Region 1 Planning Council is seeking a Metropolitan Planner to support the agency in its role as an MPO, administering the federally required transportation planning process and provide transportation planning products to the member organizations.
- Produces planning work tasks typical of a metropolitan planning organization.
- Coordinates federal, state, local agencies, and public engagement
The ideal candidate will have experience in transportation, land use, or comprehensive planning; salary commensurate with experience in these areas. Experience with intelligent transportation systems (ITS), freight planning, transportation demand modeling (TDM), and alternative transportation is preferred.
Critical knowledge and fundamental skills required for the position, include:
- Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
- Ability to prepare and present reports and presentations
- Exercises initiative to problem-solve, develop plans, and follow-through
- Work collaboratively with others to ensure the success and achievement of team members in the fulfillment of RPC priorities
- Transportation and Economic modeling: research and analyze data utilizing resources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
- Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe software products (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
Illustrative examples of work to be performed include:
- Prepare MPO working documents (Unified Work Program, Transportation Improvement Program, Long Range Transportation Plan, Public Participation Plan, Environmental Justice & Title VI.)
- Identify highway, bicycle/pedestrian, and public transit needs; research and develop plans to meet those needs.
- At a planning level, analyze alternate mobility options, safety programs, and operational field strategies including rail, bicycle, and environmental planning.
- Utilize geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze data, produce reports, and visually display regional demographic, land use, economic, public transit, and other transportation infrastructure data for the MPO planning area.
- Communicate and coordinate with state, federal, and local agencies in developing multi-modal transportation plans, funding proposals, and traffic forecast studies.
- Contributes to transportation demand modeling analysis, economic modeling/forecasting, and complex data for MPO working documents.
- Assists in the preparation of public transit route and schedule analyses and plans; conducts field evaluations and assessments, such as boarding and alighting and National Transit Database surveys, when required.
- Provide planning recommendations for initiatives to enhance the fixed-route transit system; monitor, analyzes, prepares, and presents system performance-management metrics produced through transit-agency software RouteMatch and GFI.
- Develops and maintains geographic information systems (GIS) data regarding the RMTD fixed-route system, including bus shelters, transfer points, bus top signage, transfer centers, and other key elements.
- At a planning level, analyze the linkages between the regional transportation system, land use, demographic and economic adjustments; at all times connecting the above planning elements to economic impacts.
- Participate in cross-collaborative teams in conceptual and transportation planning and for corridor and redevelopment studies.
- Analyze socioeconomic data, census data, and other planning-centric data; support and provide guidance to the transportation planning tasks of the local agencies.
- Support transportation demand modeling analysis as well as economic modeling/forecasting through compiling and analyzing tabular and spatial information.
- Assist in the collection and analysis of data for transportation performance-based planning.
- Maintain and prepare records and documentation necessary for certifying the transportation planning process for conformance with applicable State, Federal, and local guidelines and regulations.
- Prepare progress reports and other related status information
This is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities and tasks.
Education, Training, Experience
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in urban/regional planning, transportation planning, or a similar field. Master’s degree desirable but not required. Experience in transportation, land use, or comprehensive planning; salary commensurate with experience in these areas.
Region 1 Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion.