NATURE OF WORK
This position will plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the MPO including urban and transportation planning; to coordinate assigned activities with other local and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the MPO Executive Board. This position receives general administrative direction from the MPO Chair and Executive Policy Board.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTION OF WORK
Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Assume full management responsibility for all MPO services and activities including transportation and community planning, transportation improvements programming, grants, and public relations; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
• Manage the development and implementation of MPO goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.
• Establish, within MPO policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
• Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the MPO’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.
• Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
• Select, train, motivate and evaluate MPO personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
• Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the MPO budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
• Explain, justify, and defend MPO programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues and assist local agencies in amending the transportation plan.
• Represent the MPO to other local agencies, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate MPO activities with those of other departments, outside agencies and organizations.
• Provide staff assistance to the MPO Chair and Executive Policy Board; participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence; provide staff support to boards and commissions.
• Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. Provide high quality oral and written communications to local agencies and organization to promote general awareness and consensus building.
• Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of urban and transportation planning.
• Solicit input from the local operational agencies to understand concerns. Provide creative solutions to maximize local benefits, minimize local costs and impacts while meeting federally mandated system requirements.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS OF WORK
Knowledge of: Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive MPO organization; Principles and practices of urban/transportation planning, design, regulation, implementation, administration and enforcement; Planning theory and social policies; Advanced site planning and architectural design techniques and methods; legal aspects of transportation planning and plan implementation; Land Use development; Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; Computers and planning related software; Statistical analysis, economics and economic development; Government purpose, function, policies, practices and administration; Research methods and analysis; Technical report writing; Principles and practices of program development and administration; Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration; Applicable environmental laws and regulations; Pertinent Federal, State, and Local laws, codes and regulations.
Skills: Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities; Maintain effective audio/visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned duties.
Abilities: Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff; Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff; Delegate authority and responsibility; Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of a comprehensive metropolitan planning organization; Interpret planning and zoning programs to the general public; Identify and respond to community and Executive Policy Board issues, concerns and needs; Develop and administer, departmental goals, objectives, and procedures; Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; Solve complex planning problems; Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques; Interpret and apply Federal, State, and Local policies, laws and regulations.
DESIRED MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Possession of a Bachelor degree in urban planning, transportation planning, public administration or a related field and a minimum of 7 years of increasingly responsible urban and/or transportation planning experience, including 3 years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a valid North Dakota driver’s license within one month of employment.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Job Type. In office.
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