FIRST ROUND INTERVIEWS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 3, 2020.
A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about MTC, visit us at www.mtc.ca.gov.
The Funding Policy and Programs (FPP) section of MTC oversees policy development and investment decision-making including $1.5 billion annually in federal, state, and regional transportation funds. These investments and policies implement Plan Bay Area 2040, a comprehensive blueprint for the development of transit, highway, local streets and roads, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities that integrates planning for transportation, land use, and housing. Other areas of focus include road safety/Vision Zero, transit operations and fare policies, project delivery, and timely use of funds and asset management.
The Transit Capital Priorities Program Manager position will be filled at either the Assistant or the Associate level and is under the supervision and direction of the Principal Planner/Analyst, Federal Transit & Capital Programs. The person in this position will serve as the manager of the Transit Capital Priorities program, which allocates federal transit and regional funds to transit operators, primarily to replace and rehabilitate transit capital assets; serve as MTC’s program manager for other related funding programs, including federal pandemic relief funding and major regional transit vehicle fleet replacements; and work closely with public transit operators and with other MTC staff to manage these programs from beginning to end by identifying available funding, reviewing and understanding legislation and guidance documents, issuing calls for projects and reviewing applications, developing annual programs, managing contracts, grants, or funding agreements, and monitoring project progress and expenditure of funds.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Principles and techniques of public transportation project funding
Government transportation programs, projects and project development, and funding procedures
Skills and Abilities:
Proficiency in Excel spreadsheet software is required
Communicate very effectively both orally and in writing
Represent the agency before professional and policy groups
Present results of analyses before MTC Committees and other public entities
Work effectively with a diverse group of staff and stakeholders as part of a team
Attention to detail and ensure accuracy in database files and funding documents
Conduct spreadsheet analyses
Design and maintain reports of project funding information
Accurately track and monitor project and program funding
Develop and maintain strong and positive working relationships with key staff at various agencies and related organizations
Creative problem solving, take personal initiative, carry out assignments with minimal supervision
An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:
Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation planning, project management, public finance, transportation engineering, economics, business or public administration. A Master's degree is preferred. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with their application.)
Experience: For the Assistant level, a minimum of one year of experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment. For the Associate level, a minimum of two years of increasingly responsible experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment.
License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision and direction of the Principal Planner/Analyst, Federal Transit & Capital Programs, specific assignments and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Administer and continuously improve all aspects of the funding programs, developing guidelines, conducting calls for projects, managing contracts, monitoring project progress, tracking fund allocations and expenditures, identifying and resolving issues.
Work with federal and state agencies to understand and serve as MTC liaison to the various transportation funding programs, such as the Federal Urbanized Area Formula, State of Good Repair, Bus & Bus Facilities, and Surface Transportation Program. Identify connections and opportunities for synergies between the various programs.
Develop MTC’s Transit Capital Priorities Program, including fund projections, project eligibility, and program guidelines. As part of a team, monitor projects, ensure compliance with grant requirements, carry out program administration, and make recommendations to improve it.
Lead MTC’s efforts working with transit operators to implement the state’s Innovative Clean Transit rule for zero-emission buses, including developing expertise related to this regulation, adapting the Transit Capital Priorities program over time to reflect changing market conditions, and developing funding strategies to assist operators in meeting the mandate.
Work with MTC’s Legislation and Public Affairs team to analyze funding and policy impacts of proposed federal and state legislation, such as federal surface transportation funding authorization and pandemic relief funding.
Assist as needed with other transit grant programs, covering areas such as transit expansion and maintenance. Work with staff and transit operators to understand the region’s needs for maintaining and upgrading the transit infrastructure, help plan for achieving a state of good repair, and for meeting transit capital regulations.
Sustain MTC involvement with project sponsors and stay current with project developments. Brief senior and executive staff on changes and issues that affect the programs.
Prepare and present materials for Commission consideration including program development/project selection, periodic progress reports, and other special topics as needed. Follow agency standards for Commission materials, and work cooperatively with project sponsors and MTC staff to ensure that materials are timely, accurate, and professional.
Serve as an expert resource to the agency and partners on the programs.
Perform other job related duties as needed or assigned to the Funding Policy and Programs Section.
All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Service Workers.