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3054FT job - Suisun City - Solano Transportation Authority - Transit Analyst

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    Apr 30, 2007

      The Solano Transportation Authority seeks an energetic, experienced and talented individual for the position of Transit Analyst


      DEADLINE:                Tuesday, May 15, 2007,  3:00pm

      The Transit Analyst is a new position.  It will be responsible for a variety of transit service and funding coordination tasks.  Under direction of the Director of Transit and Rideshare Services, major responsibilities will include managing and monitoring transit operating reports as well as the Unmet Needs Transit process, coordinating transit grant funding programs, liaison for the Paratransit Coordinating Council and working on related paratransit issues, and coordinating countywide transit marketing campaigns.

      The Solano Transportation Authority (STA) coordinates countywide transportation plans, programs and projects under a joint powers agreement among the cities and county of Solano.  The STA develops transportation plans for highways, transit, rail, ferries, rideshare, bikes and pedestrians.  The agency also manages the operation of elderly and handicapped paratransit services, two intercity transit routes the rideshare program for Solano and Napa counties, and allocates various federal, state and regional transportation funds.

      The STA is governed by an eight-member board composed of a member from the Solano County Board of Supervisors and mayors of each of the seven cities within the county.  The agency has a total budget of about $12.5 million and a full time staff of sixteen.

      Solano County (pop. 423,000) is one of the nine Bay Area counties and is located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento in close proximity to the Napa Valley.  The county is within a 2-1/2 hour drive of the Sierra Mountains and Lake Tahoe.  Solano County’s seven cities are Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo.  The landscape ranges from rich agricultural land in the north to rolling hills in the south.  Along the southern and western borders are San Francisco Bay, the Carquinez Straits, Suisun Bay and the Sacramento River.  Visitor destinations include Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Jelly Belly and other candy factories, factory outlet centers, numerous bicycle/pedestrian trails and access to a variety of water-related recreational activities.

      Solano County is home to Travis Air Force Base, which is a major employer.  It is estimated that the number of jobs in the County will increase from about 150,000 to nearly 161,000 by 2010.  Principal freeways and highways are I-80, I-505, I-680, I-780, SR 12 and SR 113.  The County’s transportation infrastructure includes a Union Pacific Railroad mainline and the Capitol Corridor passenger rail service, several bridges and the Baylink Ferry service to San Francisco.

      •        Manage and monitor multiple transit agreements
      •        Manage Unmet Transit Needs process
      •        Liaison with and provide staff support to Paratransit Coordinating Committee
      •        Coordinate countywide 5310 grant process.
      •        Prepare and implement 5310 grant proposals
      •        Coordinate and work cooperatively with transit operators on a variety of transit and paratransit issues
      •        Assist with the development and implementation of transit marketing
      •        Assist with the management of Community Based Transportation Planning studies, countywide Solano Welfare to Work Transportation Plan, and related project implementation
      •        Provide support in coordinating transit funding
      •        Attend regional meetings
      •        Coordinate STA projects through in-house resources or through consultants.
      •        Develop Proposals and assist in selecting project consultants and coordinate contract documents.
      •        Develop and manage agreement budgets and expenditures.
      •        Participate in and make presentations for Board meetings, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings, Intercity Transit Consortium meetings and other meetings, as needed.
      •        Prepare and present reports for STA Board meetings and other meetings.
      •        Perform other related duties as assigned.

      Given the issues and priorities facing the STA, the Transit Analyst must be a motivated self-starter with excellent organizational and communication skills, have a positive attitude, and be a flexible team player who enjoys a fast-paced and challenging environment.

      Experience and Education
      The position requires a four-year college degree in transportation, planning, business, or a related field. Must have a minimum of three to five years’ relevant experience. Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities as listed below is qualifying.

      Competencies, and Personal Characteristics
      In addition to the experience and education described above, the position requires:
              • Proficiency in Microsoft EXCEL and Word.
              • Additional computer application skills desirable: Access and PowerPoint.
              • Ability to learn specialized software.
              • Ability to analyze data and form reliable conclusions.
              • Ability to excel at both oral and written communications.
              • Proven ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of individuals.
              • Proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple and varying tasks.
              • Ability to work with and complement existing staff.
              • Flexible, unbiased and a person of high integrity.
              • Willing to take on responsibility.
              • Self-motivated and problem-solver of complex issues.

      Salary: $4,641 - $5,641/Month. Salary will be determined based on overall qualifications. In addition, the STA offers an excellent benefits package that includes:
              Employer pays seven percent PERS retirement contribution on tax-deferred basis.
              • Employer paid 401 (a) in lieu of Social Security
              • Employer paid PERS health insurance
              • Employer paid Dental, Vision and Life insurance
              • Fourteen paid holidays and twelve days sick leave
              • Ten days vacation during the first five years and fifteen days thereafter

      While performing this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hands to handle objects, operate keyboards, tools, or controls; talk and hear. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Able to lift 20 pounds, drive a van and handle event equipment. Must have valid California Class C drivers license and have a satisfactory driving record.

      Must have valid California Class C drivers license.
      Performs related duties as assigned.

      The Transit Analyst reports directly to the Director of Transit and Rideshare Services.

      Candidates will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined.  Applicants meeting the qualifications for this position may be invited for an interview panel tentatively scheduled for the week of May 29, 2007. The STA reserves the right to modify the selection process as necessary to conform to administrative or agency standards.

      Forward Resume, Salary History and
      3 Work Related References to:

      Director of Transit and Rideshare Services
      One Harbor Center, Suite 130
      Suisun City, CA 94585

      Application Deadline:  Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

      (Resumes w/out Salary History & References may not be considered.)