MPO Transportation Planner or Principal Transportation Planner

Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization

A conference attendee from this organization will be available to discuss this position with interested parties: Doug

Location: Durham, N.C./Hybrid
Planner, Analyst, Engineer, Mid Level

Job description: The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the regional transportation planning agency in North Carolina’s western Triangle. In cooperation with NCDOT, the MPO is responsible for planning and programming all transportation modes of including highways, public transit, freight, bicycles, and pedestrians. Our work is regionally based, but community focused. We formulate and implement plans that will improve life locally and to ensure that these plans reflect our member communities’ collective vision. The MPO’s office, based in Durham NC, currently operates under a flexible, hybrid work policy.

The MPO seeks a self-starting team player who enjoys collaborating as well as working on their own. A successful candidate is independent enough to take initiative and serve as a reliable, effective project manager on meaningful and substantive planning projects. The Transportation Planner performs a wide variety of transportation and transit planning tasks under the supervision of the Transportation Planning Manager. DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

• Supervises projects, initiatives, technical and modeling activities, and/or transportation planning operations; plans, assigns, and evaluates work; trains and coaches staff; assists with developing policies and procedures; oversees operations, programs, projects and related tasks; facilitates process improvements; and ensures compliance with applicable performance and quality standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.

• Assesses needs and establishes goals and objectives; ensures that goals, schedules, and budgetary requirements are met; conducts or oversees the conduct of technical analyses; and develops and makes recommendations.

• Supervises projects and project managers; evaluates deliverables and prioritizes projects; research funding sources and secures funding; develops and/or oversees the development and review of project plans, designs, and concepts; oversees management of project budgets and consultant activities; and ensures compliance with project schedules, budgets, and applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.

• Prepares, reviews, and/or maintains technical, financial, and general reports, presentations, long- and short-range plans, agenda items, records, and other documents; reviews work and the work of others to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.

• Collaborates with numerous external stakeholders, technical experts, service providers, members, and/or external agencies; convenes, facilitates and/or attends meetings; may serve as chair of committees; provides subject matter expertise and technical consulting; and oversees the planning and conduct of public outreach activities. Positions reporting to the MPO Transportation Planning Manager may be responsible for:

• Performing long-range planning, transportation studies, and project management including preparing and presenting information to elected officials and/or decision-makers.

• Reviewing transportation project designs and concepts and making recommendations.

• Developing and implementing criteria for project prioritization.

• Facilitating, coordinating, and managing procurement processes.

• Conducting public and stakeholder outreach.

• Coordinating MPO committees.


• Transportation Planner: Batchelor’s degree in a relevant field including urban or regional planning, transportation planning, civil or transportation engineering, or public policy.

• Principal Transportation Planner: Master’s degree and five (5) years progressive professional experience in a relevant field, including urban or regional planning, transportation planning, civil or transportation engineering, or public policy.

• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification is preferred.

• The ability to engage in inclusive dialogue with a variety of audiences, including the MPO board, elected officials, technical staff, diverse stakeholders, and the public, in both written and oral formats.

• Demonstrated ability to manage scope development, tasks, or projects. Instruct, mentor and lead others participating in those tasks and projects.

• A professional commitment to working towards the MPO’s goals for the region, including goals for transportation equity, clean air and sustainable communities, safety, system preservation and modernization, capacity management and mobility, and economic vitality.

• Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with strong personal initiative and work on multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to deadlines.

• Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, including proficiency working with and maintaining spreadsheets and databases.


• Metropolitan planning organization processes and practices; • Federal transportation legislation, including the recently adopted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law;

• US Census and American Community Survey data; and

• Proficiency with industry standard technology applications like ESRI’s ArcGIS Online, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite.


MPO Transportation Planner – $60,000 +

MPO Principal Transportation Planner – $75,000 +

This position is eligible for a 5% increase after serving a 6-month probation period.

Benefits: CPRC offers a generous benefits package including paid vacation and sick leave; NC Local Government Employees’ Retirement System; 5% 401(k) employer contribution; 100% employer-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; health spending account, flexible spending account for child/dependent care expenses, hybrid and flexible work schedules

Our organization: CPRC is a member-driven organization serving as a leading resource to connect communities and enhance their strategic priority outcomes through regional policy, collaboration, and technical assistance at the local, regional, and state level. See the kind of work we do and learn read more about CPRC’s vision, mission, organizational principles, core values, and strategic focus areas at

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