Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs – Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Client: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
(San Francisco, California)
Position: Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs
Closing Date: Closed

Additional Information: 


The Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs is responsible for leading and mentoring staff by providing performance oversight and clarifying performance expectations. Importantly, Section Directors work collaboratively in a team environment with other MTC directors and staff including engaging in MTC’s long- and short-term goals and objectives. Under the guidance and direction of the Deputy Executive Director, the Section Director adds value by providing periodic presentations to the Commission (in a public forum), engagement and involvement with a host of committees and member agencies, local and regional governments, community stakeholders, private partners, and an extensive list of federal and state agencies and regulators.

Specific Responsibilities for the Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs

In addition to overseeing an overall section staff of 23 plus outside consultants and contractors (as needed), the Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs oversees policy development and investment decision-making including $1.5 billion annually in federal, state, and regional transportation funds. These investments and policies implement the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)/Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), a comprehensive blueprint for the development of mass transit, highway, local streets and roads, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities that integrate planning for transportation, land use, and housing. Other areas of focus include project delivery and timely use of funds and asset management. In these roles the Section Director works closely with a wide variety of transportation stakeholders. The Section Director, Funding Policy & Programs will lead or directly oversee a diverse and changing set of assignments from conceptualization of the approach to preparation of specific products, to public review, and action by the Commission. These assignments include the following key areas:

  • Financial Planning and Policy Development: Develop specific financial forecasts, strategies, policies, and packages for regional plans and programs. Analyze the financial capacity and determine the viability of regional program and project investment options. Forecast transportation costs and revenues based on legislative proposals and in support of the RTP/SCS. Prepare financial information for education of policy makers, staff, and the general public.
  • Programming and Investment Decision-Making: Translate RTP/SCS recommendations into funding implementation plans for key regional initiatives. Develop guidelines and procedures for the programming of various federal, state, regional, and local funds in support of the RTP/SCS, including programs with multi-benefit/goals focus with relationship to growth strategies, climate/resiliency, housing, conservation, etc., such as the One Bay Area Grant program (OBAG). Coordinate the agency’s policies and approaches to major or competitive funding programs such as federal New Starts, state SB1 programs, bridge toll investment programs, and others. Develop policies, coordinate the evaluation process, and make recommendations for establishing priorities for investments in the region’s transportation systems and operations.
  • Coordination, Innovation, and Equity Programs: Oversee the development of policies and programs to advance customer/public-facing programs to support initiatives such as transit coordination, seamless mobility, and transportation access & equity. Work with partner agencies and stakeholders on research, planning, and program development and continuous assessment. Examples include transit fare coordination, and MTC’s Lifeline Transportation Program.

Other key and important work areas include:

  • Fund Management and Program Delivery; and
  • Asset Management and Performance Assessment.

Qualifying Education & Experience

Education: Completion of a Master’s degree in Public Policy or a related discipline is desired. Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.

Experience: A minimum of six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience effectively leading and managing a division or department doing related work is required. Experience may be drawn from direct experience with a government agency or in support of a government agency (i.e. consulting to public sector). Additionally, a minimum of four (4) years senior management experience in regional or local transportation planning, public policy, or a similar position is required.

Licensing and Certificates: None required although preference may be given to candidates with professional certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or other relative and appropriate license/certificate.

Annual salary range for this position is $188,069 to $233,841 and includes CalPERS retirement.

First review of applicants will begin the week of January 13, 2020 and continue until a pool of highly qualified candidates has been established.