Community Planner - GS - 0020 - 12 (Open to U.S. Citizens) BP
Department Of Transportation - Albany, NY

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You will serve as a Community Planner (Transportation) with responsibility for overseeing and administering Federal-aid transportation planning programs and activities that lead to the development of transportation plans and work products that meet requirements and program objectives and lead to implementable transportation projects or programs. You will also provide advice and guidance to State Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organization(s) (MPO), and local government officials regarding assigned areas of the Federal–Aid Transportation Planning program.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced mid-career transportation planning professional who has the skills and abilities to effectively represent the agency to Federal, state and local officials and the general public. This candidate is someone with good communication, negotiation and partnering skills who desires to work in a challenging, complex, innovative environment.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

Provide all required documents by closing date.

Position is telework eligible.

Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: FHWA.ATL-2013-0013.

Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:
As a Community Planner, you will:
Provide guidance and technical assistance to Division staff and state Department of Transportation and MPO staffs on current Federal planning requirements, policies, procedures, and guidance.

Oversee the development of transportation planning processes, programs and products and assess the adequacy of State and/or Metropolitan Planning processes to meet Federal transportation planning requirements.

Explain requirements, negotiate working agreements, exchange and review information; and resolve problems with state Department of Transportation and/or MPO officials and other interested parties.

Promote developing and applying strategic and effective transportation planning management systems and lead in the implementation of new transportation planning program requirements and best practices.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series and meet either the education or specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL
To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

GRADE 12

Experience in transportation planning that entailed consideration of the interplay of various modes of transportation.

Experience developing and/or evaluating transportation planning and program development processes at a local, regional, state, or national level; and

Experience in representing the organization at public meetings and conferences.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
In order to qualify for this series, you must meet the following education/experience requirements:

You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance, from an accredited college or university.

Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner. OR

You must have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in one of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally
acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.

In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.
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BENEFITS:
Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here . This position is telework eligible.

OTHER INFORMATION:
Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

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