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.

Job Alert: Transportation Planner (13) District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Street Car Project

August 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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This Transportation Planner position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Policy, Planning Sustainability Administration (PPSA). The incumbent is responsible for formulating transportation and transit planning documents for the District of Columbia’s (District) transportation network which advance the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and information along the public rights-of-way to improve the District’s environmental quality, economic competitiveness and quality of life for its citizens.

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Job Alert: Purple Line Implementation Manager @ Montgomery County, Maryland (Application deadline August 18, 2016)

August 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Glad to share this announcement – Purple Line Implementation Manager @ Montgomery County, Maryland. What an interesting project! This is a very exciting opportunity for someone with transit experience. Please note that the application deadline is Aug 18, 2016. Good luck!

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Chart of the Day – Exposing the intersection of obesity and poor infrastructure design/spending in the U.S.

August 8, 2016 at 6:36 pm

This chart, via Jennifer Keesmaat, shows the important nexus between the infrastructure design and public health.. As evident from the chart, when it comes to building healthy communities the United States has a long way to go in catching up with their counterparts and the huge (no pun intended) disparity in % of obese people shows how unhealthy we are as a nation.

Health implications of city design: more walking, cycling and transit means less obesity + chronic disease (via @jen_keesmaat on Twitter)

Spurred by this tweet, I went looking for data on healthcare spending in the US vs. other OECD countries. Sigh! The chart below shows how much we spend on health compared to other countries (slightly older data).  If we spent a few billion dollars on building more walking/biking/transit infrastructure instead of building more highways and encouraged more people to walk/bike/ride transit, may be we don’t have to incur such an expensive medical bills after all.  Despite all the evidence, our lawmakers seems to be favoring the highway lobbies (and the optics of ribbon cutting for new highways) but talk endlessly about healthcare spending every election cycle!

U.S health spending vs. other countries

Here is a snapshot of the US health spending, according to the OECD:

  • Health expenditure per capita: $8,713
  • Expenditure as a pct. of GDP: 16.4%
  •  Obesity rate: 35.3%
  • Life expectancy: 78.8 yrs

“Health spending in the United States (excluding investment expenditure in the health sector) was 16.4% of GDP in 2013, well above the OECD average of 8.9% and the next highest spenders – the Netherlands (11.1%), Switzerland (11.1%) and Sweden (11.0%). The share of GDP spent on healthcare has remained unchanged since 2009 and health spending growth has matched economic growth. The share of government spending in the United States as a share of total spending on health has increased from around 44% in 2000 to above 48% by 2013. Over this period there has been an increase in health coverage for the population – in 2006, Medicare Part D, a voluntary drug benefit programme for seniors and certain disabled persons was introduced.

New TRB Report “Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit” Looks at Shared Mobility in Seven Cities

August 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

A new TRB report, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit examines the relationship of public transportation—including paratransit and demand responsive services—to shared modes, including bikesharing, carsharing, microtransit, and ridesourcing services. The research included participation by seven cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. The report’s conclusion sets out actions that departments, and other local and regional agencies—can take to promote useful cooperation between public and private mobility providers. It also suggests regulatory enhancements, institutional realignments, and forms of public-private engagement that would allow innovation to flourish while still providing mobility as safely, broadly, and equitably as possible (via FHWA)

New TRB report, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit

Apply Now: Emerging Leaders Fellowship – NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

August 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

 

Emerging Leaders in Transportation fellowship – Image courtesy: NYU Rudin

The Emerging Leaders in Transportation fellowship program aims to enhance the toolkit of early-career employees to make transportation more efficient, effective and people-oriented.

In this competitive fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills, communication techniques and policy work to bring innovative ideas into practice.

The 2016 program will take place on December 1 and 2. The agenda includes:

December 1:

  • A half-day leadership session, where emerging leaders will collaborate on long-term leadership goals
  • A behind-the-scenes visit to a major transportation facility for hands-on learning about industry goals and challenges
  • A networking reception with 2014 and 2015 Emerging Leaders cohorts

December 2:

  • A half-day leadership session focused on developing innovative projects and ideas within an organization
  • Lunchtime networking opportunities 

Discussion topics will include: leadership, innovation, communications, building support for innovation, and practical applications. Sessions will include talks from and with esteemed professionals and group discussions and exercises. Participants will develop plans to introduce innovative solutions or concepts within their workplaces.

View a recap of last year’s fellowship program here.

Apply using the form below or by clicking here.

