Recruitment #2008-0455-001


The City of Tucson, Department of Transportation & Mobility received a Federal Transit Administration Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning grant.  We are now seeking to hire an experienced, energetic, solution-oriented, and creative Project Manager to oversee the project activities for the duration of the grant. This is a grant funded position intended to last for 3 years, depending on funding. This individual will focus on land use and planning activities along a 15-mile north-south proposed alignment of High Capacity Transit (bus rapid transit/streetcar) between three regional transit centers (Tohono Tadai at Stone/Wetmore, Ronstadt in downtown, and Laos at South 6th/Irvington), and the Tucson International Airport.  

When completed, the project will result in zoning and policy changes that will support Equitable Transit Oriented Development along this route, identify potential opportunity areas for redevelopment, and establish strategies to avoid displacement of current residents and businesses in the area by creating housing, economic development, and equity frameworks.

General Description

This grant-funded Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Manager will oversee implementation of the Federal Transit Authority's (FTA) Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning project as awarded in the FTA grant.

Essential Functions

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Manages and directs complex projects by assigning work, forecasting timelines and project parameters, reviewing and approving plans and documents, devising solutions to problems, deploying resources, ensuring projects are completed effectively and efficiently within budget time frames, studying and approving agreements, disbursing payments, conducting and attending meetings with associated parties.

Prepares forecasts of needed funds, assists in the development and implementation of budgets, monitors project budgets, authorizes expenditures and budget allocations, reviews budget documents and prepares reports and communications.

Collaborates with intra and inter-departmental personnel, develops project goals and objectives, evaluates project success and regulatory compliance, and makes presentations.

Performs administrative duties by preparing and reviewing reports and correspondence, performing safety audits and inspections, reviewing policies and procedures, providing advice, researching and analyzing information such as cost-benefit studies, developing and maintaining databases and responding to and forwarding inquiries.

Coordinates ongoing collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams including:

  • Between City Departments (Transportation & Mobility, Planning & Development Services, Housing and Community Development, and Economic Initiatives)
  • External partners such as City of South Tucson, Tucson Airport Authority and Pima Association of Government
  • Consultants and industry professionals
  • Community partners such as Equitable Housing and Development Commissions, Planning Commission, Complete Streets Coordinating Council, and other key stakeholder groups

Oversees a series of studies to be conducted by a consultant team.  Ensures that these studies align with the City's long-range transportation plan, Move Tucson, and Plan Tucson, the City's Sustainability and General Plan, the Oracle Transformation Plan and other relevant plans and policies.

Creates a final Equitable Transit Oriented Development Strategic Plan that will be reviewed and adopted by both the City of Tucson, and City of South Tucson City Councils

Performs outreach and community engagement conducted throughout the development of the studies and final equitable Transit Oriented Development strategic plan, addressing land use opportunities and issues, and grappling with countermeasures to displacement and gentrification.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Public Administration or or closely related field.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years managing complex multi-modal projects and/or policy development projects and coordinating experts from different fields

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position, may be considered

Preferred Qualifications

Masters Degree in Urban Planning, Transportation or Real Estate or closely related field.

At least 5 years managing complex planning or transportation projects and coordinating experts from different fields, or equivalent

Proficient in Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites, or similar products.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be evaluated on the written materials requested as part of this recruitment process.   

An evaluation will be conducted and scored on the Resume and Letter of Interest submitted with the application materials via the resume tab in the application process.  Please ensure that you have uploaded a resume and letter of interest. Failure to do so will result in a zero score for written evaluation portion and may impact your ability to move forward in this process.  The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to a virtual oral board interview.

  §  Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020

It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application, if you are not able to participate in the virtual format, please contact the H.R. Analyst listed below for other options once you have been invited to the virtual interview.

  § Highest scoring applicants may be asked to a hiring interview with Department of Transportation & Mobility leadership.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:     

  §  15% of your rating for education and work experience

  §  20% of your rating for evaluation of your writing sample (resume and letter of interest)

  §  65% your rating for oral board interview   

 Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process.  The      DD-214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Zurbrick by phone at (520) 260-9306 or by email at at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


This position will be filled contingent upon award of the grant.  A grant funded employee may, subject to provisions provided for by Civil Service Rules, be transferred, promoted or demoted into a non-grant funded position and become subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Rules and Regulations governing other City employment. Permanent classified employees who have previously completed a probationary period in a non-grant funded position and are serving in a grant funded position are exempt from the requirements of this section.

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