Assistant Planner Job opening - Merced County Association of Governments state California ( Job openings )
Merced County Association of Governments , state California
( By Press Release office)
2022-04-26T00:00 - 2022-05-26T00:00 | 15 | 2
Under immediate supervision, the
learns to perform and performs
transportation and/or housing planning and programming
work; develops an understanding and assists with the administration of a variety of local, state and federal transportation and/or housing funding programs; gathers and manages data related to transportation plans and programs; learns to administer and further develop housing-related planning activities; provides assistance to member agencies in the development of grant proposals; prepares maps, graphs, models, grant applications and reports; coordinates special projects; performs other related duties as required.
The Assistant Planner is the entry level class in the professional planning series that allows the incumbent to develop journey level knowledge and abilities in the field of transportation planning and programming and housing planning. Initially, under immediate supervision, incumbents learn to perform a variety of fundamental support activities in the areas of assignment. This classification is distinguished from the next higher classification of Associate Planner in that the latter is responsible for the more complex and difficult duties within the department. The classification is alternatively staffed with Associate Planner and incumbents may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating a level of proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher-level class.
The Assistant Planner receives immediate supervision from the Department Manager and/or Senior Planner depending upon area of assignment. Incumbents in this classification do not routinely exercise supervision but may serve in a lead capacity for specific projects.
Duties & Responsibilities
Learn to perform and perform professional transportation planning and programming work, grant development and administration; gather and manage data related to transportation or grant funded plans and programs; provide assistance to member agencies in the development and administration of grant funded programs; prepare maps, graphs, models, grant applications and reports; participate in and coordinates special studies and projects.
Provide information and assistance to member agencies, outside agencies and the public regarding transportation and/or housing-related laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures related to the submission of plans, processing of applications and implementation requirements; communicate and coordinate with other departments and outside agencies.
Develop an understanding and assist with the administration of a variety of local, state and federal transportation funding programs including Measure V, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), Local Transportation Funding (LTF), Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and State Transit Assistance (STA) funds.
Develop an understanding and assist with the administration of housing-related programs including the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP).
Prepare staff reports, resolutions, proposals, grant applications, letters, and public hearing notices; collect and analyze basic data for special reports and projects; engages in citizen participation activities.
Demonstrate a full understanding of applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties; may serve as project coordinator or team leader; responds to questions and concerns from member agencies, outside agencies and the general public.
Establish positive working relationships with representatives of community-based organizations, other agencies, MCAG management and staff, and the public.
Education & Training
Any combination of education and experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for an
. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of one year of experience in regional/municipal planning or grant administration, and a bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, or related field. Graduate work may be substituted for one year of experience.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.
Knowledge & Experience
Basic principles, practices and techniques of regional transportation and/or housing planning and project implementation; statistical methods and research techniques applicable to the preparation of transportation and/or housing planning documents and funding requests.
Basic organization, functions and activities of local government.
Basic principles of mathematics; core skills for effective oral and written communication; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments; standard office procedures, practices and equipment; modern office practices, methods and equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation; proper English, spelling and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Skills & Abilities
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Interpersonal skills to contribute to a positive working environment
Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve practical problems
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
Ability to work independently or in a team environment
Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind
Ability to manage workload effectively and meet firm deadlines
: Indoor/Office environment
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in preparing statistical reports and data using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near vision in reading correspondence, statistical data and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper and documents weighing up to 25 pounds also is required. Additionally, the incumbent in this position works outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot and cold. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
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