SUMMARY: The Planner II is the second level in a three level Planning series. Incumbents perform professional planning duties in support of studies and projects led by more senior level staff; and serve as the lead or project manager for small scale studies and projects, leading teams of other professional staff and consultants.
The Planner II shall contribute to team efforts and represents Agency core values in the performance of duties.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES / KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
Serves as team lead or project manager for small and routine research projects and studies in conjunction with regional and local transit initiatives.
Performs analysis, evaluation of findings, and identification of significant issues.
Develops staff recommendations on routine projects.
Supervises routine work of consultants, and other transit planning staff when leading a project team.
Leads agency efforts to align agency service and projects with community needs.
Provides complex planning data to other divisions and departments.
Designs methods for ensuring accurate data are integrated into agency planning activities.
Writes proposals, requests for proposals, project reports, progress reports, board memos and white papers.
Provides routine financial analysis and estimates costs related to plan implementation.
Attends meetings, serves on committees and makes presentations as needed; supports and leads public meetings as needed.
Makes presentations to internal agency staff, technical working groups, member agency committees.
Prepares and relays routine agency information at public meetings.
Investigates and responds to citizen and member agency questions, requests, suggestions, and complaints.
Provides detailed planning information within scope of authority.
Facilitates public input processes, summarizes and reports feedback and makes recommendations for incorporation of feedback.
Provides staff support to project planning teams comprising other Valley Metro staff, local government staff and consultants.
Work is performed under general supervision from direct supervisor or a project manager.
Typical duties include: •Providing support for planning activities •Serving as a project lead •Developing and implementing plans and reports •Preparing proposals •Conducting planning studies •Preparing financial analyses and supporting materials for grant applications •Investigating and responding to citizen suggestions and complaints •Coordinating with contractors •Serving as a liaison with partner agencies •Working with communities to coordinate projects and gain input •Working with funding partners to ensure Valley Metro activities meet various federal and grant requirements
When assigned to Service Planning/Scheduling: •Using Giro HASTUS software to schedule transit service including inputting new routes and stops, adjusting existing routes and schedules, and performing efficient blocking and run-cutting. •Coordinating directly with Valley Metro Operations, Planning, and Communications staff; local city governmental staff; and City of Phoenix transit scheduling staff, to interpret and carry out scheduling tasks in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner. •Provides high level planning and assistance in support of service planning initiatives, including monitoring and analyzing transit ridership trends and best practices • Prepares routine service planning reports and documents •Develops preliminary recommendations regarding service planning initiatives •Serves as liaison with operations staff and contractors to coordinate transit service routes, scheduling, and delivery •Requires basic knowledge of transit service planning principles, including an understanding of ADA (as applied to public transportation), Title VI and Environmental Justice requirements
Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.
Knowledge of: Capital, service or environmental planning principles; Transit planning principles and practices; Efficient transit scheduling, blocking, and run-cutting concepts; Scheduling software such as Giro HASTUS for developing transit schedules, blocks and run-cuts; GIS concepts; Statistical, data and financial analysis principles and methods; Survey methods; Report preparation methods; Public participation techniques; Customer service principles; Reading and interpreting maps and plans; Environmental concepts and principles; Land use concepts and principles; General knowledge of regulations and laws governing public transportation; General knowledge of federal and state grant programs for public transportation.
Skill in: Conducting transit studies and research; Analyzing, evaluating, and identifying complex transit issues; Providing positive customer service and issue resolution techniques; Writing to preparing a variety of business correspondence and reports; Using a computer and related software applications Developing and making presentations; Speaking in public; Coordinating activities between multiple departments; Communicating in order to interact with co-workers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction; Comprehending and solving complex transportation problems; Compiling complex data, analyzing findings and identifying complex issues; Reviewing and providing feedback on plans and reports; Intermediate GIS skills preferred; Identifying, developing and performing capital/facilities, service or environmental planning; Supervising and monitoring the routine work of consultants.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and seeing. Valley Metro complies with ADA/EEOC requirements with respect to reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Sustainability, or a related field and three years of transportation planning experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties listed.
Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
-Valid Driver's License desirable.
About Valley Metro
Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority RPTA) provides both Bus and Light Rail transportation services for the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Highlights of Valley Metro services include:
*First ever light rail system in Phoenix, Arizona. Began service in 2008.
*Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
*Online carpool matching system
*Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals through alternative modes of transportation (bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, telework, etc.)