Community Planner II

(Shared Mobility & Transportation Disadvantaged Planning)

Recruitment #1908-CPLNR2PCMP-001

Introduction

Plan Hillsborough provides value-added planning services through a diverse team of professionals working towards a thriving future for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and Hillsborough County, and provides staff to the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.

We are looking for individuals who want to join a team that believes in turning challenges that come with growth into opportunities for a thriving future. If this is you, read below to learn more about this opportunity to be a part of Plan Hillsborough. At Plan Hillsborough, your work matters!

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience working in or with local or regional transportation or planning agencies 
  • Background engaging stakeholders and community members in local planning and policy decisions, including in historically marginalized communities 
  • Experience with technical analysis and evaluation specific to transportation services and projects 
  • Experience with planning shared mobility services such as car-sharing, bike-sharing, ride-hailing, paratransit or on-demand transit 
  • Experience with using GIS 
  • AICP certified

JOB OVERVIEW

The position represents an opportunity to work across the public and private sectors to shape the future of mobility around social equity goals. This position works to improve the safety, efficiency, effectiveness, quality and integration of transit and paratransit with emerging mobility services, to enhance the customer experience through rigorous performance measurement, data analysis, research and collaboration. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A Master's degree with a major in Urban, Community, Transportation Planning, Architecture, Geography, Public Administration, Sociology, or a closely related field of study; and One year of professional planning experience in urban, community or transportation planning that includes some experience in transportation disadvantaged planning or shared mobility planning. 


Or
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.

CORE COMPETENCIES

What Accountability Means at Plan Hillsborough:
Everyone is responsible to consistently put forth the highest quality work effort. The agency will follow through in setting, measuring and addressing clear expectations and taking actions to ensure all meet these expectations.

What Accountability Looks Like at Plan Hillsborough: 
We set, measure, and address clear expectations through communicating goals and documenting outcomes. 
We set expectations and measure performance consistently across the agency. 
We ensure equitable division of workload within similar roles agencywide. 
We hold work products to the same standard agencywide. 
We continue a task or action to its conclusion with results that meet the needs and deadlines of internal and external partners. 
We act independently and hold ourselves personally accountable for performing duties, achieving goals and adhering to procedures.

JOB SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Knowledge of transportation planning and operations. 
  • Knowledge of a variety of shared mobility modes (such as car- sharing, bike sharing, ride-hailing, micro-transit, etc.). 
  • Knowledge of urban land use, housing, transportation, and economic development theory and policy.
  • Knowledge of emerging technology such as autonomous, connected, electric and shared transportation systems. 
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and principles governing transportation planning. 
  • Knowledge of regional travel demand models and data required as inputs. 
  • Knowledge of transportation data sources and methods of collection, such as traffic counts, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. 
  • Knowledge of multimodal level of service calculations and standards. 
  • Project coordination and/or project management skills. 
  • Policy analysis skills. Proficiency with standard software such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Technical and non-technical communication skills. 
  • Ability to use databases.
  • Ability to communicate with a very broad range of stakeholders including individual citizens or customers who may be disadvantaged or have disabilities, agency staff, policy makers & elected officials, private business owners and entrepreneurs. 
  • Ability to manage a large and diverse work plan. 
  • Ability to draft transportation plans, or elements thereof, and planning reports. 
  • Ability to collect and analyze transportation data, assuring data quality. 
  • Ability to conduct transportation-related technical studies and analyses. 
  • Ability to inform the public about a planning project, and obtain, organize and respond to public input.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • Collects, compiles and organizes transportation data and evaluates data for quality as required.
  • Prepares transportation reports and technical analyses, and reviews and comments on reports prepared by others.
  • Drafts executive summaries and attachments for agenda items and presents them to advisory committees and Metropolitan Planning Organization Board.
  • Facilitates discussion of policy issues related to shared mobility and transportation disadvantaged planning.
  • Tracks and disseminates information on shared mobility concepts and projects from other regions.
  • Coordinates with or serves as liaison to other agencies or organizations, providing oral or written reports as required.
  • Responds to inquiries in writing and orally from staff from other teams, other agencies, elected officials and the public.
  • Makes presentations to MPO Committees and Board, outside agencies and organizations, and the public as needed.  
  • Participates in training and professional development activities approved by supervisor.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

SPECIAL PROBATIONARY NOTE

If candidate wants permission to drive county vehicles, they will be subject to a DMV check and driver's course.

Selection Plan

  • Supplemental Questionnaire and Application Screening
  • Establish List of Qualified Candidates
  • Department Selection Interviews*
  • Background Investigation
  • Offer

*The Department named at the top of this job bulletin is responsible for reviewing the qualified applications on the referral list and will carefully consider all qualified submissions during the screening of candidates. You will be contacted by the department directly if you are selected to continue in the recruitment process. Due to the high level of interest in the position, it will not be possible to interview every minimally qualified applicant. The Department, or its Human Resources Department, will notify you, via email, when the position has been filled. 

Conclusion

VETERANS' PREFERENCE: The Civil Service Board and its client agencies value the service veterans and their family members have given to our country and support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. Therefore, special consideration and priority in appointment will be given to veteran preference-eligible applicants (as described in Section 295.07, F.S.) throughout each step of the selection process.  Applicants currently serving in active duty are not eligible for veterans' preference. A veteran is defined as a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and was discharged or released under honorable conditions (or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions). However, current members of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or the Florida National Guard are eligible.

The applicant claiming veterans' preference is responsible for providing required documentation (click here for further information on documentation requirements) that clearly shows dates of service, campaign awards or medals received, and character of discharge (DD-214 Member-4 or Service-2 copy) to support entitlement to preference.  This documentation should be provided at the time of application submission. Documentation can easily be provided to us electronically through this online application system (preferred), but can also be provided to us by email, fax, or USPS. However, in ALL cases, required documentation must be provided to us prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Applicants that meet the minimum job requirements and qualify for Veterans’ Preference who believe they have not been afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law, may file a written complaint requesting an investigation with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Blvd, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708. The complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date the applicant receives notice that s/he was not selected.  Prior to filing a complaint, however, it is the responsibility of the preference-eligible applicant to contact the employer at least one time after 45 days have passed from the final date for submitting an application or the interview date, whichever is later in time, if the applicant has not received notice of a hiring decision.

For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit the Civil Service Board website by clicking here.

DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE: The employers of Hillsborough County have implemented a drug-free workplace and all offers of employment are conditioned on job applicants successfully passing a drug test.

RESPONSE/RECOVERY ACTIVITIES: Employees may be required to participate in response/recovery activities in response to a major emergency or natural disasters affecting County operations. In such situations, every effort will be made to maintain operations, but employees may be assigned to carry out response activities suited to their skills and capabilities.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Hillsborough County provides equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors.

AMERICANS with DISABILITIES ACT (ADA):  Hillsborough County welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities, and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons in the application and testing process. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation requests will be on a case-by-case basis.

APPLICANTS RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS:  Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster;  Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Poster; and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster.