Under direction, the Senior Transportation Planner supervises professional planners, support staff and consultants, carries out activities that provide direction for future transportation services and improvements, and identifies and secures transportation funds.This is the first supervisory level involving responsibility for a major functional area. Substantial judgment and initiative are essential for resolving problems and making recommendations with regard to various projects.
Ideal Candidate Statement
The ideal candidate for this position will be responsible for technical, analytical and supervisory duties involved in the development, implementation and coordination of the VTA Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Enterprise system and is expected to have direct experience with developing GIS systems and protocols for a large public or private sector agency. The candidate will be responsible for all aspects of implementation of the Authority's GIS related products and projects, including facilitating project teams, establishing project objectives, managing project milestones, supervising professional staff and consultants and implementing GIS technical guidance and training programs. The candidate must have direct experience using GIS software and database applications, including but not limited to ArcInfo, ArcView, ArcGIS, ArcGIS On-line and PostGres database management software. This position will be responsible for managing overall GIS activities and GIS-related technology initiatives of the VTA as well as developing standards and best-practices for all GIS deployments and uses within the VTA. The candidate must have a proven ability to work with a variety of different stakeholders' interests in accomplishing GIS project goals and objectives, while maintaining a focus on product delivery.
Supervises, develops, and evaluates professional, support staff, and consultants, assigns work and evaluates work products, may counsel and discipline staff;
Manages major transportation planning projects, such as a specific transit plan, corridor study, or multi-modal project;;
Prepares and presents items to boards and committees;
Serves as liaison with cities, other local/regional agencies, and community groups regarding transportation, land use, and related issues;
Develops work plans, schedules, and budget estimates for studies and projects;
Coordinates planning activities with various departments within VTA;
Prepares and presents planning project information to the public and community groups;
Prepares reports, correspondence, and other documents;
Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in transportation planning, urban planning or related field and four (4) years progressively responsible professional experience, at least 2 years of which must be demonstrated project lead experience (a Masters Degree in transportation or urban planning or related discipline may be substituted for one year of the required experience).
Concepts, principles, techniques and legal aspects of transportation planning;
Research and statistical methods;
Governmental organizations and operations;
Basic supervision methods and principles;
Project management methods and techniques;
Some positions may require knowledge of travel processes using regional network systems and sensitivity analysis;
Some positions may require system measures of capacity, congestion, levels of service and traffic engineering techniques.
Analyze issues and numerical measures associated with transportation planning projects, including estimates derived from computer models, estimates of costs and benefits, and public input;
Estimate and administer budgets for studies and schedule and manage planning projects;
Perform analysis and make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation, and public contacts;
Write correspondence, Board memorandums, planning and technical reports, and fact sheets designed to be understood by all audiences, including the general public;
Simultaneously manage multiple projects;
Maintain project objective and integrity when conflicting interests may influence the project outcome;
Resolve conflicts between contractors and VTA on the interpretation of contractor project responsibilities;
Communicate effectively, both written and verbally;
Establish and maintain effective relations with those contacted in the course of work.
About Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region. VTA is responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations; congestion management; specific highway improvement projects; countywide transportation planning and provides these services to cities throughout the county including Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.