CITY OF SPOKANE, WA 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd Spokane, WA 99201
May 12, 2020Full Time
CLASS SUMMARY Background: The City of Spokane is committed to supporting strategies and initiatives that create a safe and healthy community where all people can feel safe, empowered and welcome within our city boundaries and the larger region. The City Council, Mayor of Spokane, City staff, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private partners, and our residents must work together to advance public safety and neighborhood vitality, increase the vibrancy and economic success of Spokane through pedestrian and bicycle safety and neighborhood walkability initiatives, protect vulnerable populations, and increase the ease of use of a variety of transportation modes in our community. The Manager of Neighborhood Connectivity Initiatives ("Manager") plays a key role in this commitment by managing the City Council's Traffic Calming Program and through research, policy analysis, report-writing, financial planning and public engagement on multi-modal transportation policy issues. Nature of Work The Manager manages the City Council's popular and growing Traffic Calming Program that connects neighborhood transportation ideas with funds from Photo Red and School Speed Radar Cameras to create innovative solutions. In addition, they will develop City multi-modal transportation policies and provide advice and briefings to City Council members and associated staff on the full spectrum of transportation issues. They do this by managing research teams and stakeholder groups and independently evaluating and researching various policies, practices and financial guidelines to provide recommendations for City Council consideration. The Manager must be an excellent problem solver, capable of analysing the pros and cons of a particular policy option, understanding the implications a proposed policy has on the City's budget, and collaborating with large stakeholder groups. They must also know about, or be able to quickly learn, the policy cycle (how new policies are passed) and the mechanics of local government with special knowledge of urban planning, municipal finance and traffic engineering. The Manager supervises research teams and other analysts to provide quantitative and qualitative evidence that supports policy recommendations and new initiatives. This includes conducting research and analysis on public policy and funding issues, evaluating proposed policy initiatives, and staying current on the latest research available. The Manager will collaborate with the City Council Members and their Legislative Assistants, the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs, department heads, City employees, government officials, neighborhood councils, city residents, and other internal and external stakeholders. The Manager must demonstrate superior collaboration with a peer traffic engineer who leads the Administration's role in traffic calming. Supervision: This "at-will" position performs with considerable independence and is appointed and may be discharged by the City Council, with day-to-day supervision provided by the Director of Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs. Working Conditions and Physical Demands: Work is conducted primarily in an office setting but may include visits to external agencies and business locations. It also involves frequent attendance at meetings, including many that are conducted outside of regular work schedule, to include some irregular hours. Employee is expected to communicate verbally, in person and by telephone. A computer terminal is used and this requires the use of repetitive arm-hand movements. EXAMPLES OF JOB FUNCTIONS Responsibilities: Manages stakeholder working groups and research teams to plan, coordinate, and facilitate related City Council priorities, including delegating tasks when needed Evaluates the impact of new or proposed legislation on City resources and policy goals Gathers, assembles, analyzes and evaluates facts to draw logical conclusions, makes recommendations and prepares clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports which require displaying and presenting statistical, graphical, and other reporting methods to audiences of varying technical sophistication Reviews policy language for accuracy and understanding by constituents Manages administrative aspects of projects (e.g., timelines and resources) Writes, compiles and edits proposals and project reports Serves as Council Manager and Liaison to the Administration on Photo Red and School Radar Traffic Calming Programs Manages the Council side of these programs, including tracking a multi-million dollar annual budget and the progress of projects and project proposals. Liaisons with Neighborhood Services Staff, Neighborhood Councils and the Community Assembly's Pedestrian Transportation and Traffic Committee Develops revenue and financing strategies for Council initiated transportation programs Prepares and delivers oral presentations summarizing key elements of analysis and recommendations REQUIREMENTS Ability to: Manage and motivate volunteer advisory groups in identified subject areas Facilitate large groups with differing opinions and diverse cultural backgrounds Identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation using current methodologies and frameworks Utilize specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities; the position serves as the City Council subject matter expert on transportation policy, both active and motorized, as well as transit and the connections between land use and transportation policy Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing, including the ability to express complex business, financial and regulatory concepts in clear and concise language for the City Council, City officials, City staff, and the general public; including the compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training Model effective group behavior such as listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures Work effectively in situations where conflicting viewpoints exist Analyze and prepare financial spreadsheets and documents Build open communications and dialogues in diverse settings Work with and leads project teams Make independent judgments and operate with minimal supervision MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Requirements of Work/ Minimum Qualifications: Any combination equivalent to the experience and education that would likely provide the relevant knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Generally, this will include: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work related to Public Policy, Political Science, Social Science, Planning, Public Administration, or Law; AND four (4) years' of progressively responsible analytical experience, including experience in policy development, urban planning, transportation planning, organizational change, and strategic planning in the public or private sector. A Master's degree in Public Administration, Planning or Social Work, or field related to area of assignment, may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience. Preference given for experience in the following areas: Experience in government research, public policy and proposal preparation Knowledge of principles and practices of transportation planning, including current literature and recent developments in these areas Experience working with and coordinating stakeholders, Tribes, local partners and state agencies. Behavioral Standards: Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of assigned functions through continued education and/or training. Model effective group behavior such as: listening, discussing, negotiating, encouraging and motivating. Be respectful, courteous, and friendly to community members, other City employees, and City leaders. Consistently perform as a team player that helps the organization meet its objectives. Take initiative to meet work objectives. Effectively communicate with community members and other City employees. Maintain positive relationships with co- workers and managers. Positively represent the City, maintaining the trust City residents have placed in each of us. Demonstrate honest and ethical behavior.