Planner III or Planner Senior
The City of Austin seeks a Planner III or Planner Senior to be part of the Transportation Systems Development Division of the Austin Transportation Department. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the position will be responsible for a wide range of transportation planning functions in the areas of transportation planning, policy, programming and capital project development. Duties include:
- Assist with the implementation of the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP), including developing local plans, participating in public engagement activities, and reporting on implementation progress.
- Assist with the development of the Planning and Public Engagement Program; serve as one of the area leads for public engagement and coordinate with other divisions and departments.
- Coordinate with Capital Metro, TxDOT and other regional agencies on transportation planning activities, such as Project Connect.
- Review and participate in transportation studies and other planning efforts as assigned.
- Present to City boards and commissions and community groups. Respond directly to community member requests and questions on planning processes.
- Conduct spatial analysis and map making; maintain online web maps and data.
- May assist with other Austin Transportation Department programs and projects as needed.
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and abilities:
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with changing priorities.
- Ability to work in a collaborative manner with Division team members and across department Divisions, and a diverse group of stakeholders from multiple city departments and outside agencies.
- Excellent writing and presentation skills.
- Master’s degree in urban planning, architecture, transportation engineering, or public administration.
- Experience developing and/or implementing local and regional transportation plans and/or policies.
- Experience in public engagement associated with planning or capital project development processes.
- Familiarity with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guides and other transportation regulatory requirements and guidelines
- Proficient with Geographic Information Systems software, Microsoft Office suite, and Adobe Creative Suite.
Minimum qualifications include graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in Planning, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or a planning related field, plus three (3) years of experience in planning related work.
Twelve (12) semester hours of relevant graduate college course work may substitute for six (6) months of required experience with a maximum substitution of two (2) years.
Experience in planning related work may substitute for the education up to the maximum of four (4) years.
About Austin, Texas
Austin has long been known as a technologically advanced city, a place where new ideas go to be tested and adopted. Austin has enjoyed a robust and diverse economy for the past 10 years, with economic indicators regularly exceeding national averages. Austin metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a 2.9 percent increase in population in 2016. Austin, Texas has a population of 926,000, making it the 11th largest city in the country. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally dynamic cities, Austin was selected as the #1 Best Places to Live (US News and World Report 4/2017), # 5 Top 25 Future-Ready US Cities (Convention Management Association Convene Magazine, 2/2016), “Best City for the Next Decade” (Kiplinger), the “Best Places to Live in the US” (US News), the “Top Creative Center” in the US (Entrepreneur.com) and #1 on the “On Numbers Economic Index” as the fastest growing economy.
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