Transportation Planning Section Chief (transportation Planner V)

Fairfax, Virginia
$79,103.23 - $131,838.30 Annually
Jun 15, 2019
Jul 07, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking a highly motivated and qualified planner or engineer to lead our transportation planning program. The team works on a wide range of multimodal transportation planning tasks, such as: long range transportation planning, sub-area and corridor studies; as well as land use studies and transit analyses. Manages county transportation studies; managing county travel demand forecasting tasks. Manages county participation in corridor and facility-level transportation feasibility and environmental studies. Participates in and conducts public outreach efforts. Gives presentations to and coordinates with elected officials, citizen groups and staff from partnering agencies. Presents and discusses findings of performed work at citizen meetings and public hearings. Assists in explaining results of forecasts and analyses to stakeholders, as well as represent the county at community, regional, state and national events. Other responsibilities include mentoring, guiding and training staff; providing direction regarding corridor studies and travel demand forecasting; ensuring that work is done following Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and other industry standards; assigning projects and tasks to staff and checking work for accuracy and completeness. Responsible for high level administrative and human resources tasks for the section, including performance evaluations, overseeing hiring decisions, and coordination with the senior staff of the department. FCDOT offers a challenging work environment with potential assignments in a wide variety of transportation projects. We offer opportunities for flex time, alternative work schedules, telecommuting, training, and compensatory time for work beyond regular hours, plus an excellent benefits package.

Illustrative Duties

Depending on the program or functional area of assignment, performs the following tasks:
  • Plans, manages and supervises the activities of a section or major unit such as Funding, Site Analysis, Transportation Planning, Transportation Outreach, or Human Services Transportation System Services;
  • Supervises transportation/transit professionals and technicians of the section, encompassing several program or functional areas that are engaged in the preparation, review, monitoring and implementation of transportation/transit plans, studies and programs;
  • Oversight and review of advanced transportation studies, technical analyses, traffic demand management and bus service planning;
  • Proactively identifies regional transportation issues which may section, department, and County;
  • As Section/Department representative presents and discusses reports, recommendations and findings with citizens, other agencies and officials from County, state and national organizations;
  • Coordinates responses to complex transportation, planning questions or issues received by the Section, Division and/or Department;
  • Ensures all annual reports are completed by section supervisors;
  • Participates in the formulation, implementation, and maintenance of the Department's Strategic Plan;
  • Provides policy guidance and the interpretations of documents and materials relevant to the specific section and division;
  • Establishes policies, procedures and priorities for the operating programs and staff in the section. Reviews and edits all documents produced by the section;
  • Provides oversight in the hiring, training, mentoring and coaching of all staff in section;
  • Represents the Department and County in negotiations with others on specific areas of expertise as it relates to the position;
  • As Assistant Division Chief, assists in the preparation of the Division's budget, management indicators and assists with the Division's administrative activities;
  • Reviews and approves all expenditures/reimbursements for the section, and for the Division, in the absence of the Chief;
  • Serves as Acting Division Chief in the Chief's absence.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Depending on the functional area of assignment, must possess the following KSAs:
  • Extensive knowledge of the mission, goals, objectives, funding sources, organizational structure, workload, and staffing of the organizational unit or program to which incumbent is assigned;
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and methods of transportation/transit regulation, planning, forecasting and analysis;
  • Extensive knowledge of local government areas of specialization, including transportation planning, management procedures, and principles of supervision;
  • Knowledge of effective supervisory methods, practices and techniques;
  • Knowledge of legislative and decisions making processes;
  • Thorough knowledge of the specialty area of assignment, such as funding or outreach;
  • Ability to write, proofread, edit, and rewrite documents effectively and to critique and edit the work of others in the series;
  • 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 supervise and coordinate the work of assigned staff, including making equitable assignments and assuring that deadlines are met;
  • Ability to identify process/programmatic problems, to envision and propose effective solutions, and to apply consistently sound judgment in a variety of situations;
  • 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

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 three years in the specific area of assignment (for e.g., transportation planning, site analysis, the Fairfax Connector,et al).

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Master's degree in transportation planning/engineering or related field. Professional license or certification in planning or engineering (AICP, P.E., etc). Strong background in transportation planning and analysis. Demonstrated ability to lead professional staff in complex work assignments. Strong analytical skills, as well as experience collecting, assembling and synthesizing complex data. Ability to work on transportation issues with citizen groups, planning commissioners, members of the Board of Supervisors, and other elected officials. Excellent oral and written communication abilities, as well as teambuilding, coaching, mentoring, and leadership skills. Ability to organize and coordinate multiple projects and assignments, as well as establish priorities which not only accurately reflect the importance of the job, but also accomplish departmental goals and objectives. Ability to work independently and follow through on assignments with minimal direction.

Work is generally sedentary; however, employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items under 25 pounds in weight. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

Effective July 6, 2019, compensation plans will be increased by 2.1% (market rate adjustment.) Information here .

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.

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