Principal Planner

MARC is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Principal Planner in performance measures, safety and mobility. This person will lead work plans to implement MARC’s initiatives related to the transportation performance management program.

Date posted: May 1, 2024

Position status:  Conducting interviews

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About MARC

MARC is the Kansas City area’s nonprofit association of city and county governments and metropolitan planning organization, providing a forum for the region to work together to advance the social, economic, and environmental progress of the Kansas City region.  

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Why Work at MARC?

MARC is proud to offer a highly competitive fringe benefits package, generous paid time off and flexible remote work policy, among many other perks. 


The Principal Planner leads a team focused on advancing policy development, planning and implementation of transportation system safety programs and of emerging mobility services and technologies within the context of regional transportation, social, economic, and environmental goals, and performance objectives. This position is responsible for leading work plans to implement MARC’s initiatives related to transportation performance management program. This position manages the transportation performance management program and the Transportation Planner III-Safety, Performance Measures, and New Mobility. This position is responsible for communication and coordination with the Highway Committee.

What you’ll do

Program Management

  • Leads performance-management work, including the establishment of federally required and voluntary performance measures and targets.
  • Collects and analyzes data, prepares reports and presentations, and supports policy analysis and development related to regional transportation investments and development.
  • Manages Congestion Management Process and develops Congestion Management-related work products.
  • Advances EV planning initiatives and AV Policy Framework.
  • Serves as Research Services Department partnership liaison with the Transportation & Environment Department.
  • Oversees the maintenance of functional class network.
  • Oversees development and implementation of the Regional Transportation Safety Plan.
  • Oversees safety funding call for projects and programming.

Committee Management

  • Works with the Highway Committee in preparation of an annual work plan, development of meeting agendas and material, and coordination with co-chairs and members. Cultivates external and internal relationships with agencies and individuals to engage and support the work towards a shared vision.
  • Oversees work with Destination Safe committees.

Customer Service

  • Provides technical and policy guidance to local jurisdictions and agencies on MARC policies and programs.

Management and Leadership

  • Motivates and leads staff by encouraging open communication, giving and soliciting feedback. Creates a culture of teamwork and collaboration. Coaches and requires professional development to encourage individuals to grow professionally.
  • Allocates work to maximize staff strengths, and to create efficient workflows.
  • Inspires staff through service leadership and motivates team members to accomplish goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills you’ll need

  • Ability to establish and effectively communicate goals and objectives.
  • Ability to provide strong positive leadership by connecting the work of each individual to greater goals of the organization; identify individual strengths and allocate work in ways that maximize strengths and build a strong sense of inclusiveness and teamwork.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers from diverse backgrounds and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Ability to facilitate and lead group discussions, make presentations, serve as a spokesperson and a relationship builder.
  • Ability to drive consensus among diverse parties with different interests and perspectives to create change.
  • Ability to initiate, plan and complete work with a high level of accuracy and effectiveness.
  • Ability to read and comprehend complex city, state, federal and other agency regulations.
  • Ability to provide excellent service to internal and external customers, demonstrating a positive approach and providing timely and thorough responses.
  • Ability to look for new and innovative ways to accomplish work. Identify internal practices and external systems that are less than effective, recommend and implement viable solutions.
  • Ability to conduct research, accurately prepare reports, analyze and present information.
  • Ability to understand the big, long-range picture. Recognize where current trends will lead and how they may influence the organization’s direction. Foresee opportunities that will come and go.
  • Ability to understand and manage overall financial health of a program including creating budgets, monitoring, and reporting on expenditures, as well as identifying and addressing future financial needs.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Teams, Office 365, and ability to learn and use various software platforms.

Basic requirements

  • Master’s degree in transportation, planning, business, public administration, or closely related field.
  • Minimum eight years work experience in the transportation industry, including prior experience in transportation performance management, safety, and/or emerging mobility/transportation technology.
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Certifications: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification preferred.
  • Licenses: None.
  • Any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience may be considered to meet minimum qualifications.

Salary and benefits

Starting salary for this position is from $72,500 to $92,000 per year, depending upon qualifications. MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. MARC offers employees the flexibility to work remotely for up to two days per work week.

How to apply

To apply, complete our online application form and attach your cover letter and resume.

MARC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. MARC may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.