Application Timeline:
  • August 3: Application period opens
  • September 15: Applications due
  • October 13: Fellowship class selection announcement
  • December 1-2: Fellowship program
Details:
  • The Emerging Fellows program is open to transportation professionals with up to 10 years of experience.
  • There is no cost for participating in the program.
  • Applicants are welcome from any location; however, we are unable to subsidize travel or lodging for participants.
  • No AICP or other continuing education credit is available for this program.
  • Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. Past participants are ineligible.

If you have questions about this program, please email rudin.center@nyu.edu.

This program is supported by a grant from the University Transportation Research Center.

Job Alert: Senior Associate Transit Planner – Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates @ San Francisco, CA

November 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

Nelson Nygaard is hiring a Senior Associate Transit Planner in our San Francisco office. Please follow this link to apply: http://nelsonnygaard.com/career/senior-associate-transit-planner-san-francisco/

 

Senior Associate Transit Planner – San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated member of our senior-level staff for our San Franciso office to support the firm’s nationally recognized transit and multimodal transportation planning practice. This practice emphasizes innovative transportation planning, transit service planning, transit system funding, compliance, and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development, health, and reduced dependence on the private automobile. We are seeking an individual with at least eight years of experience and a strong interest in transit planning as well as some background in developing sustainable strategies to improve community accessibility and mobility.

NelsonNygaard offers a dynamic and self-directed work environment that is fast-paced, congenial, and supportive. Our office culture is built upon diversity and creativity. This is your opportunity to work with one of the most innovative groups of planners and engineers in the United States, including highly talented junior and support staff.

Responsibilities

In this position, the successful candidate will be expected to manage and win midsize to large projects and provide guidance to staff. Your projects may be located anywhere throughout the United States, and thus a willingness and desire to travel is essential. You will work closely with NelsonNygaard’s senior and junior staff in the San Francisco office, and also Canadian pharmacy online throughout the country. Our approach is to bring the most appropriate staff together, irrespective of where they are based, as collaboration across offices produces better outcomes and improves all of our skills.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a broad range of transportation and urban planning experience, preferably with a focus on transit operations and planning. A candidate should be able to demonstrate expertise in at least five (5) of the following:

  • Short- and long-range transit planning
  • Transit/shuttle service design, planning and operation
  • Transport policy, funding, and governance
  • Fare policy and fare planning
  • Financial planning
  • Data collection and performance assessments
  • Paratransit and demand-responsive services
  • Title VI policy and compliance

Other highly desirable skills include the following:

  • Bus rapid transit/rapid bus
  • Complete streets
  • Corridor plans
  • Specific area plans
  • Light rail, commuter rail, and/or streetcar planning
  • Multimodal/intermodal facility planning
  • Transit station area planning
  • Citywide transportation planning and analysis
  • Campus transportation planning
  • Parking management
  • Bicycle/pedestrian facility planning
  • Street design guidelines
  • Transportation demand management
  • Advanced graphics communications (InDesign, Illustrator, SketchUp, Photoshop)
  • Traffic analysis and modeling (Synchro, VISSIM, TransCAD)

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Manage projects within a specified budget and timeframe
  • Work independently to complete significant components of transportation analyses and planning effort
  • Work successfully with clients, members of the public, and project teams
  • Outline and prepare successful proposals and reports
  • Analyze a wide range of transportation data and manage the completion of technical analyses, feasibility studies, and other transportation reports
  • Prepare and give effective presentations
  • Solve multimodal transportation problems
  • Mentor and train junior staff
  • Organize and supervise data collection activities in the office and the field

At a minimum, the candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of responsible experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree in urban or transportation planning, or a related planning field. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and other communication skills, including facilitating public workshops.
  • The ability to manage complex projects on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in business development a plus, i.e., winning work. If you have public agency experience, grant writing and successful RFP development are applicable skills.

We are looking for someone who can begin immediately

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, carshare and bikeshare membership, pre-tax transit or bicycling benefit, a 401K program, life insurance, and paid time off. Other benefits of the position include a dynamic and self-directed work environment, collaboration with leading planners, and a congenial and supportive office culture. Applicants should include salary requirements in their inquiry.

Event Alert: TransportationCamp NYC 2015

October 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Transportation Camp NYC

Do you love transportation? Do you love New York City? TransportationCamp New York City 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at City College of New York. Following on the success of TransportationCamp East in 2011, Planning Camp NYC in 2013 and TransportationCamps across the country, we’re bringing it back to New York City. TransportationCamp NYC 2015 will continue to foster open conversation and collaboration between all Celexa pills radical changes the near-future promises in transportation.

