Transit Oriented Development Program Manager

Requisition Number:  4761
Pay Rate:  $95,394 - $122,181

Houston, TX, US

Category:  Other

Basic Function

Responsible for managing METRO's Joint Development (JD) program.  Coordinates with internal stakeholders, local public agencies, and private developers to advance Transit Oriented Development (TOD) initiatives in the region.  Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures. 

Responsibilities and Specific Duties

  • Defines goals and performance metrics for a Joint Development and TOD program.
  • Updates policies, procedures, and guidelines related to the TOD program.
  • Identifies and evaluates JD opportunities along planned METRONext project alignments that will improve the overall value of the project and enhance the competitiveness of projects for federal funding.
  • Identifies and quantifies community benefits such as affordable housing, clean energy improvements, mixed use development, and other innovative ideas that encourage and enhance existing and new transit service, enhance the quality of life, and align with City and County’s effort on Livable Communities. 
  • Coordinates with local governments and other public entities to encourage development that fosters TOCs around existing and planned METRORail and METRORapid stations.
  • Formulates written agreements and establishes processes with agency partners to progress projects. 
  • Collaborates with the City of Houston, Harris County, and other local partners to address policy issues related to overall governance or framework for advancing developmental project on site and surrounding areas.
  • Advances METRO-owned properties through the JD process, including due diligence, community engagement, partnering, land lease or sale, predevelopment design review, construction coordination, project closeout, and ongoing monitoring.
  • Serves on the committee for evaluating responses to TOD request for proposals
  • Participates in public meetings on proposed developments
  • Provides project financing analysis to assist METRO in making decisions on procurements
  • Provides excellent customer service to METRO internal and external customers.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Education Requirement

Bachelor's degree in business, urban planning, architecture, real estate, or related degree.

Years & Experience Required

Minimum of 15 years of work experience in real estate, community development, urban planning, architecture, or related field.  Prior experience developing TOD for other agencies in an urban environment. Experience establishing process, identification of sites, planning, design, and delivery of TOD and JD through agency led or private developer led projects preferred.

Knowledge & Skills Required

Experience establishing and maintaining effective and collaborative working relationships with METRO staff and leadership, consultants, partner agencies, community groups, and the general public.  Knowledge of urban planning and land use regulations.  Knowledge of real estate principles, practices, and management. Excellent communication skills and ability to understand community sensitivity and context.

Additional Information

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.

Nearest Major Market: Houston