Transportation Planner IV

Location
FAIRFAX (EJ03), VA
Salary
$73,963.14 - $123,272.24 Annually
Posted
Aug 01, 2018
Closes
Aug 20, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time

This job opportunity is being re-announced. Applicants who previously applied for this job do not need to re-apply; all applications will be considered.

Serves as team leader to coordinate project assignments and provide direct supervision, leadership, guidance and technical right of way expertise to planners and engineers for the design and administration of complex transportation improvement projects including roadway improvement, neighborhood improvements and commercial revitalization improvements. Provides professional right of way consultation in support of transportation projects. As a key member of project scoping efforts, provides expert assessments and advice on right of way issues including easements and total takes to assist designers in determining the best and most cost-effective locations for facilities. Serves as project manager for highly technical and complex projects. Assigns work to right of way agent. Monitors, checks and instructs as required to ensure the timely and accurate completion of assigned work and projects. Assists in planning, scheduling, and monitoring the progress of projects assigned to the branch. Assists division chief in preparation and review of right of way budget for all projects assigned. Has responsibility for, and supervises timely processing of all communications and correspondence pertaining to all projects assigned to the section. Participates in citizen's meetings and public hearings. Provides technical consultation to engineers, planners, right of way agents and managers in the business area on an as needed basis. Works in close coordination with other divisions of FCDOT to provide strategic assistance in resolving real property and personal property issues. Attends all project-related design field inspections, utility field inspections and right of way field inspections. Coordinates appraisal efforts and conducts negotiations with property owners to ensure timely acquisition of land rights for county projects. Prepares documentation and coordinates with the county attorney's office to present expert testimony in condemnation actions in circuit court. Directly involved in preparation and negotiation of right of way professional service contracts with outside consultants, including defining scope of projects, required services and contractual administrative items. Provides leadership, guidance, and technical quality control oversight to engineers and right of way personnel assigned to coordinate consultant's projects. This includes obtaining data for consultants, coordinating reviews and approval of consultant's work.

Illustrative Duties Depending on the program or functional area of assignment, performs the following tasks:
  • Plans, manages and supervises the activities of a program, functional area, unit or subsection of a major unit such as Facilities, Operations and Maintenance, SAS, Modeling, et al. Supervises transportation/transit professionals and technicians of the program or functional area that are engaged in the preparation, review, monitoring and implementation of transportation/transit plans, studies and programs;
  • Conducts or assists in conducting advanced transportation studies, technical analyses, traffic demand management and bus service planning;
  • Proactively identifies regional transportation issues which may impact program or functional area;
  • Manages or assists in managing contractors impacting program or functional area;
  • Initiates action on opportunities for grants and other funding for transportation projects;
  • Maintains working knowledge of state and federal legislative issues as they relate to area of responsibility and makes recommendations for process changes as needed;
  • Provides overall technical input and recommendations for regional agencies such as: VRE, WMATA, NVTC, COG, TPB and TCC;
  • Prepares, presents and discusses reports, recommendations and findings with citizens, other agencies and officials from county, state and national organizations;
  • Represents the unit or division at community, state and national events.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities Depending on the functional area of assignment, must possess the following KSAs:
  • Considerable knowledge of mission, goals, and objectives of the organizational unit, program, or activities to which incumbent is assigned;
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit regulation, planning, forecasting and analysis;
  • Thorough knowledge of transportation planning/analysis software, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software;
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory methods, practices and techniques;
  • Knowledge of operations, maintenance and scheduling;
  • Thorough knowledge of the specialty area of assignment, such as funding or outreach;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including transportation planning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to resolve conflicts and to maintain effective communication with staff;
  • Ability to coordinate the preparation of comprehensive planning reports and other documents;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Thorough knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including transportation planning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to resolve conflicts and to maintain effective communication with staff;
  • Ability to coordinate the preparation of comprehensive planning reports and other documents;
  • Ability to apply principles of leadership, creative problem solving, collaboration, decision making, and team building;
  • Ability to independently conduct the most complex transportation/transit studies and develop sound conclusions and recommendations;
  • Ability to write detailed, accurate reports, grants, or solicitations for pertinent areas of administration;
  • Ability to make oral presentations to department management, other departments, or the public;
  • Ability to evaluate proposals and solutions in terms of benefits, costs, and overall impact on the project, program, or organization;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others, including citizen's groups, community, county, and state officials.
Employment Standards MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field, plus five years of progressively responsible transportation planning related experience. The years of experience should include at least one year in the specific area of assignment (for e.g., SAS, modeling, facilities maintenance, et al).

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Strong supervisory, team leadership, and project management skills. Education and experience in one or more of the following: real estate, implementing real estate transactions as allowed by Virginia law, eminent domain, real property appraisals, or property title research. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced collaborative team environment. Possession of a designation awarded through the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA) or the ability to complete those requirements within three years. Proficiency in basic Microsoft Office Suite applications. Ability to understand road and other public improvement design plans, plats, proffers, subdivision and rezoning plans. Experience using computer applications and software such as CPMS, CPAN, GIS, LDS-Net. Experience working with project managers on various road, pedestrian, bike, trail and other projects. Able to develop and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with property owners, county officials, staff and the public. Knowledge of county, state, federal rules and procedures governing right-of-way acquisitions. Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to operate a motor vehicle. Ability to perform field investigations of transportation design projects. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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