Principal Planner — Transportation

Organization: Middlesex County Office of Planning

Posted: August 4, 2020 | Closing: October 16, 2020

Job Description


Reporting to the Supervising Planner Transportation within the Office of Planning, the Principal Planner Transportation will be a technically proficient, detail-oriented, cutting-edge, creative and thoughtful, big thinker who demonstrates deep understanding of best practices for the planning and implementation of transportation infrastructure and policy across multiple modes to address the safe, equitable, and efficient movement of people and goods.

Comprising a variety of urban, suburban, small town and rural places, Middlesex County is New Jersey’s second most populous county. It is strategically located midway between New York and Philadelphia, and home to Rutgers University and other post-secondary institutions. It is traversed by several major highways, is near the Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal and Newark Liberty International Airport, and is served by local and regional buses, and passenger and freight rail systems.

Middlesex County is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by law.



  • Reviews, interprets and analyzes complex statistical and transportation systems data.
  • Develops comprehensive transportation plans including all modes of transportation.
  • Coordinates transportation planning activities with other state and local planning efforts.
  • Conducts studies and surveys.
  • May prepare environmental documents for transportation projects to comply with State and federal environmental reviews and regulations.
  • Prepares maps, charts and graphs.
  • May prepare reports that assess the social, economic and land use consequences of transportation projects, and may provide recommendations to mitigate negative impact.
  • Provides technical advice and consultation.
  • Participates in the preparation of contracts for transportation planning activities; assists in the preparation of fiscal documentation, and monitors expenditures related to transportation planning projects.
  • Reviews and analyses technical reports prepared by consultants.
  • Establishes and maintains liaison and cooperative working relationships with other agencies and interested parties involving planning matters and issues.
  • Participates in meetings with government officials and other interested parties.
  • Supervises the work operations and/or functional programs and has responsibility for effectively recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting and/or disciplining of employees.
  • Provides guidance and instruction to planning and other support staff.
  • Prepares correspondence in the course of official duties.
  • Supervises the preparation of environmental documents associated with transportation planning projects.
  • Supervises the preparation of technical reports that assess the social, economic and land use consequences of transportation projects.
  • Prepares clear, sound, accurate and informative transportation and other planning reports and studies containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Establishes and maintains records and files.


  • Knowledge of the theories, practices and principles of transportation systems planning.
  • Knowledge of the varied transportation problems associated with the growth of urban centers, the movement of goods and people, and other attendant conditions.
  • Knowledge of transportation trends.
  • Knowledge of the technical problems associated with comprehensive transportation planning activities.
  • Knowledge of the various conditions affecting transportation systems.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used in data collection and the conduct of surveys, and in other planning and research methods.
  • Ability to supervise assigned staff and plan, organize, and implement projects within the unit.
  • Ability to provide guidance and instruction to planning and support staff.
  • Ability to identify current transportation conditions, trends and needs.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve transportation planning problems.
  • Ability to conduct research and survey activities.
  • Ability to assess the social, economic and land use consequences of transportation projects.
  • Ability to prepare maps, charts and graphs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those interested or involved with the work of the unit.
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret laws and regulations.
  • Ability to keep current with trends and significant developments in the field of transportation systems planning.
  • Ability to provide professional advice and guidance on planning matters.
  • Ability to prepare correspondence in the course of official duties.
  • Ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative reports and studies containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain records, reports, maps, plans, and files.
  • Ability to assign and instruct technical and other employees and supervise the performance of their work.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office or related units.



The position requires a master’s degree in planning or related field and a minimum of four years of professional experience in the field of transportation planning.


A license as a Professional Planner, issued by the New Jersey AICP Certification is required. NJ Professional Planning License is preferred. Appointee will be required to possess a driver’s license valid in New Jersey.

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