Principal Planner, Performance-Based Analytics
Director, Systems Planning, Modeling and Data Brian Fineman
Under the supervision of the Director, Systems Planning, Modeling and Data, the Principal Planner for Performance-based Analytics will develop and apply analytical approaches for performance-based planning at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA). The incumbent will make use of existing and newly available data to support assessment, predictive, and decision-making processes. Analysis will focus on accessibility and mobility, sustainability, economic prosperity, equity, and other social and quality-of-life goals. This will continue to build the NJTPA’s systematic monitoring of performance, identification of needs, selection and prioritization of solutions, advancement of cost-effective transportation investments, and evaluation of results. The incumbent will manage projects, supervise consultants and undertake planning activities such as: application of performance measures; mining of data on travel patterns and transportation strategies; the federally mandated congestion management process; refinement of transportation strategies into specific project concepts; and presentations of findings in written, graphic and oral reports. It will be essential to collaborate with NJTPA and partner agency staff, including from counties and state agencies engaged in highway, transit, environmental, and land use planning. The incumbent should have experience in data analytics techniques and quantitative analysis, and visualization, with special interest in application of these skills to public sector planning and decision-making. Domain knowledge of northern New Jersey multimodal transportation planning and related issues presents a substantial advantage for the position.
• Develop analytics techniques making use of systems, behavior, process and policy data to monitor multimodal transportation performance, to identify needs patterns, and to prioritize location-specific strategies. • Coordinate with partner staff and other agencies to develop technical consensus and advance policy decisions. • Document and present insightful products in reports, meetings, and workshops. • Develop scopes of work and procurement of consultant services. Manage consultant and other work programs to ensure the development of quality products. • Conduct program initiatives and perform analysis necessary to help fulfill NJTPA responsibilities for performance-based planning as required by federal regulations. • Contribute to the development of traditional and non-traditional strategies, including innovative multimodal approaches, smart growth, and transportation demand management. • Support research and application of regional and project level performance measures consistent with NJTPA policy goals and objectives. • Coordinate monitoring of transportation project development for compliance with the NJTPA congestion management process and related federal planning requirements. Evaluate consistency of studies, project development efforts and implemented projects in terms of established performance criteria. • Contribute to information systems that help to harmonize related plans and study findings among NJTPA partners. • Conduct or support studies and analyses pertaining to environmental justice and related economic and affordability parameters. • Coordinate with staff on data analysis, application development, transportation modeling tools, forecasting, environmental analysis, GIS, plan and project development, project prioritization and other activities.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
RESULTS ORIENTATION/PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Work to achieve desired policy and program outcomes, including setting goals and priorities to maximize the use of resources available to consistently deliver results to fulfill the NJTPA’s mission. INITIATIVE: Independently take actions to influence events conducive to the NJTPA’s mission by offering own ideas for fulfilling the agency’s goals; seek feedback from appropriate persons on effects of actions; identify problems, obstacles or opportunities and take action to address current or future problems or opportunities; within the scope of the position, as authorized. QUALITY ASSURANCE / ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Accomplish tasks logically, clearly and accurately through concern for all aspects of the job no matter how small. Maintain awareness of roles and responsibilities on project activities, facilitate timely coordination between project team members, provide progress briefings and assessments to supervisor, and monitor all work processes on an ongoing basis to ensure accuracy of products and deliverables. TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION: Work cooperatively with staff from various divisions of the NJTPA, its partner agencies, and consultants, showing a positive attitude, soliciting input from others, and encouraging team members.
FLEXIBILITY/ADAPTABILITY: Constantly adapt to new challenges faced by the NJTPA and work effectively under dynamic conditions. ANALYTICAL THINKING/PROBLEM SOLVING: Understand a situation, issue, or problem by breaking it into smaller pieces or tracing the implications of a situation in a step-by-step method, and identify alternative methods that are based on logical assumptions and information. PROFESSIONALISM: Conduct himself/herself at all times in an ambassadorial, committed, and personable manner, demonstrating respect for the position, colleagues, divisional integrity, and the agency’s best interest. VERBAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations, through oral presentations and writing, adjusting style and methods to the specific needs of the audience. LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT: Take responsibility for personal learning and development by acquiring and refining technical and professional skills.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, engineering, computer science, economics, mathematics or a related technical field required. Four years of related experience in quantitative analytics or planning for candidates with bachelor degree. A Master’s degree may substitute for two years of experience. Project management skills required. Excellent written and oral communication skills required, with experience in writing technical reports and memoranda essential.
Proven abilities to present and articulate technical information to diverse audiences strongly preferred. Excellent data analytics and technical skills, such as statistical modeling, relational databases, geographic information systems and office applications preferred. Expertise in performance-based planning and knowledge of transportation issues in the northern New Jersey region desirable.