Employer Outreach Specialist (Transportation Planner II)
Fairfax County Commuter Services (FCCS), the county's designated Transportation Demand Management (TDM) outreach program that promotes alternatives to drive-alone commuting, is looking for a dynamic and customer service oriented person to build partnerships with and develop commuter programs for major employers within the largest jurisdiction in the metropolitan Washington D.C., area. Fairfax County, Virginia, a thriving business community and the primary economic engine for the National Capital Region, is home to more than 1 million residents and nearly 600,000 jobs, and is served by an extensive and rapidly growing multimodal transportation system, providing access to local, regional, national and international destinations (via Washington Dulles International Airport). The focus of FCCS is to build upon existing relationships and to establish new partnerships with employers and residential communities to increase awareness of and support for alternatives to drive-alone commuting throughout the county. The program also aims, though marketing, communications and public engagement, to expand the reach of its current programs to address the transportation and mobility needs of residents and employees in the service area.
Will solicit, build and maintain relationships with major employers while strategically marketing the use of alternative modes of commuting such as biking, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, alternative work schedules, and transit. Develops customized marketing strategies and action plans, and will execute these plans in collaboration with the FCCS employer outreach and communication teams. Will help establish custom commuter programs at major employer sites; assists the employer to implement these programs; tracks program activities using a CRM system (ACT); and conducts employee transportation surveys. Plans promotional events around programs (such as Best Workplaces for Commuters) and initiatives (such as Car Free Day, Bike to Work Day and Try Transit Week), and promotes transit benefits and commuter programs at special events including transportation fairs, commuter workshops, and employer lunch-and-learns. Will also attend the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) regional meetings, working groups, and committees, and work closely with regional government partners, transportation agencies, and chambers of commerce.
- Trains and assists in supervising lower level and paraprofessional staff;
- Initiates and follows up on outside contacts to promote FCDOT programs and initiatives;
- Formulates and implements marketing and promotional activities for public transportation, including ride sharing, bus and rail transit service, commuter rail service and commuter park-and-ride facilities;
- Identifies, develops and maintains necessary data and analysis for planning, forecasting and reporting public transportation usage and traffic patterns;
- Assists in the preparation of budgets;
- Develops recommendations based on analysis, forecasts and surveys;
- Prepares correspondence and reports summarizing process and findings of transportation analysis;
- Coordinates planning studies with other Fairfax County Department of Transportation units and outside organizations such as WMATA, VDOT and VDRPT;
- Attends citizens' meetings and hearings to present and discuss findings and plans;
- Assists in researching, identifying and securing funding opportunities and grants for transportation capital and operating projects;
- Monitors project grants and grant requirements;
- Initiates and follows up on outside contacts to promote Fairfax County Department of Transportation programs and initiatives;
- Assists with developing marketing strategies for traffic reduction programs such as ride sharing, bus and rail transit service, commuter rail service and commuter park-and-ride facilities;
- Performs outreach activities among corporate officials and community groups in support of traffic demand management and other FCDOT programs and initiatives.
- Knowledge of procedures for grant and contract administration;
- Ability to work independently, to set individual priorities, to manage time effectively and to apply consistently sound judgment;
- Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret research data and present in written/graphic form, making sound practical 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 use transportation planning/analysis software, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software to prepare documents and to store, manipulate, analyze, and present information;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county and government officials and the general public;
- Ability to supervise and train staff.
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 two years of professional experience in civil engineering, urban, regional or transportation planning, or a closely related field.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Two years of experience in working with the Chambers of Commerce, or other business and public sector organizations. Able to solicit TDM program commitments from major employers. Two plus years of experience in conduction effective presentations and facilitates cooperation and coordination among employers with corporate campuses and corridors to create effective TDM partnerships. Able to formulate and implement strategic marketing and action plans.
Sufficiently mobile to make presentations and attend community events outside the office. ability to transport boxes of materials for community events. Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.