Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Seeking a Transportation Planner/Development Associate

Job Position


Transportation Planner/Development Associate



The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is seeking a full-time Transportation Planner/Development Associate. Under general supervision of the Manager of Sponsored Program Development in the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Policy, the successful candidate will independently perform agency functions pertaining to implementation of SmartMoves for Changing Region – the region’s Long-Range Transportation and Development Plan. These functions include, but are not limited to, the research and development of discretionary funding applications for local, state and federal programs to advance the priorities of the region. This position will also aid in efforts to garner widespread support for SPC’s funding applications, including from elected officials, community groups, and a wide variety of stakeholders. The position will also aid in the development, outreach and administration of SPC’s competitive federal funding programs.




  • Ability to accurately interpret notices of funding opportunities, programmatic guidelines and requirements.
  • Research regional funding opportunities available from a variety of local, state, federal, and private sources.
  • Collaborate internally with other directors and managers and with external planning partners to identify potential infrastructure needs, collect data, and establish regional priorities.
  • Research, prepare, gather, organize spatial and socioeconomic data, and interpret research, technical reports and plans for the preparation of applications.
  • Adhere to application schedules by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review and approval.
  • Lead in organizing and providing information for funding application review meetings at various junctures throughout the application processes.
  • Communicate application requirements with directors and managers; provides status information at review meetings.
  • Develop proposals by assembling information including project purpose and need, project objectives and desired outcomes/regional benefits, project delivery schedules, project staffing, and measures of effectiveness.
  • Develop benefit/cost analyses in support of funding applications
  • Work with finance office on budget preparation and final application submission to ensure agency resources can support proposed work and sponsor terms and conditions.
  • Assist in the administration and oversight of SPC competitive funding programs.
  • Assist project sponsors and community partners in planning for and advancing local transportation priorities through coordination and collaboration.
  • Identify innovative, nontraditional finance opportunities in order to help advance projects that achieve the regional vision and meet identified needs.
  • Develop funding scenarios and helps secure additional funding and support for transportation projects development and delivery.
  • Represent SPC on local planning initiatives, stakeholder groups, steering committees, etc.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with state, federal, and local agencies, other stakeholders and the general public.
  • All other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Manager.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public administration, planning, business, or related field.
  • One (1) year of experience in public policy and public funding required. A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Proficient level computer skills with experience using MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite and other PC based software.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred.
  • Experience with portals for information exchange such as, Grants Online, etc.


  • Knowledge of Grant Writing, Public Policy, basic understanding of
  • Urban/Regional Planning and Transportation/Infrastructure Concepts
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in the English language, use written/oral comprehension and expression, deductive and inductive reasoning, mathematical reasoning, speech clarity and recognition, information ordering, fluency of ideas.
  • Skill in interpreting written notice of funding opportunities (NOFO), applying learned information to written materials, working with community and/or business partners to gather data and discern relevant information.
  • Skill in problem identification, information gathering and organization, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, systems evaluation, reading comprehension, writing, speaking, idea generation and evaluation, visioning, active learning and listening, solution appraisal, monitoring, coordination, synthesis/reorganization.

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