Venue

TransportationCamp NYC will be held at City College of New York in Shepard Hall (160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, at the intersection of Convent Avenue and W 140th St., close to the 1, A, C, and D trains).

Schedule

  • 8:00 AM – Doors open
  • 9:00 AM – Welcome and Kick-off in the Great Hall
  • 9:45 AM – Keynote addresses in the Great Hall
  • 11:15 AM – First Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 12:15 PM – Lunch in the Great Hall
  • 1:15 PM – Second Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 2:30 PM – Third Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 3:45 PM – Fourth Breakout Session (in classrooms)
  • 5:00 PM – Adjourn to happy hour at The Grange Bar & Eatery, sponsored byYoung Professionals in Transportation

Registration

Registration for TransportationCamp NYC 2015 is now open. Tickets are limited, so get yours now! If you have any questions, reach out at nyc@transportationcamp.org or at@transpocamp. See you November 14, 2015!

 

Click here to learn more.

Fellowship Alert: Policy Fellow (Transit) – Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) @ Arlington, VA

August 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

Want a chance to work on some of the most innovative regional transit policy and funding issues? Your analytical and communication skills is needed at the premiere transit organization in Northern Virginia.

As part of its Transit Fellows program, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) seeks a Policy Fellow, full time for a term of six months, renewable for up to a year. This fellowship provides a professional development opportunity for mid-career t

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A PRTC OmniRide bus in Arlington, Virginia operating the Lake Ridge express route. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ransportation specialists as well as college graduates and graduate students. Successful applicants will gain in-depth knowledge of transit policy and funding issues and will serve a key role in tracking and analyzing federal and state policy including legislation, policy and planning. The Policy Fellow will draft issue briefs, prepare presentations, as well as write policy memorandum, newsletter articles, web content and special reports for the Commission and its stakeholders. Specific activities include: supporting briefings of policy makers on key transit issues, analyzing legislation related to transit and the Commission, participating in the planning and execution of NVTC’s annual briefing of the General Assembly and NVTC Commission Meeting in Richmond in February, and staff support of the Executive Director. The responsibilities will include local travel and some evening commitments.

MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College graduates, graduate students or mid-career professionals
  • Bachelor’s Degree in policy, government, journalism, transportation planning, public administration, economics, policy or related area
  • Demonstrated interest in public transportation or transportation planning and policy development
  • Strong writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a small office/team oriented environment

Duration of the appointment is six months and is a renewable for six months. Priority will be given to applicants who can begin their fellowship quickly.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:

Fellowships are awarded to professionals with a strong understanding of transportation policy, finance and transportation funding and/or public outreach. Graduate students and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply.

COMPENSATION:

The Fellow will receive compensation consistent with compensation guidelines of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and will be eligible for transit benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to Colethia Quarles at transitfellows@nvtdc.org. The cover letter should describe the applicant’s objectives in pursuing the fellowship. Please highlight particular skills, knowledge or interests as it relates to a demonstrated interest in the Commission’s work, familiarity with federal or state legislative and policy issues, and experience or knowledge in public outreach. Please note your availability at the top of the cover letter.

Applications can also be mailed to:

Colethia Quarles
​Transit Fellowship Program
​2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 620
​Arlington, VA 22201

DEADLINE:

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.

ABOUT NVTC:

NVTC has a small staff located in offices in the vibrant Court House area of Arlington. NVTC is a leading expert on performance metrics and transit finance, coordinates regional planning studies and evaluations, partners with other regional entities including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. NVTC encompasses six cities and counties, a commuter rail service, six bus systems including MetroBus, Metrorail and the Vanpool Alliance.

Job Alert: Group Manager (Sustainability Program) – San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

July 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is seeking excellent candidates for the position of Sustainability Program, Group Manager. This is a senior level position that will oversee a $40M energy budget, energy efficiency and implementation of an Environmental Management System for the District.  I’d appreciate it if you could post to your networks.

The group manager will be responsible for guiding BART’s Sustainability planning and implementation in order to advance BART’s long-term vision for sustainability. Plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Energy Division and Environmental Management Systems, to implement BART’s Sustainability Policy through sustainable and resilient provision of energy and other key resources supporting operation of the BART system; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Assistant General Manager and Chief Planning and Development Officer(s); and performs related duties as assigned.

http://www.bart.gov/about/jobs (See position #5456).