Chief Mobility & Infrastructure Officer & Sr. Director of Programming

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
February 22, 2023
Columbus, Ohio
Job Type


Chief Mobility & Infrastructure Officer & Sr. Director of Programming

Salary: $150,000.00 - $165,000.00 Annually
Location: 111 Liberty St Suite 100 Columbus, OH
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Programming
Job Number: PG-3-23
Closing: Continuous


As Central Ohio’s regional council, MORPC is an association of cities, villages, townships, counties and regional organizations and serves rural, suburban, and urban areas. We take pride in bringing communities of all sizes and interests together to collaborate on best practices and plan for the future of our growing region. We do this through a variety of programs, services, projects and initiatives – all with the goal of improving the lives of our residents and making Central Ohio stand out on the world stage.

One of Central Ohio’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our communities, and to best serve our region, MORPC assertively values diversity and inclusion and strives to reflect those values in our team, our work, and our positive impact for the region. Our work progresses when our team can draw on a wide range of personal experiences and backgrounds, and when each member is open to learning from the experiences of others, both internally and externally. As an equal opportunity employer, we fully support all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and do not discriminate against applicants for employment or employees because of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, sex or gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical conditions,  age, disability or other handicap, genetic information, marital/familial status, veteran status, military status, or income or status with regard to public assistance in any aspects of our personnel policies, working conditions, or hiring and recruitment.

To create and nourish a workforce as diverse as the Central Ohio region, MORPC encourages members of groups traditionally underrepresented in local government and professional positions to apply for our open career opportunities.

MORPC recognizes the value of a healthy work/life balance for our team members and as such, we provide a variety of benefits to promote that balance. Eligible employees receive a free system-wide transit pass and discounted access to other alternative transportation modes to provide options for commuting to work. MORPC encourages opportunities for career advancement through generous tuition and professional development incentives, leadership programs, and participation in local and national organizations. For eligible permanent positions, MORPC also offers flexible schedules and remote work options as well as paid time off and holidays. MORPC employees may also be eligible for excellent health, vision and dental insurance, employee assistance programs, employer paid short-term & long-term disability coverage, employer paid life insurance in the amount of $50,000 coverage, participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, plus two Deferred Compensation Plans that employees can opt into for additional retirement funding. More info can be found in the benefits link within the online posting.

The Chief Mobility & Infrastructure Officer (CMIO) & Sr. Director of Programming reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for managing the Programming Department. The department includes the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Central Ohio Rural Transportation Planning Organization (CORPO), OPWC District 3, Technical Assistance Program, Franklin County Transportation Improvement District (FCTID), FTA 5310 Direct Recipient Program, Franklin County Mobility Management (with Regional Support), Gohio Transportation Demand Management (Statewide), Gohio Vanpool Program (Regional), COTA C-pass Program, Competitive Advantage Projects – Drive Investment (CAP), Central Ohio Economic Development District (COEDD) and Central Ohio Brownfield Coalition(COBC). The CMIO provides employee support and performs all administrative duties related to the department.

In the region, the CMIO serves as a visionary lead for regional mobility and infrastructure systems strategy and co-lead (with the Chief Regional Strategy Officer) for regional development and strategic growth initiatives. The CMIO initiates new partnerships and opportunities for MORPC members and Central Ohio stakeholders with the overall goal of moving the region’s capital improvement plans forward. The CMIO’s role is the primary lead for seeking related discretionary federal awards and other grant applications (including grant requests for member’s grants) and collaboratively works with the Senior Director of Government Affairs & Community Relations on regional funding strategies. Further, the role requires significant engagement in federal, state and local policy dialogue to connect and integrate large regional initiatives towards a comprehensive vision focused on equity, access, and economic investment.

In the agency, the CMIO prompts coordination on multi-departmental agency services, troubleshoots agency financial matters related to transportation and infrastructure funding and provides counsel/mentorship to other members of the Management and Senior Leadership Team.


Examples of Duties

• Oversees and manages the Programming Department, including developing, monitoring, and reviewing staff performance.

o Transportation/Mobility section

o Economic Development section

• Serves as the co-lead official to advance regional economic development and strategic initiatives that are coordinated and aligned with regional priorities and MORPC’s vision. This includes connecting and integrating regional initiatives towards equity, access, and economic prosperity through identifying and fostering resources to leverage strategic partnerships for member needs and transformational development.

• Multi-departmental budget responsibilities including management and budgeting for both the Programming and Planning Departments. Further budgetary responsibilities to other departments including Communications & Engagement, Government Affairs & Community Relations, and Residential Services.

• Agency leadership via subject matter expertise, public representation, broad collaboration, and management guidance. This includes internal and external planned or on-call access for agency team and MORPC members. Further expectation to be available and attend at key meetings both planned and impromptu/ reprioritized.

• Actively supports MORPC's Affirmative Action Plan, Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Diversity program, Code of Ethics and other MORPC policies.

• These duties are illustrative only and the Chief Mobility & Infrastructure Officer may perform some or all these duties or other job-related duties as assigned.


Typical Qualifications


• Knowledge of the principles and best practices in regional collaboration, large-scale planning and research, and financial resource management.

• Strong understanding of MORPC’s work, including transportation, mobility, economic development, land use, sustainability, housing, and greenways.

• Demonstrated experience navigating political landscapes, working with private, non-profit, and public sectors, and visionary thinking.

• Ability to communicate effectively and lead a team of technical and administrative staff in program planning, development, and delivery of services.

• Comfortable in dynamic and flexible work environments while fostering a strong and positive team culture.

• Essential functions include the ability to use phone, computer, and participate in meetings outside the office.


A Bachelor’s Degree combined with ten years (10) experience in transportation, planning, development, public policy, or a related field recommended with at least five (5) years supervision over other professional technicians or planners. A Master's Degree or other advanced degree is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required non-supervisory experience. Experience in leading large-scale planning initiatives and managing technical staff in completing projects is strongly preferred.


American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or similar professional credential is preferred. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and maintain liability insurance coverage as required by MORPC.


Supplemental Information

MORPC is an EOE/AAP employer. Please apply online at or you may mail a resume to:

MORPC Attn: PG-3-23 111 Liberty St., Suite 100 Columbus, OH 43215

No phone calls please.

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