Reports To: Chief Transportation Official or Transportation Planning Manager
Supervises: May assign work to technical or administrative personnel
Purpose of Classification
Under minimal supervision, the Parking Operations Lead has responsibility for the development and implementation of the City's parking strategy. The Lead also works with community stakeholders and internal departments to develop and implement parking and transportation demand management (TDM) programs. The incumbent exercises skill and judgment in dealing tactfully with the public and promoting good public relations. Specific functions include: parking policy research and development, compiling reports and requests for proposals (RFPs) for vendors, coordinating the implementation of parking and TDM-related projects with other city departments, making presentations to the Planning Commission and City Council, maintenance of parking and transportation data files and analysis, and stakeholder engagement activities. The position may be asked to: participate and prepare for community meetings, meet with parking technology and other parking and TDM-related vendors, do research projects, create and analyze data related to parking, and act as project manager on assigned parking and TDM projects. The position may also manage contracts for transit programs.
The Parking Operations Lead will oversee the City's newest parking programs and projects, including residential preferential parking, downtown parking way finding, automated parking guidance systems, parking access and revenue control system, downtown parking management study implementation, integration of parking systems into open payment systems, and the introduction of a comprehensive parking permit and citation management system. The Parking Operations Lead will work as part of a team that manages transportation programs such as safe routes to school, transportation demand management, Palo Alto Free Shuttle, and transportation data systems.
This is a lead position and requires demonstrated experience managing projects independently, leading project teams and supervising consultants and contracts. The ideal candidate should have a strong knowledge of best practices in parking planning and operations and be able to effectively present plans and projects to the public and elected officials. Excellent analytical and writing skills are necessary for this position.
The City of Palo Alto values the environment and quality of life and has set aggressive mode-shift goals to reduce traffic impacts to the community and greenhouse gas emissions. The city is already leading the way, with a world-class safe routes to school program and one of the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the United States. The ideal candidate will work to improve the safety and efficiency of the City's surface transportation network, while respecting all modes of transportation and working to accommodate all roadway users in every project.
The City of Palo Alto offers a great work environment, with a flexible schedule and robust benefits package. Candidates with varied skill sets are encouraged to apply, as there is some flexibility to modify the responsibilities of this position based on the final pool of applicants.
The Parking Operations Lead represents a Planner classification and is found in the Planning and Community Environment Department. It is distinguished from the Associate Planner classification in that the latter handles less complex assignments under closer supervision.
Depending on candidate qualifications, this position may be filled as a Planner. Click here to view Planner Job Description - http://agency.governmentjobs.com/paloaltoca/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=790578&agency=2138&viewOnly=yes
Essential duties and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
•Execute parking-related projects such as: parking permit policy revisions, parking signage implementation, parking permit programs, and parking technology projects.
•Implement transportation-demand management related projects, including: transit improvements, pilot projects, and participation in Transportation Management Association.
•Prepare staff reports on parking and transportation studies for the Planning Commission, ARB (as necessary), City Council, appointed committees, and other City staff.
•Make public presentations before appointed boards, commissions, committees, and the City Council.
•Work effectively with other team members and departments on community development projects.
•Work collaboratively with the Police Department, Revenue Collections, Public Works and other departments as necessary.
•Oversee maintenance of parking and TDM data files, ensuring that parking inventory and occupancy data is up-to-date and accessible to the public.
•Support the Current Planning Division in analysis of private development and TDM requirements.
•Perform TDM plan reviews as required by code, and work with Current Planning to develop TDM requirements for new developments.
•Conduct or oversee parking counts and analysis.
•Represent the City on regional boards or committees as required.