Transportation Planner III

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Aug 01, 2022
Closes
Sep 05, 2022
Function
Other
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time

METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS

IMMEDIATE JOB OPPORTUNITY

Transportation Planner III

Starting Salary $71,581 - $80,000 DOQ

DTP-2022-9

POSITION SPECIFICATONS

The Department of Transportation Planning at MWCOG is seeking a mid-level transportation planner (Transportation Planner III) with professional with experience in planning for public participation. The candidate will be part of a team responsible for the development and analysis of regional long-range transportation plans and other planning products. The team also supports TPB member jurisdictions with implementation of the most recent long-range plan, Visualize 2045.

The position will support general planning activities across the department and will lead several activities including but not limited to the implementation and update of the TPB’s Participation Plan, the Community Advisory Committee monthly meeting, Access for All Advisory Committee meetings, the development and conduct of the agency’s Community Leadership Institute, and public engagement activities supporting other agency planning activities.

The specialist will track local community groups, maintain contacts, and craft activities to reach people in the region using a combination of in-person and electronic methods. This work will support the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s (TPB) plans and programs. The planner might also provide support for TPB communications including assisting with developing public friendly written and graphic content.

The Coordination Team supports the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB), the federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Washington, D.C. region. The TPB plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning in the National Capital Region. We work with local, state, regional, and federal partners to develop plans and programs that the federal government must approve for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the Washington region. The TPB also provides data and analysis to decision makers and coordinates regional programs to advance safety, land-use coordination, and more. The Coordination Team leads the development of the TPB’s long-range transportation plan, the six year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), all public outreach, and is responsible for ensuring that all federal requirements for the metropolitan transportation planning process are met.

Examples of work

• Conducts transportation planning analysis and documentation;

• Lead the implementation and update of the Participation Plan;

• Leads the MWCOG TPB’s Community Advisory Committee and monthly evening meeting and the Access for All Advisory Committee meetings;

• Leads the development and conduct of the agency’s Community Leadership Institute (3 training sessions of 2 hours on 3 consecutive weeks, once a year);

• Works as part of a team to plan and coordinate upcoming public information, communications, and outreach activities;

• Provides expert advice for how to better reach more people in local communities across the Washington region.

• Assists with public outreach activities, including public forums and workshops;

• Maintains up-to-date contacts of resident groups in the region, such as citizens groups, local advisory groups, various transportation groups, religious organizations, and groups representing traditionally underserved communities.

• Assists in tracking and measuring the effectiveness of communications, public information, and public involvement activities.

• Assists in providing staff support for boards and committees, including assistance with meeting preparation and writing meeting minutes and summaries; •

Performs other related duties as required.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

1. Project Management and Coordination Skills: Requires the ability to work independently with minimal oversight to lead several planning activities and staffing to committees. The successful candidate will demonstrate organization skills and a level of independence to lead, with limited supervision, numerous efforts related to public participation, including planning, coordinating and conducting the monthly CAC meetings, the annual CLI events, and supporting the development of and implementing public participation efforts associated with the long-range transportation plan and other planning areas in need of public outreach.

2. Strong analytical and/or strategic thinking skills, including the ability to establish and follow systems for managing complex content and information flows and delivery; strong organizational skills; applicant must have problem solving/analytical skills and the ability to think creatively;

3. Ability to communicate in writing and speaking about complex technical topics to nontechnical audiences; Strong written and oral communications skills with the ability to summarize information in a clear and concise manner; an understanding for communicating with diverse audiences; effective verbal communication skills, including public speaking, facilitating meetings, and soliciting feedback;

4. Knowledge of or strong interest in the principles and practices of metropolitan transportation planning, as well as regional land-use concepts and principles;

5. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, elected officials and the public; and

6. Ability to prepare, produce, and present clear, effective, and accurate reports and presentations.

7. Preferred analytical and computer skills; strong software skills in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), GIS, Microsoft Access or other database software; graphic design skills such as Canva and Adobe Suite products (InDesign, PhotoShop and Illustrator) and knowledge of travel demand modeling a plus;

Education and experience

Minimum of three years working experience in outreach, public involvement, social work, campaigns, organizing, or a related field; and possession of a master’s degree in an appropriate related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Language skills in Spanish or other languages common in the Washington region are desired

MWCOG is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices.

Please send a cover letter and resume highlighting the skills and relevant experience you would bring to this position and salary requirement to:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

777 North Capitol Street, NE

Suite 300 - Attention: OHRM

Washington, DC 20002-4239

resumes@mwcog.org Or visit our website at: www.mwcog.org

Fax: 202-962-3715

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