Lead Planner

Compensation: $48,484.80 - $67,433.60/annually **In accordance with Administrative Directives**

General Description/Information

Leads planners in providing support for a variety of land use, transportation, transportation demand management (TDM) planning, and Complete Streets projects. Coordinates projects and collects technical information. Must have excellent communication skills, that include providing and seeking information from the public, agencies and departments within the City of Tucson. Reviews proposed land use for compliance with codes, area plans and policies.

Typical job duties will include:

  • Coordinate transportation programs and projects
  • Coordinate plans and policies with City Departments, public commissions and other entities for transportation projects to comply with regulations contracts and statutory requirements
  • Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing the organizations values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities
  • May coordinate and oversee an annual internship position
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. Develop reports and presentations in a manner that communicates key information to various audiences
  • Oversee the City of Tucson employee mobility program. Coordinate employers within the City to assist in development of their own mobility program
  • Work closely with external stakeholders to educate, inform, and solicit feedback on the implementation of the City’s Transit Demand Management and Complete Streets programs and projects
  • Develop effective engagement strategies for soliciting feedback and work closely with traditionally marginalized community members
  • Conducts research and interviews with transportation system users
  • Compiles and analyzes data
  • Develops program definitions, plans and performance measures
  • Participates in developing and carrying out public information and community involvement projects and initiatives
  • Makes sound independent decisions within established guidelines and evaluates alternatives and makes sound recommendations to ensure best outcomes


This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing the same tasks:

Reviews and evaluates plans and sites by analyzing development projects, deciding potential impact of land or water use proposals, reviewing proposed rezoning, annexations, and land sales/trades, visiting sites, preparing reports of potential impacts, making improvement recommendations, and meeting with applicants to discuss decisions

Conducts analysis of complex urban issues utilizing geographic, demographic and economic data using ArcGIS

Compiles and integrates geospatial data from a wide variety of sources for analysis

Reads and interprets data from spatial and non-spatial databases

Coordinates various projects by conducting research, collecting technical materials, and meeting with businesses and organizations, responding to and forwarding inquiries

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity

Presents multi-media materials, makes recommendations for programs, and coordinates special events to promote programs

Assist with writing and preparing new plans and policies and provides technical assistance as needed

Reads and interprets data from spatial and non-spatial databases

Collaborates with intra and inter-departmental personnel, develops project goals and objectives, evaluates project success and regulatory compliance, makes presentations, and provides assistance with grant applications

Performs administrative duties by preparing and reviewing reports and correspondence, performing safety audits and inspections reviewing policies and procedures, developing and maintaining databases, approving vendor payments


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years experience managing and coordinating transportation programs, plans, and projects

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Public Health, Public Administration or closely related field.

Experience implementing a Transportation Demand Management program and/or Complete Streets policies, including conducting outreach, developing plans and outreach materials and/or coordinating education campaigns.

Familiarity with shared mobility programs and regulatory frameworks (i.e. bike share e-scooter share, car share, etc.)

Experience collecting data, analyzing data, and visualizing data to support data-driven decision making

Experience with plan development, interpretation of City Code

Working knowledge of NACTO, MUTCD, AASHTO, ADA/PRO-WAG and other design guidelines

Proficient in Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites, or similar products

Additional Information

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