Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Aut PRINCIPAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNER (Grants) in Los Angeles, California

Basic Function

Provides advanced-level planning and programming support in activities associated with performing day-to-day grants management activities and implementing the priorities of the Regional Grants Management (RGM) Section of Metro’s Countywide Planning & Development Department

Example Of Duties

  • Develops, applies, and evaluates technical planning analytical methods and procedures.
  • Prepares and supports financial analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, of transportation projects, programs, and policies.
  • Evaluates project proposals for various grant funding opportunities.
  • Prepares components of scopes of work, financial plans, schedules, contracts, and agreements.
  • Manages contracts to ensure completion of projects within scope, on-time and within budget.
  • Develops Request for Proposals and participates in contractor/consultant selection. Assists with negotiating and executing grant and loan agreements, major cooperative and service agreements, funding agreements, memoranda of understanding and interagency funding plans that include scopes of work, financial plans, schedules and contracts with various agencies for projects or funding programs.
  • Serves as funding representative and grants facilitator at project planning, implementation and construction phases.
  • Assists with impact analysis of proposed state and federal policy and legislation on LA County transportation plans, programs, projects and policy.
  • Manages and monitors grant agreements for funding compliance, performance achievement, and execution of project(s) within scope, schedule and budget.
  • Serves as a funding representative and grants facilitator during project planning, project implementation, and project construction phases.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports, correspondence and responses to inquiries.
  • Provides technical and policy guidance to Metro departments, local jurisdictions, and external agencies on grant programs.
  • Monitors the grant regulatory requirements and milestones throughout a project’s life cycle.
  • Acts as liaison with outside agencies, public and private organizations.
  • Participates in regular meetings with staff of other transportation funding agencies and entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
  • Conducts grant funding analyses supporting the planning, offering, or disposition of Metro property and assets.
  • Participates in special task forces, committees, panels, transportation forums and peer groups.
  • Assists in researching, coordinating and preparing federal and state funding opportunities for Metro’s projects and programs.
  • Develops and monitors forecasts, budgets, and financial plans for transportation programs and projects.
  • Coordinates and disseminates information to various departments, local governments, agencies, organizations, and the public.
  • Assists in evaluating costs, benefits, and risks associated with alternative funding plans and programs.
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees.
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out.

Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelor's degree - Urban or Transportation Planning, Engineering (Civil, Transportation, Structural, Industrial, Mechanical, Architecture, etc), Business, Public Administration, Political Science, Urban Design, Public Policy, Economics, or other related field.
  • 4 years of progressively responsible experience in grants administration and monitoring, transportation planning, project management, urban design, transportation system design and research, transportation finance, operations planning, or other related area


  • Theories, principles, and practices of transportation, urban and regional planning, capital planning, grants management, programming, public financing techniques and fiscal analysis.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies, and funding sources.
  • Methods and procedures for data collection and analysis.
  • Financial, analytical, statistical, and mathematical processes and procedures.
  • Regulatory, municipal, county, transit, highway and agency policies, plans, and procedures.
  • Business computer programs and applications.
  • Modern management theory.


  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and budgets.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives.
  • Represent Metro before the public.
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Compile and analyze complex data.
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English.

Selection Procedure

Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Metro's website at www.metro.net and complete an online Employment Application.

Computers are available to complete online Employment Applications at the following Metro location:

**METRO Headquarters, Employment Office One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

Telephone:**(213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro.

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. (AM)

*Open to the public and all Metro employees

Bulletin No: 009899-025


Specialty: GRANTS

Closing Date: 24-OCT-16

Salary Grade: H1M

Salary Range: $82,805 - $103,480 - $124,176

External/Internal: EXTERNAL