Job Alert! Manager, Title VI Compliance @ NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

December 30, 2016 at 12:46 pm

via Young Professionals in Transportation

Manager, Title VI Compliance
NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

This position is located in Manhattan, NY.

Summary:

Under supervision of the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, EEO & Title VI Compliance, this position is responsible for assuring compliance with federal regulations through auditing, monitoring, tracking, training and reporting the Authority’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency requirements, and other related civil rights legislation and FTA issues. Administer, direct and coordinate the Authority’s Title VI and Limited English Proficiency plans. Additionally, the incumbent will develop federal and state regulatory reports, as well as internal reports for the Diversity Committee of the MTA Board, and provide data and other statistical information as per request from legal and other departments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and administer the Authority-wide Title VI, Environmental Justice and Limited English Proficiency and plan/program(s).
  • Audit and monitor the administration of program policies, practices and procedures to ensure equity and nondiscrimination in the delivery of agency services, programs and benefits. Provide documentation for defense and make feasible recommendations when necessary.
  • Design, prepare, and revise reporting formats, procedures, and guidelines for the Title VI program.
  • Gather, analyze, and evaluate data about the composition of the agencies’ service areas to ensure equity and nondiscrimination to minority and low-income populations.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports or sections of reports, and perform related activities.
  • Ensure that participation of a cross section of various social, economic, and ethnic interest groups are represented in the planning process by disseminating program information to minority media and ethnic organizations and participating in meetings in predominantly minority communities. Visit planning meetings as well as public meetings to verify the level of participation of Title VI protected group members when offered in predominantly minority communities.
  • Provide advisory and consultative assistance to Agency personnel in the interpretation and implementation of all policies and procedures pertaining to Title VI, Environmental Justice and LEP Programs.
  • Review agency’s Title VI Equity Analysis to determine whether the proposed major service change or fare increase will result in adverse effects that are disproportionately borne by minority and low-income populations.
  • Track, measure and report the Authority’s performance relative to Civil Rights compliance according to FTA and other federally regulated reporting requirements.
  • Facilitate on-going training efforts to ensure MTA Authority’-wide commitment to its Title VI, Environmental Justice, Limited English Proficiency and diversity program objectives. Meet with employees, supervisors, executive staff, external transportation agencies and MTA Board members to explain the Title VI Program and respond to inquiries.
  • Investigate Title VI complaints and draft the recommended findings.  Recommend appropriate action based on findings or assist with negotiations on settlement of complaints, as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with existing and revised laws, rules, regulations, and policies governing the Title VI, Environmental Justice and LEP programs and assure that the agency’s program complies with them.
  • Review sub-recipients and other contracts to ensure non-discrimination. Develop training materials, make presentation and organize training session for Agency-wide personnel and sub-recipients on Title VI requirements.
  • Prepare a yearly report of Title VI accomplishments and goals.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong knowledge of Federal and State Law governing Title VI/Environmental Justice/Civil Rights programs and requirements.
  • Must possess excellent written, oral, group and interpersonal communication skills for coordinating collaborative efforts and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Excellent project coordination skills and presentation skills required.
  • Strong PC skills are necessary with working knowledge of basic spreadsheets.
  • Must have the ability to multi-task and be self-directed, self-motivated and have the ability to prioritize and keep projects on task and on time.
  • A high level of technical expertise demonstrated through advanced problem solving, planning, investigative and analytical skills are critical for successful development and administration of ensuring compliance.
  • Requires local travel.
  • Must stay current on Title VI/Environmental Justice/Civil Rights regulations and laws.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Public Administration or any related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of directly related experience in federal civil rights compliance.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing a Title VI/Environmental Justice/Civil Rights Program preferred.

SALARY

The salary range for this position is $71,572 to $89,465 per year, depending upon experience and salary history.

OTHER INFORMATION:

As an employee of MTA Headquarters, you may be required to complete an annual financial disclosure statement with the State of New York, if your position earns more than $91,821 (this figure is subject to change) per year or if the position is designated as a policy maker.

TO APPLY:

Qualified employees can submit an online application by accessing mta.info clicking on the ‘APPLY NOW’ button from either the CAREERS HOME page or the JOB DESCRIPTION page.

[AUDIO] What does it take to vanquish Uber? How a local startup topped China’s rideshare market

December 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Spotted this relatively old (published in Oct 18, 2016) but fascinating podcast story about Uber’s battle with its Chinese’s rival Didi Chuxing for marketshare (via Bloomberg):

Also you can read the related article here.

Job Alert! Senior Planner – Transportation Department @ City of Austin, Texas

December 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
Official seal of City of Austin

Official seal of City of Austin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Position overview:

The Senior Planner will work in the Systems Development Division of the Austin Transportation Department. This position will work on the supply and demand side of transportation planning. The primary duties for this position will be to conduct transportation focused development review for implementation of the City’s Complete Streets Policy and assist the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program with implementation of priority strategies and projects.

– Responsible for transportation focused development review consistent with the City’s Complete Streets Policy.
– Receive all development review applications through our internal permitting system (AMANDA), identify and coordinate appropriate level of review (includes zoning, subdivision, and site plan applications) and establish review timeline.
– Review and identify necessary actions related to implementation of mobility plans for development applications including both infrastructure and transportation demand management recommendations as applicable.
– Assist the Transportation Engineering Division with review of related Transportation Impact Analysis, Neighborhood Transportation Analysis, Rough Proportionality calculations, and other mitigation.
– Assist in the development and implementation of new TDM strategies and projects (i.e. Smart Trips Austin, Commuter Benefits Ordinance development, TDM Executive Report).
– Review and enforce TDM regulations and/or incentives as required by code.
– Assist with the development of TDM policy for the current update to the City’s transportation plan, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
– Research TDM best-practices and produce associated white papers, reports, presentations, etc.
– Familiarity with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guides and other transportation regulatory requirements and guidelines (i.e. local code, Manual on Uniform Transportation Devices, ITE Trip Generation tables, etc.)
– Ability to work in a fast paced environment, with changing priorities.
– Ability to work in a collaborative manner with a diverse group of stakeholders from multiple city departments and outside agencies.
– Strong problem solving skills.
– May assist with other Austin Transportation Department projects as needed.

Click here to learn more & to apply

Fully Funded PhD in Travel Forecasting and Data Science @ University of Kentucky’s Transportation Engineering and Data Science Lab

December 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

Spotted this announcement below in an email from a List-serve:

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I am looking to recruit one or more talented individuals for a funded PhD in travel forecasting and data science, starting in Fall 2017. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Evaluating and improving travel forecast accuracy.
  • Using passively collected “Big Data” to measure transportation project impacts and model performance.
  • Advancing reproducibility and interchangeability in regional and statewide transportation models.

Qualified individuals may have a background in civil engineering, geography, urban science or a related field. They will bring competence in software development or data visualization and a passion for transportation problems.

The Transportation Engineering and Data Science lab (http://transportlab.net/) is a part of an active and growing transportation group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. We work in close collaboration with the Kentucky Transportation Center, which serves as the research arm of the state Transportation Cabinet.

We are located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, a vibrant small city with the nation’s first urban growth boundary. Lexington is famous for bourbon, bluegrass and basketball, and offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and other recreational opportunities.

Please email me at greg.erhardt@uky.edu to express interest or with any questions.

Kind Regards,

Greg

Gregory D. Erhardt, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky
261 Oliver H. Raymond Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506
859-323-4856 (office), 859-699-1761 (mobile)
greg.erhardt@uky.edu

http://transportlab.net/