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Planning Manager, open until filled.

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) seeks qualified applicants for a Planning Manager

Interested parties are required to fill out an official PAG application.  Job descriptions and applications are available at PAG, 1 East Broadway, Ste 401, Tucson, AZ, or on the PAG website:

PAG is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and Native Americans are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must complete and submit an official PAG application form by the final closing date. Applications and complete position descriptions are available from:

Pima Association of Governments
1 E Broadway Blvd, Suite #401
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 792-1093 or

The standard application form must contain comprehensive and detailed information in order to be properly evaluated; additional material may be submitted with the official form.

Applications and supplemental information will be evaluated to determine each applicant's qualifications. Those applicants’ best qualified in terms of relevant education and experience will be invited for an interview. Final appointment will be made by the Executive Director.

Applications may be submitted to:
Pima Association of Governments
1 E Broadway Blvd, Suite #401
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Fax: (520) 792-1815

If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of an application that was submitted electronically, please contact PAG's Human Resource Department to confirm your application was received.

(Note: Employment with the Pima Association of Governments is contingent upon continuing receipt of planning or program support from federal, state and local funding agencies.)


  • HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE: Several plans are available for both health and dental care.
  • PAID TIME OFF (PTO): 16 days first year, increasing by years of service.
  • PAID SICK TIME OFF (PST): 5 Days per year.
  • PERSONAL DAYS: 2 days.
  • HOLIDAYS: 10 paid holidays.
  • CREDIT UNION: Full-service, including savings, checking and loans.
  • RETIREMENT: Arizona State Retirement System; ICMA/RC Deferred Compensation

(These benefits are currently in effect, but are subject to change.)


Job Class: Planning Manager  
FLSA: Exempt

General Description Summary:

Under general supervision of the Planning and Public Affairs Administrator, develops and implements regional planning efforts and projects focusing on technology-based initiatives. Collaborates with PAG Directors and staff to develop additional projects and initiatives that help integrate planning and implementation of Smart Region strategies to improve regional services and opportunities.
Oversees planning tasks as outlined in the PAG Overall Work Plan (OWP) which is updated as needed to implement the varied elements of a continuing, coordinated and comprehensive integrated planning program.
Provides technical assistance to various PAG committees, subcommittees and task forces as assigned, including other agencies conducting transportation planning.
Work requires considerable personal initiative, sound independent judgment and ability to develop consensus among diverse stakeholders in resolving regional planning issues.
Must possess knowledge of federal, state and local regulations pertaining to transportation planning and programming processes.
Must demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity to the structure, role, and interests of PAG member jurisdictions and associated decision-making bodies.
Supervises consultant services as required.
Supervises assigned planning staff.
Performs related work as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Planning Manager will manage the organization’s efforts around new smart mobility and emerging technology at the regional level. The position is responsible for both external and internal aspects of smart mobility program activities including strategic planning, program and policy development, fundraising, and relationship management with key communities, partners and funders.
Develops annual overall work plan and budget for planning efforts.
Manage as assigned or support activities of the Smart Region Task Force.
Develop overall strategic direction for Smart Region efforts, including smart mobility and other Smart City disciplines. 
Represent PAG’s approach on Smart Region activities through direct engagement and interaction with cities, local governments, new mobility companies and other related efforts.
Oversee the involvement in the Smart Region initiative from a diverse set of stakeholders throughout the region, with potential collaboration with partners within the Arizona Sun Corridor and statewide.
Raise awareness among local policymakers of the opportunities and challenges presented by the evolving and emerging smart mobility ecosystem in the regional context.
Work closely with PAG member agencies – through PAG’s Smart Region initiative and elsewhere – to develop a new policy framework that will help local governments manage disruptive technologies in order to provide more mobility options that are affordable, efficient and equitable.
Engage the public, private, philanthropic and academic communities to leverage their subject matter expertise to assist in providing direct technical assistance to the Smart Region initiative.
Create funding structure and develop relationships and proposals that generate revenue in order to fund the initiative and overall smart region work.
Develop and write grant proposals to meet regional needs and serve as a project manager for contracted consultant services.
Serve as a resource to and collaborate with PAG member agencies and other stakeholder groups who are planning Smart City solutions to ensure that the Smart City projects are well-coordinated and are designed and implemented to meet business needs of the Smart Region initiative; assist in developing projects consistent with the vision for a Smart Region; help shepherd projects through the project partnership, governance and procurement processes as appropriate; and ensure the projects are supportable and maintainable by appropriate department staff and stakeholder groups, and are aligned with the community's interests and vision.
Serves as staff lead for emerging smart mobility and emerging technology in the development and/or coordination of regional planning for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
Work requires knowledge of roles and responsibilities of metropolitan planning organizations and planning principles.
Manage activities to assure compliance of the program activities with federal and state regulations and funding requirements, including, but not limited to, fiscal constraint, ADA, NEPA and Title VI.
Conducts staff performance coaching, evaluations and ensure compliance with agency policies.
Ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences, both written and orally.
Possess outstanding organizational skills.
Ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously, and to carry out complex work assignments in a team environment in a timely manner with minimum of supervision.
Serve as a PAG liaison to working groups, as assigned, and develop plans in coordination with those groups to ensure financial growth and organizational stability.
Work requires the ability to coordinate with multi-jurisdictional planning and research efforts and to develop or participate in various planning processes.
Work requires considerable technical knowledge, personal initiative, and sound independent judgment to support planning goals of assigned programs.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises assigned planning staff. Serves as project manager for contracted consultant services.

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

At a minimum, requires combination of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform duties AND EITHER graduate degree with a minimum of three years experience in a related field OR an undergraduate degree with five years of related experience OR equivalent.

Computer Skills:

Exceptional computer skills with advanced knowledge of word processing, databases and other programs.  Familiar with travel demand models and GIS applications related to work.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to walk.  The employee is occasionally required to stand.  The employee is frequently required to drive to locations and participate in outreach events. 

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essentials functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is required to carry promotional materials to events.



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