The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) is one of Canada’s most innovative transportation authorities and our responsibilities continue to grow. It is our unique task to move people and goods in an integrated transportation network, while preserving & enhancing Metro Vancouver’s quality of life.
Working within the Strategic Planning and Policy department, TransLink’s Forecasting and Monitoring group leads research, monitoring, advanced analytics and insight for the regional transportation system. The group’s focus is on undertaking analytical and quantitative studies to better understand the regional transportation network and customer behaviour and to provide and strong evidentiary basis for investment and program decisions. We do this through the development and implementation of a variety of models such as econometric demand models, non-valuation studies, the Regional Transportation Model, VKT models, and GHG models.
The Senior Planner/Economist provides senior planning, applied economics and economic policy leadership and expertise for a wide range of diverse and complex strategic planning and policy initiatives in one of the world’s few multi-modal, regional transportation authorities. The Senior Planner/Economist is accountable for providing senior transportation economic expertise and leadership to projects of medium/higher scope related a broad range of areas such as transportation economic policy, economic modelling, valuation studies, benefit-cost studies, funding and transit and road pricing, in an integrated, multi-modal transportation agency.
- Contributes senior economic and transportation planning expertise to development of program/project strategies, plans and tactics.
- Provides senior technical guidance, sharing the benefit of an advanced level of planning and economic expertise with other planning professionals, while also providing leadership to designated projects.
- Develops and implements economic models and economic-based tools (e.g. econometric, benefit cost, triple bottom line evaluations, etc.) and undertakes economic analysis/studies and empirical research to support designated project deliverables
- Contributes as a member of a program team, providing a senior level of transportation planning and economic expertise, identifying and recommending action on project risks and opportunities, based on analysis of issues.
- Collaborates with leaders and professionals across the organization, with a view to optimizing planning services and project outcomes.
- Develops and manages relationships with stakeholders to understand needs, keep them informed and resolve moderate issues. Provides senior technical support and advice to municipal/provincial working teams and advisory committees.
- Oversees contractors and consultants, providing work direction, and monitoring contract compliance.
- Provides technical guidance to other planning professionals, including involvement in development and performance management.
Requires at least a Master’s degree in applied economics or economics, public policy or planning and a minimum of 3 years experience providing an advanced level of planning and economic expertise and leading projects in an agency specialising in urban transportation, environmental management, public policy or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- We are looking for someone with strong analytical and communication skills, who thinks and acts independently and has sound judgment. You also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to contribute effectively to a team approach to problem solving.
- Advanced knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of economics, applied economics, public policy and/or transportation planning.
- Sound knowledge of plans, products, roles and responsibilities of government agencies, NGOs and associations.
- Sound knowledge of Translink’s decision-making context including its strategic context and organizational and governance structure.
- Leadership skills to provide a senior level of technical guidance and expertise to other transportation planning professionals and to lead projects.
- Interpersonal skills to build trust by consulting with others and applying a team approach as needed to achieve solutions. Includes negotiation skills as they pertain to contracts and conflict resolution at an intermediate level of risk and complexity.
- Decision-making skills to make recommendations/resolve transportation planning and project-related issues, and to make recommendations on priorities.
January 30, 2012
Position Open Until Filled
effective February 2013, TransLink MetroTown Tower II offices will be relocating to their new Sapperton/New Westminster location.
An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process.
37.5 hours per week.
How to Apply
Please access our Current Career Opportunities link on the TransLink website to apply for this position and to view instructions on the process. Type the address http://www.translink.ca into your web browser to view the page.
Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.
Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.
Equal Employment Opportunity
TransLink is committed to employment equity.
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