Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking an independent, self-starter with excellent communication, project coordination, analytical, and presentation skills to fill the position of Senior Regional Transportation Planner to manage projects in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM)/Congestion Management Process (CMP). As a Metropolitan Planning Organization, SCAG is required to prepare and maintain a regional ITS Architecture and to incorporate and address management systems in its metropolitan transportation planning activities. Together with county-level ITS Architectures and the California statewide ITS Architecture, the Regional ITS Architecture will provide a framework for ITS planning that promotes integration, interoperability and communication/data exchange across jurisdictional boundaries, and supports a coordinated approach for addressing ITS in the metropolitan planning process. Additionally, SCAG must address state and federal responsibilities related to congestion management, such as providing for the safe and effective integrated operation of the multimodal transportation system.
Under general direction of the Manager of Transit/Rail, the Senior Regional Planner will be responsible for not only completing work that fulfils federal requirements related to ITS and TDM/CMP targets, but also for positioning SCAG as a leader in defining and coordinating regional ITS and TDM policy, planning, and analysis. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining SCAG's ITS Architecture, as well as assisting local agencies with understanding and using the Architecture. The Senior Regional Planner will immediately assume responsibility for completing a major study regarding the TDM Strategic Plan, updating the regional ITS Architecture, and updating the ITS, TDM, and congestion management elements of the 2020 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). This position will significantly contribute to the success of the Agency in accomplishing regional goals for a sustainable future as well as meeting state and federal mandates.
OUR LOCATION SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. In early 2018, SCAG will relocate to the 900 Wilshire Building, a new, multi-use hotel and office complex that features state of the art architecture and technology. The downtown area has expanded with LA Live, new restaurants, music, sports, shopping, libraries, museums and theaters. SCAG is in a culturally diverse area near Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, Olvera Street and Grand Central Market. Southern California boasts near-perfect weather and close proximity to mountains, beaches and deserts, which encourages physical fitness and year-round activities.
For ease of commuting, the LA office is located across the street from the Metro Red Line 7th St. station and is easily accessible by commuter trains and buses serving surrounding areas. Metro light rail and the subway connect downtown LA to Hollywood, Universal City, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Azusa, Long Beach and many vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhoods.
WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities' strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
MISSION To foster innovative regional solutions that improve the lives of Southern Californians through inclusive collaboration, visionary planning, regional advocacy, information sharing, and promoting best practices.
VISION Southern California's Catalyst for a Brighter Future.
Be Open: Be accessible, candid, collaborative and transparent in the work we do.
Lead by Example: Commit to integrity and equity in working to meet the diverse needs of all people and communities in our region.
Make an Impact: In all endeavors, effect positive and sustained outcomes that make our region thrive.
Be Courageous: Have confidence that taking deliberate, bold and purposeful risks can yield new and valuable benefits.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct technical and policy related analysis and research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM)/Congestion Management Process (CMP) issues, including emerging issues impacting transportation planning and policy, state and federal legislation and rule making, and other SCAG initiatives, etc.
Review, evaluate, and develop transportation strategies consistent with the requirements of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, California Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), and other applicable state and federal law for consideration in the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).
Provide reports and presentations for discussion and/or action at the Transportation Committee or other policy or technical committees, to executive management, and at conferences/workshops.
Prepare and maintain the Regional ITS Architecture, including staff work, consultant procurement and management/oversight.
Act as SCAG point person and provide regional coordination on TDM and ITS matters as they relate to the Strategic Plan, Regional ITS Architecture, Open Data/Big Data and Future Communities programs, and RTP/SCS.
Act as direct liaison with Caltrans, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and county transportation commissions on county and regional initiatives, planning studies, etc.
Coordinate with FHWA to provide education, outreach and training regarding Regional ITS Architecture to counties, sub-regions and local jurisdictions.
Coordinate with other SCAG departments on ITS and TDM matters, including Open Data/Big Data and Future Communities, Goods Movement ITS and ExpressLanes issues.
Represent SCAG in public and agency forums including Regional Integration of ITS (RIITS) task force, Arterial ITS committee, Statewide Traveler Information forum, Statewide Routes of Significance forum, ITS Working Group, ITS-CA and ITS America.
Other technical or administrative tasks, including annual budget/OWP development and administration/quarterly progress reports, prepare grant applications as directed, provide staff support to technical committees and workshops (agenda preparation, meeting facilitation, etc.) as directed.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, public policy, civil engineering, policy analysis, engineering, statistics, economics or a related field. A Master's degree or doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a related field is desirable. An ITS certification is highly desirable.
EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years or equivalent of increasingly responsible transportation planning experience including at least two (2) years of experience managing similar Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects is required .
IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIES The ideal candidate has a strong background in transportation planning and is knowledgeable in ITS and TDM. He/she will be able to immediately assume responsibility for conducting planning studies and implementing ITS and TDM projects. He/she will be an independent self-starter with a positive attitude and excellent project management, and analytical skills. He/she is an engaging and effective communicator who is comfortable making formal and informal presentations to a wide variety of audiences and will have the ability to translate technical information to all levels of staff and stakeholders as required. He/she will be politically astute and diplomatic when interacting with both partner agency staff and elected officials. He or she will have experience with working at agencies similar to SCAG such as other Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).
Knowledge of: Federal and state planning regulations relevant to MPOs as they relate to transportation planning with particular focus on ITS and TDM planning, best practices in ITS and TDM strategy and planning; Congestion Management Process (CPM) analysis and research; Regional ITS Architecture preparation and maintenance; Open Data/Big Data; greenhouse gas reduction; how to incorporate and address management systems in MPO activities; federal and state laws and regulations regarding ITS and TDM; emerging issues impacting transportation planning and policy, state and federal rulemaking; SCAG's RTP/SCS and other initiatives; theories, principles, and practices of urban planning and development as applied to conducting planning and preliminary feasibility studies of projects and strategies; methods and techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation; recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to regional planning, urban growth and development, and program administration; advanced statistical concepts, research and methodology; project management principles and concepts; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment.
Ability to: Participate in a variety of public meetings by making presentations and recommendations on various aspects of the planning program; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports and economic impact analysis; respond to public requests and inquiries; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships, team spirit, and collaboration with those contacted in the course of work; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions; interpret regional planning programs to the general public and to member agencies; independently identify and present solutions to perform professional planning work with minimum supervision.
IMPORTANT APPLICANT INFORMATION: Candidates must fill out the application and supplemental questions completely. Incomplete applications including references to see the resume for qualifications are incomplete and will be disqualified. Candidates are required to provide accurate answers as SCAG will verify the qualifications for each candidate.
SCAG provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, SCAG complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
SCAG expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
SCAG RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR REVOKE, WITHOUT NOTICE, ANY OR ALL OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN PRIOR TO THE TIME OF APPOINTMENT, AND TO WAIVE ANY NON SUBSTANTIVE JOB REQUIREMENT AND MAKE SUBJECTIVE DECISIONS INTERPRETING AND ASSESSING THE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS OF ANY CANDIDATE, INCLUDING THE DETERMINATION THAT NONE OF THE CANDIDATES, EVEN THOSE WHO MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE POSITION.