Transportation Planner

Posted on November 15, 2019

Department:  Saint Cloud Area Planning Organization
Supervisor:  Senior Transportation Planner
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Salary Range: $40,943 to $65,936
Prepared: November 15, 2019

Summary
The Saint Cloud Area Planning Organization (APO) is seeking the ideal entry-level or mid-level candidate to supplement its existing transportation planning staff. While this person may be involved in activities in any or all of the APO’s areas of responsibility, their primary focus areas will be:

  1. Active Transportation – they will be the staff member with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of a regional active transportation plan; they will coordinate and support meetings of the Active Transportation Advisory Committee; and they will develop and support the development of Safe Routes to School plans in the region; and
  2. Public Engagement – they will be the staff member with primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and updating of the APO’s Public Participation Plan; they will monitor the APO’s social media accounts and develop content to keep the general public informed and engaged on regional transportation issues; and they will develop and update the APO’s Title VI compliance document; and
  3. Transportation Resilience, Energy Conservation, Environmental Impacts & Mitigation Analysis – they will be the staff member with primary responsibility for understanding the impact that transportation is having on the natural environmental and developing strategies, action steps, and recommendations for mitigating those impacts; they will be expected to understand the impacts that the environment is having or may have on the transportation network and how transportation systems may need to adjust to a changing environment; they will be responsible for monitoring and understanding state goals for clean air and clean water as they relate to regional transportation, and for ensuring that those goals are reflected in the APO’s planning products.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to those responsibilities listed above, other essential duties and responsibilities will include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Serve as support staff for development of the APO’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP); accurately and efficiently complete tasks assigned by the Senior Transportation Planner.
  2. Collect, maintain, and analyze transportation systems performance data as necessary to report on adopted performance measures and target achievement; work with the Planning Technician to develop an annual transportation system performance report.
  3. Serve as the APO Title VI Coordinator, which includes collecting statistical data of participants in and beneficiaries of APO programs, conducting annual Title VI reviews to determine effectiveness of program activities, conducting Title VI reviews of contractors and other recipients of Federal-aid highway funds administered by the APO, identifying any Title VI deficiencies and bringing them to the attention of the Executive Director, and preparing a yearly report of Title VI accomplishments and goals.
  4. Maintain the APO’s Public Participation Plan, identify opportunities to improve the plan and/or required changes based upon changes in Federal or State law, draft amendments and make change recommendations to the Senior Transportation Planner; monitor the effectiveness of the APO’s public participation actions, annually develop a report on that effectiveness, and develop recommendations for improvement.
  5. Attend meetings of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), prepare and give presentations to the group as necessary, respond to direction provided by the TAC with the concurrence of the Senior Transportation Planner.
  6. Substitute for Senior Transportation Planner in times of absence and at requested meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, transportation planning, or a related field.

  • Knowledge of the urban planning process.
  • Ability to prepare clear and definitive reports and to effectively present such reports orally to various groups.
  • Skill in the use of state-of-the-art computer programs necessary for transportation planning activities. Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other staff, staff of local jurisdictions, staff of state and federal agencies, and the general public.
  • Must be capable of functioning with limited supervision, and making independent decisions based on sound transportation planning principles.

Language Skills

Must be able to read, write, hear, and speak English sufficiently to understand and carry out oral and written instruction; to understand various State and federal regulations related to transportation planning and civil engineering; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to prepare written documents and reports required for local, State-Aid and Federal-Aid projects.

Must have the ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from APO member agencies, citizens, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write reports and documents that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to public groups, the APO Board, and advisory committees.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as proportions, percentages, and area.  Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry to transportation planning.

Reasoning Skills

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Must possess sound problem solving skills. Must be capable of reasonable judgment and possess sound reasoning skills due to the independent nature of a considerable amount of work involved.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of internet browsers; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Must have the ability to learn proper techniques and use of office equipment.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

Current driver’s license required.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to sit for prolonged periods of time. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Must have a range of hearing, with or without correction, to be able to hear and respond to telephone communications. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and stoop or kneel. Hand-eye coordination is required to operate office equipment and computer software. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must have sufficient strength, mobility and agility to perform field survey work including: use of hands to handle equipment and ability to traverse areas of uneven or excavated ground and steep embankments. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Must have vision, with or without correction that will afford the ability to adjust focus in order to operate computer software.

