Active Transportation Coordinator – Charlotte, NC | 2.10.18

Name of Employer: City of Charlotte

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Charlotte, NC

Job title: Active Transportation Coordinator

Job Details / Description

Negotiable up to $92,360

Job Candidate Qualifications

City of Charlotte, NC Active Transportation Coordinator/Transportation Planner III

General Summary:

The City of Charlotte is one of the nation’s fastest growing communities and is currently the 17th most populated city in the nation.  The City of Charlotte is considered a national leader in the “Complete Streets” movement and is committed to becoming a more bicycle-friendly and more walkable community.  Charlotte’s intense growth over 300 square miles requires a multi-faceted approach towards accommodating vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT), a leader in progressive transportation, seeks a talented individual to develop, manage, and champion active transportation initiatives, projects, and studies that benefit users of all ages and abilities.  The Active Transportation Coordinator will work to deliver projects, programs, studies, and encouragement strategies to promote trips accomplished by walking, biking and transit and will work to create active public spaces within the City’s public right-of-way.

This position will oversee the implementation of the Charlotte BIKES and Charlotte WALKS plans and will supervise the Pedestrian Program Coordinator and the Bicycle Program Coordinator. This position will support the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Coordinators by overseeing all active transportation activities and will represent pedestrian and bicycle interests among many diverse stakeholders, including between departments and outside agencies on all active transportation related issues.

In addition, the City of Charlotte is partnering with Mecklenburg County to implement an over 30-mile Cross Charlotte Trail that connects across the entire City and County.  This position will serve as the Cross Charlotte Trail Planning Manager ensuring the advancement of this signature trail project.  With the recent creation of the City of Charlotte Placemaking Hub, this position will also serve as CDOT’s Planning Manager to create active public space projects within the City’s public right-of-way.  This position will work closely with other Divisions in CDOT to implement such projects.

The Active Transportation Coordinator will serve on various committees and teams and represent the department in public meetings and community outreach. Work in this position involves extensive public engagement.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. Develop, manage and champion active transportation initiatives, projects and studies that benefit users of all ages and abilities and promote trips accomplished by walking, biking and transit.
  2. Provide pedestrian and bicycle policy and design expertise through capital projects and land development review to advance the pedestrian and bicycle network in Charlotte.
  3. Implement pedestrian and bicycle policies, programs, standards and projects outlined in the adopted Charlotte BIKES plan, Charlotte WALKS plan and Transportation Action Plan.
  4. Serve as the Cross Charlotte Trail Planning Manager advancing this signature trail project through implementation of the Cross Charlotte Trail Master Plan.
  5. Serve as CDOT’s coordinating planner tasked with advancing active public space projects using the tools of the recently created City of Charlotte Placemaking Hub. Work involves extensive coordination with other CDOT Divisions such as Engineering & Operations and Public Service.
  6. Work on a variety of high-profile multi-faceted active transportation planning projects and studies throughout the city.
  7. Apply strong multi-disciplinary land use and transportation skills, computer skills, sophisticated communication abilities, and the ability to manage dynamic projects with specific deadlines both independently and in a team setting.
  8. Collect and analyze data pertinent to pedestrian and bicycle issues, such as crash data, traffic counts and pedestrian and bicycle counts where appropriate.
  9. Respond to public requests for information on pedestrian and bicycle-related issues.
  10. Make presentations to elected and appointed officials, neighborhood groups and other stakeholders regarding active transportation issues, projects, etc.
  11. Conduct media interviews on active transportation-related issues.
  12. Work with both public and private sectors to identify and obtain funding for proposed projects and programs.
  13. Perform field work by foot and by bicycle, including group tours of existing bicycle facilities.
  14. Perform related work as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from a four-year college or university in transportation or urban planning, transportation engineering, landscape architecture, urban design or a related field, preferably supplemented by a Master’s Degree.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in transportation planning preferred with an emphasis in bicycle and pedestrian planning, facility design and programming and greenway/trail planning and design. Prefer experience as a project manager having worked on a wide variety of projects.
  • Supervisory and/or collaborative project team experience preferred.
  • Proven customer service, collaboration, conflict management, problem solving, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and media relations skills preferred.

Additional Qualifications:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification or registration as a Professional Engineer in North Carolina is strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation planning.
  • Thorough understanding of state-of-the-practice pedestrian and bicycle facility planning, design and implementation techniques.
  • Thorough understanding of funding mechanisms for pedestrian and bicycle projects at the federal, state and local levels of government.
  • Familiarity with urban design, tactical urbanism and placemaking trends.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of land use planning, including zoning and land development principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of analytic research methods and the ability to apply them to planning problems.
  • Possess the skills to diplomatically and effectively address concerns from residents, elected officials, various departmental managers, and outside agencies.
  • Demonstrated success in creating partnerships to deliver programs, including funding partnerships
  • Demonstrated ability to independently set workload priorities, manage multiple funding sources and lead multidisciplinary teams across organizational lines; and demonstrated ability to work with demanding and competing deadlines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within CDOT and with various other departments/agencies.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of local government administration.
  • Ability to address controversial and emerging issues in the community on a regular basis.
  • Ability to prepare reports/documents in a well organized and easily understood format.
  • Ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS) and full array of Microsoft Office products. Prefer knowledge in Adobe InDesign and other graphic design software.
  • Understanding of how to operate a bicycle.

Sensory Requirements:

  • Touch
  • Normal hearing or hearing correctable with hearing aid
  • Vision (distance, near, and peripheral) necessary to maintain NC driver’s license
  • Insight to prepare and analyze data
  • Effective communication both verbally and in writing

Physical Requirements:

  • Bending
  • Sitting
  • Pushing/Pulling
  • Reaching

How to Apply

Close Date is February 14, 2018

How to Apply:

All applicants must apply online.

If you need assistance completing your online application, you are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available.

Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays. Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


Posted on

February 10, 2018