Manager of Compliance and Performance Monitoring

Southern California Association of Governments
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Housing
Other topics
Experience Level: 
Senior
Salary: 
$137,633.60 - $178,921.60 Annually

DESCRIPTION:

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is seeking a seasoned planner with a "big picture" vision to serve as the Manager of Compliance & Performance Monitoring. This position oversees various environmental planning programs and ensures compliance with Federal, State and local regulations. SCAG's Compliance & Performance Monitoring Department is responsible for fulfilling certain state and federal requirements, including, among others, those applicable requirements related to federal Transportation Conformity Regulations, Air Quality management plans/state implementation plans, Environmental Justice, Intergovernmental Review, the California Environmental Quality Act, and California's Regional Housing Needs Assessment program.

Under general direction of the Director of Planning, the Manager of Compliance & Performance Monitoring will lead a Department consisting of 5 full-time planning staff and assume responsibility for the overall direction, coordination, and implementation of Department projects, while ensuring alignment with the Agency's mission, vision, goals, and regulatory requirements. This role requires someone who possesses a thorough knowledge of transportation characteristics, issues, and planning concepts, as well as the environmental planning processes. It is crucial that the Manager of Compliance & Performance Monitoring possess good judgment and decision-making skills, excellent communication skills, and is an expert in the field

OUR LOCATION
SCAG headquarters is located in the hub of busy downtown Los Angeles, at Figueroa and 7th streets. SCAG has recently relocated 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's light rail and 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.

SCAG CORE VALUES
  • 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:

  • Assume management responsibility for all Compliance and Performance Monitoring services and activities including air quality conformance, environmental impact reports, energy, environment, water, and solid waste. 
  • Anticipate upcoming needs of the Department, Planning Division and Agency and plans and distributes work in the Department accordingly. 
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs including energy, environment, water, and solid waste; recommend, within Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and develop staff by proving opportunities for training and professional development; develops work plan with staff, establish performance measures, monitor progress and provide feedback; initiate corrective and/or disciplinary action and respond to grievances and complaints according to established personnel rules.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures and identify opportunities for improvement and review with the Director of Planning; direct the implementation of improvements.
  • Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for the Compliance and Performance Monitoring unit; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities, projects, and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures.
  • Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Compliance and Performance Monitoring unit annual budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct and implement adjustments as necessary.
  • Conduct analysis of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) alternatives via the preparation of a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) completion of a final EIR that is legally defensible and meets all technical and procedural requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
  • Develop a comprehensive water policy program through the development of the initiatives in consultation with the Water Policy Task Force.
  • Serve as a technical and policy liaison with the Regional Council, other SCAG Policy Committees, and outside agencies including pertinent environmental groups, government/regulatory agencies. 
  • Assume lead responsibility for providing pertinent air quality inputs in support of the development of the RTP, RTP-EIR, and other pertinent documentation and oversee the coordination of the development of Transportation Control Measures (TCM) in support of the Air Quality Management Program (AQMP).
  • Oversee the management of all environmental technical analysis, policy documents and studies, as they relate to the preparation of the RTP and other pertinent SCAG documents.
  • Implement an environmental justice policy and study methodology in direct support to the RTP, (Federal Transportation Improvement Program) FTIP, and other SCAG processes and programs.
  • Participate on a variety of committees and task forces and stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of environmental planning.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

EXPERIENCE:  Equivalent to eight years of responsible environmental planning experience. Four years of management or supervisory experience is required. 

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in environmental planning, or a related field. A Master's degree in a related area is preferred.

IDEAL CANDIDATE QUALITIES
The ideal candidate will possess a proven ability for relationship building that fosters positive partnerships with elected officials, management, and staff and will have the ability to build consensus on relevant planning and policy issues and programs. He/she is an expert on transportation and environmental planning including federal, state, and local laws and regulations. He/she is an engaging and effective communicator who is comfortable making formal and informal presentations to a wide variety of audiences. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will be an organizer and motivator who helps staff refine and further develop their skills to achieve shared goals and objectives, and a customer advocate who will strive to make SCAG staff successful in their work. The ideal candidate will be a strategic and thoughtful leader who collaborates with the Planning Division in achieving SCAG's mission and goals. He/she will have the ability to translate technical information to all levels of staff and stakeholders as required.

 
KNOWLEDGE OF: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of an environmental planning program; principles of transportation planning; principles of environmental planning and CEQA/NEPA regulations; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; modern and complex principles and practices of program development and administration; advanced project management principles and concepts; advanced marketing principles and concepts.
Advanced media and public relations principles and concepts; advanced principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation; pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations including FAA regulations; safe driving principles and practices.
 
ABILITY TO:  Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Planning Division; recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient environmental planning services; manage, direct, and coordinate the work of professional, technical, and administrative personnel; select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; identify and respond to environmental issues, concerns, and needs; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques; prepare and administer budgets; prepare clear and concise administrative reports; interpret and apply the policies, procedures, laws, codes, and regulations pertaining to assigned programs and functions; 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.

Important Applicant Information: 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. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 
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. Improper interference with the ability of SCAG's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including termination.
                                                                                                                                                        
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.
Published on:
July 16, 2018 - 2:36pm
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