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Senior Transportation Advisor
This position serves as the Senior Transportation Advisor for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and is assigned to the Planning and Research Division. The position has lead responsibility for the Commission's transportation-related economic development activities, and provides critical oversight of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), a 3,090-mile system of modern highways that connects Appalachia with the Interstate Highway System, and serves as the cornerstone of ARC's transportation economic development efforts. The position provides strategic leadership regarding completion of the remaining corridors of the ADHS, serving as liaison with the thirteen Appalachian state highway agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, and provides oversight and monitoring of the use of ARC funds in highway programs.
About Appalachian Regional Commission
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a unique partnership of federal and state government. The mission of ARC is to innovate, partner and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia so that the Region will be able to attain socioeconomic parity with the nation. For Appalachia to compete economically with communities across the nation, it must have a safe and efficient transportation system connecting it to national transportation networks.
Because of its difficult terrain, Appalachia was largely bypassed by the national Interstate Highway System, leaving the Region with a network of winding two-lane roads, which presented a major barrier to development. Recognizing the importance of overcoming the Region’s geographic isolation, in 1965 Congress authorized the construction of an Interstate-quality highway system in Appalachia. The Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) was created, and is being built to enhance economic development opportunities in the Region by providing access to markets for goods, jobs, healthcare and education. ARC partners with the U.S. Department of Transportation and state departments of transportation to oversee the continuation of planning and construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System..
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provides expert professional advice on all transportation economic development issues. Provides strategic analysis of ongoing and/or emerging transportation issues and formulates appropriate policy responses for ARC.
• Maintains liaison with the thirteen Appalachian State highway agencies and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regarding all aspects of the preliminary development, design, and construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
• Conducts training as needed for field FHWA ADHS Coordinators and others as appropriate. Conduct workshops, as appropriate to define program expectations, review status and history and visit active construction.
• Jointly develops processes with partners as necessary for the efficient oversight of the ADHS.
• Participates and provides ADHS presentations at events with strategic significance for ARC involvement
• Approves, releases and ensures public awareness of strategically important ARC transportation documents
• Conducts site visits to Appalachian States, including active construction where possible
• Identifies opportunities for involvement and briefings in transportation related initiatives beyond the ADHS
• Provides appropriate and timely “on-call” technical assistance to ARC management and staff.
• Ensures clear operating expectations and procedures exist for all ARC Transportation activities with staff at FHWA
• Ensures proper coordination with FHWA on required transportation actions.
• Identifies and shares best practices and innovations for advancing the ADHS with State DOT’s, FHWA and other local transportation agencies.
• Stays fully informed on emerging or changing transportation policy and news and communicates such information strategically.
• Responds to inquiries from the Congress, ARC, State Alternates, or other governmental or private entities who have a vested interest in the ARC transportation program.
• Assists the states and FHWA in the preparation and analysis of periodic cost estimates associated with the completion of the ADHS.
• Supervises the preparation of summary data on status, costs, funding requirements, allocations, and required approvals for use by the Commission and others.
• Prepares information for use in preparation of ARC budget requests and for the annual Performance Accountability Report.
• Coordinates and develops the annual administrative budget request to the Federal Highway Administration for the ARC Transportation Staff.
• Researches and provides data for use in testimony before Congressional committees regarding appropriations and authorizations. Attends such meetings serving as an onsite resource person.
• Explores and coordinates efforts to recognize the importance of all aspects of transportation in the Appalachian Region. This includes consideration of a “Complete Streets” approach to transportation, improving pedestrian and bicycle facilities and recognizing the role of streetscape improvements in the revitalization of Appalachia’s cities and towns. This also includes working with FHWA, state highway agencies and local public agencies to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to transportation facilities.
An M.S. degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Administration or closely related fields is preferred. Depending upon other experience or skills, a B.S. degree in these fields may also be acceptable. Professional Engineer (P.E.) licensure is desirable, but not required.
Ability to travel extensive within the thirteen-state Appalachian region will be required.
• U.S. Citizenship is required
• Prior to hire, the selectee must successfully complete a federal background investigation
How to apply (Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered.)
• A complete and up-to-date resume
• A cover letter that describes your background and qualifications as they relate to the qualifications listed above.
Application materials may be submitted by email, fax or regular mail to:
Appalachian Regional Commission
Human Resources Office, Suite 700
1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009-1068
ARC is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this and any other position will be based solely on merit. ARC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or other factor prohibited by law. ARC will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Allison Thiriez at 202.884.7712 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please view the full posting at: https://www.arc.gov/about/JobOpportunitySeniorTransportationAdvisor.asp
Posted on: Thursday, January 19, 2017
This listing expires on: Wednesday, April 19, 2017