SUMMARY: The Principal Transportation Planner will perform various professional transportation related tasks including project management of roadway improvement efforts; preparation of specialized transportation analysis; development of transportation plans; external coordination with DVRPC (regional MPO), transit agencies, and PENNDOT staff on various projects and regional transportation programs and policies; internal coordination with other county departments such as Assets and Infrastructure, and Parks, Trails and Historic Sites; review of land development or subdivision plans; and research into various planning policy and topics such as transportation funding, legislative mechanisms, nationally-accepted transportation design standards and multimodal transportation concepts. The employee in this position will attend and/or make presentations at various night meetings to local appointed and elected officials.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Represent the county and its planning interests on a variety of transportation project coordination meetings with local municipalities, PENNDOT, SEPTA, and other agencies
- Manage engineering and construction consultants for improvement projects on county-owned roads and other assets
- Involvement in technical and policy issues on all aspects of transportation projects with an emphasis on funding, legislation, and emerging technologies/trends
- Manage and perform work tasks for short and long range planning projects with local municipalities, state DOT, regional MPO and regional transit authorities
- Build relationships with colleagues, other county departments, and the public
- Involvement in the county’s trail development projects
- Grant writing for various transportation projects
- Write reviews of land development plans and traffic impact studies
- Manage consultant contracts for planning studies as well as formal preliminary engineering/environmental studies
- Author and produce specialized multimodal planning study reports and policies on topics such as transit oriented development, complete streets, and green streets
- Analyze and synthesize demographic, development, and transportation related data
- Create public presentations and present them at public meetings
- Work cooperatively with municipal staff, governing boards, and public agencies such as DVRPC, SEPTA, PENNDOT, GVFTMA, Partnership TMA, Turnpike Commission, and County Assets and Infrastructure Department
- Participate at municipal evening meetings
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Master’s Degree in Planning, Urban Design, Transportation Planning, Engineering, or related degree
- Six (6) years of progressively responsible professional planning experience
- Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to be successful in the position
- Must have transportation project management experience, including and understanding of engineering, environmental, and right-of-way terminology and processes.
- Knowledge of federal, state, regional and local transportation policies, funding, and current issues
- Knowledge of essential professional office computer software to perform word processing, database analysis, spreadsheet analysis, and presentations
- Excellent communications skills, writing skills, and public speaking ability
- Good analytical, organizational, logical thinking and problem-solving abilities
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and organize information
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
- Knowledge of ArcGIS is preferred
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Experience with and knowledge of the transportation capital project planning and delivery process in Pennsylvania, including local PennDOT District 6 oversight requirements
- Experience with and knowledge of regional, county, and municipal governance and planning in Pennsylvania
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear. Walking is required in field conditions with uneven terrain to perform site visits, acquire information, and perform inspections or to attend meetings. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel objects. The employee is also required to kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and depth perception.
The employee must be able to drive to various locations during the day or night and attend meetings that may last several hours.