Planner/Associate Planner Open Until Filled.
First review of applications will be on August 28, 2017.
The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) AMBAG’s mission is to provide strategic leadership and services to analyze, plan, and implement regional policies for the benefit of the cities and counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. Balancing local control with regional collaboration, AMBAG was organized in 1968 and formed as a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). It is governed by a twenty-four member Board of Directors comprised of elected officials from each city and county. AMBAG is the region’s federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and a Council of Governments (COG). Among its many duties, AMBAG is responsible for developing the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, as well as developing and maintaining the region’s travel demand forecasting model. AMBAG also prepares the regional housing, population, and employment forecasts. These forecasts are utilized in a variety of regional and jurisdictional plans. Funding for the organization comes primarily from federal and state grants. A small, but critical, component of AMBAG’s funding is derived from annual member dues. Membership and participation in AMBAG is voluntary.
Under the general direction of the Director of Modeling, this position will perform a wide variety of professional and technical planning assignments, including data and analysis support for the regional travel demand model, long range transportation planning, economic development, land use, housing, environmental, and sustainability. This is a professional position that will support implementation and maintenance of the regional transportation models. The position will be part of a team that helps estimate, calibrate, validate, and apply multimodal travel demand models to help AMBAG expand its technical capabilities relating to air quality, land use and transit planning. The position requires an individual with interest and flair for data analysis and management, strong attention to detail and an aptitude for using graphics and visual communication methods to summarize and convey technical results. The position also requires a collaborative team perspective and an ability to work with and within diverse groups. The position will also manage planning grant projects and participate in the activities and operations of major regional planning programs and projects; coordinate assigned activities with other AMBAG functions, committees, and outside agencies, and provide responsible and complex professional support to higher level management.
Experience and Qualifications
The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional, transportation, or environmental planning, public or business administration, or a related field, and a minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible, professional, urban and transportation planning experience preferably at the state, regional, and municipal level. An advanced degree in Geography, urban planning or related field is desirable and may substitute for up to one year of relevant experience. The candidate will be classified as Planner or Associate Planner depending on qualifications and experience.
This position requires an individual with competence in transportation planning and analysis methods, as well as above average computer skills. Experience with transportation modeling, spreadsheet, database and GIS software is required. Experience with transportation modeling software, such as TransCAD, and emissions modeling software, such as EMFAC/ MOVES, is preferred. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Applicants should have a working familiarity with metropolitan planning under current federal transportation and air pollution requirements.
The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position. Additional duties may also be assigned and be essential to the successful performance of this position: