Capital Planning and Programming Lead – Transportation and Mobility Planning – Public Works in Denver, CO

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5 - 7 years

Posted 7 weeks ago

The Transportation and Mobility Planning division is seeking a Capital Planning and Programming Lead to serve as the primary contact with transportation planning and funding partners at the federal, regional, state, and local level; develop priority projects for implementation; and coordinate capital project budgeting requests for multi-modal transportation and other infrastructure capital projects. Although this individual will be a part of the Planning team, this position requires a wholistic view of the Public Works Department to cross cut through the different sections: planning, community design & development, deliver, and integrated project management to gather project financial information and needs.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about the fiscal and schedule aspects of transportation projects and is flexible to work with teammates who need help completing required process forms while being able to lead strategic discussions of expenditures and project implementation with leadership and elected officials.

Job duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serve as a liaison with outside funding agencies (Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Regional Transportation District (RTD)) to enhance Denver's opportunities to maximize outside funding
  • Represent Denver at planning forums for the development of state and regional transportation plans and ensure inclusion of Denver's multimodal transportation priorities and needs
  • Serve as a key stakeholder for preparation of the Public Works Strategic Transportation Plan update and other Citywide or Department plans to identify funding priorities
  • Build relationships with planning staff in other City agencies (Department of Finance, Parks and Recreation, Denver International Airport, and Community Planning and Development) to leverage funding
  • Direct the Denver Subregional Forum and Committees: conduct public meetings consisting of elected officials and high-level managers from City and outside agencies under the governance of DRCOG to program Transportation Improvement Program funds, coordinate long-range plans and facilitate other discussions that come before the Forum
  • Secure grant funding:
  • Serve as the Grant Liaison for Public Works
  • Lead grant opportunity identification
  • Coordinate project development with engineering project managers and planners
  • Provide quality control for all grant-writing and application processes
  • Participate in the Citywide Grant Policy Advisory Committee coordinated by the Budget Management Office and Mayor's Office
  • Lead the Public Works Grants Internal Coordination Team
  • Participate in internal efforts to coordinate grant submissions with other implementing agencies
  • Lead the annual and 6-year Capital Improvement Program need identification for the Project Delivery Team (Plan, Design, Build & Deliver)
  • Develop tools for prioritizing transportation projects and programs that can be customized based on funding opportunity
  • May develop processes, procedures, and/or guidelines, be responsible for required project reports related to grants, update forms, and track data metrics for performance


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Master's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, Project Management, or a related degree
  • Five or more years of successful public agency transportation planning and grant funding research and application in support of planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure including multimodal transportation, utilities, wastewater, buildings and/or public services
  • Budget and accounting experience
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interpret highly technical engineering and planning information and create a convincing story to attain funding
  • Methodical and strategic thinking
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Ability to build constructive and effective relationships

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in City or Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Engineering, or a related degree
  • Experience: Six (6) years of professional planning experience
  • Licensures/Certification(s): Requires a valid Driver's License at the time of application. Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements