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This position designs and coordinates studies and develops plans related to transportation issues as needed for the Wausau Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Marathon County transportation related committees, and other entities. This position also supports the oversight of the MPO and their administration of the Title 23 funds. This position may assist with other county planning functions.
Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning or related field, and 2 years professional experience; OR a master’s degree in urban planning or related field, and 1-year professional experience OR any other combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities. Ability to obtain certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is desired.
EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
The following duties are typical for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
Assist in preparing and implementing the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) in accordance with Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations and recommends actions to appropriate bodies.
Assist in preparing and implementing the annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Wausau urban area and recommends actions to appropriate bodies.
Assist in preparing and implementing the annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) of the Wausau Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the associated budget and recommends actions to appropriate bodies.
Assist in preparing and implementing the Transit Development Program for Wausau Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and recommends actions to appropriate bodies.
Assist in preparing and implementing the Wausau Area MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and recommends actions to appropriate bodies.
Serve as staff support to any technical advisory committees of the Wausau Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Water Quality Management Committee, Bike/Pedestrian Committee, etc.) and related subcommittees. Assist in facilitation of these committees.
Assist in appropriating, securing, and managing state and federal funding for local municipal transportation projects, in particular funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
Research and prepare technical transportation reports as they relate to such areas as land use, environmental, economic impact, etc. and recommends solutions pertaining to transportation matters for local city/town/county jurisdictions and state and federal officials. Researches and identifies novel and innovative projects with potential for improving transportation in the region; promotes projects, writes proposals, and prepares scope of work documents for clients.
Prepare charts, maps, graphs, and other illustrative material for presentation to elected officials, appointed boards, community groups and concerned citizens.
Research, monitor, and analyze legislative and funding information and opportunities the MPO may want to pursue or leverage in pursuit of transportation planning goals.
Prepare paperwork on existing state and federal grants; compiles information for and assists in the preparation of grant proposals.
Engage various neighborhood/community groups on transportation related issues; makes presentations to boards, elected officials and other groups; and serves in an advisory capacity for various transportation planning functions, including responding to media inquiries.
May assist in the oversight of project scope, budget development, and contract management for planning projects.
Opportunities to support many other county planning efforts, including, but not limited to, Comprehensive Planning, Groundwater Planning, Stormwater Management, Land and Water Resource Management Planning, and Farmland Preservation Planning.
Performs other related functions as assigned or required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Requires the ability to perform high level data analysis including the ability to audit, conclude, and appraise. Requires discretion in determining and evaluating criteria and developing alternatives. Requires the ability to solve complex problems and make decisions using analytical skills.
Ability to facilitate, organize, coordinate, and lead groups of stakeholders, officials, staff, and decision makers on various projects or toward the desired outcomes of the project or meeting.
Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and /or design and advisory data and information such as blueprints, statutes, maps, procedures, and non-routine correspondence.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with the general public, federal, state, local agency staff, elected officials, and other professionals, while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Ability to prepare reports and to present facts clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, departments, agencies, and the public in an honest, kind, and respectful manner. Ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Suite of computer programs/software. Knowledge of or the ability to learn multiple, moderately complex, specialized databased applications such as land information systems, permitting systems, digital storage systems, and geographic information systems (GIS) online mapping. Knowledge or ability to learn to update and maintain website.
Understanding of the County’s and department’s mission, core values, plans, and priorities for the future and ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.
Ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of objects weighing five to ten pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
Ability to occasionally work under conditions that require exposure to a variety of environmental factors including varying weather conditions (cold, heat, dust, etc.).
Starting Annual Salary: $62,816 – $70,345 based on experience.
Also provided is our comprehensive employee benefits package: County Benefits
Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, criminal record check, oral interview, review of references, and other appropriate job-related selection procedures. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.
Job Type: Hybrid
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