Regional Transporation Authority

Job Description

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting application to fill the Senior Analyst, Local Planning and Program Management position. As the oversight agency for the three transit Service Boards that provide two million daily rides throughout the six-county region, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) believes successful communications are essential to build and sustain support for public transportation.

Under the direction of the Division Manager, Local Planning and Program Management, the Senior Analyst provides technical expertise for program and project management activities for the federally funded Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and People with Disabilities (Section 5310) program as well as conducts or manages multifaceted transit plans in support of the RTA’s Community Planning and Access to Transit programs. Assists with project management and compliance requirements for federally funded Section 5310 operating, capital and mobility management projects in support of the Human Services Transportation Plan. Develops and nurtures partnerships with local municipalities, counties, the RTA Service Boards (Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace), private non-profit human service agencies and other regional agencies. The position involves attending night and some weekend meetings and requires travel throughout the six-county region.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Supports all aspects of the Section 5310 program and project administration including ensuring compliance with federal and RTA regulations, conducting program and project specific performance metric monitoring activities, and administering RTA grant agreements with recipients.
  2. Participates in program development efforts, including developing program policies and parameters, conducting calls for projects, and participating in project selection processes.
  3. Provide assistance with project development and management activities, including project scoping, procurement, performance metric reporting methods and tracking, technical document review, contracting and invoicing.
  4. Assists with soliciting new projects for the RTA’s technical assistance and grant funded programs.
  5. Prepares, monitors, and processes project-related grant documents, contracts and invoices.
  6. Responsible for successful project management of transportation / land-use focused planning and implementation studies through the Community Planning program.
  7. Supports administration of the Access to Transit program.
  8. Conducts GIS-based analysis and mapping activities including preparing Story Map Journals highlighting completed projects.
  9. Research best planning practices and emerging topics related to transportation, land-use, non-traditional transit options.
  10. Represents the RTA on various local and regional committees or working groups focusing on local land use planning, housing, economic development, and other related topics.
  11. Develops and maintains open communications with project contacts, municipal officials, and RTA service board staff, including contact with elected officials.
  12. Engages in conflict resolution with local community and county staff, elected officials, RTA service boards and consulting firms.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Geography, or a related field. Master’s Degree and / or AICP certification is preferred. Experience in urban planning with a focus on transit and transportation planning, including coordinated paratransit services, knowledge of local transportation planning and transportation/land use relationships is required. Experience with managing federal awards, including compliance with federal and RTA regulations, tracking performance metrics, administering grant agreements and processing invoices for payment and familiarity with local financing tools and local and federal grant funding sources for both land use projects and transit service projects. Proficiency with Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint) required. Experience with digital photography, Photoshop, ESRI GIS, Google SketchUp, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or other visualization and graphics tools is desirable. Position requires ability to attend night meetings and travel within the six-county RTA service area. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The RTA reimburses for travel at the federal rate for mileage reimbursement. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at

Salary Mid-Point: $78,093

Salary Range: $62,474 to $93,711

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. RTA provides full pay ranges so candidates can consider their growth potential.

****We are currently working remotely, returning to the office on a hybrid/flex work schedule soon. ****

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Regional Transportation Authority

Human Resources, Attn: 21-SALPPM

175 W. Jackson, Suite 1650

Chicago, IL 60604

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