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Public Works Planning Manager

The City of Harrisonburg Public Works Department is seeking qualified candidates for a position, #5340, as Public Works Planning Manager.

Full-time position with benefits. Preferred hiring range: $58,177 – $66,913. Position is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive and strategic planning efforts for the Public Works Department.

Specific responsibility and duties for the position include:
• Coordinates the development, review and implementation of the City Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Downtown Streetscape Plan, etc. and provides support for the Stormwater Improvement Plan, Street Improvement Plan, Capital Improvement Plan, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization plans and so forth;
• Participates in the strategic planning process by developing objectives and projects for the Public Works Department and assists with reviewing and revising applicable sections of the City’s Capital Improvement Program and Comprehensive Plan;
• Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, manages and evaluates subordinate employees (directly and/or indirectly);
• Collaborates with and provides professional advice to City departments and officials and community groups regarding ordinances, design standards, guidelines, etc. by evaluating needs, researching information and writing or reviewing amendments or revisions;
• Oversees consultants involved in engineering design, environmental reviews, bid documentation and plan development;
• Determines the Planning Division’s budgetary needs and proposes to management; administers the divisions budget by monitoring expenditures and performing appropriate cost control/ management measures to complete projects within budgetary allotment;
• Manages the Public Works Planning Division by supervising and participating in developing, planning, designing, coordinating, directing and monitoring the implementation of projects related to transportation systems, including but not limited to, motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians;
• Facilitates, coordinates and acts as the Public Works liaison to the Transportation Safety & Advisory Commission and Bicycle & Pedestrian Subcommittee; researches, develops, and presents recommendations for safety improvements and transportation issues; provides professional advice and guidance for the Commission and Subcommittee;
• Administers the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program by receiving and responding to citizen inquiries, coordinating with the Police Department, City Council and neighborhoods; oversees development and implementation of traffic studies/plans and evaluating effectiveness of changes;
• Assists in developing and sustaining an organizational culture promoting integrity, safety, customer service, open communication, equitable personnel practices, positive employee morale, etc.;
• Conveys public information through media interaction by providing interviews, organizing and developing materials for and assisting with hosting public meetings, overseeing the departmental pubic information web editing processes; and
• Undertakes a variety of special projects and studies requiring the use of technical knowledge.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of transportation analysis and planning, applicable laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, policies and programs relating to municipal planning, public-funded projects and project management; knowledge of current supervision and management concepts and practices; knowledge of environmental best management practices; knowledge of GIS mapping; ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects effectively; ability to express ideas clearly and accurately orally and in writing; ability to collect, summarize and present detailed information; ability to maintain detailed records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with officials, subordinates, other employees and general public.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in urban planning, engineering, or closely related field and/or considerable professional experience in urban planning and/or engineering. Valid driver’s license required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in GIS;
• Education and/or experience in reading and comprehending street mapping, engineering and construction/site plans;
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.

Successful applicants for this position will be subject to a DMV Motor Vehicle check and must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and drug screen.

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until a suitable pool of candidates is received. This position may close at any time after 10 calendar days. (posted 05/17/2016). APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:*

The City provides an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement, life insurance, paid leave and holidays. The City of Harrisonburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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