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Director Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)

City of Ocala

Ocala, FL United States

This position will be posted until filled.

To check the availability of the position and apply, please go to The City of Ocala's recruitment page at www.ocalafl.org

General Statement of Job

This is highly responsible, professional, and managerial position guiding the Ocala/Marion County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). This position reports directly to the Ocala/Marion County TPO Board.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Plans, evaluates, and directs organization's policies, programs and operations.
  2. Directs and supervises all aspects of the transportation planning process as required by federal regulations and State Statutes.
  3. Oversees the recruitment, employment, evaluation and termination of staff and contract personnel.
  4. Supervises all organization staff, either directly or indirectly through senior staff.
  5. Directs the preparation and implementation of the biannual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) which serves as the agency budget and work plan.
  6. Acts as liaison between Marion County, its municipalities and the FDOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD).
  7. Oversees the management firm responsible for the operation of SunTran, the local fixed-route transit system.
  8. Prepares and monitors the annual budget and capital plan for SunTran.
  9. Oversees grant applications and invoicing for various programs including PL, Section 5305(d), Section 5307 and the CTD.
  10. Develops, in coordination with citizens, local municipalities and other agencies, the multimodal transportation needs for the TPO planning area and recommends appropriate actions.
  11. Prepares or directs the preparation of reports, studies, and other publications relating to the transportation system.
  12. Ensures the TPO board is kept fully informed on the condition of the agency and about any trends, events, or emerging issues of significance to the agency's success.
  13. Reports events and activities to the TPO board, senior management, and elected and appointed officials.
  14. Evaluates transportation planning related legislation and applicability to department projects.
  15. Represents the TPO at the statewide MPO Advisory Council and Central Florida MPO Alliance.
  16. Oversees the development of the Long Range Transportation Plan, the Transit Development Plan, and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan.
  17. Develops and presents recommendations for transportation strategies to the TPO and its subcommittees.
  18. Provides planning advisory service to other local governments and state agencies as well as other interested parties.
  19. Make presentations to local governments, civic groups, and professional organizations as necessary.
  20. Attends meetings and conferences.
  21. Performs related work as required.​

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Degree in urban planning, public administration, traffic engineering or related field. Minimum of eight years progressively responsible planning experience of which four years of experience must be in a supervisory capacity, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Valid Florida Drivers License required and an acceptable driving record.

American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of urban planning and transportation planning.
  2. Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and codes pertaining to a wide variety of planning topics.
  3. Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of supervision, organization and administration.
  4. Strong written and oral communication skills, including editing, oversight of preparation of technical reports, and the presentation of information to government entities and various committees.
  5. Strong problem solving and negotiation skills.
  6. Ability to analyze technical data and provide solutions.
  7. Ability to plan, develop, and implement technical reports and administrative programs.
  8. Ability to become familiar and utilize a variety of software to conduct urban and transportation planning and reporting.
  9. Ability to present complex information in a concise and clear format.
  10. Ability to understand and manage high-profile, sensitive, or controversial political situations.
  11. Ability to use various office equipment including, but not limited to, telephone, personal computer, calculator, copier, and fax machine.
  12. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, public agencies and elected and appointed officials.
  13. Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.
Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range