OPENING DATE: July 2012
SALARY RANGE: Low $60,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Office of Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
AREAS OF CONSIDERATION: All sources
This is a supervisory-level urban planning position involving the development, management, and conduct of public transit, bicycle, and pedestrian planning projects. Many projects are integrated and comprehensive, exploring multiple transportation modes along with their community and development context.
Project elements typically include finding patterns through analysis of available data, conducting creative design and visualization work on issues of physical site configuration and layout, and gathering and distilling best practices from peer cities and regions. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop project ideas and conduct tasks independently under management supervision. This kind of work benefits from the ability to think analytically, visually, and spatially, and requires an affinity for quantitative methods, a strong interest in smart growth planning and green transportation, excellent writing skills and attention to detail, and technical skills including competence with mapping and design software.
The successful candidate may also be responsible for elements of the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process, and as such experience with the management of competitive funding programs is desirable.
Supervision will be exercised over project tasks conducted by other professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Work is performed in accordance with general agency policies and professional standards with results subject to technical review by a professional superior.
- Scope, manage, and conduct planning projects large and small with staff and planning partners. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing select planning projects and studies.
- Assist in the development and support of an ongoing program of regional transit, bicycle, and pedestrian planning projects with planning partners.
- Conduct project and program outreach to stakeholders and the public. This includes developing and maintaining constructive relationships with all planning partners, as well as representing DVRPC at public and private meetings, conferences, and other events as necessary.
- Write reports summarizing findings and recommendations, including text, tables, maps, charts, and other appropriate graphics, and present results and conclusions to a steering committee, technical advisory committee, and the general public as appropriate.
- Organize, prepare for and give presentations at project meetings with appropriate stakeholders.
- Collects data through research, outreach, surveys, and field visits.
- Perform related work as required, including occasional participation in passenger or travel surveys.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of transportation and regional planning, and the ability to relate this knowledge to transit, bicycle, and human services transportation planning.
- Ability to plan, organize and direct complex projects and to supervise the work of subordinate technical and professional personnel.
- Demonstrated experience with the management of planning projects, including management of multiple staff members on a project team.
- Expert skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
- Software skills in areas such as data analysis, spreadsheet software, ArcGIS software, and Adobe Design software.
- Thorough knowledge of research methods and data analysis techniques, including the demonstrated ability to work with large datasets.
- Ability to present project outcomes and deliverables effectively in oral, written, and graphical form. The ability to write and edit effectively with attention to detail is particularly important.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with associates, planning officials, and the general public.
Minimum Experience and Training
FIVE YEARS of progressively responsible professional experience in urban planning, public transportation planning, or in appropriate mathematical or social science research work. A master’s degree in transportation or regional planning or another related discipline from an accredited university, with major course work in disciplines applicable to transportation planning, may be substituted for one year of professional experience.