TDOT Planning Specialist Advanced - Multiple Positions

Tennessee Dept of Transportation

Nashville, TN United States

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is currently hiring two full-time Planning Specialist Advanced positions for our Long Range Planning (LRP) Division’s Statewide Planning Office and Office of Community Transportation located at TDOT Headquarters in Davidson County, TN. 

The Statewide Planning Office (SPO) is responsible for managing large-scale planning efforts across the state that feed directly into the Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan and is the first step in the project development cycle.  SPO works with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate statewide planning efforts and to identify transportation needs for all modes of transportation.

The Office of Community Transportation supports TDOT through constant interaction with local and regional agencies across the region and assisting those communities with the production and monitoring of various transportation planning documents and policies. The Office is comprised of two sections, Community Planning and Regional Planning. OCT's mission is to coordinate the state's transportation planning, land use policies, and community visions to guide the development of a safe and efficient statewide transportation system.

The ideal candidate should an independent, but collaborative worker willing to learn and work as a team to identify problems and propose creative solutions to them.



  • Assist in the development and implementation of strategies that coordinate the State’s Long- and Short-Range Planning efforts. Lead efforts in the development of Rural Transportation Plans, Corridor Studies, Congestion Action Plans, Long Range Plans, County Comprehensive Plans, and Technical Studies for identified TDOT projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to local community partners, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Rural Planning Organizations, and local governments.
  • Participate in regular collaborative opportunities with local and regional agencies. Assist with integrating extreme weather and natural hazard resilience into the department’s decision-making processes and operating procedures.
  • Attend and present at various meetings and conferences as necessary.
  • Participate in the development, monitoring, and coordination of urban transportation planning activities.
  • Conduct research and maintain an awareness of new issues, methodologies, equipment, trends that advance the profession.
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local policies, procedures, programs, codes, regulations, and standards.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in community / urban planning, transportation planning, public administration, civil engineering, or other related fields
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong Interest in Transportation Planning and Plan Development
  • Strong interest in Transportation Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Strong interest in environmental and/or air quality planning and transportation policies.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 products
  • Leadership experience
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment


  • Knowledge of Travel Demand Models and Traffic Operations
  • Knowledge of Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations
  • Experience with Adobe Suite products
  • Knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations; specifically, Titles 23 and 49
  • Knowledge of various State Regulations; specifically, Titles 4-8.
Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range