MPO Program Manager

Job Title: MPO Program Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Grand Island, NE

The City of Grand Island, Nebraska’s, Public Works Department is accepting applications for an MPO Program Manager.

This position performs a variety of transportation and administrative activities as required of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and as needed for the local transit program.

Essential Functions:

Propose and prepare documents for MPO related transportation studies, including safety study requests submit-ted to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Request for Proposals (RFP)/Request for Qualifications (RFQ). 

Prepare documents related to the City’s and County’s transit program. 

Coordinate related communication, meetings, and selection committees to ensure timely completion. 

Prepare and manage MPO and transit related documents required by state and federal regulations and laws including the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), Public Participation Plan (PPP), Annual Performance and Expenditure Report (APER) and the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP), including their timely submittals to the GIAMPO Technical Advisory Committee, the GIAMPO Policy Board and state and federal agencies for their review and approval.

Prepare MPO budget, closely monitor expenditures, prepare expenditure estimates as needed, and ensure that expenditures remain within budget.

Perform Support for all meetings of the GIAMPO Police Board and the GIAMPO Technical Advisory Committee, including scheduling, required public notices, compiling agendas. 

Prepare meeting materials, made presentations, ensure proper record keeping, etc.., and advise administrative, technical, and regulatory requirements. 

Analyze problems, needs, changes, and enhancements and make recommendations based on findings.

Perform or ensure the performance of tasks necessary to maintain compliance with the requirements of the current Federal Transportation Funding Bill as interpreted by the regional office of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the NDOT. 

Coordinate and provide support for the various transportation studies and projects. Remain familiar with all City, County and State road and drainage projects in the MPO area to ensure they are considered in MPO activities.  Maintain a map of recent, active, and proposed projects and ensure it is accurate, up to date and available. 

Develop and maintain the MPO planning data repository (i.e. demographics, socio-economic, crashes, bike/ped counts). 

Gather and manage the data required for multimodal traffic modeling analysis. Develop transportation models, complete traffic system studies, identify issues and/or potential improvements, and suggest projects for consideration. 

Essential Functions Continued:

Develop or assist in the development of the score of services for work to be outsources, including the hiring of qualified consultants, negotiation of fees, undertaking project management responsibilities to monitor their progress, timeline, budget, quality assurance, and acceptance of final deliverables.

Organize and coordinate public involvement process in compliance with state and federal regulations and laws by implementing the PPP. Provide public information by producing brochures and reports and providing information through public speaking engagements and media interviews.

Develop and maintain travel demand model for the GIAMP region.

Prepare documents for the City’s 1 & 6 year report as required by the State.

Track the City’s CIP program and report deviation between the MPO’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program, the 1 & 6 year report, and the CIP program so that these remain synchronized.

Prepare and conduct transportation related studies and analyses in an efficient and effective manner.

Interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.

Provide general information and support to governmental officials, sponsors, users, and the general public. 

Stay abreast of policies, procedures, and legislation.

Prepare and make presentations at conferences and to local groups on topics/issues related to transportation planning. 

Occasionally assist the Engineering Division staff with inspections, public inquiries or other general issues.

Display honest, trustworthy, and ethical behavior when dealing with internal and external customers. 

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Regular attendance that is punctual and dependable is required.

Perform related duties as assigned.


A Bachelor’s degree is required in engineering, transportation planning, urban planning, public administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university with experience in transportation planning with a MPO, Council of Governments, local government, state or federal agencies involved in regional transportation planning.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional Engineer (PE)

Certified American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) certified by Institutes of Transportation Engineers

License or Certification:

Must have a valid Nebraska driver’s license.

Streets Superintendent Certification.

Responsible Charge (RC) Certification.

Required Travel:

This position requires 10% or more travel time to attend meetings, training and conferences in primarily in Nebraska, but occasionally in locations outside of the State.

Working Hours:

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (may vary depending on department needs). 


Range: 53,916.93-$80,929.89 annually plus great benefits.  Position will start at the entry level of the City’s salary table.  Consideration may be given if experience exceeds entry level qualification. 

For more detailed information and to apply, visit Position will remain open until filled.  Candidates are subject to a background check and post-offer/pre-employment physical and drug screen. EO/AAE/M/F/D/V/G