Associate Planner Job opening - Merced County Association of Governments state California ( Job openings )
Merced County Association of Governments , state California
( By Press Release office )
2022-08-09T00:00 - 2022-09-08T00:00 | 12 | 3
Under general supervision, the
transportation and/or housing planning and programming
work and assists with the administration of a variety of local, state and federal transportation and/or housing funding programs; prepares and administers transportation or grant funded plans and programs; coordinates and serves as a lead for special projects; performs other related duties as required.
The Associate Planner is the journey level class in the professional planning series in which incumbents are expected to independently perform the full scope of assigned duties. Incumbents in this position work independently in the research, analysis and administration of transportation and/or housing plans and programs. This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Assistant Planner by the assignment of more complex duties and lead supervisory responsibilities for specific programs and projects.
The Associate Planner receives general 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
Perform complex professional transportation and/or housing planning and programming work, grant development and administration; prepare and administer transportation or grant funded plans and programs; provide assistance to member agencies in the development and administration of grant funded programs; assist in the development of project agreements; prepare maps, graphs, models, grant applications and reports; participate in and serve as a lead on assigned special studies and projects.
Participate in and leads transportation and housing related planning studies; assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of federal and state long term planning documents; manage funding allocations for assigned program areas; coordinate and implement environmental review procedures; work directly with and oversee the activities of consultants retained by the Agency; assist in the development of both short and long range transportation plans; assist in the operation of the pavement management system and traffic model.
Provide information and assistance to member agencies, outside agencies and the public regarding laws, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures related to the submission of plans, processing of applications and implementation requirements; ensure that transportation plan and grant requirements are met; communicate and coordinate with other departments and outside agencies.
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, public hearing notices; collect and analyze complex data for special reports and projects; engage in and conducts citizen participation activities.
Demonstrate a full understanding of applicable policies, procedures and work methods associated with assigned duties; serve as project coordinator or team leader on specific projects; provide assistance training for less experienced planning staff; respond to the more complex questions and concerns from member agencies, outside agencies and the general public; provide information as is appropriate and resolves public service issues.
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 two years 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
Experience with traffic modeling highly desired but not required.
Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of urban and regional transportation and/or housing planning and project implementation; statistical methods and research techniques applicable to the preparation of transportation planning documents and funding requests; techniques and processes involved in the preparation and implementation of long-range plans.
Understanding of basic organization, functions and activities of local government; principles and practices of budget development, implementation, tracking and reporting.
Basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations, including C.E.Q.A. and N.E.P.A.; methods and techniques of scheduling work assignments, training staff and serving as project lead person; 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 and writing; proper English, spelling and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Skills & Abilities
Ability to apply policies, procedures and standards pertaining to the transportation and/or housing planning and programming processes; analyze complex data and prepare concise, clear and effective reports; perform mathematical calculations quickly and accurately; interpret, explain and apply applicable laws, codes and regulations; read, interpret and record data accurately; organize, prioritize and follow-up on work assignments; work independently and as part of a team; make sound decisions within established guidelines; analyze a complex issue, and develop and implement an appropriate response; follow written and oral directions; observe safety principles and work in a safe manner; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; operate a variety of office equipment, including a computer and variety of software applications.
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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