Planner II/Public Outreach – Position Description
General Description: This is a professional position in general planning, with an emphasis on coordinating transportation planning and conducting public outreach. The position is part-time with the potential to become full time. The employee should have the ability to collect, organize, and analyze data required in the development of transportation plans/programs, comprehensive plans, special projects, coordinate planning efforts between MPO member agencies and communicate transportation issues to the public. This position is the key staff contact for the MPO’s Public Advisory Committee (PAC).
General Planning and Research Duties:
- Manage transportation studies conducted by the MPO or its consultant.
- Represent the MPO as a participant in transportation and studies conducted by MPO member governments.
- Assess transportation data, problems, issues and solutions and their social and environmental impacts.
- Help build consensus among community leaders, advocates, and other affected parties on transportation issues.
- Represent the MPO at meetings, conferences, and workshops as requested.
- Participate in general agency operations as requested.
Public Outreach/PAC Support Duties
- Provide staff support to the Public Advisory Committee.
- Review PAC minutes, develop agendas, arrange for speakers and information for PAC meetings.
- Gather/prepare materials in a timely manner for mailings to the PAC and public, arrange meeting locations.
- Work with MPO Council members to expedite new PAC member appointments.
- Conduct an annual assessment of the effectiveness of the MPO’s Public Participation Plan.
- Prepare an annual Environmental Justice report.
- Present reports and research findings at MPO and public meetings.
- Involve and educate citizens and public officials via seminars, workshops, conferences, newsletters, assessments, and analytical reports.
- Participate in outreach activities such as regional air quality events, Bike-to-Work Day and the 55+ Expo.
- Oversee the MPO web site and social media and develop outreach material such as newsletters, brochures, executive summaries and annual reports.
- Attend all daytime and evening PAC meetings. Some weekend work will be required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The successful candidate must have a working knowledge of general principles and practices of transportation planning, including, but not limited to analysis of transportation modeling results, transportation system management strategies, land use planning, and zoning, with excellent oral and written communication skills, and a knowledge of basic research techniques and methods. Computer skills should include experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher. Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat and WordPress is also desired. Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to relate effectively to others individually and in groups on a technical or non-technical level are needed.
Education and Experience: The minimum requirements include a degree from a four-year college or university in a related field and three years of recent planning and/or public outreach experience. Additional experience may be substituted for part of the education requirement, but only at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Hiring Range: $39,093 – $48,866 ($20.05 -$25.06 hourly rate)
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume, along with at least three (3) professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Transportation Planner II
This position will be responsible for carrying out technical transportation planning activities working with land use planning, zoning, and corridor studies related to the transportation planning process. This position would serve as the professional and technical resource person for activities and operations to comply with the transportation planning processes and documentation required of an MPO, and may include development management, comprehensive planning, economic development, data base systems, human services outreach, capital improvements programming and the implication of zoning on future land use. In addition to supporting the Principle Planner, general duties also include:
- Assists in the research and preparation of annual work programs and budgets.
- Consults, coordinates and advises the Public Outreach professional.
- Coordinates and makes presentations at public meetings.
- Performs related work as required.
A successful applicant for this position will demonstrate strong management/teamwork skills, knowledge of comprehensive, transportation and land use planning, and the implications of redevelopment. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are required.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills for Transportation Planner II:
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Thorough knowledge of general planning principles and practices.
- Thorough knowledge of sources of information, current literature, and recent developments regarding transportation and urban planning.
- Thorough knowledge of research techniques.
- Ability to initiate and develop programs and policies.
- Ability to represent information graphically
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
- Ability to analyze policy and technical issues and to exercise sound judgment in decision making when requested.
- Working knowledge of ArcGIS, enough to present data, produce and label well designed maps.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
The position as a Transportation Planner II with the Dover/Kent County MPO requires a degree from a regionally accredited college or university in Planning, Geography, Public Policy, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies or related discipline and 3 years experience in a similar position. A Master’s Degree in a discipline identified above may be substituted for two years of experience. As an alternative, to recognize the potential to gain the skills required while on-the-job, a minimum of 8 years experience as a Planning Tech may be substituted for the education and experience required for this position. Possession of an AICP, or the interest in obtaining one is a plus.
Salary range $46,000 – $50,000. If interested, please mail your resume and hourly rate requirements to the Dover / Kent County MPO, P.O. Box 383, Dover, Delaware 19903, by 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 or send via electronic mail message to Ms. Cathy Samardza, Executive Secretary, by e-mail at email@example.com.