Job Opportunity - MTC - Assistant/Associate Transportation Planner/Analyst
- JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
CLASSIFICATION: Assistant/Associate Planner/Analyst (Planning Section)
SALARY RANGE: Grade VII of the Salary Plan: $68,294 to $87,422
per year (Depending upon additional qualifications, salary may be up to
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 (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
· 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.
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