Planner II (Scheduler)

Compensation: $61,001.00 - $91,501.00 Annually

General Description/Information

The Planner II is the second level in a three level Planning series. Incumbents perform professional planning duties in support of studies and projects led by more senior level staff; and serve as the lead or project manager for small scale studies and projects, leading teams of other professional staff and consultants.

In addition to basic transportation planning skills, this assignment on the Service Planning Team will require:

Knowledge of efficient transit scheduling, blocking, and run-cutting concepts.

Knowledge and use of Giro HASTUS or similar software to schedule transit service including inputting new routes and stops and adjusting existing routes and schedules.

Candidates who demonstrated a propensity to learn how to use Giro. HASTUS scheduling software will also be considered.

Skill in communicating and coordinating with multiple Valley Metro departments and outside entities to interpret and carry out scheduling tasks in a timely, accurate, and efficient manner.

The Planner II shall contribute to team efforts and represents Agency core values in the performance of duties.


The statements listed below describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

Serves as team lead or project manager for small and routine research projects and studies in conjunction with regional and local transit initiatives.

Performs analysis, evaluation of findings, and identification of significant issues.

Develops staff recommendations on routine projects.

Supervises routine work of consultants, and other transit planning staff when leading a project team.

Reviews invoices.

Leads agency efforts to align agency service and projects with community needs.

Provides complex planning data to other divisions and departments.

Designs methods for ensuring accurate data are integrated into agency planning activities.

Writes proposals, requests for proposals, project reports, progress reports, board memos and white papers.

Provides routine financial analysis and estimates costs related to plan implementation.

Attends meetings, serves on committees and makes presentations as needed; supports and leads public meetings as needed.

Makes presentations to internal agency staff, technical working groups, member agency committees.

Prepares and relays routine agency information at public meetings.

Investigates and responds to citizen and member agency questions, requests, suggestions, and complaints.

Provides detailed planning information within scope of authority.

Facilitates public input processes, summarizes and reports feedback and makes recommendations for incorporation of feedback.

Provides staff support to project planning teams comprising other Valley Metro staff, local government staff and consultants.

Works with project planning teams comprising Valley Metro staff, member agency staff, and consultants.

Work is performed under general supervision from direct supervisor or a project manager.

Typical duties include:

Providing support for planning activities

Serving as a project lead

Developing and implementing plans and reports

Preparing proposals

Conducting planning studies

Preparing financial analyses and supporting materials for grant applications

Investigating and responding to citizen suggestions and complaints

Coordinating with contractors

Serving as a liaison with partner agencies

Working with communities to coordinate projects and gain input

Working with funding partners to ensure Valley Metro activities meet various federal and grant requirements

When assigned to Capital/Corridor Planning:

Provides high level planning and assistance in support of transit capital facility and/or high capacity corridor development.

Assists with assessing regional capital needs, projecting priorities for capital requests.

Develops preliminary recommendations for capital project alternatives that should move forward.

Requires basic knowledge of the Federal Transit Administration Capital Investment Grant Program, and associated regulations and processes, including ADA, and Title VI/Environmental Justice.

When assigned to Environmental Planning:

Provides high level planning and assistance in support of environmental assessments and evaluations, Title VI analyses, sustainability efforts, and other environmental planning efforts.

Prepares routine environmental reports and documents

Develops preliminary recommendations regarding environmental evaluations and assessments.

Requires basic knowledge of NEPA and CEQ requirements and associated regulations and processes at the federal, state and local levels, including Historic Preservation, Endangered Species, Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts; section 4(f), section 6(f), Title VI/Environmental Justice.

When assigned to Service Planning:

Provides high level planning and assistance in support of service planning initiatives, including monitoring and analyzing transit ridership trends and best practices.

Prepares routine service planning reports and documents

Develops preliminary recommendations regarding service planning initiatives.

Serves as liaison with operations staff and contractors to coordinate transit service routes, scheduling, and delivery.

Requires basic knowledge of transit service planning principles, including an understanding of ADA (as applied to public transportation), Title VI and Environmental Justice requirements.

Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge of:

Capital, service or environmental planning principles.

Transit planning principles and practices.

GIS concepts.

Statistical, data and financial analysis principles and methods.

Survey methods.

Report preparation methods.

Public participation techniques.

Customer service principles.

Reading and interpreting maps and plans.

Environmental concepts and principles.

Land use concepts and principles.

General knowledge of regulations and laws governing public transportation.

General knowledge of federal and state grant programs for public transportation.

Skill in:

Conducting transit studies and research.

Analyzing, evaluating, and identifying complex transit issues.

Providing positive customer service and issue resolution techniques.

Writing to preparing a variety of business correspondence and reports.

Using a computer and related software applications.

Developing and making presentations.

Speaking in public.

Coordinating activities between multiple departments.

Communicating in order to interact with co-workers, supervisor, and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Comprehending and solving complex transportation problems.

Compiling complex data, analyzing findings and identifying complex issues.

Reviewing and providing feedback on plans and reports.

Intermediate GIS skills preferred.

Identifying, developing and performing capital/facilities, service or environmental planning.

Supervising and monitoring the routine work of consultants.


Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Sustainability, or a related field and three years of transportation planning experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties listed.

Master’s Degree and/or transit planning experience is desirable Candidates with extensive transit operational experience in lieu of a college degree are strongly encouraged to apply.

AICP designation desirable

Background Investigation:

Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

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