Transit Systems 2024-06-06 2024-07-05

Long Range and Strategic Planning Project Manager

Utah Transit Authority
Salt Lake City, Utah

Job ID: 156656
Job Status: Full-time

Join the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), a leading transit agency in one of the fastest-growing regions in the United States! As UTA expands and evolves, we are seeking an innovative Long Range and Strategic Planning Project Manager to help steer UTA towards the future of transit for our employees and riders.
This role as the Long Range and Strategic Planning Project Manager at the Utah Transit Authority will provide you with a unique opportunity to work on a diverse range of projects, with technical challenges that require innovative solutions. You will have a direct influence on key policy decisions, collaborate with various stakeholders, take responsibility for managing program budgets, and make a significant impact on the Greater Utah community by improving public transit and promoting sustainable urban development. It offers a dynamic and impactful career path for individuals passionate about shaping the future of transportation and urban planning.
As the Long Range and Strategic Planning Project Manager, you will:
  • Manage, coordinate, and support development activities for various Utah Transit Authority (UTA) projects and programs.
  • Utilize technical project management skills and possess strong knowledge of transportation and public transit systems, urban planning, and the nexus between transportation and land use.
  • Oversee, evaluate, and manage the work of UTA employees, consultants, and contractors conducting planning studies.
  • Help oversee the provision of technical and business support to projects and programs.
  • Be responsible for or assist in selecting and supervising consultants and contractors.
  • Participate in resolving key policy issues and other strategic problems associated with UTA’s projects and programs.
  • Develop and manage program budgets, monitor progress, and ensure accountability.
  • Manage requests for planning data and analysis, schedule work, and route Planning Researchers for completion.
  • Coordinate planning project and program development activities with other UTA departments and transportation partners, including MPOs, DOT, and local communities.


  • Six (6) years of experience managing successful delivery of planning, transit or capital projects using a formal project management life cycle tool, including developing and managing of scope, schedule, and budget. (A Master’s degree in a related field or professional project management related certification can equate to two (2) years of related experience.)
  • Experience in transit planning or a related planning field, leading project teams with at least four (4) project team members and dealing with clients both internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Project management experience related to planning or transit projects preferred, but not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Engineering, or other related field, or equivalent experience.
  • AICP, ITE, PMP, PTP, PE or other professional certification preferred, but not required.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred but not required.
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) preferred. Microsoft and/or Procore project management software preferred. Adobe CS preferred.
  • Expert in facilitating and fostering teamwork. Conflict resolution.
  • Excellent written & verbal communications. Continuous improvement.
  • Critical thinking; analytical and problem-solving expertise.
  • Project integration management; project planning
  • Stakeholder management; customer and quality focused
  • Requirements analysis. Resource management.
  • Multi-task and prioritize activities for projects of all sizes and levels of complexity; coordinate cross functional work.
  • Collaborate and function in a large team environment.
  • This job requires regular and predictable attendance.
- OR -
an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
[UTA reserves the right to determine the equivalencies of education and experience.]

As a full-time Administrative Employee, your Total Rewards Benefits Package will include:

  • Health, dental, vision, life/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance (eligible after 30 days of employment), with Flexible Spending and Dependent Care accounts. Choice between Traditional Co-Pay or High Deductible Health Plans for medical coverage. HSA with company match available to employees enrolled in the HDHP. Benefit plans include coverage for domestic partners (eligibility affidavit required for coverage).
  • Onsite Health and Wellness Clinics for medical care at no cost to employees, spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children.
  • 22 days of accrued paid time off (13 vacation days and 9 sick days), which increases with tenure at UTA.
  • 10 paid holidays and two paid (2) floating holidays per year.
  • Retirement options - Pension Plan with 5-year vesting schedule and 457 Contribution Plan, available for immediate contributions and company matching.
  • Generous tuition reimbursement for higher education, available for any higher education degree (bachelor, master, or PHD). Course of study must be approved prior to enrollment.
  • Training, development, and career advancement opportunities.
  • Paid parental leave for birth, adoption, and child placement (after 12 months of employment).
  • Free transit passes for employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  • Employee assistance program – includes counseling, legal services, financial planning, etc.
  • UTA Well – a comprehensive wellness program designed to support employees and dependents in their health and wellness goals.
  • Free on-site fitness facilities and discounted membership to VASA Fitness and EoS Fitness.
  • Discounted cell phone plans with T-Mobile and AT&T.
  • Pet insurance plan options (tailored plan coverage based on pet’s health and needs).
For more information on UTA’s Total Rewards benefits package, please visit:
Pay Range: $89,000.00 or more, depending on experience
If interested, apply before: Friday, July 5th, 2024 @ 5:59 PM MST
* Utah Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer of all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, covered veterans, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process should contact UTA Human Resources at 801-287-2324. A minimum of two workdays’ notice prior to the need for the accommodation is required.
*Utah Transit Authority is a drug-free workplace, subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations under 49 CFR Part40655, and 219. All offers for employment are contingent upon a successful pre-employment drug test. If a pre-employment test returns a non-negative result, an application for employment may be rejected. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing for drug and alcohol use. All safety sensitive employees are subject to random testing for drug and alcohol use.

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