Senior Manager, Transportation Planning (Art & Design)

Los Angeles Metro Art & Design Program

Los Angeles, CA


Basic Function

Oversees, manages and executes all work activities associated with the incorporation of art and design into major transit project planning, engineering, construction and/or property management activities.


Example Of Duties

  • Coordinates the work of employees involved with various major projects and/or programs in multiple geographic areas and manages consultant contracts to ensure art and design integration
  • Manages and oversees highly visible countywide transportation art and design projects and programs and related community engagement
  • Develops, reviews and approves the integration of art and design during project planning phases including preliminary and advanced conceptual engineering
  • Initiates and writes scopes of work, requests for proposals, prepares cost estimates, reviews and evaluates proposals, and participates in contract negotiations
  • Participates on strategic cross-departmental teams with planning, engineering, and operations during project and program development and delivery
  • Serves in senior manager capacity on multi-disciplinary planning, architecture, engineering, and/or property management teams and develops innovative projects and programs in support of agency goals
  • Leads and facilitates meetings to develop agency-wide and departmental strategies, processes, and policies
  • Participates and promotes the development of art, design, and cultural programming, planning, strategies, and policy guidelines for programs and projects along transit lines and transportation corridors and in other viable areas
  • Develops, negotiates, and executes partnerships and cooperative and service agreements, Memorandum of Understanding, and inter-agency funding plans to include scopes of work, financial plans, schedules, and contracts with other agencies and third parties
  • Provides technical support and policy guidance to management on Metro plans, programs, and projects
  • Evaluates contractor performance and compliance including regulatory, safety and legal requirements, scheduling, and budgeting ensures productive use of contractors
  • Participates and takes leadership position in regional forums; leads inter-agency task forces and technical advisory groups; makes policy recommendations
  • Supervises, trains, and provides technical assistance to subordinate staff
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency's safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out


Requirements For Employment

  • Bachelor’s degree - Urban or Transportation Planning, Engineering (Civil, Transportation, Structural, Industrial, Mechanical, Architecture, etc), Business, Public Administration, Political Science, Urban Design, Public Policy, Economics, or other related field
  • 5 year's of progressively responsible experience in incorporating art and design into transportation planning, project management, transit station design, urban design, property management, or other related area including two years manager and/or project manager level experience
  • Master's degree in a related field is desirable



  • Theories, principles, and practices of project and program management, transportation planning and regulations, urban design, art and design, architecture, and site planning/programming
  • Best practices in transit facility art, design, cultural planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and site design
  • Metro's System wide Station Design standards
  • Metro Rail Design Criteria, Metro Architectural Standard Drawings, and other related and relevant Metro station design documents
  • Metro requirements as they apply to transit station public areas and property management
  • Metro requirements as they apply to transit station public areas and property management
  • State and federal art law and copyright issues
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies funding, and planning for a public agency
  • Organization and processes of local, regional, state and federal government, including legislative and funding processes and policies
  • Financial, analytical, statistical, and mathematical methods and procedures
  • Computer presentation, graphics and drafting applications
  • Modern management theory



  • Read, understand, and review transit station art, design, architectural, landscape architectural, signage plans, and property management activities as related to the transit rider experience
  • Provide comments and direction to art and design teams and contractors in developing plans for new stations, station modifications, and cultural programming
  • Apply Metro's System wide Design standards in directing new station and station modification designs to meet Metro Rail Design Criteria, Metro Architectural Standard Drawings, and other relevant Metro design standards
  • Manage the activities of a major transportation mode, project, or program
  • Determine strategies to achieve goals
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Mediate and negotiate
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, recommend solutions, and evaluate outcome
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and budgets
  • Represent Metro before the public
  • Make financial decisions within a budget
  • Exercise judgment and creativity in making decisions
  • Supervise, train, and provide expert technical assistance to subordinate staff



Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process that may consist of any combination of written, performance, or oral appraisal to further evaluate job-related experience, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Metro's website at and complete an online Employment Application. 


Computers are available to complete online Employment Applications at the following Metro location:

METRO Headquarters, Employment Office 
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 922-6217 or persons with hearing or speech impairments can use California Relay Service 711 to contact Metro. 

All completed online Employment Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date. (pk)

*Open to the public and all Metro employees

This job bulletin is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform other related job duties.

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