Job Announcement: Transit Coordinator for MTC
POSITION: TRANSIT COORDINATOR
CLASSIFICATION: Assistant Transportation Planner/Analyst
(Programming and Allocations Section)
SALARY RANGE: Grade VII in the Salary Plan: $63,910 - $81,810/Yr. (Depending on qualifications, salary may be up to $94,321/Yr.)
DESCRIPTION: Under the general supervision of a Senior Planner and the Section Director, the Transportation Coordinator will be responsible for managing a transit operating assistance program and the assessment of transit operating performance.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, as listed in the Higher Education Directory, such as public finance, public policy, public administration, business, or city planning,; or a related discipline. (Applicants with a degree, issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with the application.)
Experience: Completion of one year of professional experience in an appropriate field related to the position such as: transit management, public finance, budget analysis, or fund programming. Experience with transportation finance and interaction with government agencies is a plus. (One year of graduate work in a discipline directly related to the position may be substituted for job experience.). Additional Pprofessional work experience is preferred.
Knowledge of: Principles of transit management and fund programming, including long-range planning and budgeting; techniques to facilitate inter-agency coordination; overall requirements of various fund sources and programs including Transportation Development Act (TDA) and State Transit Assistance (STA); familiarity with performance audit practices and performance measure concepts for improving system performance; basic computer and computer applications (e.g. spreadsheets, word processing, presentation software, etc.); and general understanding of federal and state transportation programming and allocation processes.
Ability to: Understand complex transit operation management issues; analyze complex operational and management problems and develop innovative solutions; develop consensus among transit coordination partners on technical, operational and business solutions to operate programs and services cost-effectively; communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including presenting information to technical, executive and policy boards; develop processes for working cooperatively with in-house staff and partner agencies; prepare, evaluate and monitor program budgets; and complete assignments, on time, with limited supervision.
ASSIGNMENTS: Under the supervision and direction of a Senior Planner and Section Director, the Planner/Analyst will :
1. Work with stakeholders including the MTC Advisory Council to evaluate options for improving transit performance in the Bay Area. Work with senior staff to present policy options to MTC Commission for consideration. Incorporate any findings or recommendations into the Short Range Transit Plans, Performance Audit, and Productivity Improvement Program process. (As background, the Bay Area has 20+ transit agencies and carries roughly 500 million passengers annually. The cost of this service is roughly $1.8 billion per year, 30% of which is covered by fares.)
2. Manage the overall work of Performance Audit consultants including compliance with contract terms and conditions; renewal of the existing contracts; close coordination with in-house Legal, Finance and Planning Section staff in the preparation of Requests for Proposal (RFP), negotiation of contracts, project billing and account management, and developing long range funding plans.
3. Develop annual program of operating support for projects included in the Regional Measure 2 Program. Work tasks include developing a recommendation on the overall program, reviewing operator applications, and assessing performance relative to adopted standards.
4. Build upon recommendations outlined in the RM2 Transit Connectivity plan, working to develop specific implementation strategies in cooperation with the Traveler Coordination and Information section of MTC.
5. Actively represent MTC in multi-agency agreements that affect transit funding in the Bay Area, such as the renewal of the Joint Powers Agreement on Caltrain, the VTA/ACE agreement, the CCJPA/BART/VTA agreements on service to the South Bay, and the SMART Corridor Agreements in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Analyze and evaluate any proposed agreements for how they affect transit performance or funding in the region.
6. Perform as-needed analysis of transit operator performance and funding requirements.
7. Represent MTC at meetings, review written reports and memoranda prepared by project staff and make presentations before MTC committees, executive staff, and other agencies. Conduct general liaison, problem solving and correspondence handling.
TO APPLICANTS: Submit an MTC Application, a current resume and responses to the supplemental to: Human Resources Office, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Applications submitted without all of the required materials will not be given further consideration. Application materials must arrive in the Human Resources Office before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2006. Faxed or emailed applications are not acceptable.
