About the Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is a voluntary information, planning, and problem-solving forum for local governments in the Houston-Galveston region. H-GAC serves an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 7 million people in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. Our regional programs focus on community and environmental planning, data tools and resources, disaster planning and recovery, mobility and public safety, workforce and economic development.
H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.
Governance and Organization
H-GAC is one of the largest regional planning commissions in the country. Our service area spans 13 counties and includes 177 cities and 84 independent school districts. The 250-member staff of professionals and 36-member Board of Directors understand that a strong economy and rapid growth bring both opportunities and challenges. We meet these challenges in three key ways: providing a forum for jurisdictions of all sizes to come together to solve regional issues; identifying and prioritizing funding opportunities; and providing direct services.
About the Department
H-GAC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation planning in the eight-county Houston-Galveston area. This area includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties. H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council approves the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The department includes a diverse team of about 50 professionals with backgrounds in public transit, transportation and land use planning, air quality, freight and goods movement, traffic safety, infrastructure resiliency, and environmental justice.
About the Position
The Senior Manager for Strategic Transportation Initiatives reports directly to the Transportation Director of H-GAC and is responsible for supporting a regional policymaking council with implementing a short term and long-range vision of the transportation system for one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Developing strategies and methods to address emerging transportation planning challenges and trends in a comprehensive and collaborative manner.
- Assembling department teams to implement new initiatives and programs that accomplish strategic goals.
- Communicating with a wide variety of individuals and organizations including county executives and mayors, planning staff and consultants, state and federal elected officials, leaders of state and federal transportation agencies, advocacy groups, and the media.
- Mentoring and developing team members to improve expertise in planning practice and project management.
- Overseeing key Transportation Department initiatives relating to performance management and performance-based transportation planning; and expanding public participation activities.
- Monitoring regulatory requirements and emerging trends relating to metropolitan planning organizations and transportation planning to identify opportunities to enhance planning activities.
The Senior Manager will help implement and maintain a culture of change and innovation within the MPO that will enhance traditional planning activities and gradually facilitate change to the transportation future of the Houston-Galveston area. The Senior Manager will contribute to agency policy and growth discussions with peers from the MPO’s management team and will strive to empower staff. They will explore opportunities to expand H-GAC’s service to the region, collaborate across the agency, and improve efficiencies.
The ideal candidate will be an innovative manager with demonstrated ability to contemplate problems that are complex and have multiple considerations including political, financial, regulatory, and technical. The selected candidate will evaluate options, act, and adjust to changing conditions and opportunities when applicable. The ideal candidate will have a background in transportation and proven experience to motivate, coach, and lead diverse teams of professionals. Attributes of a successful candidate include:
- Diplomatic approach to identifying win-win opportunities to resolve conflicts over controversial projects.
- Proven ability to build relationships and alliances based on trust.
- Sincere and generous communication style.
- Ability to achieve consensus across a spectrum of interests and priorities.
- Ability to articulate complex concepts in a clear and straightforward manner.
- Applies a forward-thinking approach to long term planning, with an emphasis on innovation and technology.
- Energetic and an effective listener.
- Proven project and program management skills, including work program, development, oversight, and completing projects, to achieve strategic outcomes.
- A practical thinker, motivator, able to collaborate with team members, leaders, and stakeholders to produce exceptional quality output and drive creative solutions to maximize federal and state funds for our region.
Leadership & Innovation
The Senior Manager for Strategic Transportation Initiatives will have the opportunity to help address several challenges:
- Integrate advances in high-capacity transit, autonomous freight movement, traffic management technology, multimodal networks, and smart construction techniques into long-range regional planning and near-term project selection policies.
- Balance current and future transportation needs with equitable consideration of existing neighborhoods and communities.
- Develop a dynamic collaborative environment that will leverage other programs and projects that intersect with transportation (housing, natural resources, economic development, and resiliency).
- Support H-GAC’s development as a national-caliber MPO with regards to attracting and pilot testing new technologies for increased mobility, improved air quality, and traffic safety.
- Facilitate a regional Vision Zero traffic safety alliance.
Education & Experience
The position of Senior Manager requires:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Architecture or other related field of study.
- Minimum of ten (10) years of experience is required in progressively responsible professional work directly related to transportation planning, public service, and infrastructure/economic development planning, with at least five (5) years in a management or leadership capacity focused on transportation.
- Experience in a consensus building environment with proven leadership in achieving results.
Preference will be given to applicants that possess:
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, or other related field of study.
- Experience implementing multiple aspects of MPO operations and requirements.
- More than ten (10) years of management experience.
- Understanding of traffic management, logistics, multimodal transportation, and freight infrastructure.
- Ability to work with a diverse population.
Compensation and Benefits
H-GAC is offering a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please apply online: h-gac.com/careers
H-GAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupational irrelevant criteria. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a comprehensive background check.
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