City of Berkeley is seeking a Project-Based Principal Planner to serve primarily as a project manager to lead delivery of several major transportation related capital projects for the Public Works Department.
The Transportation Division of the Public Works Department oversees traffic engineering, parking, transportation planning, and Transportation Demand Management programs. Over the next several years, the Division will be carrying out several significant transportation Capital Improvement Projects in the Downtown area, including a $10+M transit hub and public plaza redevelopment, two $3M Complete Streets reconfigurations, and a planned demolition and reconstructon of the City’s main downtown parking garage. A Project-Based Principal Planner is being sought to serve as the Project Manager for a Downtown Streets and Open Space Project Delivery Team to lead these efforts and coordinate with other Downtown projects and programs. The position is for a maximum of three years.
More information on the grant-funded projects are available at: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Public_Works/Transportation/City_receives_major_grant_funding_for_transportation_improvements_-.aspx.
Knowledge and Abilities
This position requires knowledge of, and substantial professional experience in, project management, street design and construction, Federal grant compliance, consultant procurement and management, and personnel supervision.
The City is seeking the most qualified candidate to provide strategic leadership with the public and internal staff, oversee project design and bidding; supervise assigned personnel and consultants; ensure environmental review; and communicate project goals and strategies in writing and verbally to community stakeholders and leaders.
Experience with some or all of the following strongly preferred: Federal grant compliance (reporting, invoicing, procurement), Complete Street principles (best practices in bicycle and transit street design), traffic device design and installation (traffic signals, speed feedback devices, pedestrian safety beacons), CEQA/NEPA, public involvement in urban design projects.
Though not a requirement, the ideal candidate will have experience producing and/or reviewing engineering (PE, PSE) and design documents, traffic management plans, and budgets for capital construction of streets, sidewalks, bicycle and transit facilities, public spaces, and parking garages.
The Principal Planner will supervise a Project Engineer and an Assistant Planner on these projects, as well as the work of other staff and consultants as needed. This position will report to the Public Works Director and the Transpoirtation Division Manager.
To apply, please send your resume, and your answers to the following supplemental questions to the e-mail below, no later than 5 p.m. on March 4, 2014.
Only candidates who are selected to interview will receive a response.
- Describe your experience with capital project management , and discuss the management methods and tools you use. What specific tasks did you perform and which tasks did you supervise or participate?
- Discuss your experience with community outreach and agencies/authorities (such as elected officials, boards, Council of Governments, etc.) especially regarding capital project design and construction, open space planning and multi-modal transportation.
- Do you have technical expertise in capital project development (design, engineering), and if so, describe your specific skills and abilities?
- Do you have experience managing federal grants or projects involving multiple funding agencies?
- Describe your experience with environmental assessments subject to NEPA and/or CEQA (or local equivalent).