We are seeking a highly motivated person to join our team in the Anchorage Field Office of Statewide Planning and Program Development. The Anchorage Field Office is responsible for identifying and establishing priorities for capital projects in Central Region that improve transportation infrastructure to support economic development, enhance safety and promote the efficient movement of people and goods. The Planning Chief provides leadership and oversight to the development of the Central Region components of the Statewide Long Range Transportation Policy Plan, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, and the Statewide Aviation Improvement Program. Under general direction of the Statewide Planning and Program Development Director the Planning Chief manages a staff of 16 for Area Planning and Highway Data.
This position requires a "big picture" perspective of national and Alaska transportation issues and policy, as well as specific knowledge of federal and state transportation laws, regulations and programs.
In addition to overseeing the Central Region components of statewide plans and programs, the Planning Chief manages the development of multiple regional and local transportation planning efforts. This is accomplished through extensive public processes established in cooperation with local, Municipal and Borough governments throughout the Region. The complexity and technical sophistication of these processes range from the formal Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for Anchorage) to informal meetings with local villages.
The successful candidate will be responsible to communicate, lead, and motivate a team of professional staff and develop effective working relationships with all the other major functional groups throughout the region, department, and state.
The ideal candidate will possess all or some of the following desired knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. All of the following traits must be documented in your cover letter. If you don't have experience with one or more of the bulleted traits listed below, simply say so.
Ability to accommodate a heavy workload, balancing multiple and often competing priorities
Experience managing subordinate supervisors and professional, technical, and administrative level personnel
Experience interpreting, applying, and writing transportation policy and regulation at either the department, state, or federal level
Ability to communicate complex information in-person, over the phone, and through written correspondence
Experience preparing and making presentations before state and community organizations
Proven track record of successful negotiation, facilitation, and/or mediation between parties to resolve conflict and achieve mutually acceptable solutions
Experience in strategic and/or project planning and implementation that includes cross-agency engagement and consensus
Knowledge of governmental capital budgeting practices, procedures, methods, techniques and terminology for developing and managing capital programs, both federal and state
Familiarity with all modes of Alaska's transportation infrastructure
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college.
Four years of professional experience in planning in the transportation field of which at least three years were at the level of Planner III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere;
Two years of professional experience in transportation planning at the level of Transportation Planner I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.
Four years of any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college (3 semester/4 quarter hours equal one month) AND/OR work experience performing planning functions will substitute for the required degree. Examples of qualifying experience in planning functions are sub-professional or paraprofessional work in environmental, transportation, or community development; architecture; civil engineering; landscape architecture; urban design; historic preservation; geography; geographic information systems; housing administration; grant administration; accounting; business management; or research.
A master's degree in urban, regional, transportation, or landscape planning may be substituted for one year of the required experience planning in the transportation field at the level of Planner III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.
"Professional experience in planning in the transportation field" means work in one or more steps of the transportation planning process, which includes: data collection and monitoring of existing conditions; forecasting growth, assessing land uses, and identifying growth corridors; identifying current and future transportation problems and needs; analyzing improvement strategies to address problems and needs; developing alternative captital.