Transportation Planner, Planning - 3298

Career Purpose

The Transportation Planner position assists with carrying out the work products of the Unified Planning Work Program for the Lawton Metropolitan Planning Organization’


  • Assists in special studies and analysis for transportation planning, transportation modeling, transit planning and air quality planning.
  • Assist in coordination of travel demand forecasting activities with consultants, including preparation of data and interpretation of results.
  • Assist other departments and outside agencies in the preparation of proposals, grant applicants preparing planning documents, memos, reports, presentations, and other documentation for state federal transportation funding.
  • Assist in the preparation of minimum specifications, request for proposals, procurement policies and other purchases for transportation planning
  • Responsible for preparation of transportation planning graphics, mapping and GIS using ArcView and other programs.
  • Collects and analyzes socio-economic data.
  • Development and maintenance of existing ARCMAP GIS databases.
  • Assists Principal Planner in completing planning documents (i.e., Transportation Improvement Program, the Unified Planning Work Program, and the Long Range Transportation Plan, Land use Plan and other documents to support the metropolitan transportation planning process according to established standards and local, state or federal guidelines).
  • Prepares memorandums and reports.
  • May make oral and/or written presentations to the Metropolitan Planning Organization's technical and policy committee, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
  • Prepare and review all claims for payment from Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration planning grants.
  • Maintain inventory of equipment purchased with transportation planning grant funds.  Conduct annual inventory of equipment;
  • Responds to questions about local planning, census, transportation, transit and air quality issues.
  • This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments).



  • Prepare articles related to transportation for distribution to the media.
  • Maintain the transportation planning library;
  • Review and provide written comments to the supervisor on Federal/State environmental and their impacts on the transportation network.
  • Assists in the evaluation of transportation and traffic impacts of development proposals, permits, rezones, plats, etc.
  • Attendance and completion of certain classes such as but not limited to travel demand forecasting, census transportation planning, as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive additional training, to administer and implement transportation planning and to keep abreast of requirements, trends and developments in transportation planning;


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  This position requires a working knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation planning and the metropolitan planning organization.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in transportation planning, land-use planning, urban planning, or a closely related field, and two years of experience in planning or closely related field at least one of which was related to transportation planning or GIS; or any equivalent combination of education and experience with additional education substituting on a year for year basis for the required experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding transportation planning process.
  • Knowledge in the use of personal computers in a networked environment.
  • Knowledge in database management and statistical methods.
  • Ability to work independently, under supervision and as part of a team.
  • Considerable knowledge of general planning methods, techniques, programs and processes.
  • Knowledge of grants management techniques related to management of federal and state grants.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret and understand policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform duties with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Thorough knowledge of personal computers, word processing software, spreadsheet/database software, ESRI GIS or transportation modeling software. 
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: Personal computer, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Access), ArcView/ArcGIS, printer, scanner. motor vehicle; calculator; phone; copy and fax machine; blue line, tape measure.
  • Skill in  oral and written communications with others.  Ability to communicate fluently in the English  language orally and in writing with architects, contractors, developers, owners, supervisors, employees, and the general public.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to work in US.
  • Knowledge of accounting and budgeting principles.
  • Proficiency to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to complete within a specified time frame.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, transit operations, transportation projects.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  • This position requires extended periods of sitting and working at a desk or computer.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • This position requires the employee to climb stairs.
  • Out of town travel required.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The work envirioment may at times be stressful when striving to meet deadlines and the demands of customers.
  • A work schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is standard.  Evenings, weekend and holiday work may be required.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and or humid conditions, or airborne particles.


The personal contacts are typically individuals or groups including those who may be officials of federal, state or local organizations who have significant impact on program or policy matters.  The purpose of the contacts is to present and discuss issues of a sensitive and controversial nature by influencing, motivating and persuading.  The persons contacted typically have diverse or conflicting goals and attitudes.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence immediately. All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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