The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 |
OPENING DATE: April 2012
SALARY RANGE: Low to Mid $40,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Office of Capital Programs, Technical Services Division
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
AREAS OF CONSIDERATION: All sources

Job Description

This is a professional position responsible for support activities in the Office of Capital Programs, including development and maintenance of the regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This position requires a considerable number of meetings and the preparation of both project related and financial support materials. It also requires the preparation and coordination of project screening and prioritization materials. Once a draft TIP has been developed, a 30-day public comment period is held, and the planner assists in summarizing and coordinating comments and agency responses provided to the general public, the Regional Transportation Committee (RTC), and the DVRPC Board for consideration before final adoption of the TIP. The planner will assist in the research and follow-up of project and financial information to help determine funding eligibility and project details, in the preparation of documentation to provide for the monthly cycle of DVRPC meetings for amendments and modifications for the current TIP, and also in the preparation of summaries of this information for posting to the DVRPC website. In addition, the planner will provide assistance conducting a quantitative asset management analysis for the region’s transportation system. Work is performed in accordance with well-defined objectives and professional standards and is subject to close administrative and technical review by a senior professional.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in development and maintenance of the PA and NJ TIPs. Tasks will include helping to maintain the TIP databases by updating current database records, and preparing reports for posting information to the website. Other tasks may include preparation of financial spreadsheets, seeking input from state, county and transit operator representatives, as well as other DVRPC staff, screening new candidate projects, preparing various project listings and financial summaries, and assisting in preparing public documents using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Assist in the TIP amendment and modification process. Tasks include research on project details and funding eligibility, follow-up, spreadsheet preparation, mapping of requested actions, and preparation of materials for explaining TIP requests to the RTC and Board.
  • Assist with project screening and selection process.
  • Assist in transportation system needs assessment.
  • Provide staff support for local project development processes including: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), Transportation Enhancements (TE), Home Town Streets (HTS), Safe Routes to School (SRS), and Surface Transportation Program Urban Allocation (STP-STU). Tasks may include preparing application and guidance materials, preparing spreadsheets of financial information, reviewing applications, and preparing summaries and minutes of the meetings.
  • Participate in public education efforts concerning the TIP as needed, including preparation of materials, and maintenance of public information database/inventory for transportation projects.
  • Provide technical assistance to member governments, the public, and other MPOs.
  • Use a variety of special software applications (some web based) for project decision making, project research, and processing requests.
  • Perform related work as required.

Qualifications

  • Experience with spreadsheet software (MS Excel), relational database software (MS Access), and the ability to produce reports using such data management tools.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of transportation planning, and ability to relate this knowledge to the development of a regional transportation system is desired.
  • Familiarity with federal requirements for a regional TIP is preferred.
  • Familiarity with statistics and various modeling techniques is preferred.
  • Considerable experience in word processing and document layout in MS Word and MS PowerPoint.
  • Some experience with ArcGIS and/or GoogleMaps is preferred.
  • Ability to present information effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.
  • Strict attention to detail and ability to proofread text, data, and financial information.
  • Ability to adhere to rigid, frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and requests simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning and elected officials, and the general public.

Minimum Experience and Training

One year of professional experience in transportation or regional planning; and a bachelors and/or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university, with major course work in a discipline applicable to transportation planning or engineering; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

To Apply

Forward a cover letter and resume to: resumes@dvrpc.org.

DVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full consideration will be given to all eligible, qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliation, disability or marital status. Minority, female, and disabled applicants are encouraged to apply.
Employment is contingent upon ability to comply with Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations which states when offered employment "identity and right to work in the United States" must be produced.
EOE M/F/D