Transportation Planner I – Transit Grant/Financial Management

Posted 09/12/2023

Are you looking to join an award-winning organization with a culture built on innovation and public service? Are you looking for a position that offers a hybrid work schedule with work from home options?

The Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is seeking an entry- or mid-level Transportation Planner to support grant/financial management of transit-related projects and the administration of federal transit grant program activities. This position will work with public and private transportation providers, local governments, communities, and other stakeholders. In addition, responsibilities include preparing presentations, correspondence, documentation, articles, and reports. This posting is for an entry-level Transportation Planner I position. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should apply online at To be considered for the mid-level Transportation Planner II position or any other NCTCOG position that may currently be open, applicants need to apply online separately for those postings. All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing relevant experience as well as a current resume.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collecting various transit-related performance measures
  • Compiling and maintaining databases of project listings and funding awards for the purpose of grant administration, monitoring, and tracking
  • Assisting with annual programming of federal funds to public transportation providers
  • Assisting with various financial analyses to ensure fair and equitable distribution of federal funds across the region
  • Assisting with the preparation of grant documents and verifying all format requirements, funding availability, and deadlines are met
  • Assisting with the coordination, implementation, and management of short-term transit-related projects
  • Building supportive community networks
  • Drafting technical reports and project status reports for supervisor review
  • Providing technical assistance and support within the agency and to external partners
  • Assisting with oversight and compliance activities consistent with grantor program guidelines
  • Research and assisting in the analysis and interpretation of federal, State and local regulations pertaining to transportation planning and funding

Required Skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with partner agencies, the public, and stakeholders
  • Ability to derive insights and meaningful interpretation of data by performing analyses on various sources
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sensitivity to cultural, socioeconomic, and political issues in the community
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Innovative and proactive problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in analytical, quantitative methods (Business, Economics, Finance, Public Administration, Transportation Planning, Urban/Regional Planning, or related area)
  • One year of job-related experience or less
  • Experience implementing regional and/or public transportation projects desired
  • Experience working with federal, State, or local transportation programs desired
  • Experience working with transit-dependent populations desired

Starting Salary Range

Minimum of $42,347.00 – $50,816.40 annually

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. Since 1974, NCTCOG has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area and is responsible for developing transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of the rapidly growing area. The planning area for transportation includes the 12 counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise.  NCTCOG also serves as a designated recipient for Federal Transit Administration funds.

The agency offers generous benefits, a friendly atmosphere with open communications for cooperative decision making, and challenging opportunities. The environment encourages both individual and team growth, responsibility, and innovation.

NCTCOG is recognized as a military-friendly employer and values the knowledge, experience, and skills acquired during your military service career.  All qualified veterans are invited to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:
NCTCOG is an equal opportunity employer/program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other classifications covered under federal, state, or local laws. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Background Check & Drug Testing:
All selected candidates must undergo a pre-employment background check and drug screening. Background checks include national criminal background check, employment history, motor vehicle record check, social security verification, education verification, and other elements as needed. NCTCOG is committed to a safe and drug free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping NCTCOG safe and drug free. In order to receive an offer of employment from NCTCOG, selected candidates must successfully pass the pre-employment background check and drug screening.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments participates in the federal E-Verify program in order to verify a new employee's authorization to work in the United States. Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

Job postings are kept open for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may close anytime thereafter at the discretion of the hiring manager.



Minimum of $42,347.00 – $50,816.40 annually


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