Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

Planning Manager

To Apply

Des Moines Area Transit Authority has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search.  Inquiries and/or resume and salary requirements may be directed in confidence to:
Christopher Boylan, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure Practice
Harris Rand Lusk Executive Search
122 East 42 Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168


Please put “DART Planning Manager” in the subject

Position Summary
Under direction of the Chief Engagement & Communications Officer, the Planning Manager will oversee DART’s professional and technical transit planning functions, including short- and long-range service planning, facilities planning, budget development and special projects.  He/she will also supervise the internal planning staff, consultants and work with external partners to develop strategic partnerships that support and enhance DART’s mission.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manage planning activities to improve service to existing and potential customers and revenues for DART, including expansion planning, station planning, service integration, strategic & policy planning, and short- and long-term capital and system planning
  • Develop and implement service plans and schedule changes with operations and other departments
  • Coordinate with other jurisdictions, agencies, businesses, boards, the public and other DART departments regarding transportation and land use plans, policies and proposed land development
  • Manage public participation for planning activities in accordance to Federal and DART policy
  • Prepare information for and attend public meetings to educate or solicit input from the general public regarding service improvements
  • Supervise staff, including: prioritize and assign work; conduct performance evaluations; ensure employees follow policies and procedures; and make hiring, termination and disciplinary decisions and recommendations
  • Manage development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities
  • Manage the Title VI Program in compliance with federal regulations
  • Manage capital improvement projects in accordance with federal, state & local regulations and laws
  • Manage National Transit Database (NTD) statistics for monthly and annual reporting
  • Develop cost proposals and contracts and agreements related to system planning and development
  • Other duties as may be necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of/experience with:

  • Transit planning practices as it relates to bus operations, ridership analysis and land use integration
  • Transit technology including passenger counting systems and automatic vehicle location technology
  • Relevant federal, state and local regulations and laws affecting transportation service development and planning programs such as regulations regarding capital improvement projects and Federal Title VI Regulations related to transit planning
  • Spatial data analysis and mapping presentation using ArcGIS
  • Project planning, statistical and research methods as applied to public transit planning
  • Transit operations and scheduling

Skills/Ability to:

  • Provide leadership to establish and maintain effective, cooperative working relationships while communicating effectively internally to promote an open door atmosphere, team build, problem solve, and build rapport to positively influence the actions and responsibilities of subordinates
  • Work cooperatively with external stakeholders, including governmental officials, consultants or the general public regarding community and organizational issues as it relates to public transit
  • Analyze, interpret and manage complex data or organizational issues, use good judgment and common sense to make logical, cost effective and sometimes critical decisions while working under high pressure situations and within strict deadlines
  • Communicate complex concepts in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing to a wide array of audiences
  • Manage multiple complex projects that include outside consultants, budgets and strict deadlines
  • Establish project goals, lead collaborative project planning efforts and successfully transition completed activities to operating personnel
  • Negotiate contracts and agreements.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to work outside regular business hours as required by the demands of business, to meet deadlines, and to attend external meetings and events.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban and/or transportation planning, geography, public administration or a related field
  • Master’s Degree in any of the above listed fields preferred
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of verifiable experience in transit planning, including three (3) years of supervisory experience.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • DART offers a competitive benefit package including health, dental, vision, life insurance, and a deferred compensation plan in addition to the Iowa Public Pension Plan.
122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168