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  • Zaheen Chowdhury
    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER/ANALYST CLASSIFICATION: Assistant/Associate
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 8, 2008
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      JOB ANNOUNCEMENT



      POSITION: ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE
      TRANSPORTATION PLANNER/ANALYST



      CLASSIFICATION: Assistant/Associate Planner/Analyst (Planning Section)



      VACANCIES: One



      SALARY RANGE: Grade VII of the Salary Plan: $68,294 to $87,422
      per year (Depending upon additional qualifications, salary may be up to
      $100,791)



      DESCRIPTION: Under the direction of the Senior Planner:
      (1) Assist in the preparation of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
      and related technical reports, (2) Perform 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 to support Planning Section functions
      as needed.



      MINIMUM

      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, environmental
      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 and
      environmental planning. Working knowledge of the California
      Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state/federal air quality regulations
      and transportation conformity rule, and travel demand forecasting.
      Working knowledge and skills related to database development and
      management, spreadsheets and packaged analytic programs.



      Ability to : Perform technical
      transportation and environmental planning and policy analysis.
      Communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing. Organize,
      analyze, and document technical and policy analysis using Microsoft
      Excel and Microsoft Access (and other software programs as applicable),
      and prepare high-impact presentation materials for staff and policy
      makers. Conceptualize, organize, schedule and successfully manage
      projects. Take initiative and use sound judgment within established
      procedural guidelines. Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and
      respond flexibly to changing section activities and demands. Collaborate
      with staff from other MTC sections. Establish and maintain effective
      working relationships with staff from other agencies and stakeholders.
      Manage consultant contracts. Carry assignments through to completion on
      time with minimal supervision.



      TYPICAL

      ASSIGNMENTS: Under the supervision and direction of MTC'
      's Senior Planner, the Assistant/Associate Planner/Analyst will:



      1. Assist with preparation of the Regional Transportation Plan
      (RTP) and technical reports such as the Environmental Impact Report
      (EIR), transportation conformity analysis, and Project Notebook for the
      RTP. RTP related responsibilities include manage the RTP project
      database; research special issues and perform technical data analysis
      for the RTP and related technical documents; write sections of the RTP
      document as assigned; coordinate with county Congestion Management
      Agencies (CMAs), transit operators, and other partner agencies and
      stakeholders on RTP investments and policies; support RTP public
      outreach and involvement efforts; and make presentations to MTC
      committees, advisory groups, and other interested parties as required.



      2. Perform air quality planning and policy analysis. Air
      quality planning related responsibilities include: prepare MTC'
      's transportation conformity analysis for the RTP and Transportation
      Improvement Program (TIP); evaluate current and proposed Transportation
      Control Measures (TCMs) for state and federal air quality plans; monitor
      changes in federal and state air quality laws and their implications for
      the transportation sector; research special issues such as climate
      change and perform technical air quality data analysis; organize and
      assist with MTC' 's interagency conformity task force meetings;
      participate in Statewide Conformity Working Group meetings to review
      emerging air quality issues, regulations 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; 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. Perform various planning analyses to support Planning Section
      functions as needed.



      INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:

      Submit an MTC Application, response to the supplemental and a 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 Tuesday, July 15, 2008.



      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. Faxed or emailed applications will not be
      considered.



      Supplemental Questionnaire: Prepare a brief policy paper for two of
      the three policy issues presented below. Please be sure to describe the
      planning context, policy issues and challenges, analysis, and
      recommendations. Assume that the policy paper will be presented to
      policy makers for discussion and action. Limit your responses to a
      maximum of two sheets of paper (8 1/2" x 11"). Typewritten is preferred.

      1. As part of the Transportation 2035 Plan, MTC seeks to make
      some significant strides in the areas of pricing, focused growth,
      climate protection, and new transportation revenues. While there will
      be some infrastructure investments that help us to make progress in
      these areas, the Transportation 2035 Plan must also lay out a number of
      action-oriented strategies ranging from legislative actions to policy
      changes to agency/individual actions that challenges " "business
      as usual" "and further advances our vision for the region'
      's transportation system. These actions would constitute the
      advocacy platform for the plan. Select one policy area –
      –pricing, focused growth, climate protection, and new revenues –
      –and prepare a policy brief that details an advocacy platform that
      the region could pursue over the next five to 10 years.

      2. Fifty percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay
      Area are attributable to the transportation sector. The Commission has
      set-aside $10 million towards the 5-year implementation of an initial
      set of actions to be pursued jointly by the four regional agencies –
      –MTC, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Association of Bay
      Area Governments, and Bay Conservation and Development Commission. What
      specific actions should the region pursue to address climate change?
      How effective are these actions in reducing carbon dioxide emissions?

      3. MTC is the lead agency on the preparation of a program-level
      Environmental Impact Report for the Transportation 2035 Plan. The
      Attorney General' 's Office has informed several MPOs of the
      need to consider carbon dioxide emissions and the global warming impacts
      of implementing the RTP in the EIR. However, while there are a few
      advisory papers available on the topic, there are no significance
      criteria established for global warming impacts under CEQA. Should MTC
      prepare an analysis of global warming impacts in the EIR, and if so,
      what significance criteria, if any, should we use? If the environmental
      assessment found significant impacts, what mitigation measures should
      MTC identify in the EIR?


      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.


      INTRODUCTORY PERIOD:
      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.


      SALARY SCHEDULE:
      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 (dependent coverage shared by the
      employee and MTC).

      · 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.


      BACKGROUND CHECKS:
      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.



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