Transportation Planning Manager Director of Planning and Programming Job opening - Merced County Association of Governments state California ( Job openings )
Merced County Association of Governments , state California
( By Press Release office )
2022-07-27T00:00 - 2022-08-26T00:00 | 21 | 2
MCAG is seeking to fill the transportation planning and programming department’s executive management position responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-range department planning for the metropolitan planning agency. This position reports directly to the Executive Director or the Deputy Executive Director. Dependent on the incumbent’s depth of knowledge and breadth of experience, this position will be filled as the
Transportation Planning Manager
(Range 31) or the
Director of Planning and Programming
Under limited supervision, the incumbent oversees the agency’s transportation planning and programming functions including Measure V, the local half-cent sales tax for transportation. This position supervises and participates in advanced, highly complex professional planning activities; administers a variety of local, state and federal transportation and/or housing funding programs; develops the annual budget and workplan; coordinates directly with Caltrans and other relevant state and federal agencies; and performs other related duties as required.
Transportation Planning Manager/Director of Planning and Programming
is an executive management position in which incumbents are expected to perform the full scope of assigned duties of high complexity and variety. Incumbents in this position work independently and direct staff in the research, analysis and administration of transportation and/or housing plans and programs. This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Senior Planner by the assignment of responsibility for overall department management and performance.
The Transportation Planning Manager/Director of Planning and Programming reports directly to the Executive Director/Deputy Executive Director, and supervises all staff within the transportation planning department.
Duties & Responsibilities
Performs and manages complex and sensitive professional planning projects, research and analysis related to a variety of transportation and housing planning projects and functions
Monitors and ensures compliances with local, state and federal program regulations and guidelines
Oversees and manages complex planning studies including the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation Process, and the Short-Range Transit Plan, and tools including the traffic model and the pavement management system
Oversees and manages all department programming functions including the Federal Transportation Improvement Program
Provides overall management of department-related planning issues, work programs, budgets and staffing
Advises the Executive Director on all department-related matters
Serves as lead staff on presenting department-related issues and recommendations to various councils, boards, commissions and elected officials, under direction of the Executive Director
Develops project budgets, assists with the procurement process, verifies contract expenditures and compliance
Assigns work to staff and ensures appropriate training is provided
Participates in budget preparation and administration, monitors and controls department expenditures in coordination with the Deputy Executive Director
Represents the agency at local, regional and state planning agency meetings in the absence of the Executive Director
Coordinates monthly agenda material preparation for all department work
Serves as project coordinator or team leader on specific projects
Responds to the more complex questions and concerns from member agencies, outside agencies and the general public
Establishes 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 a Senior
. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is to possess the equivalent of four years of experience in regional/municipal planning, 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. Relevant work experience exceeding 6 years may be considered in lieu of a degree.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license.
Knowledge & Experience
Experience with traffic modeling and/or housing planning highly desired but not required.
Knowledge of 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 planning documents and funding requests; techniques and processes involved in the preparation and implementation of long-range plans.
Understanding of organization, functions and activities of local government; principles and practices of budget development, implementation, tracking and reporting.
Experience with effective citizen engagement
Basic principles of mathematics; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations; 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
Must be innovative, detail-oriented and experienced in highly-complex projects or programs
Capable of managing multiple, high-priority assignments
Reading comprehension to understand technical and legal materials
Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously
Ability to provide effective supervision and staff management
Ability to manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting information to the public and elected officials
Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with member agencies, other regional planning agencies and state/federal authorities
Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve complex planning problems
Group facilitation skills for use with community workshops and public meetings
Ability to facilitate in-person and virtual public participation activities
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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