Senior Staff Engineer/Planner: Transportation - Cheyenne MPO - Cheyenne, Wyoming

SUMMARY:  To supervise, assign, review, participate and perform professional level work in the field of transportation engineering and/or planning; and to provide information and assistance to agencies and individuals of the Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), developers, the business community, and the public on (civil) engineering, transportation planning and land use planning and related matters.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:  Receives direction from the MPO Director.  Serves as the assistant MPO Director. Supervises MPO planners and technical staff and/or temporary help in the Director’s absence.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Create and/or review engineering and planning documents, reports, and construction plans for development, MPO and/or City and County transportation projects.

  • Act as project manager responsible for all aspects of MPO projects relating to design and construction, including preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates, contract documents, service procurement, quality control, budgeting and coordinating efforts.

  • Review and comment on plats, site plans, and right-of-way vacation requests and construction plans to assure compliance with local standards and ordinances.

  • Assist the MPO Director with administrative duties in association with the MPO.

  • Perform technical work involving the gathering, evaluating, manipulating, and reporting of data for transportation engineering and planning purposes and the preparation of this material in report and graphic format.

  • Undertake varied assignments in the fields of urban and transportation engineering and/or planning which requires skills in research, surveys, computer modeling and methods, and graphics.

  • Develop assigned studies with independence and be able to correlate information into comprehensive reports, model input/output, and graphic formats useful in formulating transportation and community plans.

  • Manages the projects of the MPO Unified Planning Work Program either with MPO Staff or consultants

  • Collect, compile and make computation regarding transportation and traffic engineering/planning including the effects of development proposals, zoning, subdivision, and other land-use regulations.

  • Collect, compile and disseminate historical and projected socioeconomic data for in- and out-of-office use for the public and governmental agencies.

  • Attend inter-agency and department meetings and conference to develop transportation planning strategies and procedures; serve as liaison with outside agencies and other City/County/State Departments associated with the Cheyenne MPO.

  • Provide support and assistance for the activities of the Cheyenne MPO.

  • Prepare preliminary engineering plans in conjunction with other agencies for the development and redevelopment of transportation corridors so that land use and transportation demands are satisfied.

  • Prepare technical presentations and supporting materials for transportation planning, preliminary engineering and regional planning studies.  

  • Answer questions and provide information to the public on transportation engineering and/or planning; research information; interpret data and explain regulations to citizens; and assist with inquiries pertaining to transportation planning.

  • Assist in preparing staff reports for the Cheyenne MPO Committees and Planning Commission(s); participate on various committees and advisory boards as directed; undertake research; prepare reports and maps. 

  • Assist in preparing and/or updating elements of the Cheyenne Area Master Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program.

  • Utilizes computer based planning programs in assessing and forecasting traffic flow and congestion conditions; determine and recommend the development of highways and roadways and other modes of transportation consistent with studies.

  • Maintain existing computer programs and data and assists in developing new and more effective applications of these programs.

  • Compile socioeconomic data such as existing land-use, traffic counts, census, etc. and make analyses of current conditions and compile appropriate statistics.

  • Help develop forecasted land-use and other socioeconomic data for transportation and other general planning purposes.

  • Conduct meetings on transportation engineering and planning issues and interacts with the public within a group or individual basis.

  • Work with personnel of other departments and agencies on complex studies and assignments.

  • Attend meetings as required and keeps records of meetings and assists in the administration and support of the committees and other on-going programs.

  • Coordinate closely with transportation stakeholders to assist with and organize community projects and events that promote transportation choices

  • Oversee and assist the MPO’s public involvement specialists to do regular social media and blog posts about active projects

  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned. 


OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Monitor program compliance with laws, rules and regulations related to provision of planning, and related services.

  • Attend technical meetings, conferences and seminars related to GIS and transportation issues and developments.

  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned including conflict resolution within areas of resolution.

  • Prepare revisions and update existing standards and policies.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.


QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of civil engineering and/or urban transportation planning and development including current literature, information sources and research techniques.

  • Knowledge of principles and procedures of current, comprehensive planning.

  • Knowledge of budgeting and contract administration.

  • Knowledge of Laws underlying general plans, zoning, land divisions, and Federal Transportation rules and regulations.

  • Knowledge of Geographic Information System.

  • Knowledge of modern office methods, practices, procedures.

  • Skill to write technical reports.

  • Skill to operate computer equipment, advanced computer software, GPS equipment, and traffic counters.

  • Ability to perform the full range of professional level work in current, comprehensive and transportation planning.

  • Ability to perform work independently in the absence of supervision.

  • Ability to analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare technical reports including graphic displays.

  • Ability to respond to difficult and sensitive requests and inquiries from supervisors and the public.

  • Ability to prepare, read and interpret mapping and survey data, site plans, zoning codes, legal descriptions and related information.

  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during work.

  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with others.

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Safe driving principles and practice.

  • Ability to operating computers, copiers, and related office equipment.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, traffic engineering, urban or regional planning, transportation planning, public administration, or closely related fields or closely related field; and 4-6 years of increasingly responsible technical experience in the field of urban planning, transportation planning or engineering including at least 2-3 years of supervisory and project management responsibility. 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of Wyoming or ability to obtain within six months is encouraged. Possession of American Institute of Certified Planners certification, or other related certification is encouraged. 

WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work closely with others in an office environment utilizing a computer and other office equipment with some occasional outdoor work involving data collection and observations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing. The employee is also required to maintain physical condition necessary for operating office equipment, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending or sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Paul Moberly