Job Opening: Principal Planner, Transit Coordination

Principal Planner, Transit Coordination

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission ( is accepting applications for Principal Planner with an emphasis on transit coordination.  MVRPC serves an innovative multi-county region of approximately one million people in the area surrounding Dayton (southwest Ohio).  As a Regional Planning Commission (RPC), the agency provides planning services for members, functions as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Dayton area and is the designated Areawide Water Quality planning agency for a five county area.

Historically, the Region is known as the birthplace of the Wright Brothers and aviation, poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar, home of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and formerly a large General Motors manufacturing presence. Today, the Miami Valley is experiencing a revival of all business sectors including manufacturing with Fuyao, a large Chinese owned glass manufacturer, a growing technology sector involving unmanned aerial systems, and growing universities and hospitals focused on training the workforce and their well-being for continued growth of the Region.  Dayton is easily accessible to other metros including Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Cleveland, and Chicago.

Under general supervision, the Principal Planner leads all agency transit planning responsibilities including management of the Human Services Transportation Coordination Council (HSTC) and plan; implementation of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program funding administration for MPO and the GRMI (Greater Region Mobility Initiative), management of the GRMI Council and plan; oversight of mobility management functions; implementation of the Travel to Independence pilot program; and manages environment, sustainability, livability and equity programs.  The GRMI area includes 9 counties that comprise Region 2 of the Area Agency on Aging organizations.

Responsibilities: Leads all agency transit administration and transit planning responsibilities including the Human Services Transportation Council (HSTC), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 funding administration, Greater Regional Mobility Initiative (GRMI), and livability programs; Leads private and public sector partners to enhance community livability through AARP’s eight domains: Built Environment, Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Transportation; Housing; Social Participation; Respect and Social Inclusion: Civic Participation; Communication; Community Support and Health Services; Convenes stakeholder meetings consisting of transportation providers, social service representatives, seniors, people with disabilities, other non-drivers and other parties interested in transportation and livability; Stays abreast of local issues and national best practices as a resource for stakeholders in the areas of transportation, livability, and equity;

Collaborates with Federal Transit Administration, Ohio Department of Transportation and other agencies to fulfill requirements; Initiates the process to formally join Age-Friendly Network with AARP / WHO, solidifying the focus on livability for all ages; Builds a coalition of transit partners, members, key allies and participants to encourage age-friendly, livable communities through outreach, education, meetings, conferences and community events; Creates the structure and opportunities for communities and organizations to implement an ever evolving range of programs and projects to advance age-friendly communities throughout the region; Conducts and facilitates trainings to enhance the preparedness of agency staff, member jurisdictions and partners to advance livability and equity; Performs other related duties (attend night or weekend meetings) in support of agency programs as needed.

Qualifications:  Master's degree in planning, business, human services, transportation, public transit, or a related field and with a minimum of six (6) years of experience leading a diverse group of people including transit service providers, social service agencies and nonprofit and government staff.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Organized; effective interpersonal skills (verbal and written); decision-maker; experience in leading diverse teams; project and program management; time management; self-motivated; strong meeting planning and facilitation skills; awareness and interest in the transportation needs of non-drivers including seniors, people with disabilities, and alternate modes; interest in existing and emerging transportation technologies and trends including network services (Uber and Lyft), first mile mobility (scooters, ebikes, transit circulators); proficiency in MS software; experience with Adobe Suite and Arc GIS. The successful candidate must possess a current valid driver’s license as routine travel is required. Able and willing to attend evening or weekend meetings throughout the nine county greater region.                                                

Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications.  Please submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to or via regular mail to Personnel, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, 10 North Ludlow, Suite 700, Dayton, OH 45402.

Application deadline: January 20, 2020.

An Equal Opportunity Employer