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Metropolitan Planning Organization Director | Development Services | Job Number 2021-01611
Job Family: Management Supervison
Posting Start Date: 06/15/2021| Closing: Open Until Filled
Directs the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and leads the MPO’s planning and technical function to ensure a cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive regional transportation planning process within the Waco Metropolitan Planning Area. Provides crucial staff support to the MPO’s Policy Board and Technical Committee; administers the transportation planning function for the MPO; coordinates transportation plans and programs internally and between agencies; maintains extensive reporting and data systems; supervises MPO staff; and represents the MPO on multiple transportation issues.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge and skills. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Provides highly responsible support to the Policy Board, Technical Committee, and its subcommittees and work groups and managing meetings.
· Supervises the development and maintenance of the Unified Planning Work Program, including consultant management and procurement; the Metropolitan Transportation Plan; the Active Transportation Plan; the Transportation Improvement Program; the Title VI Program; Thoroughfare Plan; Federal Performance Measures; and ensures that federally required tasks are carried out accurately and on a timely basis.
· Oversees the MPO’s performance and participation in short- and long-range studies concerning the planning of transportation facilities and services and their impact on the regional transportation network and land use patterns.
· Presents or manages the presentation of study results and recommendations to the Policy Board, Technical Committee or other boards, commissions, and organizations within the Waco Metropolitan Area
· Represents the MPO throughout the Waco Metropolitan Area to increase the visibility of the organization and providing technical expertise on planning issues to the public and partner agencies, including serving on advisory boards and committees as needed.
· Oversees public involvement and outreach activities including targeted outreach to environmental justice communities.
· Maintains current knowledge in transportation planning developments and strategies, public policy, and legislation related to regional transportation planning issues.
· Performs personnel related duties including, but not limited to, assigning, and directing work, developing and training, reviewing time reports, and recommending the hiring, termination, and promotion of subordinates and other supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the fiscal agent’s policies and applicable laws.
· Prepares and manages MPO budget, approves expenditures and submits expenditure reports.
· Supports the relationship between the MPO and the fiscal agent (City of Waco) and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
· May be required to respond afterhours, including holidays and weekends, in the event of a departmental or City-wide emergency.
· Driving is essential.
· Metropolitan Planning Organization planning processes and requirements including requirements of Transportation Management Areas (TMAs)
· Principles, methods, and practices of cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive transportation and regional planning, including but not limited to, current social, political and economic trends and operating issues.
· Local, regional, state, and federal transportation planning, including but not limited to, land use, environment, economic, demographic, congestion management process, and Clean Air Act requirements.
· Federal and state codes and regulations governing transportation planning including but not limited to federal performance measures, Title VI, Environmental Justice, Limited English Proficiency, and TxDOT standards and protocols.
· Public engagement, outreach, and marketing principles and concepts, including strategies to improve participation in the transportation planning process by environmental justice populations.
· Census data analysis, and statistical analysis tools and concepts.
· Transportation modeling software such as TransCAD and TexPACK.
· Interpreting and applying federal and state rules and regulations and City policies and procedures.
· Communicating verbally and in writing including the proficiency to synthesize and present complex technical material in non-technical terms to a variety of audiences and in public meetings.
· Collecting, researching, analyzing data, evaluating alternatives, and making informed professional recommendations, and demonstrating accuracy and thoroughness while maintaining a results-oriented focus.
· Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, Policy Board, Technical Committee, subcommittees and workgroups, public officials, stakeholders and advocate groups, and the general public.
· Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
· Using office software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation development (preferably Microsoft products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
· Leading, developing, training, and managing subordinates from a diverse background and creating a desirable work environment and improving staff performance.
· Adapting to changes in the work environment, addressing competing demands, delays or unexpected situations, prioritizing multiple tasks, and managing workload of subordinates.
· Ability to show respect and sensitivity for diversity of thought, education, and cultural makeup of staff and the community.
· Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Geography, Civil Engineering or a related field and five years of regional transportation planning experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.
· Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s license.
· Professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
· Requires exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
This job description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required. City management has exclusive rights to alter this job description at any time without notice. Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an ‘at-will’ relationship.
The City of Waco is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from eligible and qualified persons regardless of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The City of Waco provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resource Office at (254) 750-5740.
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