Civil - Transportation, Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
Deadline to apply: August 16, 2017 @ 5:00 PM, PDT
Metro's Planning and Development department is the steward of the region's 2040 Growth Concept, a vision for how our community can sustainably accommodate growth and change over the long term while retaining the quality of life, environmental protection, economic competitiveness, and opportunity for all that makes the Portland Metropolitan region a desirable place to live and work.
The department's structure links together Metro's unique suite of partnership, planning, and implementation tools and resources to provide an integrated approach to achieving the wide range of goals in the 2040 vision. Metro is responsible for partnering closely with local cities and counties to fulfill federal and state requirements for transportation and land use planning through our regional policies. These requirements include both the Metro charter-mandated implementation of state land use planning laws requiring review of our region's Urban Growth Boundary as well as the federal requirements associated with serving as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region. In addition to the planning and policy work, we administer investment programs that provide local communities with resources to accomplish our shared policy and development objectives. As a result of our unique structure and integrated approach, the Portland region and Metro have accomplished great results that make us a global leader in regional planning, governance, and innovation.
About the Position: Across the country, MPOs are continuing to implement creative and innovative solutions to equitably address transportation needs. Metro is seeking a Deputy Director for Metropolitan Transportation Planning who is excited to help Metro continue to connect our region's roads, bridges, transit systems, bike lanes, and sidewalks to educational, social, and other opportunities and have meaningful impact on traffic congestion, development patterns, air quality, public health, and how our region connects to larger national and global markets.
The Deputy Director will provide strategic and dynamic leadership and management for our MPO and related activities, and will work closely with the managers of this group to develop and oversee a solid framework to integrate the policy, funding, innovation, and operational elements of our extensive transportation planning work with the department's work overall. This position will also serve as the department's primary liaison to our key federal and state partners within multiple levels of USDOT, FHWA, FTA, and ODOT, as well as other Oregon MPOs and will work closely with these partners on matters of regulation, policy, performance, funding, reporting, research, and project development.
This position will also serve as a key leader and member of the Planning and Development department management team and will serve as backup to the Director as a member of the agency's senior leadership team. In addition to the subject matter portfolio, the Deputy Director will assist the Director with department budgeting, reporting, strategic planning, and other management projects as appropriate. The Deputy Director will also collaborate closely with the management team in Metro's Research Center and other Metro departments as needed. Maintaining a broad and diverse network of external relationships with other key public agency, community and business partners is also a fundamental element of the position. Additionally, the Deputy Director will interact regularly with the Metro Council and other local, regional, and state elected officials.
At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.
Work Experience and Education
Seven to ten years of specialized experience or operational management in urban planning, regional planning, land use planning, transportation planning or a related field; including
Three to five years of experience managing teams and people, budgets, contracts and legislative processes (preferably in a public sector environment); and
Bachelor's degree in urban planning, economics, geography, political science, public administration, public policy or a related field; or
Any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the classification duties and responsibilities
Clean air and clean water do not stop at city limits or county lines. Neither does the need for jobs, a thriving economy, and sustainable transportation and living choices for people and businesses in the region. Voters have asked Metro to help with the challenges and opportunities that affect the 25 cities and three counties in the Portland metropolitan area. A regional approach simply makes sens...e when it comes to providing services, operating venues and making decisions about how the region grows. Metro works with communities to support a resilient economy, keep nature close by and respond to a changing climate. Together we’re making a great place, now and for generations to come.