The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Transportation Planner I, II or III. This person will be responsible for supporting work plans to implement MARC’s initiatives related to transportation safety, performance management, and emerging technologies.
MARC, the association of local governments and metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region, promotes and supports cooperation on regional issues, including transportation, the environment, our workforce and economy, aging services, community development, quality early learning, public safety communications and emergency services. MARC has a collaborative work environment with a culture based on integrity, innovation, diversity and inclusion, excellence in performance and service leadership.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This is a full- time professional position with MARC. MARC prepares a long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan every five years, including elements for all modes of travel, a Transportation Improvement Program every two years allocating federal funds to projects, and other metropolitan planning products. The Transportation Department establishes priorities, guides investments, and supports coordinated operations to implement the region’s long-range plan for a safe, balanced, and equitable transportation system. It advances the region’s vision for quality places, focusing development and redevelopment energy around mixed-use, walkable activity centers, and the transportation corridors that connect them. The planner will provide support for engaging local officials, other stakeholders, and the public in integrating regional transportation safety, performance management and environment planning initiatives with each other, and with local government and statewide plans.
What you’ll do
• Assist in the support of work plans, implementing MARC’s initiatives related to transportation safety, performance management and emerging technologies.
• Advance policy development, planning and implementation of emerging mobility services and technologies within the context of regional transportation, social, economic, and environmental goals and performance objectives.
• Collect and analyze data, prepare reports and presentations, and support policy analysis and development related to safety, regional transportation investments and development.
• Engage local officials and other stakeholders to discuss plans and policies and identify approaches to support regional transportation objectives related to transportation safety, innovation, and performance-based planning.
• Provide staff support to the Destination Safe Coalition by helping advance this group’s workplan. This support includes coordinating with key stakeholders to establish meeting agendas, recruit speakers, track committee action, deliver committee meeting packets and other similar tasks.
Skills you’ll need
• Knowledge of transportation planning principles and practices and strong project management skills.
• The ability to be effective in working with diverse constituencies, including local government officials, internal and external boards and committees and the public.
• Strong attention to detail, ability to handle multiple demands simultaneously, strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral, written communication and public speaking skills, and experience with communicating regional land use, transportation and environmental planning concepts.
• Skills in operating computer programs using spreadsheet, database, word processing, geographic information systems, and other similar programs.
• Skills in interpreting complex graphic and/or computer output related to the metropolitan planning process.
Depending on the level of Planner, the position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in transportation or regional planning, urban design, geography, public administration, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree with coursework in transportation, urban planning, urban design, public administration, geography, environmental science, or a related field is preferred.
• Planner I: Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
• Planner II: Master’s degree and two to five years of relevant work experience required
• Planner III: Master’s degree and five to eight years of relevant work experience required
All positions require successful and progressively responsible and related work experience, and project management experience.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Starting salary for a Planner I is from $44,384 to $55,485 per year, depending upon qualifications.
Starting salary for a Planner II is from $50,905 to $63,630 per year, depending on qualifications.
Starting salary for a Planner III is from $58,293 to $70,000 per year, depending on qualifications.
MARC offers an attractive team-oriented work environment along with a competitive fringe benefit package. MARC offers employees the flexibility to work remotely for up to two days per work week.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, complete our online application form and attach your cover letter and resume. For more information, visit marc.org/jobs.
MARC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. MARC may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.
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