Transportation Planner III
Workplace Alaska - Fairbanks, AK

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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), Northern Region Planning division is seeking a highly motivated and skilled manager Transportation Planner III to serve as the Chief of Planning and Support Services .

Join our team and help us Get Alaska Moving!

This position reports to the Regional Director and oversees the Planning, Traffic Data and Forecasting, and Procurement sections. The Chief of Planning manages the Northern Region Planning staff (14 positions). Primary responsibilities include participating with Department Headquarters staff during the development of statewide transportation policies and programs; coordinating the development and amending of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP); providing a major support and coordination role between the Policy and Technical Committees of the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS); coordinating with the Region’s Design, Construction and Maintenance section when developing and evaluating future project needs, schedules, costs and special issues; providing coordination and support to communities within the Northern Region to assess and evaluate local and regional transportation needs; and, coordinating with state and federal agencies, elected officials, special interest groups and the public when developing transportation plans and programs.

Applicants for this position must have an extensive knowledge of multi-modal transportation systems, the Federal Highway and Aviation Programs, and state and federal regulations relating to transportation planning and programming.

The Chief of Planning also manages the Northern Region Procurement Office (14 Positions). Responsibilities include providing direction and guidance to the procurement section in procuring supplies and necessary services.

This position requires skill at balancing multiple priorities and ever changing deadlines as well as the ability to quickly formulate thoughts and to express them clearly. The incumbent makes recommendations and decisions that influence transportation and administrative policies in Alaska.

Success requires the ability to lead and motivate a team of professional staff and develop effective working relationships with all the other major functional groups throughout the Region and Department wide.

The successful applicant will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and recent experience making effective public presentations to groups small and large.
  • Experience in writing memos, letters, press releases and contract documents.
  • Excellent management and research skills with the ability to analyze problem issues and independently develop appropriate recommendations for decision makers.
  • Ability to accommodate a heavy workload while balancing multiple and often competing priorities. This position involves a high degree of public contact and the incumbent must be able to respond appropriately to a wide variety of personalities.
This position requires tact, diplomacy and decisiveness. The incumbent must be willing to travel throughout the region by vehicle, commercial air transport, and light aircraft.



Please explain, in detail, how you possess the experience and desired knowledge, skills, and abilities that we are looking for within the Cover Letter located on the Job Qualification Summary (JQS). In addition, clearly explain how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for this position.

The information that you provide within the applicant cover letter will be used to determine which applicants are selected for an interview.

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Special Note:
“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 capital improvement and operational strategies for moving people and goods; estimating the impact of recommended transportation improvements on environmental features; and developing fiscally constrained financial plans for securing sufficient revenues to cover the costs of implementing strategies.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Fours 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.