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Date Posted: 12/14/2021
Deadline: February 18, 2022
Job Number: GBNRTC - 21
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As the executive staff position for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Director is required to perform overall program management for the organization, including the administrative functions of the MPO work program and direct supervision of professionals in performing transportation planning tasks. A wide array of transportation tasks are contained in the annual work program, including public involvement, preparation of transportation improvement programs (TIP), Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTP), and air quality efforts within the urban area. The MPO strongly values diversity and inclusion, and the Director must embrace and deploy strategies to link transportation investments to strengthening underserved communities. Management of planning initiatives in support of member agencies and governments through staff and consultant services is frequent. The MPO operates a comprehensive suite of travel demand and advanced simulation models in support of planning studies, and the Director must have competence in the utilization of these tools. Leadership within the agency and externally in the region is necessary and is a critical component of consensus building. Public transportation and emerging micromobility modes are important initiatives in the program and require ability to work closely with the regional transportation authority and other operators. The Director must display excellent communication skills and frequently speak in both public and virtual formats. The Director ensures that all federal and state requirements are met for continued MPO certification by federal funding agencies to enable transit operators, local government units and state agencies to maintain eligibility for federal funds. The Director is expected to exercise a high degree of independent thinking, creativity, and initiative. The Director must also demonstrate interpersonal and consensus building skills. The duties of this position may include but are not limited to: • Participating actively with Federal, State, and local government officials, GBNRTC members and subcommittees, stakeholders, citizen advisory groups, advocacy groups and other members of the public to communicate policies, increase the effectiveness of the MPO and build consensus in the development of transportation related policies and the implementation of programs. • Collaborate with partners to identify, mature and progress projects to deliver the intended outcomes of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2050. • Build additional and creative funding and collaboration opportunities to strengthen implementation of both the Transportation Improvement Program and agency operations. • Fully integrate the transportation decision process with elements of One Region Forward – A Plan for Sustainable Development. • Support development of advanced technology deployments in the region in partnership with the Transportation Management Center. • Cooperate with Canadian officials to integrate plans and strengthen strategic partnerships. • Responsible for the preparation and administration of planning project work designs, and the refinement of methodologies for use in planning studies and in evaluating alternative programs. • Supervise MPO staff in the performance of their assignments, build and manage teams, and recruit and train superior staff members.


GBNRTC seeks an excellent communicator and relationship builder/manager who fosters collaboration with MPO members as well as local, regional, state and federal stakeholders. The Director should: • Be visionary, understand the region and embrace rapidly changing technology • Value diversity and inclusion and demonstrate the capability to address transportation needs of underserved communities in the context of overall community development • Be a strong leader who values input and expertise of staff, supports professional development, internal culture of open communications, trust and accountability • Maintain strong working relationships with Board and elected officials, local governments, and operational partners • Provide strategic leadership that elevates the regional perspective while supporting local initiatives • Build mutual trust between local, state and federal agencies. • Strengthen relationships with community, civic and business organizations This is a CEO-level management position with full responsibility for all aspects of the Metropolitan Planning Organization operations. The MPO Director is expected to provide visionary leadership related to the long and short-range planning of multi-modal transportation systems, facilities and services, and their related requirements. The Director is responsible for the management and administration of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), budget preparation with multiple fund sources, and management of a highly skilled and motivated staff. Major, transformative transportation projects are currently in the planning phase including transit expansion, transit-oriented development, major highway reconfigurations, strategically enhanced multimodal arterials, advanced technology and micromobility deployments and numerous others. The Director will be responsible for the prioritization of major projects as well as their progression through the project development process and must be knowledgeable about development phases as well as environmental review/NEPA.


The GBNRTC Executive Director will have: • The ability to work effectively with elected officials, regional planning officials, special interest groups, the media and the general public. • A thorough understanding of the relationship between transportation and land use, social, economic, and environmental determinants and effects. • A thorough knowledge of the principles, practice and theories of transportation planning. • Excellent managerial skills necessary to develop and direct planning studies. • Knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. • A strong ability to develop clear and concise oral and written reports, to communicate effectively, and to build consensus. • Knowledge of grant applications, administration, and budgeting.


A Bachelor's degree and seven years of progressively responsible management experience in the following fields required: • Transportation planning; urban or regional planning with emphasis in transportation; public administration; economics; civil engineering with emphasis in transportation; transportation engineering. An advanced degree in related fields, professional certifications such as AICP, PE, or PMP, and experience in the design and/or accomplishment of transportation studies or analyses resulting in the development or evaluation of transportation system plans; corridor or sub-area plans; policy recommendations including transportation legislation, financing, or regulation; project and program funding strategies; system management plans; demonstrated experience in public transit programs and projects preferred.


TO APPLY Send NFTA employment application, resume and cover letter specifying the job number GBNRTC-21 to: NFTA Human Resources 181 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203 Or email to: Application Deadline: February 18, 2022 The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer


BACKGROUND The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Buffalo-Niagara Urbanized Area and includes the counties of Erie and Niagara, New York. The region has a population of about 1.2 million people, is a border region, and is a strategic international gateway for the flow of trade and tourism between the United States and Canada. The GBNRTC has earned an outstanding reputation as a result of its past and recent work. The Executive Director position offers an opportunity to lead the organization and the region in a period of resurgence. The MPO has a nearly fifty-year history of cooperative relationships with a board comprised of city and county governments, the New York State Department of Transportation, the New York State Thruway Authority and the comprehensive regional transit and airport agency, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Close working relationships exist with the binational Transportation Management Center (NITTEC) to integrate planning and operations. The MPO is staffed with excellent, seasoned personnel and is well funded. A solid planning foundation exists based on documents including One Region Forward – A Regional Plan for Sustainable Development: Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2050 – A New Way of Planning and other supporting documentation. The regional Transportation Improvement Program is built on a cooperative approach and displays a high rate of project implementation.

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