General Statement of Duties
Performs transportation planning duties for communities in the region or for region-wide projects.
This employee will perform transportation planning work for the region, with tasks such as attending various regional or state transportation planning meetings, special traffic and corridor studies, various data gathering and analysis; facilitating public hearings or other means of public input; and supporting other staff through research and writing. Work includes tasks such as gathering statistics and field data; analyzing data, preparing reports and plans; developing recommendations; providing assistance to the local government members; planning and participating in various public participation processes; supporting groups and committees made up of citizen and public officials; evaluating programs and preparing and presenting reports; and complying with grant reporting regulations. Work requires knowledge of rural transportation planning and of planning concepts as well as independent judgment and initiative in the performance of duties. Work is performed primarily in an inside environment but occasionally requires field work and travel within, and outside, the region. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated through observation, reports, progress on projects, and feedback from staff and clients.
Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Tasks
- Conducts specialized research; gathers and analyzes relevant data; writing of plans; performs special studies such as traffic counts, corridor studies, crash analysis, bicycle and pedestrian facility inventory and assessments, or socioeconomic, demographic and land use inventories.
- Assists with hosting Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) meetings and advising and educating local staff and elected officials in transportation issues and data.
- Coordinates with a variety of local and state transportation officials, elected officials, local government staff, consultants and others on projects and plans.
- Prepares agendas and assists with technical committee and policy board meetings for NORTPO; may attend ODOT prioritization workgroup meetings to participate in data development and evaluation to determine scoring for potential funding.
- Compiles data for monthly and quarterly reports and deliverables to send to ODOT to ensure compliance with the grant.
- Participates in various national association, regional, statewide, or other transportation meetings.
- Assists with creation and submission of projects of transportation modes to ODOT for scoring and potential funding.
- Serves as a advisor to groups such as local governing and planning boards and citizen working groups; makes presentations to groups; supports community events.
- Conducts public meetings; facilitates input; provides guidance.
- Assists with preparation of grant applications.
Additional Job Duties
- Performs other duties as required.
Recruitment and Selection Guidelines
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and research methods related to transportation planning.
- Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Knowledge of rural issues, plans, and programs.
- Knowledge of the application of information technology to document preparation, GIS research, spreadsheet analysis, presentation software, and other related applications.
- Skills with various computer software programs, including but not limited to: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access), ArcGIS, Zoom meeting, email, etc.
- Skill in public speaking, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, and customer service excellence.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and systematically compile technical and statistical information, and to prepared reports.
- Demonstrated ability to evaluate the feasibility of planning alternatives in relation to trends, costs, social pressures and needs.
- Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms, to interpret planning, zoning, and local ordinances for officials and the general public, and to make public presentations.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public officials, clients, coworkers, and the general public.
- Must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
- Must possess the visual acuity to examine and work with maps, charts, and detailed materials, operate a computer, go and inspect sites regarding planning issues; do figure computations, and extensive reading.
Desirable Education and Experience
- Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in transportation, planning or related field and professional experience in transportation planning work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license.
The Northern Oklahoma Development Authority (NODA) administers the regional transportation planning program for sixteen northwest Oklahoma counties. NODA is seeking a highly motivated, skilled, self-starting professional to fill the key position of Transportation Planner. The primary responsibility is providing support for long-range plan writing and planning activities, assisting in research studies, data gathering and analysis, undertake public outreach programs and assist in preparing planning documents. Also responsible for coordinating regional meetings for transportation planning activities. The ideal candidate will have high standards for detail and accuracy, as well as be innovative and resourceful.
- Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel
- Excellent communication skills
Interested applicants should submit an application, cover letter and resume via email to:
Michelle Emmerson-Finance/HR Director EEO Officer