Transportation Planner II / Data Analyst

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Washington, DC
United States
Professional Areas: 
Economic Development
GIS / Technology
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
1-3 years
Salary: 
$55,561 - $80,721, DOQ

AGENCY AND CONTEXT
Transportation planning at the regional level in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). The TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the metropolitan area and also plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation planning. The TPB coordinates regional transportation planning activities and develops the long-range transportation plan in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to the Washington region. The TPB includes representatives of local governments; state transportation agencies; the Maryland and Virginia general assemblies; transit agencies; and non-voting members from the airports authority and federal agencies. The TPB is staffed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Department of Transportation Planning (DTP).

THE POSITION
The Council of Governments' Department of Transportation Planning is seeking a Transportation Planner for the Planning Data and Research Team. The successful candidate for this position will: play a key role in the collection, processing, analysis, and visualization of travel survey, travel volume trend, demographic, and transportation infrastructure data used in regional policy studies, forecasting, and performance based planning and programming.

Duties will include:

  • processing and analysis of travel survey, traffic, and transportation infrastructure data (e.g., bridge and pavement conditions); 
  • the application of quality assurance and quality control measures to these data; 
  • the synthesis of land use and demographic data to inform regional forecasting; the display of these data using Geographic Information System (GIS) software; 
  • the development of improved methods to more reliably measure and report on year-to-year changes in regional travel trends; and 
  • writing and presenting of technical reports and policy-oriented

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
No direct staff supervisory responsibilities but may be involved in supervising interns. Such responsibilities may include interviewing, hiring, and training interns; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills and demonstrated skill in critical thinking, judgment, and data analysis. This candidate will also have a strong academic background in statistical analysis, land use and transportation planning, and research methods. Experience with computer software packages used for database development, statistical analysis, and reporting (specifically SAS) is required as is experience with GIS software (ArcGIS). Knowledge of the use of survey and other data in regional transportation planning activities is also highly desirable.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
This position requires possession of a bachelor's degree in statistics, urban or regional planning, transportation planning, or an appropriately related field (Master’s degree preferred), and 0-3 years of directly applicable work experience. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, analytical and writing skills and abilities will be considered.

COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), Microsoft Access or other database software.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from members, regulatory agencies, community leaders and citizens. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute percentages, rates, and ratios and to draw and interpret numeric charts and graphs.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization may exist.

EEO EMPLOYER

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter, salary history, and resume to:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Human Resources
777 North Capitol Street, NE Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002-4290

Visit our website at: www.mwcog.org or Fax: 202-962-3715

Published on:
January 17, 2018 - 1:19pm
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