Job Opening - Assistant Transportation Planner / GIS Coordinator




Job Opening – Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments

Assistant Transportation Planner/GIS Coordinator

Applications requested by July 31, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.



The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) is offering an exciting opportunity to learn and grow professionally in a small public agency that works with several vibrant growing communities in a metropolitan area of over 200,000. Metro COG serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, and in that capacity, works with Cass County, Fargo, Horace and West Fargo, North Dakota and Clay County, Dilworth and Moorhead, Minnesota as well as the North Dakota and Minnesota Departments of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit administration.


Metro COG’s work, which is largely focused on metropolitan area transportation planning, is a balance of technical planning and stakeholder/public engagement. A successful candidate for the Assistant Planner position will provide technical and planning assistance to implement Metro COG’s community planning, transportation planning, and transit work program elements, under supervision of the Executive Director. Another very important aspect of this position is to oversee, support, and maintain Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support Metro COG’s work program and manage Metro COG’s GIS Committee, which is made up of representatives from all local jurisdictions.


Metro COG’s organizational structure allows for ample growth in presentation skills, document preparation, technical analyses, and public engagement. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of project teams made up of both internal staff and external stakeholders.


General activities include: GIS data management, mapping activities, public interaction, research for special studies, data collection/retrieval, analyses of technical data, computer analysis, and transportation planning efforts. This position is responsible for compiling the annual Metro Profile and conducting analysis on the performance measures required by the FAST Act, and will be involved in many other aspects of Metro COG’s work program, including: 


·         interaction with the public,

·         planning and implementing on-line and in-person public engagement events,

·         preparing special studies,

·         assisting with and building skills in project management,

·         collection/retrieval of socio-economic data,

·         staffing of diverse committee assignments,

·         assisting with traffic and bike/pedestrian counts,

·         completion of community development/environmental/transit planning and transportation planning efforts, and

·         coordination with local city and county staff and stakeholders on matters related to transportation and land use planning.



A bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning, geography, or a related major is the minimum qualification. A minimum of one (1) year of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), community development, urban planning, or transportation planning; including experience with ESRI ArcGIS software and related spatial/data analysis software. Metropolitan and/or regional planning experience is preferred.


An employee in this position is responsible for performing technical and analytical work in GIS.  Desirable skills include: a growing understanding of inter-jurisdictional planning principles; strong skills in the use of computer programs including  ArcMap and ArcGIS; , ArcGIS Online, strong ability to effectively communicate both in writing and orally; a proficiency in basic research and computer techniques; growing competency in addressing community development, environmental, transportation, and transit planning issues; and the desire and ability to coordinate on-line and in-person public engagement methods and committee functions.  An employee should also have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, transit directors, planners, public officials, committee members, private organizations, and the general public.



The 2020 starting salary range for this position ranges from $59,883 to $65,354, with future salary steps exceeding this amount commensurate with experience.  Metro COG reserves the right to hire at an appropriate level. Employees receive an annual step raise upon a satisfactory annual performance evaluation.


Metro COG offers the following benefits:

·         Health, dental and vision insurance

·         Life/AD&D insurance

·         Employer match for retirement savings

·         Health savings account contribution

·         Employee Assistance Program

·         Training opportunities and Payment of Professional Membership Dues

·         Flexible work hours and ability to work from home, particularly due to precautionary measures related to COVID19



For consideration, send a cover letter and resume to Cindy Gray, Executive Director, Metro COG, 1 2nd Street N, Suite 232, Fargo, ND 58102, or by email to by July 31, 2020. Initial applicants will be reviewed at that time, and the position will remain open until filled.  For additional information regarding the position, contact Cindy Gray at 701-532-5103.



It is the continuing policy of FM Metro COG to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of their sex, race, creed, disability or national origin, and to conform to applicable laws and regulations. Equal opportunity encompasses all aspects of employment practices to include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, transfers, layoffs, recall from layoffs, discipline, and agency-sponsored educational, social, recreational programs. Additionally, it is the policy of this agency to provide its members a viable means for communicating and resolving grievances and complaints regarding unlawful discriminatory employment practices. Any employee of the FM Metro COG who fails to comply with this policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action.


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