PlanRVA has openings for a Planner at various levels, depending on qualifications. The Planner will work within a collaborative team environment that handles transportation planning for the Richmond region, with a primary focus on near-term project prioritization and funding.
The successful candidate will have the ability to make recommendations and assist with providing technical alternatives and solutions to difficult and complex transportation issues to determine the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.
Identify community problems, issues, and opportunities for improved planning in the region.
Represent the agency at public meetings and presents material through formal and informal presentations.
Coordinate with Locality, State, Tribal Nation, and non-profit partners frequently on a variety of tasks and projects.
Prepare applications for state and federal funding to support regional planning goals and priorities.
Provide technical assistance and support to staff teams, members, and projects.
Conduct research in specific project areas for best practices, economic and demographic trends.
Write and present formal and technical reports, working papers and correspondence.
Perform research and write objective summary reports which are used in the completion of project work.
For all experience levels:
Experience working with VDOT and/or PlanRVA localities.
Effective verbal and written communication skills, including facilitation and listening.
Problem Solving and Analysis, including experience with performing literature reviews, web based and other qualitative research such as interviews and surveys; experience with research methods, survey and statistical analysis principles; possesses strong analytical and data synthesis skills.
Experience and competence in spatial data analysis using ArcGIS.
Experience with state and federal grant applications is preferred.
Experience using computer programming languages like R or Python is preferred.
For Planner III and IV:
Project Management, including strong organizational skills and capacity for multi-tasking on independent and team-based work; motivated self-starter with ability to work independently and in multidisciplinary teams. Ability to maintain manage multiple large and long-term projects and provide status updates on each at regular intervals.
While coordination with senior staff members is required, the position does not include regular supervisory responsibility.
Position Type/ Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time exempt position. Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; flexible schedules are permitted and encouraged especially to accommodate deadline specific activities and work life balance. Occasional early morning, evening and weekend work may be required for specific project deadlines or meetings as job duties demand.
Regular travel within the region for meetings is possible. Limited out of region travel may be involved to support professional development and representation of the region in state and national events.
Preferred Education and Experience
Planner II – Master’s in Planning, or similar
Planner III – Master’s in Planning, or similar, plus 3 years of relevant experience
Planner IV – Master’s in Planning, or similar, plus 6 years of relevant experience
This job operates in a professional office setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, fax machines and filing cabinets.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
None required for this position.
Work Authorization/ Security Clearance
None required for this position.
Job Type: In office. Hybrid.
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