Location: Austin, TX

Principal Planner

Closing: 6/12/2022

The City of Austin’s Transportation Department is seeking a Planner Principal to manage and oversee regional planning activities of the Transportation Systems Development Division. Under the direction of the Program Consultant in charge of the Division’s Planning Team, the position will be responsible for a wide range of transportation planning functions in the areas of transportation planning, policy, programming, and capital project development. Duties include:

  • Serve as lead in the development of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and other CAMPO-related initiatives on behalf of the City of Austin, such as identifying future amendments to the CAMPO Plan and its associated Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), assisting and coordinating applications in response to CAMPO Call for Projects for federal and state funding on behalf the Department, supporting City of Austin CAMPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members through coordination of work requested by the TAC, and developing recommendations for the City Council members serving on the Transportation Policy Board.
  • Coordinate with TxDOT, Capital Metro and other regional agencies on transportation planning activities, such as Project Connect and I-35 Capital Express.
  • Develops and evaluates plans, criteria, and procedures associated with the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP), including developing short and long-range plans, and providing technical advice and assistance in public engagement activities.
  • Prepares and presents technical information to City boards and commissions and public groups. Responds to public inquiries and answers citizen questions about the planning processes.
  • Provide supervision of one direct report engaged in transportation planning activities.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to citizens, contractors, departments, and management.
  • May assist with other Austin Transportation Department programs and projects as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of all applicable federal and state laws relating to transportation planning.
  • Working experience in developing and implementing short and long-range regional transportation plans, programs and/or policies.
  • Working knowledge of Travel Demand Modeling practices and techniques used to evaluate and test the suitability of criteria used in project selection.
  • Working knowledge of budgets and grant application approval.
  • Knowledge of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guides and other transportation regulatory requirements and guidelines (i.e., local code, national Manual on Uniform Transportation Devices, ITE Trip Generation tables, etc.)
  • Proficient in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Modeling software, Microsoft Office suite, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with changing priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with Division and other city employees in a collaborative manner and across department Divisions, and a diverse group of stakeholders from multiple city departments and outside agencies.
  • Excellent written and presentation skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus six (6) years of experience in planning related work, two (2) years of which included lead or supervisory responsibilities.
  • Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at: