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State of Montana Transportation Planner (33215) in Helena, Montana

Life in Helena, MT Escape the traffic congestion and high of cost living of so many metro areas and discover why we love Helena. Cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies, surrounded by pristine forests, alive with history and culture, lies Helena, "the heartbeat of Montana." This charming, sophisticated and beautiful Victorian city is both the capital of the state of Montana and the county seat for Lewis and Clark County. In Helena, you’ll get to know the colorful Queen City of the Rockies! Whether you are interested in outdoor recreation, immersing yourself in the arts and culture of the area, or retracing the history of the Capital City, Helena has something for you. We’ll catch you on the trails, in the theaters, at a community event, or maybe at a local hotspot. http://www.helenachamber.com/ Fiscal Planner Responsibilities MDT is a pass-through entity of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds. Pass-through entities must ensure compliance with federal requirements. Within the Grants Bureau, the Transit Section is responsible for the administration and ongoing development of multiple Federal and State grant programs. Major transit programs include: Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (5310), Financial Assistance for Rural General Public (5311), National Transit Database (NTD), Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), and Transportation Assistance for Disabled and Elderly (TransADE). Transit Section also coordinates and oversees the implementation of specific programs, such as statewide transit procurement, to ensure consistency, conformance, and compliance with applicable standards and requirements. The Fiscal Planner within the Transit Section works collaboratively as well as independently to provide a plethora of planning services along with contract and budget oversight to ensure compliance with federal and state programs. Duties may include reviewing, assisting, preparing, and implementing various transportation plans, programs, and policies. These duties often require research and analysis, data processing and management, familiarity of laws and guidelines, and coordination with private industry, non-profits, local and tribal governments. Safeguarding service and quality, program regulations, and meeting deadlines are held in the utmost respect. Highlights of Planning Services include: • Analyzes state and federal transportation planning issues to develop applications for federal transit grant funds and state planning funds. • Develops grant applications and/or reviews budgets prepared by local agencies to seek transportation funding through federal/state sources. • Makes recommendations to the supervisor and FTA on local government and local agency coordinated programs. • Develops budgetary needs to ensure compliance with federal, state, and MDT laws, regulations, and policies. • Researches and analyzes historical data, legislation, transportation planning studies, and other sources to identify program fiscal needs. • Serves as a technical resource and MDT representative for various planning customers. • Monitors and coordinates oversight of grant program activities through process reviews. • Researches and examines federal regulations, FTA circulars, restrictions, CFRs, state laws, spending authorities, and other written documents to review and disseminate to other professionals. • Prepares program information and outreach materials for transit providers to keep them apprised of changes in regulations or accepted practices and coordinate information necessary for state and federal administration. Highlights of Contract and Budget Oversight: • Reviews federal transit and planning project reports and activities to ensure compliance with contracts and regulations. • Reports specific program problems and successes to management through annual and quarterly performance reports for review and submittal to the federal agencies. • Establishes and maintains controls to ensure the timeliness, accuracy, and regulatory compliance of financial activities. • Analyzes the impacts of changes in accounting procedures, policies, and regulations and recommends courses of action or change and implementation strategies to management. • Reviews accounting and other related systems to ensure that transactions are correct and accurate. Evaluates financial transactions to ensure financial activities are processed in an accurate and timely manner. • Reconciles, adjusts, and corrects SABHRS and internal accounting systems to ensure the integrity and accuracy of accounting data and transactions. • Prepares various financial schedules and reports by compiling, manipulating, and collecting fiscal data. • Reviews and interprets state and federal accounting and reporting guidelines and develops reporting functions. • Proficient in the FTA reporting system known as Transportation Awards Management System (TrAMS) • Independently prepares the program of projects and submits through the TrAMS system. • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual financial reports for all federal programs administered by the section to provide necessary information and to ensure compliance with reporting requirements. This position performs a variety of other duties as assigned by the Transit Section Supervisor. PLANNER IV 2.1 The required knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geology, Geography, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business, Economics, Education, Public Administration, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Social or Physical Science, Engineering, Land Use Planning, or Resource Management or a related field. This position requires a minimum of 3 years of related work experience. PLANNER V 3.0 The required knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geology, Geography, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Business, Economics, Education, Public Administration, Mathematics, Finance, Accounting, Statistics, Social or Physical Science, Engineering, Land Use Planning, or Resource Management or a related field. This position requires a minimum of 4 years of related work experience. Alternative qualifications include: Any combination of additional related work experience and education equivalent to the minimum qualifications. Other Important Information: In order to be considered for this position, you must apply by midnight on the closing date and you must attach your cover letter, resume and transcripts. Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable. Applications submitted without required materials will not be considered. The cover letter must include the following information: (1) Describe why you are interested in this position (2) How do your skills and education relate to this position? Driver’s record will be verified. Successful applicants will be required to sign a release form which authorizes the Department to obtain the applicant’s permanent driving records. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406.444.6054 MDT is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program, our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace. Only electronic applications will be accepted. All required additional materials must be submitted by closing date. If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact your local job service. If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office. This position is an MPEA union position This position is being posted in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement. Non-bargaining unit employees or employees of another bargaining unit may apply. If the position is not filled with a bargaining unit applicant, the non-bargaining unit applicants may be considered. However, bargaining unit applicants will have preference. This position is covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association). The successful applicant for this position who is eligible-retirement qualified will be required to participate in the VEBA group. The VEBA group can take part in an annual election. Any questions regarding the VEBA can be addressed to Laurie Edwards, MDT Human Resources Division 444-6053. Job: Transportation* *Title: *Transportation Planner (33215) Location: Helena Requisition ID: 21141399

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