Planner II

Compensation: $61,001.00 - $91,501.00 Annually

General Description/Information

The Planner II is the second level in a three level Planning series. Incumbents perform professional planning duties in support of studies and projects led by more senior level staff; and serve as the lead or project manager for small scale studies and projects, leading teams of other professional staff and consultants.


The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

  • Serves as team lead or project manager for small and routine research projects and studies in conjunction with regional and local transit initiatives.
  • Performs analysis, evaluation of findings, and identification of significant issues.
  • Develops staff recommendations on routine projects.
  • Supervises routine work of consultants, and other transit planning staff when leading a project team.
  • Reviews invoices.
  • Leads agency efforts to align agency service and projects with community needs.
  • Provides complex planning data to other divisions and departments.
  • Designs methods for ensuring accurate data are integrated into agency planning activities.
  • Writes proposals, requests for proposals, project reports, progress reports, board memos and white papers.
  • Provides routine financial analysis and estimates costs related to plan implementation.
  • Attends meetings, serves on committees and makes presentations as needed; supports and leads public meetings as needed.
  • Makes presentations to internal agency staff, technical working groups, member agency committees.
  • Prepares and relays routine agency information at public meetings.
  • Investigates and responds to citizen and member agency questions, requests, suggestions, and complaints.
  • Provides detailed planning information within scope of authority.
  • Facilitates public input processes, summarizes and reports feedback and makes recommendations for incorporation of feedback.
  • Provides staff support to project planning teams comprising other Valley Metro staff, local government staff and consultants.
  • Works with project planning teams comprising Valley Metro staff, member agency staff, and consultants.
  • Work is performed under general supervision from direct supervisor or a project manager.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Sustainability, or a related field and three years of transportation planning experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties listed. 
  • Master's Degree and/or transit planning experience is desirable
  • AICP designation desirable
    Background Investigation:
  • Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
    Licenses and Certifications:
  • Valid Arizona Driver's License.