The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency. OCTA creates, funds, and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County. We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects. OCTA began in in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies. OCTA is dedicated to its organizational mission and core values. OCTA’s mission is to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and keep Orange County moving. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication, customer focus, and can-do spirit.
Under general direction, develops and administers OCTA’s funding programs for transportation projects throughout Orange County. Supports calls for projects to provide grants to local agencies for transportation projects. Works to ensure OCTA and local agencies meet requirements for various funding programs.
This is an exempt position in Salary Grade R: Min $71,968.00 - Mid $89,273.60 - Max $106,579.20 per year. The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.
The application deadline for this position is Friday, January 5, 2018.
This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
• Prepares and presents reports to the Board of Directors. Represents agency, makes presentations, and responds to inquiries at meetings of the public and professional groups. Prepares written reports, analysis, maps, charts and other graphics.
• Works with all internal departments and researches external funding sources to match agency needs with potential funding opportunities, and interacts with stakeholders and other governmental agencies to communicate process, policies, and procedures.
• Prepares grant applications by analyzing grant program requirements, compiling project data, and completing application documents to meet deadlines.
• Provides technical guidance to management on development and compliance with grant program rules and regulations as well as grant terms and conditions.
• Develops and maintains good working relationships with funding agencies to maximize revenues and promote continued cooperation in funding activities.
• Manages complex transportation related projects and the supervision and training of staff consultants, Monitors the progress of project activities and controls changes to project costs. Prepares reports on project progress and coordinates project activities with federal, state, and local agencies, Controls changes to project scope in order to remain within original project budget and schedule.
• Assist with internal and external financial or grant related audits and reviews.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO DISCRETIONARY FUNDING PROGRAM SECTION:
• Develops and implements FTA grant programs, negotiates and oversees grant revenue contracts and ensures adherence to scope, schedule, budget, and contract terms.
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationships to ensure the effective coordination of activities with internal departments and external funding agencies.
• Remains current on changing federal, state and local grant rules and regulations, and comments on proposed grant related legislation, rules, and requirements.
• Support the agency’s appointed Board Member at the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) Board to maximize funding opportunities and maintain agency leadership in the region.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO LOCAL PROGRAMS SECTION:
• Works with Local agencies on the Measure M2 Comprehensive Transportation Funding Programs (CTFP). Evaluate lessons learned and recommend updates to the CTFP Guidelines.
• Conduct and manage annual CTFP call for projects as directed by the Board of Directors.
• Performs financial analysis to forecast the future M2 funding needs for local streets and roads and other programs as directed by the executive management.
• Administer the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Technical Steering Committee (TSC) including preparation of the agenda packages and coordinate all OCTA planning division correspondence with the TAC and TSC committees.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, public/business administration, marketing, management, social sciences, or related field with a minimum of approximately five years related experience, three of which are at the journey level in transportation or financial analysis, or grants management. MA/MS in field desirable.
• Principles and practices of transportation planning, design and transportation funding and programming.
• Project development, implementation, and management techniques and systems.
• Familiarity with the State, Federal and Local (Measure M2) funding Programs and Projects.
• Local, state and federal laws, rulemaking, regulations and procedures related to planning, environmental analysis, funding sources, and project development, including the State Department of Transportation project development process.
• Computer applications including word processing, advanced spreadsheet applications, databases, presentations, internet, and transportation modeling software.
• Web-based grant development, management and reporting systems.
• Research and statistical methods and techniques.
• Principles and applications of travel demand forecasting, air quality and benefit -cost models.
• General accounting, budgeting, and finance methods.
• Contracting methods and contract negotiations.
• Manage multiple activities concurrently and within strict deadlines.
• Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to write in a clear and persuasive manner.
• Coordinate the work and manage the projects of staff and consultants.
• Develop and apply an understanding of departmental and agency goals and objectives.
• Conduct research, analyze and interpret complex data, and formulate recommendations on that data.
• Work closely with Board members on air quality policy issues.
• Analyze and interpret complex legislation and federal, state and local rules and regulations, and determine potential impacts to the agency.
• Establish funding programs and associated policies and procedures.
• Develop consensus among various agencies and individuals.
• Interpret plans and drawings.
Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
Positions in this class typically require:
• Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
• Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
• Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCTA offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. The specific features of this package include: medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement; vacation and holiday pay; life insurance; deferred compensation plan; short-term and long-term disability plans; flexible spending accounts; educational reimbursement; ergonomic/wellness programs; and flex-time schedule. Salary is dependent upon qualifications.
OCTA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and ensures that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.