Metropolitan Council

Manager, Community Works/Land Use - SWLR...

$59,082.00 - $88,623.00 Annually
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Recruitment Type:  Open to internal employees and external applicants.

The Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) line is a 15 mile high-frequency light rail train serving the rapidly growing southwest metro area.  The Southwest LRT line will connect to other rail lines (Hiawatha, Central Corridor, and Northstar) and high-frequency bus routes in downtown Minneapolis, providing access to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, Mall of America, the State Capital, and downtown St. Paul.

We are currently recruiting for a Manager, Community Works/Land Use - SWLRT. The purpose of this position is to provide real estate, land development and land use expertise to assist in the exploration and implementation of joint development opportunities at LRT stations and park-and-rides with public and private entities, and (b) manages coordination with local governments on land use plans, infrastructure projects and development proposals adjacent to LRT stations and park-and-rides.

This position  provides leadership and oversight of joint development opportunities with public and private entities, and (b) oversees liaison activities with Hennepin County's Southwest LRT Community Works Project, local government staff, elected officials and the Council on transportation and land use issues as part of project planning, engineering, construction and start of revenue operation

Example Duties

·         Establishes and maintains appropriate files and documentation.  Manages resources (assigned project office staff, other agency staff and contracted consultant staff), time (task durations, dependencies, critical path), budget (estimated and actual costs, contingencies), and scope (goals, objectives, requirements).

·         Oversees the work of consultants for conformance with contract requirements and professional standards.  Manages consultant contracts.  Administers consultant contracts both directly and through supervision of appropriate internal and external resources.  Manages project budgets; monitors costs; anticipates problem areas; identifies and implements measures, as necessary, to keep the projects within budget; and implements revisions to the project budgets, as necessary.  Participates in contract negotiations and the evaluation of proposals.

·         Represents the Council in the review and evaluation of joint use opportunities proposed by public and private entities.  Assists in the preparation of the economic development and land use sections of the FTA New Starts Report.

·         Coordinates projects with regulatory agencies; local interests; neighborhood groups; city, metropolitan, county, state, and federal governmental units; and other interested parties.  Develops approaches to controversial and non-standard issues with supervisor prior to implementation and works with parties to resolve or negotiate the resolution of issues.  Conveys timely information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal methods, reviews documents and correspondence between diverse teams, departments, functions and public and private entities.  Serves as the Council's representative at meetings and promotes the Council's objectives.

·      Provides leadership in facilitating the activities of the project team.  Works with the project team and other responsible staff to establish project goals and priorities.  Regularly provides work direction to other staff and consultants.

·         Performs other duties as assigned



·         Bachelor degree from an accredited university in Public Administration, Urban & Regional Planning, Real Estate, Transportation, Law or related areas.

·         At least 5 to 8 years of   progressively responsible experience in leadership or supervisory roles in project management, land use planning and/or transit oriented development with a public and/or private agency.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


·         Knowledge of the federal New Starts process is desired.

·         Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration's Policy on Transit Joint Development.

·         Knowledge of legal procedures and requirements for land development by a public agency.

·         Knowledge and understanding of applicable ordinances, codes, regulations, and planning considerations of local governments in the Southwest Corridor area.

·         Knowledge of urban design principles assocated with Transit Oriented Development and diverse roles associated with the planning and implementation of Transit Oriented Development.

·         Knowledge of real estate principles, including fundamentals of real estate finance, real estate market analysis and public/private partnerships.

·         Knowledge of mixed-use development planning methods.

·         Interpersonal skills sufficient to direct consultants, interact with all levels of the Council, and to form partnerships with external agencies and groups.

·         Skilled in oral, written and presenting presentation, and possess advanced negotiation consensus building and alternative dispute resolution skills.

·         Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to write using original or innovative techniques or style.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups or Council members.


Supplemental Information

Union:  TMSA Grade 11
FLSA Status:  Exempt

Safety Sensitive: No


Working Conditions
The majority of work time is performed in a standard office setting.  Some travel for business meetings within the Metropolitan area will be required.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, speak, hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment, reach with hands/arms frequently below chest height and occasionally overhead, must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 10 pounds, must have adequate close vision for reading and computer work.

Selection Process:
The selection process consists of a review of your education and experience and how it relates to the duties of this position. This review is based on your answers to the supplemental questions and other application materials you submit. Applications of those who best meet the qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. 

Candidate will be notified of their application status through email only. 

All offers are conditioned upon a review and verification of education and employment as well as passing a pre-employment drug-screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Offers are also conditioned upon passing a criminal background check.  Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidate’s ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.   

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, Safety Sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check. Please note: Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612/349-7558. 

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