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Grants Planning Manager

Chatham County

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SUMMARY: The Grants Planning Manager advances the mission and goals of CAT through the identification and development of funding support that will implement thoughtful and technically sound plans and projects. May also provide staff support in the development, analysis, implementation, and community engagement of the Authority’s transit planning programs with direct responsibility for grants and funding opportunities including research, development and required reporting. The Grants Planning Manager leads the grants development functions within CAT and coordinates through the Chief of Planning and Infrastructure Development.

The Planning department is responsible for scheduling, capital programs, and intergovernmental coordination. The Planning department prepares short range and long range plans for the authority, prepares grant applications, and performs other analysis duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

· Works as an extension of the Chief Strategy Officer, thinking and operating strategically.

· Contributes to the development of the departmental work program at the direction of the Chief Planning and Infrastructure Development (CPID) Officer.

· Develops, maintains and updates grants and funding program databases, including database reports, scenarios, and cost benefit analyses.

· Maintains effective communications with external stakeholders, the CAT Board and internal departments. Effectively communicates CAT services and initiatives in public forums.

· Stays abreast of all grant requirements as well as legal, regulatory and policy development affecting areas of responsibility.

· Treats passengers and employees with respect and dignity and ensures the needs of passengers and employees with disabilities are accommodated and/or addressed (within their area of responsibility) in accordance with the ADA and FTA regulations so that they can fully benefit from CAT as a service-provider AND AN EMPLOYER.

· Performs other duties as assigned by the CPID Officer.

· Pursues funding opportunities and maintains associated stakeholder relationships.

· Drafts related contracts in collaboration with Procurement Manager.

· Prepares grant proposals and applications. Responsible for grant application process from initial application submission to execution in FTA or other related software systems.

· Evaluates project costs and benefits, and submits project justification and supporting data for management review.

· Coordinates through the CPID Officer with CAT finance department and legal counsel regarding proposed and ongoing capital projects.

· Agency Coordination and Public Engagement.

· Responsible for coordinating with the Systems Planning Manager for submissions to the MPO information required for the Transit section of the Transportation Improvement Plan adopted each year by the MPO, amended when necessary and incorporated into the State of Georgia Transportation Improvement Plan.

· Works closely with the Procurement Manager to ensure applicable grant requirements are incorporated into procurement activities

· May represent CAT at various county, district, state, federal, and public meetings including MPO Technical Coordination Committee (TCC).

· May interact with, and make presentations to, community organizations, non-profits, and private businesses to support CAT Public Outreach Programs.

· Briefs members of the public and representatives from the community on grant and funding applications.


· Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, or similar field of study. Master’s degree preferred.

· Requires at least four (4) years professional experience in transit planning or community planning, public administration, or related duties. Preferred experience with one or more of the following: Transit/Transportation industry (agency or consultant), Geographic Information Systems, AICP, PE or PMP.

· A minimum of (4) years of work experience successfully performing contract administration, proposal preparation, contract negotiation and procurement or a majority of the duties described above.

· A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.



· Thorough knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of transportation planning and modelling, and comprehensive knowledge of transit service along with statistical research methods, policy development, and strong research methods and techniques.

· Excellent analytical, budgeting, verbal and written communication skills for preparing reports and making presentations to decision makers and the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with employees, the general public, governmental officials, professional and technical persons as well as making presentations at public meetings.

· Sound judgment and highly developed management, organizational and interpersonal skills as well as problem-solving skills related to analytical and quantitative methods.

· Thorough understanding of the relationship between land use and transportation.

· Understanding of how active transportation interacts with transit.

· Skill and experience in complex analytical and/or modelling procedures, and cost-benefit analyses.

· Ability to manage complex, multi-disciplinary projects and to carry out special studies completed in a timely fashion.

· Knowledge of applicable Federal, States and Local laws, rules and regulations related to transit including National Transit Database (NTD), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

· Experience working with municipal and regional transportation issues including coordinated planning through a Metropolitan Planning Organization.

· Knowledge of fiscal and human resources policies and legislation/regulations regarding safety, employment, etc.

· Knowledge of FTA grant programs such as 5307, 5303, etc., as well as experience working with the FTA grant portal TRAMS.


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 the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods; stand; walk; use hands to manipulate, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

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