TRANSPORTATION GRANTS CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLIANCE SPECIALIST

Location
Arlington
Posted
Sep 07, 2018
Closes
Sep 21, 2018
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking to fill a key position responsible for ensuring the County's compliance with civil rights requirements for transportation grant funding for the County's transportation programs and projects.

This Transportation Grants Civil Rights Compliance Specialist implements, monitors, and updates the Transportation Division's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Title VI Programs in accordance with County and US Department of Transportation (USDOT) requirements to ensure compliance with multiple grant funding agencies. This includes insuring that DBE/SBE businesses have opportunities to participate in projects and programs financed in whole or in part through federal grants from the USDOT. The USDOT grant programs contain a complex set of rules and regulations regarding certification, participation, implementation and audit requirements, giving this position the responsibility for monitoring as well as enforcement powers. The County's current total of obligated US Department of Transportation (USDOT) funds exceeds $30 million, supporting a range of transit capital projects.

This professional works closely with the Office of Human Rights, Department of Management and Finance, DES Division of Transportation Bureaus, and the Transportation Contract Administrator to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.

Specific duties include:

  • Assisting in developing and updating processes and procedures for implementing and monitoring the DBE, SBE, and Title VI Programs including setting goals and documenting progress towards goals;
  • Conducting outreach to DBE and SBE organizations to advise them of potential opportunities to do business with the County;
  • Communicating contract bid requirements to prospective bidders through pre-bid, pre-proposal and pre-construction conferences and evaluating and monitoring bids to determine the responsiveness of each in meeting the County's goals;
  • Monitoring contractor performance for compliance with applicable laws, schedules, payment provisions, contract and date reporting requirements including auditing contract files to ensure internal compliance, and determining if corrective actions are necessary;
  • Assisting the County Transportation and Development Bureau in conducting inclusive public involvement and monitoring environmental justice in accordance with federal requirements for transportation projects;
  • Establishing policies and procedures for receiving, recording, investigating, and following up on Title VI complaints;
  • Providing support to any oversight reviews, audits, or investigations by internal or external agencies on grant funded projects or contracts, and aiding with conducting physical inventories of grant and locally funded transportation assets;
  • Gathering, compiling, and reporting statistical data and other information as required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and other oversight agencies; and
  • Aiding the DOT Contract Administrator in developing and maintaining complete DOT contract files.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field, plus progressively responsible program administration experience with federal, state, or local requirements regarding DBE, SBE and Title VI.

Substitute: Additional relevant experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration or related field;
  • Experience participating in federal, state, or local government procurement processes;
  • Experience interpreting, documenting, and enforcing USDOT requirements regarding DBE/SBE and Title VI compliance; and/or
  • Experience setting goals and documenting progress towards goals for DBE/SBE programs.

Special Requirements

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional Information

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to include some occasional evening or weekend meetings as business necessity requires. Flexible or alternative work schedules potentially available per supervisor approval.