Home to more than 7 million people, the Houston-Galveston region is one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions in the country. Making sure the region remains one of the nation’s leading places to live, work, and prosper doesn’t just happen—it takes planning and partnerships.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council serves as a forum where the region’s leaders and decision-makers come together to address local and regional issues related to transportation, the environment, public safety, aging, community planning, workforce training, and economic development. To support these efforts, the Houston-Galveston Area Council employs a robust team whose members are highly qualified, resourceful, and passionate about enhancing the region’s quality of life.
If you are looking for a career where you can help make a difference in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the Houston-Galveston Area Council has exciting opportunities for you. Learn more about why the Houston-Galveston Area Council is the right place for you to learn, grow, and excel.
H-GAC is seeking a Senior Planner to join the Regional Planning team within our Transportation department. Through cooperation with local governments, H-GAC’s Transportation Department improves the quality of life for residents across the region. Improving mobility and creating multimodal transportation options are core elements in H-GAC’s Transportation programs.
This Senior Planner role will focus on development of the Regional Transportation Plan, which identifies long-term transportation needs of the Metropolitan Planning Organization area. The Regional Transportation Plan will incorporate recommendations and studies carried out by H-GAC’s various transportation planning areas, including freight, sub-regional, transit, safety, resiliency, and evacuation. The development of regional plan requires knowledge and experience with transportation planning, funding, project management, technical report writing, and stakeholder and public engagement. In addition to development of the Regional Transportation Plan, you will have the opportunity to coordinate on planning projects that improve mobility, safety, multimodal connections, and economic development throughout the region.
The candidate must demonstrate experience in development and execution of regional, sub-regional, corridor, access management plans, transportation and land use analysis, policy recommendations, and investment priorities that garner broad stakeholder and public support. Strong project management, communication and presentation skills are crucial for success in this role. You must be able provide professional and timely feedback to a variety of audiences.
The ideal candidate will also have experience in the data analysis, public input, management of consultant teams, transportation finance and funding sources, review of invoices and reports, and implementation of transportation planning studies consistent with federal, state, and local requirements. The Transportation Department is one that demonstrates strong team work, an “all hands on deck” attitude and are passionate about doing whatever it takes to improve the quality of life for our citizens. We are looking for someone who shares these same values and who is not afraid to think outside of the box, brainstorm and bring new ideas to the table. Do you feel you have what it takes to be successful in this role?
The successful candidate will have at a minimum:
• Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning or related field.
• Five (5) years’ experience in urban or regional planning, monitoring and reporting.
• Thorough knowledge of transportation and land use planning, policies, regulations and best management practices.
• Experience in the areas of roadway, sub-regional, active transportation, transit, safety, evacuation, or resiliency planning.
• Ability to plan and effectively manage complex, long-term projects.
Preferred Qualifications Include:
• Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Regional Planning or related field.
• Familiarity with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act” and transportation funding.
• Eight (8) years’ experience in urban and regional planning, monitoring and reporting.
• Experience serving as a project manager for transportation projects.
• Experience with GIS and/or graphics software including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and database software.
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