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Director, Urban Planning & Economic Analysis

Company: NJ Transit
Location: Newark
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

Director, Urban Planning & Economic Analysis

Capital Programs

Move forward with us! At NJ TRANSIT, you'll join us in transforming thethird-largest transportation agency in North America. We are committed todelivering safe, reliable service that gets customers to theirdestinations on time--and we're looking to hire talented folks with a loveof learning to make it all possible.


  • Manage the development and implementation of socioeconomic assessments, studies and other activities necessary to develop Capital Plan documentation including the Capital Plan Updates and new Capital Plans.
    • Manage the development of investment plans, master plans, and other efforts in coordination with local communities, partner agencies, and other key project stakeholders for public facing capital projects and programs.
      • Serve as a technical advisor or a task lead for major capital projects requiring expertise in any of the following: urban planning, station and facility master planning, mobility planning, stakeholder engagement, business case analysis, and economic development.
        • Work closely with academic institutions to develop economic impact analysis, benefit cost analysis, social benefits, and other socioeconomic assessments. Manage the process for business case development to guide future planning and design efforts for a variety of transit projects.
          • Provide recommendations and consult on the development of the Capital Plan with a focus on the agencys portfolio of public facing facilities and locations, local development goals, adjacent development activities, opportunities to improve public spaces, and the agencys asset management and state of good repair database.
            • Work closely with NJ TRANSITs Government and Community Relations group to develop strategies and approaches for implementing stakeholder engagement activities to progress capital projects and programs.
              • Communicate capital investment strategies clearly and succinctly to technical and non-technical internal and external audiences.
                • Identify asset needs requiring capital investment as a part of the 20-year needs process, capital program development, program implementation and subsequent capital amendments.
                  • Monitor and identify opportunities to link future capital investments economic development opportunities.
                    • Manage, review, and utilize academic and consultant capabilities to develop reports, evaluations, master plans, infrastructure plans, and other supporting documentation for the capital plan and for capital project development.
                      • Coordinate with MPOs, FTA, local communities, and other federal and state entities to identify funding sources and requirements for acquiring funding for major projects and programs.
                        • Develop scope of work for projects requiring urban planning activities, stakeholder engagement, socioeconomic analysis and business case development.
                          • Other duties as required or assigned
                            This Position Supervises:
                            • Urban Planning Manager
                            • Principal Urban Designer
                            • Principal Urban Planner
                            • Planning and Economics Research Manager
                            • Principal Economic Associate
                            • Principal Economic Associate

                              EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, & SKILLS:
                              • Bachelors Degree in Business, Engineering, Transportation, Economics, Architecture, Urban Planning, Public Policy or related field.
                              • Seven (7) years of experience working in fields related to any of the following: public transportation, economics, urban development, urban planning, urban design, master planning, federal programs, and transportation policy.
                              • Experience in developing strategies, plans, and designs related to transportation planning, urban planning, station master planning, economic analysis, and public realm improvements is required.
                              • A Masters degree in Planning, Economics, Architecture, Engineering, or Public Policy is preferred which can substitute for two (2) years of experience.
                              • Firm understanding of topics related to urban planning, stakeholder engagement, economic analysis, and socioeconomic analysis.
                              • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or comparable applications, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
                              • Demonstrated proficiency in spatial analysis tools including GIS.
                              • Knowledge in using urban planning/architecture/engineering/design tools is preferred.
                              • Demonstrated ability to work in a high profile, high pressure environment effectively.
                              • Must have strong managerial skills to effectively direct staff of professional and technical employees.
                              • Excellent written, oral, and presentation communications skills, with the ability to convey complex topics and policies succinctly.
                              • Ability to communicate and interact well with external agencies required External agencies may include state and local elected officials and decision makers at state and federal New Jersey State and municipal government, elected and other public officials, as well as federal or state agencies or authorities.

                                At NJ TRANSIT you will enjoy a competitive salary and excellent benefit package:
                                • Comprehensive Family Health Insurance Prescription, Dental, Vision
                                • Flexible Spending Account
                                • Life Insurance
                                • Paid Leave
                                • 401(a) and 401(k) Retirement Plans--up to 9% employer contribution
                                • Tuition Assistance
                                • Qualified Transportation Expense Plan (QTE) At NJ TRANSIT we support and depend upon the diversity of our staff. NJ TRANSIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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