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VTA Job Announcement: Transporation Planner II/III

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  • dayana.salazar@sjsu.edu
    Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Transportation Planner II/III Salary Range - Monthly Planner II $4,641 - $5,613 Planner III $5,558 - $6,733
    Message 1 of 1 , May 9, 2006
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      Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
      Transportation Planner II/III

      Salary Range - Monthly
      Planner II  $4,641 - $5,613                
      Planner III $5,558 - $6,733                

      Applications Must be Filed At: Personnel Office 3331 North First Street, Bldg. B
      San Jose, CA  95134-1906 Website: www.vta.org Telephone: (408) 321-5575

      IMPORTANT:  Each completed application must include the answers to the Supplemental Questions listed on the reverse side of this bulletin.  Applications without the required supplement will be rejected.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of answers to the questions.

      TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II
      The Position: Under supervision, to prepare transportation planning studies and analyses and act as a resource for data used in transportation related studies. This current vacancy will be assigned to the Transportation Systems and Operations Work Unit of the Development and Congestion Division. This recruitment may generate an eligible list, which may be used to fill future vacancies in other assignments and workgroups.

      Minimum Qualifications: (Submit proof of any education above high school level that you list on your application.)
      Development of the required knowledge, skills and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to:
      A four year degree from an accredited college or university in transportation planning, urban planning, or related field,
      And
      Two (2) years of increasingly responsible planning experience (a Masters Degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience
       
      Knowledge of:  
      Physical, environmental, economic, aesthetic, and social implications involved in transportation planning and transit-oriented development;
      Goals, concepts, and principles of transportation planning;
      Research and statistical methods;
      Transportation modeling and mapping applications software;
      Techniques for gathering, evaluating, and transmitting information
      Ability to:
      Creatively develop and carry out projects when only general concepts are given;
      Communicate technical information in an easy to understand format;
      Develop/apply funding formulas to achieve equitable distribution of transportation related program funds for city/county programs;
      Understand complex policy and technical documents;
      Prioritize projects based on established criteria;
      Design graphics/maps using computer/drawing software for publication studies;
      Speak and write effectively;
      Establish and maintain effective relations with those contacted in the course of work

      TRANSPORTATION PLANNER III
      The Position: Under general supervision, to carry out transportation planning projects and coordinate with other professional and support staff and consultants. This current vacancy will be assigned to the Transportation Systems and Operations Work Unit of the Development and Congestion Division. This recruitment may generate an eligible list, which may be used to fill future vacancies in other assignments and workgroups.
      Minimum Qualifications: (Submit proof of any education above high school level that you list on your application.)
      Development of the required knowledge, skills and abilities is typically obtained through a combination of training and experience equivalent to:
      A four year degree from an accredited college or university in transportation planning, urban planning, or related field
      And
      Three (3) years of increasingly responsible planning experience (a Masters Degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience).

      Knowledge of:
      Concepts, principles, techniques, and legal aspects of transportation planning;
      Research and statistical methods;
      Budgeting and financial analysis concepts and practices;
      Community interrelationships;
      Computer software common to the planning function (i.e., word processing, spreadsheet, modeling);
      Project management methods and techniques;
      Transportation funding sources and processes
      Ability to:
      Analyze issues and numerical measures associated with transportation planning projects, including estimates derived from computer models, engineering estimates of costs and benefits, and public input;                
      Assist in estimating and administering budgets for studies and in managing planning projects;
      Perform analysis and make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation, and public contacts;
      Write letters, memorandums, board memorandums, planning and technical reports, and fact sheets designed to be understood by all audiences, including the general public;  
      Speak and write effectively;
      ·Establish and maintain effective relations with those contacted in the course of work

      SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS: Please provide written responses to the questions below and attach them to your application.  Following evaluation of applications and responses to the supplemental questions, those applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to continue in the selection process.
      1. Describe your experience in developing transportation plans and corridor studies for commuter rail, bus rapid transit (BRT) and/or light rail projects.  Please give specific examples of plans or projects you worked on, and your role.
      2. Describe your experience in participating in urban design studies or projects, transit center planning or design, or rail station design work.
      3. Give examples of public outreach and/or interagency coordination efforts that you conducted for transportation planning projects.
      4. Describe your experience with preparing and conducting presentations.  Please be specific about the audience (i.e., city councils, agency boards, advocacy groups, or the public.)
      5. List all work experiences and/or coursework in the areas of transportation planning; land use planning and development, urban design, public policy, and statistics.
      6. List any computer applications used in the planning work in which you have experience (e.g. transportation or traffic modeling, databases, spreadsheets, presentation, graphics, etc.). List specific software programs and explain how you have applied them.

      Benefits
      VTA offers a generous benefit package including: vision care, a choice of health plans, dental coverage, an employee assistance program, life insurance, membership in the Public Employees Retirement System, and liberal holiday, vacation, and sick leave.  A credit union, deferred compensation, and income protection are also available to employees at their option.
      The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) also contributes to the Public Employees Retirement System for the 2% at 55 Plan; and pays the employee's regular contribution of approximately 7%.  The 7% contribution can be refunded to an employee who resigns prior to retirement.
      Social Security taxes will be deducted from each employee's biweekly salary.
      As a condition of employment, each employee in this class must sign a payroll deduction authorization form providing for deduction of union membership dues or a service fee.
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