy/scan machine and telephone.
Ability to carry and operate a smartphone on-call device.
YoloTD is Yolo County's transportation planning commission in charge of funding and implementing transit and capital projects to ensure a balanced and sustainable transportation system.
YoloTD is in charge of projects, programs, and services that affect the daily quality of life for Yolo County residents as well as countless others who commute or visit to see what Yolo has to offer.