Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification




Pay Grade
HAA ($141,918.40 - $177,923.20 - $213,907.20)
Job Summary

Plans, directs, and controls the performance of assigned organizational unit(s) or function(s) within the Countywide Planning and Development (CP&D) Division.


Duties and Responsibilities
  • Oversees and coordinates employees who are directing multiple major complex technical studies and analytical work in transportation modeling, statistical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), air quality and land use planning, systems planning, congestion management, demand management, multi-modal transportation alternatives, planning studies, and/or station plans
  • Oversees staff coordinating all aspects and projects related to a specific major complex transportation mode
  • Develops overall plans and approaches for area and countywide mobility, joint development, economic development, and transit subsidy
  • Directs efforts to secure local, state, and federal funding for Metro's present and future capital and operating budgets; directs the planning and programming of funds secured from local, state, and federal sources
  • Directs the development and implementation of workplan goals, objectives, policies, procedures, budget, and work standards for assigned function, and monitors progress
  • Consults with and recommends to Metro management, Board of Directors, and municipal and transportation officials on the direction, progress, preparation, and funding of transportation policies and programs
  • Directs the coordination of programs and policies with other local, state, and federal agencies, including negotiating contractual agreements and the delivery of core work programs
  • Evaluates proposed/enacted legislation for impacts on Metro′s programs and projects
  • Interacts with and represents Metro before elected officials, business, professional, civic, government, and community groups regarding Metro′s plans, policies, programs, and services
  • Prepares and presents briefings to community stakeholders, elected officials, Metro senior management and Board of Directors and their staff
  • Oversees project manager directing the development of extensive transportation planning programs and studies, including evaluations of existing and proposed services, costs, productivity, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact
  • Coordinates participation in Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) activities
  • Directs the preparation of comprehensive studies, evaluations, cost estimates, and reports needed to support Board of Directors′ policy decisions
  • Advocates funding needs of Metro′s transportation programs and assesses future financial trends, opportunities, and constraints
  • Monitors and evaluates multiple recommendations for major transportation programs, and develops alternatives and major complex financial and funding recommendations
  • Coordinates programs, projects, and activities with other Metro departments
  • Provides major policy, planning, and program support to management and various agencies
  • Manages employees who develop scopes of work for major contracts; resolves legal, contractual, and technical issues
  • Establishes, supervises, and enforces priorities of multiple, major work efforts for staff and consultants
  • Communicates Metro′s safety vision and goals; oversees the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for safety performance of all assigned employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out

    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Theories, principles, and practices applicable for assigned department, e.g., transportation planning, environmental planning, land use and urban planning, community development, affordable housing, real estate development, operational programs, parking management, travel demand forecasting, programming, construction, etc.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations governing transportation policies, and various transportation and/or community development funding sources
  • Administrative principles and methods, including goal setting, program and budget development and implementation
  • Financial, analytical, and statistical procedures, e.g., research, geographic information systems, econometric theories, etc.
  • Capital and operating budgets, and funding sources
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing transportation programs
  • Public administration
  • Principles of adaptive management and leadership
  • Long- and short-range planning

Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Directing the overall operations of a major planning and programming function
  • Developing and applying relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and best practices
  • Analyzing complex situations, identifying problems, recommending solutions, and evaluating outcomes
  • Exercising sound judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences
  • Interacting professionally with various levels of Metro employees, outside representatives, elected officials and the general public
  • Mediating and negotiating with a variety of stakeholders
  • Managing and motivating assigned staff
  • Applicable business software applications

Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Conduct and manage planning studies, projects, budgets, and scopes of work, including providing review and direction on work product, troubleshooting, scheduling, and cost overruns
  • Provide staff with direction, guidance, and professional and technical support
  • Develop workplans that realize agency goals and translate Board direction into project delivery; evaluate performance of the workplan
  • Represent Metro before a variety of stakeholders, both internal and external
  • Think strategically
  • Plan financial and staffing needs
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a two-for-one year basis. A typical combination includes:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Real Estate, Economics, Public Administration/Policy, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field based on assigned operational unit; Master's Degree in a related field preferred


  • Five years of relevant senior management-level experience in one or more of the relevant departmental functions

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions



Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation

  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen

Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table

  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium

  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions

  • Communicating through speech in the English language required



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This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.