TRANSIT PLANNER (PLANNER II)

  • City of Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dec 04, 2019
Full Time
  • Salary: $59,767.76 - $92,645.28 Annually

Job Description

The City of Fort Lauderdale is seeking dynamic and goal-driven employees.  Employees that are motivated to take on today's greatest challenges and rewards in the field of local public service.  Employees who are passionate about making a difference and achieving our mission:  We Build Community, in a fast-paced organization that operates by vision, strategy, and action.  Would you fit in?  Apply now.
 
This is mid-level professional work of more than average difficulty in transit planning.  An employee in this class is responsible for performing professional work developing and conducting transit planning studies to address transit problems and projects, recommending policies and solutions, writing reports and presenting project findings. Employee exercises considerable initiative and independent judgment in the performance of duties.  Work performed is reviewed by an assigned supervisor in conferences with the employee, through direct observation of work while in progress and through evaluation of work products.

This position is responsible for managing the transit-related initiatives for the City of Fort Lauderdale, including being the City's liaison to Broward County Transit and the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Authority regarding the City's Community Bus Program.  This position requires the ability to coordinate with partners to provide the most efficient and successful Community Bus System possible including potential route changes, community outreach, grant applications, grant management, contract management and required reporting, including reporting to the National Transit Database.  The Transit Planner also participates in regional committees regarding transit, and oversees transit amenity placement in coordination with partners. 

The Transit Planner is responsible for reviewing and analyzing transit data, identifying and prioritizing transit service needs, developing cost-effective plans for new or revised programs and routes, determining resources requirements, coordinating plan implementation, and presenting plans at community meetings.  This work shall be consistent with the City's policies, programs and funds in coordination with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA), Broward County, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and other appropriate agencies.

Program management skills will be essential to oversee the operations of the TMA of the City's Community Bus Program including review of invoices, monthly ridership reports, contract management, maintenance of data for monthly and annual reporting to the Federal Transit Administration through the National Transit Database, as well as any grant-related reporting. 
 
NOTE: 

The duties of this position will include all of those duties set forth in the official job description.

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

The City offers a wide variety of benefits to their employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City offers 401(a) participation with a 9% City contribution and no employee match!!

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This job classification is in Management Category IV for benefits purposes.

This job classification is included within the bargaining unit represented by Federation of Public Employees and therefore is subject to the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Fort Lauderdale and Federation of Public Employees.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • Develops and plans fixed-route transit service, including evaluating system performance, and making recommendations for change as needed to ensure service meets Broward County Transit Community Bus goals and objectives.
  • Analyzes performance data, evaluates service, and proposes schedule and route adjustments as needed to ensure high quality, efficient service and meeting ridership measures of Broward County Transit Community Bus Program.
  • Assists Transportation Management Association with implementation of service changes, including review and approval of schedules, run cuts, and work packages.
  • Manages grant program tasks including preparation of reports, preparing applications for operational and capital funding, uses mandated federal and/or state procedures to track progress, prepare status updates, meets with management regularly, and updates Federal Transportation Improvement Program.
  • Reviews all existing and proposed bus stop requests, meets with internal staff to evaluate bus stop issues, works with jurisdictions to ensure bus stops are pedestrian and bicycle accessible, as well as compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; works with cities to implement work, updates and manages bus stop inventory.
  • Reviews and approves passenger information at bus stops and coordinates with Transportation Management Association on the replacement of on-site information at bus stops, including managing graphics vendor work flow, reviewing all printed panels, working with internal staff to ensure all passenger information posted at bus stops is accurate.
  • Conducts interagency review of transportation plans to promote the incorporation of transit consideration and facilities.
  • Communicates with staff from other transit agencies to support interagency coordination and improve the connectivity of schedules to support seamless travel for transit riders in our service area.
  • Interacts with the Transportation Management Association and its service provider staff to receive and give feedback on various scheduling issues.
  • Perform related duties as required.


JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
1.    Have successfully graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in transportation planning, urban planning, geography, public administration, business administration or other closely related field.

2.    Have at least two (2) years experience in planning work, at a responsible level, for a state, county or local government planning agency or private organization directly involved in transit planning or development.

3.    A Master's Degree in transit planning or closely related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the experience requirement.  Additional qualifying experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the educational requirement.

PREFERENCES:
 
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and Local laws, rules and regulations related to transit
  • Prior years of experience working in the transit planning field with involvement in operations of a transit service.
  • Knowledge of modern transit system operating principles and practices
  • Strong mathematics, data collection, system performance measures, and record keeping experience
  • Experience in database management and analytical analysis to report transit data to grant funders including to the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Ability to analyze operating data, to identify issues and recommend appropriate solutions.
  • Experience with written communication skills necessary to develop memos, articles, reports, etc. that provide information clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.
  • Experience with oversight of contracts and grants, interlocal agreements to ensure projects are completed and all conditions are met.
  • Experience with the development of new transit routes and programs, as well as program management skills.


HOW TO APPLY/ VETERAN INFORMATION:
Depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training and Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method.  Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination in order to qualify.  All successful applicants may be required to take a medical examination and/or pass a drug screening prior to appointment.

An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes.  To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale's veteran's preference claim form (J204).
Closing Date/Time: Continuous