Director of Transportation Planning
Working Title: Director of Transportation Planning
Official Title: Director of Transportation Planning
Classification Title: Supervisor
Position Classification: Permanent Full-time; Exempt employee
Department/Division: Transportation Planning
Location: Terre Haute – Main Office
Salary Range: $51,000 to $66,000 per year
Working Hours: 8 am - 5 pm with occasional evening meetings
Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Health Savings Account, 401k, Vacation, Sick Leave, Life
Insurance, Mileage reimbursement, Cell Phone reimbursement, wellness planning and access to
health clinic, Professional Development
The West Central Indiana Economic Development District, d/b/a Thrive West Central (“Thrive”), is an
innovative regional driver dedicated to enhancing community assets while improving the overall
quality of life in West Central Indiana through complex problem-solving, quality service, and
collaborative partnerships. Thrive West Central serves as the Rural Planning Organization (RPO) for
the region, partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and local units of
government on the Small Urban and Rural Transportation Planning (SURTP) Program, Traffic Count
Program, and other initiatives.
The Director of Transportation Planning is responsible for the development, management, and
implementation of Thrive’s rural transportation planning programs. Incumbent is a member of the
senior management team and advisor on transportation planning matters and other key
management issues affecting Thrive, its partners, clients, and staff. As Division Director, incumbent
ensures the agency fulfills its transportation planning responsibilities and meets its obligations to
INDOT and other partners. The Director plans, develops, implements, directs, and evaluates the
work of a subordinate staff and routinely represents Thrive in interactions with government officials,
the media, stakeholders, and the general public.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Plans, coordinates, evaluates, and communicates all activities of the Division and
the Rural Planning Organization (RPO), including the Small Urban and Rural
Transportation Planning (SURTP) Program, Traffic Count Program, and other
initiatives. In collaboration with the Executive Director, determines the overall
direction of the work plan, budget, and methods that lead to the achievement of
established program goals and objectives.
Supervises and directs all personnel assigned to the Division. Assigns work,
monitors and evaluates job performance, administers discipline as necessary,
and evaluates and addresses training needs.
Assists staff in completing work assignments, interpreting regulations and
technical publications, and in developing professional competence.
In conjunction with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, develops a
vision for the Transportation Planning Division. Actively seeks out opportunities
for development and improvement of West Central Indiana’s rural transportation
Develops and maintains relationships with a wide range of individuals and
entities representing governmental, private, and public interests. Act as primary
Thrive point of contact with INDOT.
Serves as Thrive’s principal subject matter expert on transportation planning and
successfully coordinates the Division’s activities with the efforts of other Thrive
Divisions, local government partners, INDOT, the U.S. Department of
Transportation and its components, and other relevant stakeholders.
Carries out field work and data collection as necessary to fulfill obligations to
INDOT and other partners.
Maintains and ensures safety of all transportation planning activities and staff
while carrying out field work.
Performs special studies such as corridor studies, accident analyses,
transportation asset inventories, or other land use/transportation studies.
Develops Division budget and ensures funds are used in accordance with
applicable program guidelines.
Represents Thrive at local, state, and national meetings; training programs;
conferences; etc. Identifies opportunities to educate stakeholders on key issues
in transportation planning and to showcase Thrive’s technical expertise.
Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Accountability: The Director of Transportation Planning will report to the Executive Director.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field, including but not limited to transportation
planning, transportation or civil engineering, urban and regional planning,
geography, or public administration
At least 5 years of experience in transportation planning, public administration,
community development, or a related area
At least 2 years of supervisory experience and a demonstrated ability to lead
Experience with a Regional Planning Organization or Metropolitan Planning
Organization is preferred
Knowledge and Skills:
Technical proficiency in geographic information systems (GIS), data analysis,
Knowledge of transportation planning principles, concepts, and policies and an
ability to explain these issues in a clear and concise manner
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrated ability to manage project deliverables, timelines, and team
Strong customer service and public service ethic
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Ability to operate a motor vehicle in a responsible and safe manner.
Must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $51,000.00 - $66,000.00 per year