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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Vision Zero Project Coordinator

Salary: $60,000 - $80,000

Agency Description
The Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) is charged with driving change through our transportation and infrastructure systems. OTIS leads a portfolio of departments, including Streets Transportation, Streets Sanitation, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), and the Office of Sustainability to provide cost-effective quality services with a focus on the resident. OTIS collaborates with a wide variety of organizations such as Amtrak, DVRPC, PATCO, PennDOT, and SEPTA.

More information about the functions of OTIS can be found at: www.phila.gov/otis, https://www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability, and https://www.phila.gov/departments/department-of-streets/.

Job Description
The City of Philadelphia seeks several highly motivated, flexible, creative, and independent project coordinators with excellent communication, interpersonal, and technical skills to join OTIS in the role of Complete Streets Vision Zero Project Coordinator (VZ Project Coordinator). The VZ Project Coordinator will be involved in the implementation and execution of a wide range of complete streets projects to advance the goals of the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan and CONNECT Transportation Plan. Through their work they will ensure the successful execution of projects and will advance transportation equity and make Philadelphia a safer, more accessible city for all roadway users.

Each VZ Project Coordinator will be part of a team of planners, engineers, and other professionals with a portfolio of projects in a specific region of the city. They will serve as the subject matter expert on the Vision Zero initiative to ensure that all projects in their region incorporate the best practices for traffic safety. They are responsible for advancing the goals set out in the Vizion Zero Action Plan during the entire lifecycle of the project plan with complete, accurate and current data points and results. The VZ Project Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day completion of project deliverables on one or more specific projects, overseeing consultant planners or engineers, and coordinating and communicating as needed across different stakeholder groups.

The VZ Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating multiple efforts to move the project plan forward and in a timely manner. They must be able to identify any gaps and implement plans to increase efficiency and operations within the project lifecycle.

Essential Functions
Do the work

  • Ensure best practice designs for safe multimodal transportation, transit infrastructure and facilities, intersection and corridor safety, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and mobility to make Philadelphia’s streets reflect the needs of its residents are incorporated in infrastructure projects
  • Responsible for daily management, planning and coordination for multiple complete streets projects
  • Support additional projects as assigned to assure that road user safety is a primary objective
  • Coordinate project implementation and review across City departments (Streets, Commerce, Parks & Recreation) and partner agencies such as PennDOT, DVRPC, SEPTA, etc.
  • Provide safety performance metrics, data, and design standards.
  • Develop, propose and communicate transportation designs using engineering plans, graphics and written documents drawing on the latest knowledge from engineering, active transportation, and safe system fields
  • Review development and infrastructure plans for vision zero transportation system impacts, infrastructure requirements, or compliance with applicable transportation regulations and its impacts on the community.

Collaborate

  • Serve as subject matter expert on Vision Zero initiative, and incorporate that information into projects
  • Collaborate with peers at OTIS and build relationships with staff across various City departments to better implement programs and projects
  • Participate in meetings with inter-governmental partners, stakeholders and community groups related to current and future transportation concerns
  • Support City projects that advance the goals in the CONNECT Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, the Philadelphia Transit Plan, and the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
  • Support OTIS role as the leader and convener for the Vision Zero Action Plan

Communicate

  • Support conversation with governmental officials and community groups to elicit support and promote public awareness of Vision Zero
  • Prepare and deliver communications materials such as presentations, memorandums, reports, data, and maps to a variety of audiences and in various forums
  • Support community and stakeholder engagement across department
  • Monitor and report on program and project goals through collected data and metrics.
  • Be able to communicate to a wide variety of audiences

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong understanding of principles of multimodal transportation planning including area and corridor planning with a strong focus on road user safety and Vision Zero principles
  • Ability to execute the scope of the overall project within OTISs policy and procedures
  • Working knowledge of NACTO Urban Street/Bikeway/Transit Design Guides, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, PennDOT design standards, AASHTO, and other relevant design guidelines.
  • Able to work effectively and independently with City staff, resident groups, businesses, individuals, property owners and other stakeholders on behalf of the City to achieve and implement active transportation programs, projects and plans.
  • Ability to ensure appropriate documents are available for each phase of the project
  • Ability to create and meet project plans, timelines, and monitor progress via reporting and status updates
  • Collaborative team member with focus on achieving shared objectives maintaining on-going productive working relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presentation abilities
  • Ability to understand and work with a diverse community (racially, gender, age, and socio-economically)
  • Ability to analyze situational information, constraints, or data and present findings in written reports, visual and verbal communication  
  • Ability to multi-task and problem solve
  • Track project costs and reconcile any issues
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, GIS, and Adobe Creative Suite. Willingness and ability to learn other analytical software as required.
  • Ability to use or willingness and ability to learn and interpret other analytical and design software (AutoCAD, Synchro, Vissim, etc) as required.
  • Passion for building community capacity to help build a safer, equitable, sustainable, healthier transportation environment for our constituents 

Qualifications
Required:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil or Transportation Engineering or Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Public Policy, or comparable fields
  • 2 or more years’ experience in transportation planning, program management, project implementation or related fields

Desirable:

  • A Master's degree or additional certification in the fields mentioned above Experience working with the City of Philadelphia, its neighborhoods and governmental structure
  • Experience riding a bicycle in Philadelphia or other major urban areas

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths. If you don’t exactly meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and describe in your cover letter how your own experiences equip you to excel in this position.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, references and resume. Apply online at: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ni/CityofPhiladelphia/f7f7bbd3-a146-4b9f-948c-186856c611d0