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American Public Transportation Association

 Program Manager-Sustainability & Planning

The individual in this position reports to the Director-Planning, Policy and Sustainability and is responsible for managing and organizing activities that support APTA's environmental and policy program goals affecting the public transit industry.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages the APTA Sustainability Commitment and serves as a resource to signatories to the commitment and tracks progress against commitment performance metrics;
  • Serves as a staff advisor to the APTA Sustainability Committee and supports subcommittees and working groups of the committee;
  • Facilitates updates to and develops new Sustainability recommended practices under the APTA Sustainability and Urban Design Standards program;
  • Supports the APTA Planning and Policy Committee and selected subcommittees, as assigned, especially the major capital investment planning subcommittee, environmental subcommittee, the transit performance management subcommittee and the environmental justice/Title VI subcommittee;
  • Helps coordinate sessions at APTA conferences, workshops and policy forums, especially the APTA Sustainability & Multimodal Planning Workshop;
  • Develops industry comments on, tracks, and reports policy and regulatory changes under NEPA, the Capital Investment Grant program, MAP-21 and FAST Act performance-based planning and programming, Clean Air Act, National Trust for Historic Preservation and other associated regulations and policies affecting public transit systems programs and capital projects;
  • Monitors Federal initiatives on performance management including asset management, state of good repair and life cycle cost initiatives for transit infrastructure;
  • Tracks and monitors changes in performance based energy and environment programs for high performance buildings and facilities such as LEED, LEED-ND, ENERGY STAR and their impact on transit;
  • Serves as liaison to the Federal Transit Administration's Environmental Management System Program and tracks activities;
  • As assigned, take the lead in developing expertise and lead responsibilities in policy areas such as sustainability, energy, and resiliency;
  • Communicates in writing and through personal contacts APTA's position on a broad range of policy issues including issues involving environmental, energy and social/ community engagement (i.e. HUD, environmental justice) programs;
  • As directed, represents the Association at conferences on energy, environmental and land use related policies and initiatives.


  • Extent to which the APTA members and staff are informed in a timely manner on environmental and green infrastructure policies and programs;
  • Extent to which APTA Sustainability Committee members and APTA Policy and Planning Committee subcommittee members are served and supported in a timely manner;
  • Extent to which the number of signatories to commitment increases;
  • Extent to which written work products are accurate, timely and effectively prepared;
  • Quality of communication materials and presentations.

Bachelor's degree in public administration or policy, transportation or related field (master's degree in urban planning or sustainability, preferred), one to two years work experience with programs related to public policy, familiarity with federal transit policies and programs as well as major issues and priorities in public transportation, and strong writing and communications skills. Must be able to travel to assigned conferences and meetings.

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