ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION PLANNER II

Posted on November 25, 2019

Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) is seeking an Associate Transportation Planner II to join our team. We are looking for a professional who enjoys challenges, has great communication and project management skills, and enjoys working in a team environment.

AGENCY OVERVIEW

SRTC is dedicated to tackling challenges that transcend municipal boundaries. Challenges we face together, such as transportation choices, quality housing, and good jobs require regional solutions. SRTC is the lead agency for transportation planning for the area covered by Spokane County, Washington. SRTC is a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and a Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO).  MPOs and RTPOs serve the same basic transportation planning functions – develop a long-range plan, coordinate transportation planning within a region, distribute federal transportations funds, and prepare a transportation improvement program. SRTC conducts multi-modal transportation studies, travel demand modeling, performance-based planning and programming, air quality conformity and analyses, and data visualization.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Associate Transportation Planner role involves data collection, analysis, research, modeling, map preparation, monitoring traffic count data, and updating socio-economic and building permit information. Data collection responsibilities are carried out through field surveys, secondary research, and other methodologies, performing analysis of the data using computer modeling and spreadsheet for preparing reports and presentations for distribution. This role will focus on collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and summarizing data; conducting statistical analyses in a variety of areas including demographic, land use, economic, housing, transportation, and to prepare projections/visualizations and mapping tools. This role’s demands are ideal for planners with strong GIS skills. Planners may be assigned management of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), working with databases and preparing reports in professional usable formats.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

  • Serve as a team member on the development of key agency planning projects, studies, and programs
  • Collect and review data for accuracy, usefulness and quality; conduct statistical and policy analysis to formulate recommendations
  • Visualize data graphically; transforming into information that can be used to guide decision making. Integrate graphic design elements to improve communication methods
  • Create, modify, maintain, and analyze geospatial data sets, applying analytical tools to manipulate, analyze, query and report information
  • Provide project support on short and long-range programming functions of the agency including the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and grant assistance for members
  • Implement established procedures to evaluate and prioritize multimodal transportation improvements, ensuring compliance with federal and state requirements
  • Review and recommend certification actions for comprehensive plan updates and amendments
  • Provide mapping and data support for the development of agency reports, studies, plans and programs.
  • When assigned, develop and provide written and oral reports to elected officials, member agency representatives, transportation stakeholders, and the general public
  • Participate with discussions and evaluations involving diverse groups of stakeholders to form consensus recommendations
    • With assigned projects and responsibilities, this role is expected to exercise discretion and independent judgment with regards to with regards to critical functions and deliverables that are significant to the organization and its stakeholders
    • Associate Transportation Planners are also expected to provide support and assistance to the Principal Transportation Planner on a variety of functions, where the work demands require additional Planners to be involved
    • Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with the position level and description

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering, Geography, or related field; and
  • Two to three years of professional transportation planning experience, or any combination of training, education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills
  • AICP Certification Preferred, or ability to obtain AICP certification within 2 years of hiring
  • Demonstrated experience in data analytics, visualization, and mapping of planning related data; graphic design skills desirable
  • Ability to apply statistical, spatial and other technical skills to analyze data to answer planning and policy questions
  • Skilled with software packages used to analyze and transform planning related data such as Access, ArcGIS, Excel or Tableau
  • Knowledge of commonly used demographic, land use or other transportation data including census, population, housing, parcel/assessor, zoning, local comprehensive plans, travel surveys, traffic counts, etc.
  • Skilled with communicating effectively to technical and non-technical audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Basic knowledge of planning and policy issues related to growth management, transportation, economics and regional governance is highly desirable
  • Skilled with creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information to solve less well-defined problems
    • Basic knowledge and ability to understand applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations governing transportation policies, procedures, and funding
    • Ability to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings

Exempt position- Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience (Range $47,966 to $75,817); background check required before employment. A robust benefit package is offered including medical, dental, vision and life insurance; sick and vacation leave; and retirement benefits through the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).

To be considered for this position applicants should electronically submit the following application package:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume with references
  3. Two writing samples
  4. Two visual work samples (map or graphic design)
  5. 5.     Affirmative Action form(below on page 3)

Please send application materials to Greg Griffin at ggriffin@srtc.org. Hard copies may be sent to 421 W. Riverside Ave, Suite 500, Spokane, WA 99201. Submittals will be reviewed as they are received. First review deadline is December 27, 2019.