Transit Systems 2019-06-06 2019-06-22

Transportation Planner

Company: Access Services View more listings
Location: El Monte, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 113853

SALARY RANGE: Depends on Qualifications ($63,860 – $106,090)

Salary Placement: DOQ


Access Services, a local public entity, is the Los Angeles County Consolidated Transportation Services Agency ("CTSA") and administers the Los Angeles County Coordinated Paratransit Plan ("Plan") on behalf of the County's 45 public fixed route operators (i.e., bus and rail). Pursuant to the Plan, Access facilitates the provision of complementary ADA paratransit services to certain persons with disabilities as required by 42 U.S.C. §12143 under the name "Access Paratransit." Paratransit is an alternative mode of flexible passenger transportation that does not follow fixed routes or schedules.

Access Services promotes access to all modes of transportation and provides quality and safe ADA paratransit service on behalf of public transit agencies in Los Angeles County.

Access Services serves the community as the leader in promoting accessible and innovative transportation solutions. We accomplish this vision by:

  • Providing quality, efficient, safe and dependable ADA paratransit service.

  • Leading the national dialogue as an advocate for universal access to transportation.

  • Partnering with other entities to secure alternate funding sources and legislation that expands transportation options.

The purpose of this class within the agency is to perform highly complex, professional, administrative, and analytical work to support various grant and compliance supported programs.

The Transportation Planner reports to the Manager of Training and Compliance and the Director of Planning and Coordination.

2nd Review of Applications: June 20, 2019

Tentative Interview: July 1, 2019

Desired Start Date: July 22, 2019

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Administers contract or grant funded program activity, directing and/or monitoring work performed; prepares or drafts related proposals, reports and records; monitors budget expenditures;

  • Administer, track and maintain compliance with FTA grant-related mandates including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) Program goal setting, compliance and reporting;

  • Administer, track and maintain U.S. DOT Drug and Alcohol program compliance and reporting;

  • Serve as liaison and coordinator for FTA Triennial Reviews; internal and external;

  • Assist with the preparation of the TIP (Transportation Improvement Program);

  • Prepare and coordinate agency's annual and monthly National Transit Database (NTD) reports;

  • Work with consultants to develop agency's annual ridership projections;

  • Represent Access Services at various committees and stakeholder meetings;

  • Manage various consultant contracts in support of the department's functions;

  • Ad-work on ad-hoc projects and other duties as assigned.

A combination of education, experience, and training that has provided the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities is required for entry into the classification. Reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions may be made. A typical combination includes:

Education: Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, business administration, or transportation preferred.

Experience: Three (3) years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: Experience with Federal grant administration and compliance requirements, FTA Transit Award Management Systems (TrAMS), National Transit Database (NTD) reporting and local funding measures such as Proposition C and Measure M.

Knowledge of:
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its application to this function.

  • Federal, state, and local transportation and paratransit laws and regulations, policies and procedures.

  • Principles, practices, and methods of grant writing and financial reporting.

Skill In:
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the public, special interest groups, and peers.

  • Managing multiple tasks with critical deadlines.

  • MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint (proficient level of use and application).

  • Presenting a professional image and be able to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals.

  • Rendering quick and sound decisions.

  • Taking initiative and responsibility to address on-going and sudden needs.

Ability to:
  • Analyze information, data and trends to make projections and forecasts.

  • Demonstrated ability to organize, analyze, interpret and present information in reports and plans.

  • Be insured under company sponsored liability coverage.

  • Communicate in a clear, concise manner in writing and in person with individuals and groups including boards, committees and community groups.

  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of the public, special interest groups, and peers.

  • Prepare and present reports and planning documents.

  • Write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.

Licenses and/or Certificates: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and an acceptable driving record.

Note: Applicant will receive continuous training to sufficiently administer the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Programs.


The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: The position requires constant sitting and occasional walking and standing. The employee is expected to talk and hear, with staff, vendors, and the public in person and by telephone. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. The employee uses hands to operate, finger, handle or touch office equipment; and reach with hands and arms. The employee bends, stoops, or squats to access, place and retrieve files, supplies and records, and reaches, lifts, and move records and documents weighing up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus to read and operate office equipment as necessary during the course of the work assignments.

Mental Demands: Employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data; use math and mathematical reasoning; analyze and solve problems; learn and apply new information; perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks; meet intensive and changing deadlines and interact with staff, customers, vendors, contractors, and the public.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

Noise Level: The noise level in the office environment is usually quiet or moderately quiet; at or below 85 decibels. In the course of employment, employee may visit service provider or other contractor's premises, which may include limited exposure to outdoor weather conditions, or fumes or airborne particles from motor vehicles.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or abilities required of personnel so classified.

Application Procedure: To apply, visit Access Services' website at Select "About Us", "Employment", and "Current Opportunities." Complete an online employment application. A fully completed online employment application will consist of the following:

Employment History: Contain at least 10 years of employment history, if applicable.

Education: If you claim education on your application you are required to provide a copy of your diploma or unofficial copies of your transcripts, documenting all qualifying education and/or occupational training claimed. Copies must be attached to your online application.

Foreign Degree/Transcripts: Individuals who have completed college or university course work at an institution in a country other than the United States must obtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees*, and other relevant documents.

Employment Application Detail: Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitute for a completed application and will be considered incomplete. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration.

Applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for the selection procedure.

Selection Procedure: Applicants who best meet job-related qualifications will be invited to participate in the examination process. Selection exams may consist of any combination of written, performance, and/or oral appraisal exams. Examination parts will be weighed according to their relevancy to the job performance criteria.

Pre-employment: All potential employees are required to successfully pass a post offer pre-employment medical examination (which will include a drug/alcohol screening) and satisfactory results from an administrative screening.

E-Verify: Access Services is an E-Verify employer. E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees in the United States. Access Services does not sponsor H-1B or related work visas.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance: Access Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Access Services will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with Human Resources.

Emergency/ Disaster Response: Access personnel are subject to being called to work in the event of an emergency/ or disaster and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.


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