Employment Opportunities

LAPP Program Manager


Manages and coordinates federally-funded, locally-administered transportation projects through planning, engineering, project selection, programming, contract negotiation, project development, contract award, completion and acceptance stages for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. Tracks selected projects through project development and implementation. Manages and coordinate regional Transportation Improvement Program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned. Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP) Management Oversees the day to day operations of the Locally Administered Projects Program. Oversees the LAPP project application and selection process. Guides committee work on program development and implementation. Serves as the lead MPO project manager throughout project development and construction process for all LAPP projects, including roadway, bicycle, pedestrian and transit projects. Perform program management including program amendments, policy recommendations and Transportation Improvement Program Amendments, including approvals. Serves as the lead MPO coordinator between project sponsors, the MPO, NCDOT, and USDOT. Serves as a technical resource to project sponsors in project development and LAPP rules and requirements.

Project Management:

Coordinates the design of construction projects on behalf of the MPO by representing regional interests at design meetings and public hearings, reviewing plans, drawings, bid documents, contract selection and awards, and ensuring project delivery is consistent with funded project expectations. Assists MPO member governments with preparation of contracts, identifying special provisions, verifying contract specifications, verifying contractor credentials, and other requirements. Reviews contracts, verifies quantities and calculations, reviews reimbursement requests/payments, and attends/participates in project calls/meetings. LAPP Program Training & Project Tracking Maintains the LAPP handbook, training, and guidance resources. Develops and maintains a LAPP project tracking system, including project funding and reporting. Monitors reporting for compliance with the LAPP program regulations Tracks LAPP projects throughout LAPP cycle (project application, selection, programming, contracting, obligation, expenditures, and close out). Coordinate with MPO financial staff to maintain and provide a project financial and progress status reporting system that will provide management a clear update on each project. Work with local member government and agency staff to identify and evaluate potential projects, and ensure accuracy and completion of application requirements. Perform fund management & analysis including managing utilization of available and expiring funds, monitoring fund compliance, preparing project and program status reports, developing/implementing technical tools and tracking performance on individual projects and the overall program. Provide periodic reports to MPO Executive Board and Technical Coordinating Committee regarding program and project performance. Transportation Improvement Program Management Coordinates TIP amendment and modification process in coordination with NCDOT and other partners. Supervisory Responsibilities This job may require supervision of technicians and other assigned staff.


Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Planning, Project Management or similar. Applicants may substitute additional relevant experience for the required education.


At least 4 years of project or program management experience is required. At least 2 years of federal transportation project based experience preferred. Experience with NCDOT construction projects is desirable. Applicants may substitute additional relevant education for the required experience.

Work requires considerable independent professional judgment and initiative in resolving problems based on a comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State policies and various intergovernmental program regulations. Strong customer service focus, attention to detail and ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with internal and external partners are important. Successful candidate will be team-oriented, self-motivated and able to reconcile broad program goals with daily program and project management in a fast-paced work environment.

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of project management software, AutoCAD, transportation simulation software, GIS, and MS Office suite of products.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations:

Registration with AICP or PE, or the ability to qualify for such registration, preferred.

LAPP Program Manager Application