Location: Alexandria, LA
Compensation: $40,000 – $50,000 Annual Salary Based Upon Qualifications and Experience + Health, Vision, Dental, and Life Insurance (full employer premium contribution); up to 3% annual salary match of employee IRA contribution
Employee Type: Full Time
Industry: Government, Non-Profit
Manages Others: No
Job Type: Government, Planning
Relocation Covered: No
Notice: This position is associated with the Alexandria/Pineville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)’s Regional Strategic Highway Safety Program, which is under the Transportation Division of the Rapides Area Planning Commission (RAPC).
Heidi Murrell, Executive Assistant
Phone: 318.487.5401 x18
Performs a variety of professional and administrative duties. The Planner will be called upon to plan, educate, organize, and coordinate the day-to-day support, and/or delivery of transportation safety services, programs, and projects related to the analysis, development and support planning and implementation of transportation safety improvements in the region. This position will have a heavy emphasis on stakeholder outreach, project prioritization and grant development (i.e. grant writing). Works under the guidance and direction of the regional highway safety coordinator.
GOALS AND WORKER ACTIVITIES
• Conducts comprehensive and detailed research of proposed transportation safety opportunities for the regional coalition. These efforts are intended to promote the development, enhance efficiency, and increase safety of regional transportation systems. The Planner develops cooperative relationships to engage in mutually beneficial projects. The Planner collects, reviews, and analyzes data and project designs; develops transportation safety projects; researches grant opportunities, grant writing, stakeholder engagement; prepares local road safety plan amendments; prepares written recommendations related to project development priorities.
• Performs various coordinating duties related to the ongoing development and maintenance of the regional highway safety coalition’s strategic plan and local road safety plans.
• Facilitates stakeholder engagement and interaction between various federal, state, and local agencies as needed to expedite the decision-making processes for the awarding of project funding.
• Participates in various planning processes and studies specific to individual local jurisdictions.
• Creates and prepares maps, GPS outputs, graphs, illustrative drawings, websites and photographic presentations; creates public displays utilized to apprise and inform the public; provides professional direction for the development of master plans and project procedures.
• Receives and coordinates the distribution of information related to various projects; develops public education and awareness materials and promotions; participates in public hearings, workshops and seminars; coordinates media information with the highway safety coordinator and assures proper public dissemination; collects public information data related to opinions, interests, and concerns; interprets public attitudes in relation to program and project goals; appraises concerned administrators, executives, boards, chambers of commerce, committees, etc., regarding study outcome.
• Provides similar support functions to other divisions (i.e. outreach, grant development, etc.).
Performs related duties as required.
1. Education and Experience:
A. A bachelor’s degree planning, public administration, business administration, civil engineering, or other related field;
B. Two (2) years of responsible experience performing the above or similar duties; specific experience in planning or grant writing/grant administration;
C. An equivalent year-for-year combination of education or experience.
2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
o Community and economic issues related to transportation safety planning, environment, or other local and regional safety activities;
o Legislative processes, procedures and the political environment associated with transportation processes;
o Federal and state funding mechanisms for transportation; applicable guidelines and requirements; methods of developing grants and funding proposals;
o Grant research, writing, and administration;
o Platform or public speaking experience, techniques; organizational and interpersonal communications skills;
o Knowledge of federal law governing the operation of various programs and grants;
o Quantitative analysis; organizational communication techniques; negotiation techniques; business and technical writing;
o Internal control principles and methods of application; creative problem solving processes and facilitation skills; interrelationships between various types of local governments and agencies;
o Analyze a variety of legal, legislative, and organizational problems and make recommendations; organize and assess financial, economic, and demographic information; manage budgets and write and submit financial compliance reporting on a monthly basis in a timely and efficient manner;
o Coordinate a variety of technical and administrative matters between relevant staff and stakeholders; draft technical reports, documents and agreements;
o Develop effective working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies, officials and the public; ability to communicate; ability to evaluate and plan professional activities related to above and related duties.
3. Special Qualifications:
o May be required to have knowledge and skill with crash and census data for projecting regional growth;
o Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet and database software;
o Basic understanding of Geographic Information System (GIS) programs and functions.
This specification has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to perform the job. Any previous experience should demonstrate a proven track record of effective grant development and project management.
To apply, please email cover letter, resume, references, and work portfolio to email@example.com with the subject “Planner Position”.
Rapides Area Planning Commission
803 Johnston Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
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