Prepare a brief written summary covering each of the areas addressed below. Limit your responses to a maximum of two sheets of paper (8 1/2" x 11"). Typewritten is preferred. Please be sure your experience directly relates to this position and cite the organization where you acquired the relevant experience.
1. Describe any experience you have had with developing a funding program involving multiple claimants. Did you achieve an agreement on a program of projects that met a regional policy or objective?
2. Describe any experience you have had in recommending changes to business or institutional practices, with the objective of improving system productivity or performance. Please describe the challenges and/or successes you faced in making such a recommendation.
Applications may be downloaded from MTC’s website, www.mtc.ca.gov. or contact MTC’s Job Hotline, at (510) 817-5818, or email jobhotline@.... Leave your contact information and position applying for, to receive the announcement and application forms by mail.
EMPLOYEE SELECTION PROCESS:
This Job Announcement sets a cut-off date and time for the receipt of applications. Applications will be reviewed as promptly as possible following the cut-off date. Those candidates whose applications show the best combination of training, experience, knowledge, and ability relevant to the position will be invited for an interview.
A panel whose members are acquainted with the requirements of the position will conduct interviews. At the conclusion of the interviews, the panel will rate the candidates. The Executive Director may offer the position to the best-qualified candidate.
After the position has been offered and accepted, all other considered candidates will be notified promptly of the filling of the position. The panel will recommend which of the candidates interviewed but not selected may constitute an "eligibility" list, which will remain in effect for six months. In the event the same, or very similar position becomes available during that period, the list may be used for further selection. In the event that a suitable candidate is not found, the position may be reopened for further recruitment.
The initial six months of service in this position constitute a probation period. The purpose of probation is to assist the employee in adapting to the new job, to evaluate the employee’s performance relative to continuation in the position, and to provide for corrective measures when performance is deficient.
MTC staff employees are paid on the basis of an adopted salary schedule. The cited grade for this position consists of a total of eleven steps with intervals of approximately 2½% available for merit progression.
THE FOLLOWING ARE AMONG THE BENEFITS OFFERED TO EMPLOYEES OF MTC:
· One day per month paid vacation leave; for each year of service, an additional day per year is granted to a maximum of 25 days per year.
· One day per month paid sick leave, with no limit to the amount of sick leave that can be accumulated. (May cash out up to 240 hours of accumulated sick leave upon separation from the Agency.)
· Eleven paid holidays per year.
· Personal business leave; up to three days per year depending upon date of hire.
· Health Benefits Insurance through the Public Employees’ Retirement System (100%
MTC-paid employee and dependent coverage depending on health plan selected).
· Agency-paid Vision Care Insurance, employees only (no dependent coverage).
· Agency-paid Dental Insurance (dependent coverage shared by the employee and MTC).
· Agency-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability Insurance.
· Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS); the total contribution paid by MTC. PERS is in lieu of employee contribution to the Social Security System.
· Transit/Parking Subsidy.
· Alternative payroll savings plans (deferred compensation plans, two credit unions).
QUALIFICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED STATES:
The selected candidate will be required to provide verification of his/her identity and evidence of having legal authorization to work in the United States prior to beginning employment. The selected candidate must maintain his/her employment eligibility status and will be responsible for notifying MTC of any changes.
MTC conducts background checks to verify information included in the candidate’s application, resume and supplemental materials.
CALIFORNIA DRIVERS LICENSE:
A valid California Drivers License is required, as MTC employees may be expected to operate an automobile in the performance of assigned duties. Exceptions to this policy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to accommodate special needs.
MTC IS AN EEO/AA EMPLOYER:
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is a non-discriminatory employer. MTC provides all employees and applicants with an equal opportunity in every aspect of the employment experience regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical handicap, medical condition, or marital status. This policy is implemented through an ongoing affirmative action program to ensure maximum opportunity to participate in the Commission's programs.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is a regional transportation-planning agency created by the legislature pursuant to Government Code Sections 66500 et seq. to provide coordinated transportation development for the nine-county