Valley Regional Transit seeks a team-oriented Planning Programmer with skills and experience in capital planning and budgeting. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Planning Programmer is responsible for developing and maintaining the five-year service and capital Transportation Development Plan and developing budget requests of financial stakeholders. These activities are essential to both near-term budgeting and coordinating long-term financial strategies.
- Revenue programming: Facilitates forecasting & programming of all revenues for near-term and five-year service and capital plans as documented in the Transportation Development Plan (TDP)
o Supports competitive grant applications by identifying potential local funding sources/opportunities, compiling project data etc.
o Supports yearly grant applications for other formula funding of which VRT is not a direct recipient, e.g. 5339 Small Urban, Transportation Alternative Program etc.
• Project identification: Facilitates the adaptation of projects from long range strategic plans to five and ten-year service and capital work plans.
o Continuously updates, maintains and improves five-year service and capital plans (TDP)
o Supports Transit Asset Management (TAM) analysis on an annual basis
o Supports project working groups in project development and scheduling
• Project prioritization: Facilitates project prioritization for near-, mid- and long-term programming
o Works with project managers and finance to track projects and impacts on five-year service and capital improvement plans
o Supports managers in the creation of objectives, metrics, and measures for informed decision making
• Cost estimation: Compiles cost estimates for service and capital projects at the planning level for use in budgeting and programming
o Identifies financial risks of projects in the service and capital work plans
• Annual budgeting: Participates in annual expense and revenue budget development
o Participates in annual expense budget development and revenue allocation
o Develops annual, predictive, and scenario-based funding requests for partners
o Supports budget managers in revenue forecasting
o Analyzes project scheduling and budget impacts
o Liaison to regional organizations and local governments in support of revenue programming and budgeting functions in the organization
• Supports planning activities and creation of outreach materials
• Interacts with and presents information to stakeholders
• Responds to general public inquiries
• Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with others
• Maintains a professional and courteous demeanor at all times
• Conducts other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate is:
• Highly organized and able to schedule projects in alignment with transportation plans.
• An excellent communicator, with the ability to communicate complex information while engaging and collaborating with stakeholders, and other transportation team members.
• Experienced in budgeting, finance, and cost estimation for capital projects.
• Able to prioritize and take in pertinent information to make decisions for timelines, budgeting and programming.
• Passionate about mobility and sustainable public transportation.
• Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, public administration, finance or a related field
• 2+ year’s relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and training
• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certificate is preferred
• Knowledgeable of Federal and State regulations as related to transportation planning
• Knowledgeable in long- and short-range transportation planning
• Understanding of Federal, State, and local government structures
• Understanding of planning, budgeting, project management/scheduling
• Understanding of transit planning principles and practices
• Skilled in technical writing methods
• Knowledgeable in Land use planning
• Understanding of local and regional plans
• Ability to present technical information in a public group format
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Ability to operate a computer and related engineering and business software
• Ability to analyze and compile technical and statistical information
• Ability to facilitate different interest groups and provide conflict resolution
• Health, dental, and vision insurance
• Holiday pay, sick, and vacation leave
• State retirement plan (PERSI): pension and optional 401(k) (see https://www.persi.idaho.gov/ for more information!)
Flexible hybrid schedule: in-office/remote work