Closing Date


*Position will be posted until a viable pool of candidates have been established

Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Political Science, Planning, Public Finance or a related field and eight years of experience in the coordination and/or administration of Federal or State grant programs, including:  reading and interpreting legislation, federal regulations and grants management circulars; preparation of grants or applications for financial assistance; auditing or monitoring grants administration for compliance with regulations or adherence to requirements; financial analysis or budgeting of grant funds; coordination between agencies of government to ensure communication of detailed information on regulatory  activities or funding; and any combination of these activities.

Management experience in the above functions preferred.  Preference will be given to experience contributing to knowledge of specific transit industry grant programs, OMB circulars or U.S. Department of Transportation regulations.  In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, directly related experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.  A Master’s degree in Public Administration, Law, or related field that provided exposure to the above functions may be substituted for up to two years of the above experience.

INTERVIEW SELECTION PROCESS: The selection process may include one or more components to demonstrate applicants’ knowledge, skills and abilities in job related areas. These may include exercises such as practical demonstrations, written communications, oral interviews and/or competency assessments

Basic Functions



Responsible for directing the preparation and administration of all Federal and State capital, planning, operating and technical assistance grants, as well as managing the flow of information between the Authority and Federal and State grantor agencies.

Serves as the Authority’s principal grant programs liaison with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other Federal departments or agencies, City of Atlanta, counties, Georgia Department of Transportation, other State of Georgia departments or agencies, and other Federal and State grantor agencies.

Directs MARTA staff activities in fulfillment of the Authority’s role as regional Designated Recipient of FTA formula assistance, including interacting with Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) staff in the Transportation Improvement Program development process.  Provides consultation or expert advice to management.  Performs work that affects business operations to a substantial degree.


1. Directs the preparation of all grant applications for Federal and State financial assistance.  Evaluates requirements for assistance.

2. Interprets regulations and ensures all Authority documents submitted to FTA comply with current FTA regulations and procedures.

3. Informs federal officials of the Authority’s plans, progress and actions through the conduct of meetings and briefings.  Coordinates administrative matters between FTA/MARTA staff members.  Expedites action on Authority matters, grants, etc., that require governmental approval.  Maintains positive, professional working relationships with Federal and State administrative officials.

4. Directs and/or coordinates the preparation of Authority reports required by Federal and State grantor agencies as conditions of financial assistance, including Quarterly Grant Milestone and Financial Reports, the Quarterly Charter Service Report, and, in conjunction with other units, the annual and monthly National Transit Database (NTD) Report.

5. Directs the monitoring of all Federal and State grants and “no prejudice” authorizations.  Coordinates the Authority’s response to audits, surveys and compliance reviews conducted by Federal agencies.  Coordinates resolution of grant management issues between various Authority divisions.

6. Directs the management of the Authority’s Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness Grants program, in coordination with the Department of Police Services.

7. Promotes awareness of pertinent Federal and State grant regulations, terms and conditions to appropriate Authority management personnel.

8. Directs the Authority’s role as regional Designated Recipient of FTA formula assistance in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), including the monitoring and administration of pass-through grants to sub-recipients.

9. Develops, in collaboration with the Office of Government Relations and other transit industry stakeholders, the Authority’s positions on proposed Federal/Congressional program funding policies and priorities that may impact MARTA.

10. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Special Requirements


The position supervises several professional staff positions, including Grant Program Analyst, Grant Writer/Specialist, and Grant Administrator.

Areas of Emphasis:

FTA Grants

Transit Experience Preferred

Experience with Federal & State Agencies

MARTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Salary Range

$105969.24 – $158953.08

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