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Systems Planning Manager

Chatham County

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SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to direct planning activities to improve bus and ferry services overall ridership and revenue for the Chatham Area Transit. Planning activities include the development of expansion plans, service integration and optimization plans, strategic and policy plans, and short and long term capital and operations plans. This is accomplished by coordinating service planning and public activities, managing performance standards in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer, and directing and supervising staff. Other duties may include supporting capital projects and grant applications, participating in special planning work groups and committees, creating development guides, representing CAT in regional, state, or national forums, providing support to the executive leadership team, advising on plans, programs, and service delivery, ensuring technical competence of policy, planning, ridership forecasting, and modeling, staying abreast of regional demographics, and state/local activities as they relate to CAT planning activities.


• Participates in the development of system plans for the agency, including the transit development plan, long-range transportation plan, Title VI update, and facility plans.

• Assists in the management of the alternative analysis, NEPA, and design phases of major capital projects.

• Analyzes technical, demographic, economic, and financial data used to assess route and schedule changes and related service enhancements; and develops recommendations for change.

• Prepares complex statistical studies, reports, and presentations with accompanying charts, and/or maps.

• Participates in a variety of transit planning and technical studies, including documentation of service performance, service analyses, recommendations for service enhancements, and discussion of pertinent issues including GIS analyses.

• Undertakes planning work to develop capital projects, including determining project needs, identifying and evaluating alternatives, and refining the preferred alternative, including the elements, cost, funding plan, and implementation program.

• Develops project work scopes and monitors consultant work efforts on planning projects, including but not limited to service analysis and restructuring, sector plans, and facility selection studies.

• Represent or participate on behalf of CAT at the various city, county, state, federal, and public meetings as assigned including but not limited to MPC/MPO and others.

• Assists in supporting the procurement of planning and engineering consultants.

• Supervised Service Planner/Scheduler and Systems Analyst & Modeling positions.

• Supports the Grants Planning Manager in grant development and administration on service and planning projects.

• Participates in the development, recommendation of, or assistance in formulating policy and strategies for implementing plans and planning services, and assists in securing capital funds from diverse sources.

• Responds orally and in writing to requests from the public, staff, governmental agencies, advisory committees, and community groups, for information regarding existing services and funding, suggested service adjustments, long-range planning, and grants-related issues.

• Makes oral presentations on planning-related issues to governmental agencies, advisory committees, and community groups.

• Performs all other duties with excellence.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Business Administration or related field; Master's Degree and AICP preferred. Minimum of five (5) years of professional, related transportation planning experience.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and write full reports and correspondence both for the public and for a technical audience. English required, bilingual skills (specifically Spanish) a plus.

REASONING SKILLS: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written and oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in wide-ranging situations. Strong analytical skills required.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Advanced computer skills are required. Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required. Experience with ArcGIS, Remix Transit Planning software, or SPSS is a plus.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here 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 essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is required to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

**Please Contact Alisa Anderson (Recruiter) if you have any questions. 912-629-3932.**

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