Principal Transportation Planner

North Central Texas Council of Governments   Arlington, TX   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on November 5, 2023
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Principal Transportation Planner – Streamlined Project Delivery

We have openings for Transportation Planners II and III

Job Description

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 a Principal Transportation Planner in its Streamlined Project Delivery program area to provide planning and technical expertise in support of expediting critical surface transportation projects (e.g., roadway, toll road, transit, bicycle, pedestrian) in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. This position will also manage the agency’s need for expanded responsibilities and collaboration regarding asset management, resiliency, and risk-based lifecycle transportation planning, with consideration of multiple natural and human-based environmental factors and practices stemming from federal performance management guidance. Additionally, the individual in this position will coordinate internal/external resource planning, project merit assessment, and developmental tasks associated with the preparation and submittal of State and federal discretionary grant applications. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should apply online at To be considered for any other NCTCOG position that may currently be open, applicants need to apply online separately for those positions. All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing work experience, as well as a current resume.

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

  • Coordinating internally/externally with transportation planners and professional engineers on work tasks for multiple transportation projects
  • Facilitating, interpreting, and evaluating conceptual and preliminary designs, operational parameters, lifecycle considerations, and possible innovative applications for projects accommodating various transportation modes (i.e., roadways, priced facilities, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, transit facilities, high-speed rail)
  • Identifying, quantifying, and reviewing physical environmental effects and impacts (i.e., air/water pollution, storm-water/floodplain management, energy efficiency/management, geomorphology)
  • Calculating and analyzing material quantities, compatibility, and sustainability factors
  • Outlining and estimating short-/long-term valuations of project benefits and costs
  • Conducting, defining, and integrating project-related environmental and economic risk assessments and mitigation strategies
  • Coordinating with appropriate transportation providers, industrial producers, resource agencies, and government entities to advance project-based National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review, and Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Transportation Improvement Program/local plan consistency reviews, and to prepare for federal grant applications
  • Participating in public involvement activities
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations
  • Preparing and tracking various written correspondence, technical reports, and other documentation
  • Supervising staff

Required Skills

  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and substantial multi-tasking capabilities
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Familiarity with Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities and database extensions
  • Familiarity in civil engineering principles, preliminary design, constructability, and sustainability parameters preferred
  • Familiarity with hydraulic, geomorphologic, and thermodynamic processes related to civil/mechanical engineering applications preferred
  • Familiarity with asset management/resiliency initiatives and economic valuation analyses preferred
  • Familiarity with the preparation of environmental documents under the National Environmental Policy Act and appropriate State and federal laws/regulations preferred
  • Familiarity with construction permitting, staging, accounting, and delivery measures preferred

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in analytical, quantitative methods
  • At least five years of job-related experience

Starting Salary Range

Minimum of $80,045.00 – $96,054.00 annually

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 (MPO) 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.

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 from a 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.