Program Manager II – Partnerships for Innovative Deployment (Limited-Term)

Website SCAGnews Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Please note, this posting will remain open until August 1, 2022, with the first application review taking place on July 18, 2022. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply prior to that date. We anticipate interviews for this position will be held in five weeks.

Join our organization in this new role! The Program Manager II will be a part of the newly established Partnerships for Innovative Deployment Department responsible for the development and implementation of the transportation component of a $246 million Regional Early Action Plan (REAP) 2021 program. The program is intended to support transformative and innovative projects that implement SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS), also known as “Connect SoCal.”

Under the direction of the Department Manager of Partnerships for Innovative Deployment, the Program Manager II will work in coordination with SCAG’s multi-modal transportation and land use planning departments, to deploy innovative pilot projects that allow for more transportation options in the region and reduce reliance on cars. The Program Manager II will supervise the work of assigned senior planner(s) and support the overall coordination and implementation of department programs and projects, while ensuring alignment with SCAG’s mission, vision, goals, and regulatory requirements.

As a mission-driven organization, SCAG is committed to attracting and retaining talent who embody SCAG’s values. SCAG’s workforce is passionate and committed to innovation that improves the quality of life for all Southern Californians. When you join SCAG, you can expect a culture where collaboration and teamwork is fostered.

SCAG operates as a hybrid organization because we recognize that work can be successfully performed in various locations. Designing a work environment and culture where SCAG’s mission, effectiveness, and collaboration can be more flexibly served demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by supporting work-life balance for our employees, retaining our existing dedicated staff, and increasing access to new talent pools.

As part of our Work@SCAG hybrid approach, employees eligibility in the three work models (office, hybrid, remote) will depend on the department, position, responsibilities, and duties. All work models require employees to work from a location based within the SCAG region.

In this role you can expect to:

  • Work with the Department Manager to support the development and implementation of the transportation component of the REAP 2021 program for SCAG. Specifically, SCAG anticipates the establishment of a County Transportation Commission (CTC) Partnership Program, to facilitate deployment of the REAP 2021 program.
  • Guide and supervise the work of senior planner(s) by setting expectations, providing strategic direction, guidance, discussing what success might look like and monitoring and managing progress.
  • Work with the Department Manager and with the CTCs to advance Connect SoCal through timely advancement of plans, programs, and pilot projects.
  • Support the finalization of the CTC Partnership Program Guidelines and work to execute a strategic partnership framework, including initiation of applicable agreements/MOUs.
  • Coordinate across the planning departments to facilitate pilot deployment of SCAG’s regional initiatives.
  • Support strategic public private partnerships to develop and execute SCAG’s regional initiatives as a part of the REAP 2021 program in coordination with the Department Manager and the Deputy Director for Transportation.
  • Coordinate with SCAG’s transportation planning departments and across the planning division and agency to ensure the timely execution of plans, projects, and programs.
  • Coordinate with CTC partners and other stakeholders to ensure timely execution of plans, projects, and programs.
  • Represent SCAG at external meetings (committees, standing meetings, workshops etc.) related to matters and programs under the purview of the Partnerships for Innovative Deployment Department.
  • Present and provide support for communication of technical and policy matters related to the department’s work at SCAG’s Regional Council, Policy Committees as well as technical committee.
  • Support the execution of department priorities consistent with agency wide priorities, participate in the budget development for the department in line with the priorities.
  • Manage, monitor, and recommend adjustments to the budget throughout the fiscal year.
  • Work with the Department Manager to identify staffing needs and support recruitment efforts, including consultant support.
  • Other duties as assigned.

You will be a good fit if you have these must-haves: 

EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning, economics, geography or a related field

EXPERIENCE: Seven years of progressively responsible professional planning experience

You will hit the ground running in this role if you also have:

  • Knowledge of transportation, land use, and equity planning principles, and familiarity with transportation analysis tools, financing strategies and data sets used by major metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), cities and counties to support transportation planning.
  • Experience and ability to develop and implement programs.
  • Knowledge of advanced project management principles and concepts.
  • Experience implementing highly visible programs involving multiple stakeholder groups.
    Supervision experience and knowledge of principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • The ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships, team spirit, and collaboration with those contacted in the course of work.
  • The ability to be politically astute and have experience in working with local elected officials and knowledge of regional challenges and opportunities related to transportation.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of the Southern California region and local challenges, including knowledge of regional challenges and opportunities related to transportation, and familiarity with stakeholder agencies and organizations.
  • Excellent management skills as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of the agency.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of innovative transportation trends and related program development efforts across the nation, with experience in building regional partnerships, including public private partnerships for implementation.
  • Experience developing innovative programs and strategic deployments, with the ability to quickly assess risks and opportunities.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Project management principles and concepts; principles of supervision and training; budget preparation methods and techniques; theories, principles and practices of urban planning with specific knowledge of assigned program area; public relations techniques; advanced statistical concepts, research and methodology; technical report preparation and presentation techniques; standard business computer applications.

ABILITY TO: Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; facilitate groups with divergent viewpoints; gain cooperation and consensus through discussion and persuasion; conduct program activities using independent judgment and personal initiative; establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, consultants, outside agencies, elected officials and management.

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