Transportation Planner (II/III)

Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission

Roanoke, VA United States

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is the regional planning agency serving 11 jurisdictions in western Virginia. The Regional Commission staff also support the functions of the Roanoke Valley Transportation Planning Organization, a seven-jurisdiction area encompassing the urbanized area of the Roanoke Valley. The Regional Commission is a leader in driving collaboration and strategy within our communities on issues that are critical to the economic growth and quality of life of this region.


Roanoke is a growing metropolitan region with abundant recreational and cultural resources. Residents enjoy the benefits of an urban area, exciting night life and numerous outdoor amenities. The Regional Commission's offices are located in downtown Roanoke.


General Definition

The Transportation Planner, under the direct supervision of the Director of Transportation, is responsible for performing transportation-related professional and technical work independently and in teams.  Such work may include preparing and developing plans and reports, managing committees, soliciting public input, creating maps, conducting field work, analyzing and interpreting transportation information, presenting information to stakeholders, and representing the Commission to local or state organizations.  Maintains current knowledge on federal and state transportation legislation, technical transportation analysis methods, and software skills such as those related to Microsoft Office and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 



Typical Work Tasks

Duties include (but are not limited to) the following efforts:


  • Oversee or participate in the development of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Congestion Management Process Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, corridor studies and other regional transportation plans and financial programs;


  • Performs Environmental Justice, Title VI and Public Involvement-related activities to support planning and programming efforts;


  • Generates maps and analyzes spatial data using GIS software;


  • Researches, collects, and analyzes data as necessary to prepare assigned reports;


  • Provides technical assistance and advice to local agency officials, member organizations, and other interested parties;


  • Contributes to the preparation of the annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Rural Transportation Planning Work Program;


  • Serves as the staff liaison for assigned transportation activities;


  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training classes to stay abreast of regional, state, and federal requirements and regulations;
  • Consults with staff of local, state, and federal governments and modal agencies concerning transportation plans, programs, and projects;


  • Assists with RVTPO daily operations and functions;


  • Coordinates with other Commission staff to ensure that meetings, documents, as well as public involvement activities, are well-prepared and well-documented;


  • Represents the Regional Commission and Transportation Planning Organization at meetings in a professional manner;


  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate must have a genuine interest / motivation to further developing a career in transportation planning and will possess knowledge of regional multimodal transportation planning theories, principles, practices and techniques.


The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Independently manage transportation plans, studies, or key programs,
  • Initiate work as needed with little or no prompting,
  • Complete transportation planning tasks with minimal supervision,
  • Establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships,
  • Lead meetings with groups of 10-20 people
  • Effectively communicate verbally before public groups,
  • Prepare credible and understandable written materials,
  • Plan, organize, and complete projects in a timely manner,
  • Execute multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines,
  • Work flexible hours, including evenings or weekends, as needed,
  • Utilize personal computers and common software application packages such as Microsoft Office, ESRI ArcGIS, Google products, and online meeting platforms.


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in transportation planning, transportation policy/administration, transportation or civil engineering (or a closely related field)
  • Three years of experience working in the transportation planning field
  • AICP


Salary and Benefits

  • Starting Position and Salary Range ($45,000-$54,000), depend on qualifications
  • Excellent benefits package including health/dental insurance, paid leave accruals, flexible work schedule, retirement contributions, and many others.


To Apply

See  Complete Interest Form; submit a cover letter and resume to Sherry Dean, Director of Finance, at

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 26,2020. 


The position is open until filled.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range

Contact Information

Sherry Dean
313 Luck Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA
United States
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