Section Director, Regional Planning – Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Client: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
(San Francisco, California)
Position: Section Director, Regional Planning
Closing Date: Closed

Additional Information: 


The Section Director, Regional Planning 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, Regional Planning

In addition to overseeing an overall section staff of 40 plus multiple outside consultants, contractors, and regional partners (as needed), the Section Director, Regional Planning will oversee a diverse and changing set of assignments within the Regional Planning Program, from conceptualization of the approach to preparation of specific products, to public review, and action by the Commission. These assignments have revolved around the following key areas:

  • Develop Plan Bay Area, the Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)/Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS): The regional plan is updated every four years and encompasses all major transportation projects; provides for future housing and employment growth; identifies strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide for a more equitable and resilient Bay Area. The Regional Planning Program is responsible for developing all aspects of the Plan including the analysis and consideration of the location and level of forecasted growth; social equity considerations; and transportation project performance and inclusion in the Plan.
  • Support Plan Bay Area Implementation: The Regional Planning Program is responsible for ongoing planning activities and technical assistance programs as defined in the SCS/RTP and in coordination with the Bay Area’s business community, local jurisdictions and nongovernmental organizations. These activities include developing and overseeing programs to expand the region’s supply of affordable housing; planning and providing for seamless regional transit connectivity; monitoring and evolving the region’s growth framework including Priority Development Areas, Priority Conservation Areas, and Priority Production Areas; promoting support for locating housing and employment in priority development areas and low-income communities; and implementation of all related policies.

Other key and important work areas:

  • Manage the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process;
  • Analyze Regional Data using GIS and Travel Models;
  • Implement Interagency Planning Activities;
  • Performance Measurement and Monitoring; and
  • Transportation Conformity & Air Quality Planning

Qualifying Education & Experience

Education: Completion of a Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related discipline is preferred. 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 with transportation and/or land use planning at the city, county, or regional level 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.