LEAD PLANNER

Department of Transportation & Mobility

Recruitment #2011-2613-001

Introduction



The Department of Transportation & Mobility (DTM) is seeing a highly qualified applicant to  join our diverse, vibrant, progressive and engaged workforce as a Lead Planner.  We are inviting applications from planners with demonstrated work in areas such as Transportation Demand Management, Complete Streets, and multi-modal mobility planning, design and construction.

This position will be responsible for a variety of tasks with the primary task of managing and executing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs that help reach the City's goal of dramatically increasing the percentage of trips made by walking, bicycling, transit, shared mobility services, and carpooling.  Experience in promoting sustainable initiatives as it pertains to alternative transportation options is preferred.

This position will be located within the Department of Transportation & Mobility Planning Team.  The individual will work closely with staff in the areas of Transit Services and operations, Planning, Engineering, Park Tucson, Land Use Planning and Zoning, as well as other staff throughout the City. This position will require close collaboration with the DTM Director's Office, executive leadership, consultants, and numerous external stakeholders to plan and implement various programs and initiatives.

This position will require independent and good judgement.  Key attributes should include: 
 
  • Passionate about urban design and multi-modal transportation
  • organized
  • takes the initiative
  • detail and multi-task oriented
  • self motivated
  • excellent communication skills
  • performs to meet schedules and deadlines
  • team oriented
  • positive attitude
  • ability to work evenings and weekends on occasion.

General Description

Leads planners in providing support for a variety of land use, transportation, transportation demand management (TDM) planning, and Complete Streets projects. Coordinates projects and collects technical information.  Must have excellent communication skills, that include providing and seeking information from the public, agencies and departments within the City of Tucson. Reviews proposed land use for compliance with codes, area plans and policies.

 Typical job duties will include:

  • Coordinate transportation programs and projects
  • Coordinate plans and policies with City Departments, public commissions and other entities for transportation projects to comply with regulations contracts and statutory requirements
  • Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing the organizations values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities
  • May coordinate and oversee an annual internship position
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.  Develop reports and presentations in a manner that communicates key information to various audiences
  • Oversee the City of Tucson employee mobility program.  Coordinate employers within the City to assist in development of their own mobility program
  • Work closely with external stakeholders to educate, inform, and solicit feedback on the implementation of the City's Transit Demand Management and Complete Streets programs and projects
  • Develop effective engagement strategies for soliciting feedback and work closely with traditionally marginalized community members
  • Conducts research and interviews with transportation system users
  • Compiles and analyzes data
  • Develops program definitions, plans and performance measures
  • Participates in developing and carrying out public information and community involvement projects and initiatives
  • Makes sound independent decisions within established guidelines and evaluates alternatives and makes sound recommendations to ensure best outcomes

Essential Functions

This is a lead position affording guidance to other positions performing the same tasks:

Reviews and evaluates plans and sites by analyzing development projects, deciding potential impact of land or water use proposals, reviewing proposed rezoning, annexations, and land sales/trades, visiting sites, preparing reports of potential impacts, making improvement recommendations, and meeting with applicants to discuss decisions

Conducts analysis of complex urban issues utilizing geographic, demographic and economic data using ArcGIS

Compiles and integrates geospatial data from a wide variety of sources for analysis

Reads and interprets data from spatial and non-spatial databases

Coordinates various projects by conducting research, collecting technical materials, and meeting with businesses and organizations, responding to and forwarding inquiries

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity

Presents multi-media materials, makes recommendations for programs, and coordinates special events to promote programs

Assist with writing and preparing new plans and policies and provides technical assistance as needed

Reads and interprets data from spatial and non-spatial databases

Collaborates with intra and inter-departmental personnel, develops project goals and objectives, evaluates project success and regulatory compliance, makes presentations, and provides assistance with grant applications

Performs administrative duties by preparing and reviewing reports and correspondence, performing safety audits and inspections reviewing policies and procedures, developing and maintaining databases, approving vendor payments

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years experience managing and coordinating transportation programs, plans, and projects

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree in Planning, Landscape Architecture, Public Health, Public Administration or closely related field.

Experience implementing a Transportation Demand Management program and/or Complete Streets policies, including conducting outreach, developing plans and outreach materials and/or coordinating education campaigns.

Familiarity with shared mobility programs and regulatory frameworks (i.e. bike share e-scooter share, car share, etc.)

Experience collecting data, analyzing data, and visualizing data to support data-driven decision making

Experience with plan development, interpretation of City Code

Working knowledge of NACTO, MUTCD, AASHTO, ADA/PRO-WAG and other design guidelines

Proficient in Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites, or similar products

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be evaluated on the written materials requested as part of this recruitment process.   

An evaluation will be conducted and scored on the Resume and Letter of Interest submitted with the application materials via the resume tab in the application process.  Please ensure that you have uploaded a resume and letter of interest. Failure to do so will result in a zero score for written evaluation portion and may impact your ability to move forward in this process.  The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to a virtual oral board interview.

  §  Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

It is important to note that the City of Tucson uses Microsoft Teams for its virtual interviews. Please ensure that you have access to this software application, if you are not able to participate in the virtual format, please contact the H.R. Analyst listed below for other options once you have been invited to the virtual interview.

  § Highest scoring applicants may be asked to a hiring interview with Department of Transportation & Mobility leadership.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on a Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:     

  §  15% of your rating for education and work experience

  §  20% of your rating for evaluation of your writing sample (resume and letter of interest)

  §  65% your rating for oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process.  The      DD-214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Sandra Zurbrick by phone at (520) 260-9306 or by email at sandra.zurbrick@tucsonaz.gov at least48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Conclusion

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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

None

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