NJTPA, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
May 31, 2018
Bronx, New Jersey
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
Title: Principal Planner - Project Lead Department: NJTPA Reports To: Manager, Project Development Position Type: Grant Funded
The Principal Planner: Project Lead will serve as a liaison to the subregional project managers/ subregional engineers as they develop proposals, concepts and costs in the support of the NJTPA local programs, including but not limited to: Local Capital Project Delivery Program (LCPD); Local Safety/ High Risk Rural Roads Programs; Regional Transportation Alternatives Program; as well as any other programmatic initiative that arises out of federal requirements. Additionally, the Principal Planner: Project Lead will provide technical assistance in the review of all subregional engineering and environmental documents to ensure consistency with federal, state and NJTPA policies and procedures. This position will also serve as a resource for Central Staff, Executive Management and the Board as well as Subregional staff for capital programming and project development and monitoring processes.
Assist with the development and technical reviews of all documents prepared as a part of the project development process including solicitation; attend and conduct project related meetings with the subregions and their consultants, as necessary; and attend meetings with the subregions and NJDOT, FHWA, SHPO and any other regulatory agency as required as well as the general public.
Provide assistance in the management of the Local Capital Project Delivery; Local Safety/ High Risk Rural Roads; Regional Transportation Alternatives programs through the solicitation of proposals; screening, prioritization and ranking of proposals through application of approved criteria; conducting field visits of project locations to compile an inventory of existing physical and operating conditions; providing technical guidance; reviewing and approving scopes of work; maintaining a database tracking the status of projects; preparing daily correspondence; preparing and reviewing engineer’s estimates and participating in the subregion’s consultant selection process.
Assess the environmental impacts of proposed highway, bridge and safety improvements in the NJTPA region including reviewing documents produced as a part of the NEPA process and reviewing and assisting the subregions in ensuring these documents are consistent with federal, state and NJTPA policies.
Provide technical assistance in reviewing project documents for highway, bridge and public transportation projects on state, county and local systems.
Provide technical assistance in the development of the project purpose and need, data collection and analysis, interpretation and reporting of results, and the development of conclusions and recommendations for project implementation.
Monitor the progress of identified projects as they advance through the project development process.
Assist subregions in the preparation of project schedules and documentation necessary for project advancement and provide assistance to NJDOT-Local Aid, BEPR, BTDS staffs when necessary.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Accomplishment Aptitude: Establishes and follows through on a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishment of a specific objective. Determines priorities and allocates time and resources effectively producing desired results at the level expected for the position.
Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Demonstrates a mature logic, analytic aptitude and creativity in the approach to issues demanding resolution, by drawing on own expertise and experience base while utilizing other references and resources as necessary.
Creativity/Innovation: Generates novel and valuable ideas and uses these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, or services. Customer Focus: Focuses one’s efforts on identifying and meeting internal and external customer’s needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, within the parameters of the position and the available resources, cognizant of departmental and /or university policy and authorized practices.
Initiative: Evaluates, selects and acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives within parameters of position before being asked or required to do so; selfdirected rather than passively complying with instructions or assignments.
Teamwork/Team Orientation: Willingly cooperates and works collaboratively toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties; works cooperatively with others to accomplish departmental and university objectives.
Communication: Demonstrates the ability to clearly express ideas, thoughts, and concepts verbally and/or in writing, as appropriate to the position and task at hand. Persuasiveness: Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to gain agreement or acceptance of an idea, plan, activity or product.
Graduate of an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in Transportation Planning, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a related field.
Five years’ experience in Project Management, including the preparation or review of engineering / environmental documents such as Alternative Analysis, Traffic Surveys, Geotechnical Reports, Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, Section 106 documents, and Section 4(f) evaluations.
A Masters’ degree in a related field may substitute for two years’ experience. Thorough knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 4(f) of the USDOT Act of 1966 a must.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of transportation engineering, transportation planning and project management as well as an ability to relate this knowledge to the development and analysis of a regional transportation system and its components.
Familiarity in applicable computer applications, Geographic Information Systems, Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office.
Ability to organize, plan and direct research projects or whitepapers as needed.
Strong presentation and public speaking skills with the added ability to present results of research and technical analyses effectively in written and graphic form.
Ability to work with County and consulting engineers, planners and environmental specialists.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subregional staff and consulting engineers, planning and elected officials, and the general public.
Strong negotiation skills and excellent organizational skills with the ability to work on many projects at one time
At the university’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
About NJTPA, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is the federally authorized Metropolitan Planning Organization for 6 million people in the 13-county northern New Jersey region. Each year, the NJTPA oversees more than $2 billion in transportation improvement projects and provides a forum for interagency cooperation and public input into funding decisions. It also sponsors and conducts studies, assists county planning agencies and monitores compliance with national air quality goals.