Posting dates: 6/24/2022 - 7/5/2022
All applicants must apply online


(* indicates requisition 6876)

Job Title*:AVP Capital Planning  Pay Grade*:129 / Salary commensurate with
experience and education
Section*:Rail Planning  Job Code:1344 
Division*:Project Management  FLSA/EEO:Exempt/Official Administrators 
Department*:Rail Program Development    

Responsible for directing and managing the development of short and long-range capital plans for transit projects, as well as managing or supporting programs related to sustainability programs and integration of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) initiatives. This is accomplished by developing the transit system plan, conducting alternatives analyses, environmental assessments/studies, preliminary engineering studies, corridor/facility improvement programs, policies, guidelines, and other related technical tasks. Assigned projects are high profile with substantial political interaction and public scrutiny and may include high-speed rail, light rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), streetcar and commuter/regional rail transit systems. Duties also include planning, staffing, scheduling, contract management, budgeting and coordination of subcontractors and internal and external support staff. Must be capable of applying diversified knowledge of capital planning and transit industry-specific principles and practices. This position requires experience leading multiple simultaneous complex projects, and candidate must be capable of independently making decisions on significant policy/planning/engineering problems and issues.


  1. Directs the Capital Planning divisions activities, including transit system planning, travel demand forecasting, corridor development, site specific facility planning, sustainability planning, and feasibility assessments. Assures coordination with local and regional planning efforts.
  2. Directs corridor-planning activities to advance projects, facilities, and corridors identified in the Transit System Plan or the Regional Transportation Plan through the project development process.
  3. Responsible for capital project planning, preliminary engineering and environmental impact assessments/studies for the transit system and related facilities and infrastructure.
  4. Supports the agency in coordinating capital planning needs related to modernization, resiliency, and upgrades to existing facilities and systems.
  5. Coordinates with internal staff on grant opportunities and integration of projects and programs into short and long range agency financial plans.
  6. Establishes goals, policies, and procedures for accomplishing the divisions work program that ensures effective communication within DART, with service area cities, with DARTs customers and with the community in general. Assists in obtaining major approvals and agreements from city, state, and Federal agencies to assure project schedules, funding and goals are met.
  7. Prepares and makes formal presentations to the DART Board, service area city councils and various community groups on high profile projects with substantial political interaction and public scrutiny.
  8. Supervises subordinate staff and consultants to include recommending applicant selection, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, and, if necessary, terminates subordinate personnel in accordance with established policies, procedures, and guidelines to include Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) program goals and objectives.
  9. Monitors work progress, prepares monthly progress reports, assists and guides as necessary to ensure quality work that is delivered on time.
  10. Participates in the budget development process and operates within approved budget for the division.
  11. Monitors status of contacts within division to ensure adherence to work program, budget, and quality of work or service.
  12. Prepares a variety of documents and reports for management review.
  13. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Note: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the below stated minimums excluding High School Diploma, GED, Licenses, or Certifications.

  1. Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Public Administration, Engineering or related field. A Masters Degree in related field is desirable.
  2. AICP or PE certification/registration or similar credentials are preferred.
  3. Six (6) years progressively responsible transit planning experience in capital planning for LRT, commuter rail, BRT, or streetcar environment, including experience directing and overseeing a professional staff involved with rail transit projects, system planning or corridor planning. A demonstrated working knowledge of Federal Transit Administration policy, guidance and programs related to capital project development is highly desirable.
  4. Knowledge of sustainability/climate action plans and benefits as well as understanding of MaaS programs.
  5. Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  6. Must possess a valid TX Driver License to utilize DART non-revenue vehicles as required.
  7. Ability to be mobile and occasionally lift objects weighing 5-30 pounds.
  8. Ability to be dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  9. Ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles. Can get messages across that have the desired effect.
  10. Ability to step up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities. Read situations quickly. Good at focused listening. Can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably. Can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
  11. Ability to blend people into teams when needed. Creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team. Shares wins and successes. Fosters open dialogue. Lets people finish and be responsible for their work. Defines success in terms of the whole team. Creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  12. Ability to provide challenging and stretching tasks and assignments. Holds frequent development discussions. Is aware of career goals for each direct report. Constructs compelling development plans and executes them. Is a people builder.
  13. Ability to accurately scope out length and difficulty of tasks and projects. Sets objectives and goals. Breaks down work into the process steps. Develops schedules and task/people assignments. Anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks. Measures performance against goals. Evaluates results.
  14. Ability to use rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions. Can see hidden problems. Is excellent at honest analysis. Looks beyond the obvious and does not stop at the first answers.

Reports to VP Capital Planning *

Works in an environment where there is minimum exposure to dust, noise, or temperature. May be moderately exposed to unpleasant working conditions to include dust, noise, temperature, weather, petroleum products, and chemicals while visiting DART's operating facilities, assuming incumbent is observing all policies and procedures, safety precautions and regulations, and using all protective clothing and devices provided.

Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may perform other duties as assigned.

DART is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, supporting diversity in the workplace. M/F/D/V

Last Updated: 5/12/2022 doc_id=1097608018064