Salary $76,665.00 – $122,664.00 Annually
Department: Planning & Development
Location: New Port Richey
The MPO Executive Director provides leadership, oversight and direction for all operational functions of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization. This position reports to the Pasco County Assistant County Administrator for Development Services and the MPO Board and is responsible for providing assistance and professional recommendations on fiscal matters including the preparation of the annual budget, policy considerations, strategic planning, local and regional transportation initiatives and legislative issues and activities. The Executive Director represents the agency at meetings, conventions, and other forums to promote and explain agency mission and objectives. This position is responsible for ensuring that the MPO maintains federal certification and provides leadership and consultation to government agencies, the business community, private organizations, the press and public to explain and resolve complex issues and to coordinate activities related to the transportation system.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES:
All employees will be required to work before, during, or after an Emergency. During an Emergency employees may temporarily be assigned to work and perform duties outside the normal scope of their position, location and work schedule to fit the needs of the County and its citizens.
Essential Job Functions:
Provides direction to ensure the accurate and timely completion and submission of essential planning documents including the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in accordance with required deadlines. Other planning documents include the Public Participation Plan (PPP), Transportation Disadvantaged Requirements, Transit Development Plan and the Annual List of Priority Projects.
Directs and oversees the development, communication and advancement of program activities through interaction with advisory committees, community organizations, planning professionals, elected officials and the public.
Provides direction and support for agenda development, determination of required materials and meeting participation for the MPO Board and the various advisory committees (TAC, CAC, BPAC) meetings and other subcommittees and working groups as needed.
Provides technical and advisory guidance to the various advisory committees and conducts briefings with the MPO Board members as requested.
Directs, reviews and develops project scopes of service and requests for proposals and makes work assignments to ensure effective, professional project management for planning studies, data collection efforts and other key activities of the MPO.
Reviews and interprets official directives, legislation, rules and correspondence to determine possible changes in agency programs, policies, and procedures.
Prepares or directs preparation and release of reports, studies and other publications relating to program trends and accomplishments.
Provides leadership, counseling and direction to staff and prepares performance evaluations.
Reviews and evaluates the work effort of agency staff in coordination with the Principal Transportation Planner through conversations, meetings, and reports.
Oversees the financial activities of the organization with direct support and input from the Fiscal Services teams (i.e. OMB) including, but not limited to, the completion of an annual budget, progress reports for agency grants and execution of grants and agreements.
Participates in program related training, conferences and special events.
Supports and promotes MPO activities by responding to public inquiries, attending community functions and representing the organization at various functions including, but not limited to, the MPOAC etc.
Provides other organizational support as required.
Manages compliance with all federally mandated transportation planning activities to ensure the FDOT grants to Pasco are uninterrupted and continuous. See work plan table below.
Prepares agendas and makes presentations to the MPO Board and other elected bodies or committees as deemed necessary.
Serves as a principle staff liaison with State and federal transportation planning agencies. Coordinates with State and federal senior staff to coordinate transportation plans and programs and to resolve issues in Pasco County.
Coordinates transportation planning activities with county and municipal agencies in Pasco County and regional transportation organizations in the Tampa Bay Region (TMA, TBARTA, MPOs, etc.).
Works with Federal, State, Regional, and Local organizations and committees, including the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, TMA, TBARTA, and various local technical and citizens advisory committees to develop plans, policies and priorities that serve to guide local decision making on transportation issues.
Ensures certifications from Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration.
Coordinates preparation of transportation CIP with appropriate County/municipal agencies for all County/municipal transportation projects.
Represents Pasco County on transportation issues.
Other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of local, State and Federal requirements applicable to transportation planning.
Knowledge of modern principles and practices of regional transportation planning process.
Knowledge of modern methods of collection and analysis of planning and engineering data.
Knowledge of modern principles and practices of regional transportation planning process.
Ability to plan, organize, support, lead and supervise the work of a professional staff.
Ability to address elected and non-elected public officials, civic organizations, other community organizations, and citizens to present ideas and findings clearly and concisely writing and orally.
Ability to understand, interpret and implement applicable legislation, rules and regulations.
Ability to work positively and cooperatively with The Pasco County Planning and Development Department and other County staff, and staff with MPO participating municipalities.
Functional understanding of traffic modeling programs such as FSUTMS/Cube Voyager and other applications used by the organization such as ArcGIS, Crystal Reports, and ADOBE Acrobat.
Knowledge of FDOT, FHWA, and FTA standards, policies and requirements for agency planning documents.
Knowledge of Florida’s Growth Management legislation and federal and state transportation legislation.
Knowledge of transportation and land-use issues.
Experienced in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships among staff, contractors, committees and customers in a manner conducive to full performance and positive morale.
Experienced in providing effective guidance and oversight to personnel, conflict resolution and organizational leadership to create a cohesive working environment;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals or groups of people with diverse interests.
Ability to plan, organize and supervise projects and programs.
Skilled in the operation of and proficiency using computers and applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), transportation models, and other analytical and presentation tools (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Pro, ArcGIS, CAD, FSUTMS, InDesign, websites).
Ability to gather, study, and analyze data and other relevant transportation related information.
Ability to understand, interpret, and apply procedures, principals and laws.
PHYSICAL SKILLS: Frequent use of hands. Occasional lifting and carrying 45 lbs and over, reaching above shoulders, climbing, walking, standing, kneeling, bending and stooping. Ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and visual communication.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Possession of a Master’s Degree in a planning-related field, such as urban planning, business administration, public administration, finance or related field. Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in planning. Five (5) years of MPO-related transportation planning experience, serving in a managerial capacity to include experience in intergovernmental relations, public administration and communications/public information; familiarity with federal and state transportation funding processes. Supervisory experience is required.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS: Must possess a valid driver’s license.
ADA STATEMENT: A qualified employee or applicant with a disability may be afforded a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential job functions of a position in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pasco County BOCC is a drug-free workplace in accordance with Federal and Florida law.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Under Section 295.07, F.S., Chapter 55A-7, Pasco County BCC provides to Veterans, that preference in appointment will be given to preference-eligible applicants.