Midland Area Transportation Study

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) is seeking a full-time Planner to assist in administration of Midland MPO with principal responsibility for technical tasks. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation, or related field is required. Two or more years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning with either public or private agency required. Effective verbal and written communication skills, good knowledge of planning principles and practices; GIS familiarity a plus. 

General Summary

Carries out technical and administrative activities for the Midland Area Transportation Study (MATS) as outlined in the annual Unified Work Program (UWP), under the direction of MATS Director. Well versed in transportation planning as well as general planning techniques, processes and practices.

Assists in preparation of professional studies and reports required to maintain certified transportation planning process for the Midland Metropolitan Planning Organization. Responsible for the collection, tabulation and analysis of data in support of planning tasks. 

Typical Duties

  1. Performs professional planning (including research, analysis, development, implementation) in the preparation and maintenance of various MPO-related documents and projects (Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Work Program, Non-Motorized Plan, Annual Report; and others as needed).
  2. Performs technical analysis; collects, tabulates and analyses data for transportation planning studies. Develops procedures for data analysis, format and illustration.
  3. Conducts research into the physical, economic, social and fiscal structure within MATS planning area using available documentation, records, physical observation, past practice. Systematically analyzes and summarizes findings, prepares draft reports, gathers additional data and converts to final reports.
  4. Develops project-related maps and other graphics using GIS and/or other software programs. Performs mapping of existing and proposed transportation infrastructure, and analysis of transportation improvement projects for Title VI and Environmental Justice compliance.
  5. Conducts Asset Management annual road condition surveys, coordinates with local agencies regarding Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS) and Traffic Count Program within MATS area. Assists MDOT regarding Great Lakes Bay Region Travel Demand Model.
  6. Participates in MPO-related meetings and technical seminars, performs miscellaneous administrative duties.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation or closely related field – geography, resource management, etc.
  2. Two or more years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning with either public or private agency.
  3. Good knowledge of urban and regional planning and programming principles and practices, including knowledge of reports and procedures related to short and long range planning by Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  4. Knowledge of state and local laws and regulations dealing with planning, transportation, economics and environmental quality; understanding of MDOT, FHWA and FTA policies relating to planning process.
  5. Ability to compile, analyze and present statistical and technical data and make planning recommendations. Ability to keep accurate records and to prepare analytical reports.
  6. Effective (clear and concise) verbal and written communication skills, ability and experience dealing with officials and public.
  7. Ability to utilize computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office, Roadsoft and ESRI’s ArcGIS software. Ability to use above software to analyze planning issues and develop various map products a plus.
  8. Ability to demonstrate initiative and resourcefulness in analyzing and solving assigned problems and work tasks; ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines without close supervision.
  9. Valid Michigan driver’s license required.

Compensation Package

At-Will Employee. Full-time position (40 hours per week); compensation based upon qualifications, ranging from $35,000 to $45,000 per year. Employee eligible to receive overtime. Work beyond 40 hours per week may be required occasionally paid at time-and-half rate.

Benefits package - Paid Holidays (same as County of Midland, 13 days per year) and 2 weeks per year (10 days) Paid Leave (vacation/sick time/other) with maximum 5 days carry-over per year.  No retirement benefits.

Health/long-term disability/life insurance benefits up to $7,000 per year – employee must carry reasonable health insurance/long term disability insurance. Additional benefits may be purchased as requested, if approved by Administrative Sub-Committee and Policy Committee, but not to exceed benefit cap of $7,000 annually. Short-term disability protection plan provided (in case of documented injury or illness; waiting period 5 working days, 100% of base pay, maximum time of 15 working days).

Hours of work: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm or 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, or as agreed to by MATS Director.
Probationary Period of 3 Months, Employee Evaluation at 6 months intervals by MATS Director.
Mileage during work hours reimbursed at 53.5 cents per mile during 2017, adjusted thereafter in tandem with County of Midland.

Application for Position

Resumes must be submitted to MATS at 220 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640, or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Position open until filled.