Ideal Qualifications

The starting pay for this position is dependent upon the chosen candidate’s accumulated skills, knowledge, and experience. What follows is a summary of the skills, knowledge, and experience of an ideal candidate for this position.

Education and experience

Master’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, transportation planning, or a related field.

  • Four or more years of experience with urban transportation planning, especially at a metropolitan planning organization.
  • Four or more years of experience planning for active transportation modes and infrastructure.
  • Four or more years of experience making public presentations of transportation plans and receiving and responding to public input.
  • Experience monitoring and maintaining professional social media accounts.
  • An understanding of the NEPA process for transportation projects.

Language Skills

Fluency in Spanish, Hmong, or Somali.

Mathematical Skills

Knowledge of or experience with statistics, especially as they pertain to analyzing large data sets and/or public survey data.

Computer Skills

Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), especially ArcGIS; experience using and maintaining Eco-Visio counting equipment.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Relevant professional certification such as from the American Planning Association or Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Physical Demands

Regular and on-going engagement in an active transportation mode such as walking, running, bicycling, wheelchair or other non-motorized method of transportation.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Most of the work is performed in a clean, professional office setting. The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet. Candidates should be comfortable performing much of the work alone in their office, working on their computer. Staff is encouraged to make their offices a comfortable for themselves as possible without making permanent changes to the walls, carpet, and other permanent fixtures.

Attending meetings of two to 20 people is regularly required. Meetings are normally held in conference rooms or large meeting rooms. Occasionally they may be held in more informal settings such as restaurants, diners, or coffee shops. Meetings can become noisy. Meetings of more than 20 people are infrequent, but do happen.

Fieldwork is performed with exposure to weather conditions, dust, dirt, loud noise, traffic, exhaust fumes, and moving equipment. Some fieldwork may require walking in or across busy roadways.

The Region

The Saint Cloud metropolitan area is a growing region of about 131,000 residents, located about an hour north-west of Minneapolis on the banks of the Mississippi River. Ideally located, the region is affordable, but still offers something for everyone. Central Minnesota is famous for its year-round outdoor activities – hunting, fishing, bird-watching, and snowmobiling among many, many others. But the thriving arts, entertainment, and professional sports teams of the Twin Cities metro area are still within easy reach.

The region prides itself on being family-friendly, boasting good schools, lots of parks, and miles and miles of multi-use paths for walking or biking. And, of course, the entire state is famous for its quality of life and friendly people.

The region is also home to a number of institutions of higher-education, including Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud Technical College, the College of Saint Benedicts, and Saint John’s University.

The APO

The APO is a free-standing, independent metropolitan planning organization created by a joint-powers agreement. The agency has five full-time professional planning staff positions and one part-time administrative support position. The agency’s annual operating budget is generally between $700,000 and $850,000 per year.

The APO Policy Board is comprised of officials from five cities, three counties, one township, and the urban transit provider. In addition, APO staff support a Technical Advisory Committee and an Active Transportation Advisory Committee. Staff is also active in other relevant organizations such as the regional Toward Zero Deaths committee, Access to Food, and the Area Transportation Partnership for MnDOT District 3.

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be negotiated and is dependent upon qualifications and experience.  The salary range for this position is $40,950 to $65,936.  Additional benefits include 12 paid holidays per year, paid vacation, paid sick leave (accrued at 8 hours per month), health insurance (for single coverage, the APO pays 90% of the monthly premium; for family coverage, the APO pays 75% of the monthly premium), health savings account with employer matching, $50,000 life insurance policy, dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, a deferred compensation plan, and participation in the Minnesota Public Employee Retirement Association.

To Apply
The Saint Cloud APO will be accepting resumes and cover letters from interested individuals until the position is filled. Interested persons are encouraged to tailor their submissions to the job requirements and qualifications shown above.

Resumes and Cover Letters should to be mailed to:
Brian Gibson
Saint Cloud Area Planning Organization
1040 County Road 4
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Or they may be submitted by email to:

Gibson@stcloudapo.org

You may also visit our website: www.stcloudapo.org

All resumes will be evaluated and prioritized and highly-qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.  In-person interviews are preferred, but may be done by electronic means (e.g., Skype, telephone, etc.) if the candidate cannot attend the interview in person.