Job Announcement: MTC, Assistant Planner
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Page 5
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POSITION: ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER/ANALYST
CLASSIFICATION: Assistant/Associate Planner/Analyst (Planning Section)
SALARY RANGE: Grade VII of the Salary Plan: $63,910 to $81,810 per year (Depending upon additional qualifications, salary may be up to $94,321)
DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Senior Planner: (1) Assist in the preparation of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), (2) Assist with air quality planning and policy analysis, (3) Perform various analyses for corridor studies that MTC may conduct or be involved in from time to time to help define RTP investments, (4) Act as a liaison with one or more counties, representing MTC and explaining MTC programs and policies, and (5) Perform various planning analyses and develop working knowledge of state and federal planning regulations to support other Planning Section and agency functions as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, as listed in the Higher Education Directory, in transportation engineering, transportation or urban planning, or a related discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A master’s degree is preferred. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside of 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 a minimum of one year of recent (must be within the last five years), progressive and verifiable professional experience in the field of transportation engineering, transportation planning and analysis, urban planning, or a related field, involving an emphasis on transportation planning. One year of graduate work in a discipline directly related to the position may be substituted for the required experience.
Knowledge of: Principles of transportation planning. Working knowledge of transportation and air quality planning, environmental planning, and travel demand forecasts model. Specific knowledge related to air quality issues, analysis of transportation plans and projects, and transportation conformity regulations is desirable. General familiarity with federal and state transportation planning and air quality legislation. Ability to use database management tools, spreadsheets and packaged analytical programs is desirable.
Ability to: Conceptualize, organize, schedule and successfully manage projects. Collaborate with staff from other MTC sections. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff from other agencies and stakeholders. Communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing. Take initiative and use sound judgment within established procedural guidelines. Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and respond flexibly to changing section activities and demands. Organize and analyze data using Microsoft Excel and/or Microsoft Access (or other database). Document technical analysis for presentation to policy makers. Manage consultant contracts. Carry assignments through to completion on time with minimal supervision.
ASSIGNMENTS: Under the supervision and direction of MTC’s Senior Planner, the Assistant Planner/Analyst will:
1. Assist senior planner with RTP project management and technical tasks, including the preparation of technical reports, such as the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and RTP Project Notebook; manage the RTP project database; coordinate with county Congestion Management agencies, transit operators, and other partner agencies and stakeholders on RTP investments and policies; research special issues and perform technical data analysis for the RTP; make presentations to MTC committees, advisory groups, and other interested parties, as required; and support RTP public outreach and involvement efforts.
2. Evaluate Transportation Control Measures (TCMs) to reduce motor vehicle emissions in federal and state air quality plans; assist in MTC’s federally required conformity analysis of the RTP and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); assist in drafting the transportation sections of federal and state air quality plans; monitor changes in federal and state air quality laws and their implications for the transportation sector; organize and assist with interagency meetings with transportation and air quality agencies to review emerging air quality issues and formulate appropriate strategies to address them; present reports and analysis results to various MTC committees and explain air quality and transportation issues to external organizations and their technical and policy committees; work closely with the travel demand forecasting unit of the Planning Section; and serve on various air quality working groups and technical committees.
3. Perform various analyses for corridor studies that MTC may conduct or be involved in from time to time to help define RTP investments.
4. Act as a liaison with one or more counties, representing MTC and explaining MTC programs and policies. Understand transportation issues and concerns of the counties assigned. Review biennial county congestion monitoring programs; participate in the development of countywide transportation plans and possibly new or extended sales tax measure expenditure plans; monitor major Congestion Management Agency-lead planning efforts and corridor studies; participate on Congestion Management Agency’s technical advisory committees as assigned.
5. Develop working knowledge of state and federal planning regulations to support Planning Section and agency functions as needed.
6. Perform various planning analyses to support Planning Section functions as needed.
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
Submit an MTC Application along with a supplemental and current resume 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, August 18, 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 your knowledge of and experience with the preparation of long-range regional transportation plans, environmental documents, air quality planning and/or other transportation-related analyses. Please include project examples.
2. Describe your knowledge of and experience with the analysis of data (e.g. air quality, transportation, or other related fields) and subsequent development of policies that were considered by a governing board.
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.
Interviews will be conducted by a panel whose members are acquainted with the requirements of the position. 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 Bay Area.