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Travel Forecasting & Emissions Analysis Program Director

Metropolitan Washington Council of Government

Washington, DC United States

Department of Transportation Planning


The Travel Forecasting and Emissions Analysis Program Director will serve within COG's Department of Transportation Planning (DTP) and will oversee a professional team that conducts diverse technical planning activities, including transportation plan evaluations, air quality conformity analyses and technical assistance studies. The Program Director will also provide strategic direction to the team in the development and implementation of refined travel forecasting methods and practice.

The Program Director leads a team that is responsible for supporting the decision-making of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Washington, D.C. region.

One of the TPB's main federal responsibilities is working with local, state, regional, and federal partners to develop the region's Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP) and six-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TPB also provides data and analysis to decision-makers and coordinates regional programs to advance safety, land-use coordination, and more. The TPB has been housed at and staffed by COG since 1966.


The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Department of Transportation Planning (DTP) is seeking a Travel Forecasting and Emissions Analysis Program Director to head a 15-person team engaged in transportation and air quality planning activities.

The Travel Forecasting and Emissions Analysis Program Director will:

  • Prepare annual work program activities in accordance with available resources, departmental objectives and TPB initiatives; Allocate available resources among planned activities and clearly define and communicate activity schedules and deliverables to the team;
  • Provide day-to-day supervision and administration of a 15-member team; Convene periodic coordination meetings with team members to monitor progress and to ensure that project schedules are met;
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of travel modeling inputs supporting travel forecasting applications, including fine-area land activity forecasts and multi-modal transportation networks;
  • Ensure that evolving travel modeling methods and policy assumptions are properly and adequately documented and effectively communicated;
  • Prepare and administer consultant contracts as needed in coordination with the Departmental Director and COG's Procurement staff;
  • Coordinate and communicate with state and local planning agencies as needed to facilitate the conduct of technical studies;
  • Maintain support of one technical subcommittee (the Travel Forecasting Subcommittee or TFS) that convenes every two months and serves to oversee travel model development activities;
  • Periodically meet with the DTP Director and other Program Directors to coordinate on work program activities of mutual concern;
  • Present on topics and issues relating to travel forecasting and mobile emissions modeling to a wide variety of audiences including the TPB and the TFS;
  • Collaborate with COG's Director of Community Planning and Services and the region's Planning Directors on the development of COG Cooperative Forecasts of future population, household, and employment growth;
  • Attend conferences and work to forge collaborative relationships with peer Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and federal agencies.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of urban transportation modeling methods, principles and practices employed at MPOs across the U.S.;
  • Awareness of emerging research relating to travel demand forecasting methods;
  • Knowledge of traffic engineering and transit operations principles and theory;
  • Knowledge of federal planning requirements that are relevant to MPOs with respect to travel demand forecasting and air quality conformity;
  • Knowledge of transportation surveys and surveillance techniques;
  • Familiarity with computer technologies as related to transportation planning methods;
  • Familiarity with mobile emissions forecasting practices and State Implementation Plan (SIP) planning activities;
  • Familiarity with statistical methods typically associated with travel demand forecasting, travel surveys and other observed transportation data sources;
  • Familiarity with geographic information system capabilities and functions as related to travel demand forecasting;
  • Ability to speak and write effectively;
  • Ability to present technical results in terms understandable to policy officials and staff.
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability as forward-looking, "big picture" strategic thinker with experience in preparation of strategic initiatives and plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, organize and build departmental staff teams, develop and manage daily work programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with elected officials, senior policy officials, including supporting policy and technical committees.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Ability to communicate with elected officials about complex policy and technical issues in an understandable manner integral to the position. Ability to mentor staff in effective communications essential.


Master's degree in Transportation Planning or related quantitative, technical, planning or management discipline. At least eight or more years of progressively responsible experience in the development and application of travel demand modeling and five years supervisory/management experience in similar environment. Local government and/or nonprofit experience desirable. Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered.

Salary and How to Apply

The search is open until filled with the first screening of resumes on Monday, February 4, 2019

The starting salary range is $126,184, to $178,803 (Grade 13)

Applications should be made electronically.
Please submit in confidence your resume, cover letter, and salary history/requirements to:

By E-mail: Mr. Robert Slavin at slavin@bellsouth.net or Ms. Randi Frank at randi@randifrank.com

By mail: Slavin Management Consultants: 3040 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Suite A-1, Norcross, GA 30071

770-449-4656 and 770416-0848 (fax)


Women and Minorities are Highly Encouraged to Apply


Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$126,184, to $178,803