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Transportation Planner job in Ames, Iowa

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Organization:  City of Ames, Iowa
Job Category:  Transportation
Other
Engineering and Technology
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  Iowa (IA)
City:  Ames, Iowa
Post Code:  50010
Salary and Benefits:  $52,517.50 - $76,779.66 Annually
01/29/2014

The City of Ames Public Works Department is currently accepting applications for Transportation Planner. This recruitment is being conducted to establish a Civil Service eligibility list for this classification. The list will be valid for up to one year from the date of certification by the Ames Civil Service Commission and may be used to fill one or more vacancies in this classification. In addition, City of Ames Civil Service employees who have previously held Civil Service status in this classification and are interested in voluntarily demoting or laterally transferring into the current vacancy must submit their application by the deadline.

Under general supervision, works independently to develop federal and state planning documents that meet Ames Area Metropolitan Planning Organization's (AAMPO) requirements and guidelines. Works with the AAMPO management team and staff to develop coordinated transportation plans for the Ames area.

Examples of Essential Job Functions:
Coordinates transportation research efforts in order to support and facilitate the planning process by preparing written progress reports; assists in developing new planning models to improve the efficiency and productivity of planning operations and testing the model for accuracy; conducts various traffic studies; directs data collection and analysis studies in order to forecast transportation demands, resource allocations, and project concepts and priorities by determining data needs and processing requirements and documenting data summarizations for general use; compiles planning data to centralize information on specific projects and that which require further analysis; coordinates planning activities with other AAMPO Technical Advisory Committee members in order to achieve common goals without overlapping efforts; provides technical assistance to planning agencies to ensure the implementation of state and federal planning policies and procedures by reviewing proposed plans for compliance and identifying area of non-compliance for resolution; analyzes past, present or future forecast data to provide information for use in the evaluation of proposed plans; develops background information pertaining to assigned projects such as urban studies, modal studies, noise predictions, revenue and cost estimates, project priorities, etc.; responds to general information requests in order to facilitate public relations.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include continuous improvement, respect for others, being customer driven, leadership, data-driven decisions, positive attitude, teaming environment, honesty and integrity, innovation and creativity, employee involvement, and excellence. For all employees, this includes maintaining city wide services through a Total City Perspective, presenting a positive attitude, communicating effectively, dealing courteously with customers and co-workers, and maintaining effective relationships. For leaders, this also includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

Other Job Functions:
Writes memorandums and reports to document planning analyses conclusions; develops solutions to planning problems by applying technical principles, documenting findings and recommending alternatives to management; provides technical guidance to planning committees and organizations to ensure that state and federal planning policies and procedures are considered in the development of plans by attending meetings and responding to inquiries, interjecting advice, listening, and consulting participants.

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in civil/transportation engineering, community development planning, economics, environmental engineering, mathematics, regional planning, transportation planning or urban planning and two years of experience in a transportation related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Licenses and Certification: Valid Iowa driver's license. Professional Transportation Planner certification preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of transportation planning principles, practices and methodologies; knowledge of current transportation trends and technologies; general working knowledge of computer applications.

Skill in interpreting and applying local, state, and federal planning laws; skill in data collection, analysis.

Ability to plan work, think conceptually, observe and evaluate trends, analyze data, draw logical conclusions and make sound decisions and recommendations; ability to read and comprehend technical transportation journals, reports and plans; ability to translate planning data and information into visual aids such as maps and charts; ability to establish project objectives and performance goals for planning teams, and assess progress toward their achievement; ability to display high standards of ethical conduct; ability to make written and oral presentations to the general public, community organizations, and AAMPO committees; ability to coordinate multiple projects; ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AAMPO staff and all members of the community.

Selection Process:
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of training and experience, phone interviews, and an on-site interview process. Participation may be limited to candidates possessing qualifications above the minimum. The civil service score will be based on oral board interviews with 70% considered passing.

E-Verify Process:
The City of Ames participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each applicant's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. All candidates who are offered a position with the City of Ames must complete Section 1 of Form I-9 along with the required proof of their right to work in the United States and proof of their identity prior to starting employment. Please be prepared to provide required documents as soon as possible after the job offer has been made. For additional information regarding acceptable documents for this purpose, please contact Human Resources at 515-239-5199 or go to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services web page at: http://www.uscis.gov.

Note: Persons with disabilities must submit requests for ADA testing accommodations to the Human Resources Department, in writing, prior to the application deadline.

TO APPLY, VISIT http://www.cityofames.org/index.aspx?page=1100





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