FT job - Oakland, CA - MTC - Senior Planner/Analyst
- JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
POSITION: SENIOR PLANNER/ANALYST
(Highway and Arterial Operations Section)
HOURLY RATE: Grade IX of the Salary Plan: $97,564– $124,890.
Under the general supervision of the Section Director, act as project
staff lead for MTC activities related to the operation of Bay Area
freeways and arterials. The incumbent will be responsible for (a) freeway
corridor traffic operational studies, (b) coordination of freeway
improvements with the proposed regional High Occupancy Toll lane network,
(c) providing technical support for system performance monitoring, and (d)
management of the Regional Arterial Signal Program.
The primary goal of this unit is to develop accurate documentation of
existing traffic congestion problems at the corridor level, conceptual
strategies for efficient management of each corridor, and creation of
prioritized lists of short-term and long-term candidate projects to
maximize performance and safety of each corridor. The work involved will
be partially technical in nature, but will also require substantial
coordination and collaboration with Caltrans, the congestion management
agencies, city and county traffic staff, and other sections within MTC. It
is expected that most of the technical studies will be performed by
consultants, under contract with MTC or with other agencies.
Education: Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college
or university, as listed in the Higher Education Directory, in an
appropriate discipline such as urban planning, transportation planning or
engineering, public administration, or information systems. Graduate
degree is preferred. (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
Experience: Minimum of three years of recent (must be within the last
five years), progressive and verifiable professional experience in a field
related to the position with a master’s degree. Alternatively, four years
of relevant experience with a bachelor’s degree; or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of: Regional transportation planning policies and practices;
fundamentals of freeway traffic operations; data acquisition and analysis;
procurement and contract management; principles of transportation
funding, and programming; and techniques to facilitate inter-agency
Ability to: Review, analyze and interpret data to develop useful
conclusions and recommendations; evaluate quality of data and
appropriateness of recommendations generated by others; prioritize and
undertake multiple tasks; develop work scopes, procure consultants and
manage projects and contracts; communicate effectively, both orally and in
writing, and effectively work in a team environment to reach consensus;
develop and implement project budgets.
Experience: Knowledge of and experience with one or more of the
• Freeway corridor studies and congestion mitigation strategies
• Arterial system management strategies
• Intelligent transportation systems
• Transportation system performance monitoring
• Project and contract management
• Transportation financing and programming
Under the supervision and direction of the Section Director, the Senior
1. Coordinate freeway corridor studies as part of MTC’s Freeway
Performance Initiative (FPI). Work with Caltrans and congestion management
agencies to perform studies and develop projects to improve the
reliability and safety of the Bay Area freeway system. Guide and monitor
the work of the on-call FPI technical support consultants. Provide
appropriate level of direction and review of delivered products. Ensure
compliance with project schedules.
2. Coordinate freeway congestion relief recommendations developed
under the FPI with the proposed Regional High Occupancy Toll Lane network.
This will involve significant coordination with MTC’s Planning and Bridge
Oversight & Operations sections.
3. Manage the regional arterial signal program to improve efficiency
and coordination between regionally significant arterials and the state
highway system. Act as staff lead for the Arterial Operations Committee.
Manage consultant contracts that provide technical traffic signal support
to local agencies
4. Support annual update of the MTC State of System report. Work
with Caltrans and MTC Planning section to review and analyze traffic and
5. Monitor contractor invoices to ensure accuracy and conformance to
contracts. Administer and monitor approved budget; identify and recommend
adjustments as necessary.
6. Provide lead direction and work assignments to staff; instruct
staff on work procedures; supervise, review and evaluate work performed.
Coordinate selection, orientation and training of assigned staff.
7. Make formal presentations to MTC management and to the
Commission’s Operations Committee.
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:
This announcement remains open until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Faxed/emailed applications will NOT be accepted.
Supplemental Background Information: Prepare a brief written summary
addressing the areas below. Your responses should be limited to a maximum
of two pages, preferably typewritten on 8-1/2” x 11” paper in 12 point
font. Please be sure your experience directly relates to this position;
reference the organization where you acquired the relevant experience.
1) Describe your experience dealing with traffic congestion problems,
either from a project perspective or at the regional planning level;
2) Cite your background in data analysis and your experience with
developing and implementing performance-based metrics, and summarizing and
presenting results to both technical and non-technical audiences, and
3) Describe your experience in procuring, contracting and managing
consultants, citing specific examples of how you ensured that the
consultants delivered products that matched the project goals.
Submit an MTC Application, cover letter, current resume, and responses to
the Supplemental questions to: Human Resources Office, Metropolitan
Transportation Commission, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
To receive an announcement and application form, contact MTC at the Job
Hotline, (510) 817-5818, or email jobhotline@.... Leave your
contact information and indicate which job announcement you are
requesting. Announcements and applications can also be downloaded from
MTC’s website, http://www.mtc.ca.gov/jobs/. Applications not submitted on
MTC forms or not including all required materials will not be considered.
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 applicants
will be notified promptly of the filling of the position. As appropriate,
the panel may 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 will 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 2?% available for merit progression.
THE FOLLOWING ARE AMONG THE BENEFITS OFFERED TO MTC EMPLOYEES:
� 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.
� Public Employees Retirement System (PERS); employee contributes a
portion of gross salary on a pre-tax basis.
� Health Benefits Insurance through the Public Employees’ Retirement
System (100% MTC-paid employee and dependent coverage, depending on health
� Agency-paid Dental Insurance (dependent coverage shared by the
employee and MTC).
� Agency-paid Vision Care Insurance, employees only (no dependent
� Agency-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability Insurance.
� Monthly Transit/Parking Subsidy.
� Alternative payroll savings plans (tax-deferred 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
MTC conducts background checks to verify information included in the
candidate’s application, resume and supplemental materials.
CALIFORNIA DRIVER’S LICENSE:
A valid California Driver’s 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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