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Planner Analyst

Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Transportation Planning
Salary: 
$66,687.00 - $96,694.00 Annually

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 10/07/19 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Job Type: Full-time
Location: 3701 96th St. SW, Lakewood, Washington
Department: Planning and Community Development

Pierce Transit is an independent municipal organization dedicated to fulfilling the mission of improving people's quality of life by providing safe, reliable, innovative, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected.

We are recruiting for a Planner Analyst who enjoys looking for trends and performing data analysis. 

Under direct supervision, this position performs general transit planning activities related to data analysis and preparation of statistical reports based on information derived from sources such as onboard monitoring equipment, including automated vehicle locator (AVL), passenger counting systems (APC), Smartcard or electronic farebox collection systems. The incumbent will perform analysis of ridership trends, system performance, and other strategic information captured within a transportation planning database.

The following functions are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed in this classification; only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be rerquired to perform additional, position-specific duties. 

  1. Performs comparative analysis of ridership, operating exceptions, schedules and alternatives including fieldwork in surveying, forecasting demand and documenting proposed service modifications to support Planning and Operations functions.
  2. Assists in the coordination of planning analysis activities and projects with other Agency divisions, and with Local, State and Federal agencies and organizations.
  3. Works in conjunction with other departments on special projects and issues such as database/data reports design and management, inter-agency service coordination and other analytical requirements.
  4. Creates and modifies custom reports utilizing software such as Crystal Reports or other reporting software or via ad hoc database query.
  5. Conducts geospatial analyses and develops visualization of GIS data.
  6. Verifies database for accuracy, creates/maintains processes to validate data and identify database/systemic issues.
  7. Makes recommendations and assists in the preparation of transportation plans. Participates in meetings, focus groups, and/or other related events. Compiles and analyzes a variety of transportation related data and information related to Federal Transit Administration NTD reporting.
  8. Using analytical tools, evaluates the impact to transit of proposed land use actions.
  9. Attends various meetings with other agencies, external stakeholders and community groups.
  10. Demonstrates regular and reliable attendance.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of and skill in applying: 
Principles, practices, techniques and concepts of qualitative and quantitative transit and analysis and forecasting;
Knowledge of transit and transportation planning, policies and integration of transit services;
Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis;
State and Federal funding and applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations;
GIS software including ESRI and MapInfo.

Skill in and ability to: 
Perform analysis of data in support of transportation services;
Assist in planning, organizing, monitoring, meeting goals and deadlines;
Analyze situations and recommend an effective course of action;
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others;
Deal tactfully and persuasively with government agencies and the public;
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Operate a computer using appropriate software packages to analyze large amounts of data and prepare narrative and statistical reports;
Knowledge of Crystal reports and using database tools including MS-Access, MS-Excel and others.

Required: Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Business Analysis, Engineering, Geospatial Technologies or a related field and three (3) years of experience in urban planning or transportation planning; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Desired: Experience in Crystal reports, Basic Syntax language for database queries, GIS software (including ESRI and MapInfo).

Special Requirements:
Valid Washington State driver's license at time of hire.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the classification and have the mobility, balance, coordination, vision, hearing and dexterity levels appropriate to the essential functions performed. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions:
May be required to work alternate shifts (day, swing and graveyard), weekends, and/or holidays.

Work is performed in an office environment or in the field at various job locations. Travel to work locations, job sites or to various meetings is required. Work is subject to normal office noise and when in the field the position is subject to inclement weather conditions, traffic and potentially hazardous conditions.

Application Instructions:
To be considered for this vacancy, you must apply online via https://www.piercetransit.org/careers/. 

  1. The online application must include a chronological work and/or education history covering a 10-year period.
  2. A resume and cover letter are required but will not substitute for the application.
  3. At least 3 professional references should be included with names, professional titles and current phone numbers and/or email addresses.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Talent Management staff at 253-581-8095 or [email protected]

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at 855-524-5627 or email [email protected]

Pierce Transit Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class.

Pierce Transit's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

DBM: C42

Published on:
September 17, 2019 - 9:30am
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