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Transportation Community Planner

Are you looking for:
  • A truly rewarding and unique opportunity, where your strengths, talents and knowledge make a huge difference? 
  • Outdoor adventures? This means hiking, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand-up paddle boarding, or canoe paddling every day (after or before work).
  • Learning about different cultures and trying international cuisine? What about traveling? Japan is only a 9-hour plane ride away.
  • Warm tropical breezes? Our winter weather is a dream—sunny with temperatures in the high 70s!

The Hawaii Federal-aid Highway Division is a small, diverse, office ‘ohana (family) that makes a substantial impact on the transportation network in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Be a part of an office that is focused on building organizational capacity in the Hawaii Department of Transportation, the four (yes, 4!) LPAs, and the two MPOs. These are exciting times for the Hawaii Division as there is so much going on: Complete Streets, Safe Streets for All, Carbon Reduction Program, Transportation Asset Management, Resiliency/Sea Level Rise, and more. 

As a Transportation Community Planner, you will:
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to FHWA staff and state Department of Transportation and MPO staffs on current Federal planning requirements, policies, procedures, and guidance.
  • Oversee the development of transportation planning processes, programs and products and assess the adequacy of State and/or Metropolitan Planning processes to meet Federal transportation planning requirements.
  • Explain requirements, negotiate working agreements, exchange, and review information; and resolve problems with state Department of Transportation and/or MPO officials and other interested parties.
  • Promote developing and applying strategic and effective transportation planning management systems and lead in the implementation of new transportation planning program requirements and best practices.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for planning and system data.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced mid-career transportation planning professional who has the skills and abilities to effectively represent the agency to Federal, state, and local officials and the public. This candidate is someone with good communication, negotiation and partnering skills who desires to work in a challenging, complex, innovative environment.