The Manager, Corridor and Facility Planning provides leadership, oversight, direction and management within the Capital and Service Development Division. The position is key to the development of and securing federal funding for future high capacity transit corridors, as well as for capital facilities needed to support the regional transit system. This position plays a key role in Valley Metro's communications with the Federal Transit Administration. Typical duties include developing regional transit system plans; planning for transit corridors and facilities; conducting alternatives analyses and transit oriented development planning; and implementing strategies to advance Valley Metro's (VM) future bus and rail program.
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.
Develops the department's annual work program and budget and works closely with other Valley Metro divisions and affected agencies to assure the work program is reflected in the Capital Improvement Program, Short Range Transit Program, Transportation Improvement Program and Regional Transportation Plan updates.
Supervises staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations.
Works with the Contracts Department to secure consultant services for future rail and bus corridor and facility studies. Directs and supervises staff who manages these consultant contracts, assuring that tasks are executed, and schedules and budgets are maintained.
Supports the management of Planning and Community Relations Support Services contract, which is a major (repeating) five-year contract providing project management and technical expertise as an extension of Valley Metro staff.
Directs planning activities for transit corridor and facility projects and transit-oriented development. Develops transit system plans. Supports VM Title VI, environmental planning, sustainability programs and engineering efforts through coordination with other staff.
Participates and promotes the development of strategies and policies for land use programs and projects along transit corridors.
Engages in transit planning activities at key progress milestones, ensuring that VM goals and objectives are maintained, that sound decisions are made, assures product quality, and maintains project budgets.
Supports the development and implementation of agency and community participation programs for projects in coordination with local, state, and federal agencies. Serves as a liaison with member agency staffs on transit planning issues and activities. Maintains strong working relationships with stakeholders, Valley Metro member agencies, and other outside agencies.
Makes presentations to Valley Metro committees and Boards of Directors. Also makes presentations regarding Valley Metro projects to policy groups (such as city councils, transportation commissions, etc.) of affected member agencies.
Serves as a liaison with the Federal Transit Administration on transit planning issues and submittals. Ensures full compliance with federal regulations. Leads staff to develop submissions for Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program.
Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.
This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills:
Management principles and practices.
Project budgets, estimating and related documents.
Local, regional, state, and federal agencies, groups and organizations involved in transit planning and development.
Laws, codes, regulations, and legal requirements related to public transportation.
Principles and practices of operational plan development, implementation and coordination.
Principles of contractual compliance and administration.
Principles and practices of program development and administration.
Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Related Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
Written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations covering transportation planning, air quality, and environmental concerns.
Using computer and related software applications.
Monitoring and evaluating contractors' work and the work of assigned staff.
Developing and implementing procedures, costs estimates, budgets, records and reports.
Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, and implementing recommendations in support of goals.
Responding to changing situations and needs.
Interpreting and applying local, state, and federal policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
Participating in the development and administration of departmental goals, objectives and procedures.
Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions and implementing recommendations in support of goals.
Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to make oral presentations and to write clear and concise complex reports.
Problem solving skills and good judgment.
Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize to manage time effectively, paying close attention to detail.
Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, management and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Physical Demands: Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, driving, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. 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.
Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Civil Engineering, Business or Public Administration or related field and seven (7) years' experience in transit planning including three (3) years in a management or supervisory role and broad based experience in transit planning and project management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties. Master's Degree preferred.
Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.
Licenses and Certifications:
Certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners preferred.
About Valley Metro RPTA
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.)