Senior Grants Planner

Department/Agency of position: 
San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission
Location of position: 
Stockton, CA
$65000 – $85000
Date Posted: 
Monday, April 17, 2017
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Job Description: 

OVERVIEW: Researches, prepares and administers complex transportation grants, requests for proposals, and contracts related to rail services enhancements and expansions, and transit oriented development while coordinating with federal, state, regional, and local agencies.

STATUS: Exempt

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS: Working under the direction of the Manager of Regional Initiatives, the individual in this position takes the lead in researching, preparing, and administering transportation grants, requests for proposals, and related contracts for various programs. This individual will be creative, flexible, and interested in helping to meet the funding needs of the ACE and San Joaquins services while also being a key liaison for the SJRRC and SJJPA with federal, state, regional, and local agencies. The successful individual will be self-motivated and accountable, while also supporting the other working divisions of the SJRRC.

TYPICAL DUTIES: • Takes the lead in researching, preparing, and administering transportation grants, requests for proposals, and related contracts for various programs. • Works with federal and state agencies, regional transportation planning authorities, counties and incorporated cities to facilitate the consistency of their plans and the ACE and San Joaquins short-and long-range plans. • Monitors proposed/enacted legislation for impacts on SJRRC/ACE/SJJPA programs and projects. • Facilitates interagency planning efforts for the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Sales Tax Authorities, where ACE and San Joaquins currently serve or where ACE and San Joaquins plans to serve as identified in the short- and long-range transit plan. • Acts as a Liaison in identifying and resolving federal funding policy and programming issues with regional, state, and federal agencies (particularly Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Railroad Administration). • Ensures rail planning and project activities are consistent with the respective Federal Transportation Improvement Programs and Regional Transportation Plans of regional planning agencies. • Coordinates and collaborate planning with SJRRC/ACE/SJJPA Finance Department to ensure planning activities are consistent with budgeted resources. • Performs general administrative duties, research, compiles data, writes correspondence, file documents, and maintains records as it relates to rail planning, etc. • Performs complex rail transportation planning duties. • Technical staff to the SJRRC/ACE Board, SJJPA Board and various technical advisory committees. • Works with considerable independence to perform complex assignments while demonstrating a high-level of initiative, and judgment. • Recommends, identifies, and implements goals, policies, objectives, and programs concerning rail transit corridors and related amenities, capital facilities, operations, and customer service. • Assists in the management of consultant contracts, studies, and exercises oversight of transportation funding requirements. • Prepares records of planning activities; grants, reports, spreadsheets, agenda items. • Coordinates and attends various meetings and hearings. • Consults with and recommends to SJRRC/ACE/SJJPA management on the direction, progress and preparation of transportation policies, programs, and grants. • Interacts with and represents SJRRC/ACE before elected officials, business, professional, civic, government, and community groups regarding Rail plans, policies, programs, grant applications and services. • Assists in the preparation of comprehensive studies, evaluations, cost estimates, and reports needed to support policy decisions and project approvals in the planning and environmental phases.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in planning, geography, engineering, or a closely related field; And, A minimum of five years experience in a progressively responsible position related to transportation, planning, geography, engineering, or closely related field with experience preparing grant applications.

Knowledge of Principles and application of transportation planning. Research and statistical methods. Principles of governmental organization and operations. Project management methods and contract administration. Local, regional, state and federal funding requirements and reporting regulations. Local, regional, state, and federal funding opportunities. Joint-development and transit oriented development funding opportunities.

Ability to Prepare and administer grant applications. Build and maintain effective working relationships. Simultaneously manage multiple projects. Communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Make presentations and speak effectively in public. Analyze complex data and prepare comprehensive recommendations and reports. Establish and control project budgets.

Other Requirements The individual in this position is required to have a valid California Class C driver’s license and a familiarity with general office equipment, computers and software programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point. The position may also require periodic evening and weekend work and driving within the rail service areas.

Physical and Mental Requirements MOBILITY – Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods of time, standing for long periods, walking, pushing/pulling, bending, squatting, driving, climbing stairs or other objects; occasional crawling; LIFTING – Frequently 5 – 30 pounds or less; occasionally 30 – 70 pounds; occasionally restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects; VISION –Frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand eye coordination; DEXTERITY – normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; HEARING/TALKING – Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL – Frequent public contact and decision making; SPECIAL CONDITIONS – may be exposed to dust and varied outdoor conditions; may require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.

Compensation Package General Benefits Information § Choice of PPO or HMO Plans. 100% employee coverage, 70% Dependent coverage § Vision, Dental and Life Insurance programs § Agency contributes the equivalent of 15% of each employee’s base salary to a defined contribution plan (401(a)). Five-year vesting program § Sick Leave accrued at 12 days/year § Vacation Leave accrued starting at 10 days/year § 10 observed Holidays § Floating Holidays accrued at 4 days/year § Optional Deferred Compensation Program (457) Middle Manager Benefits § Agency contributes the equivalent of 1% of base salary to a defined contribution plan (457). Five-year vesting program § 40 Hours of Administrative Leave/Year on a “use or lose” basis

Selection Process Applicants that best match the requirements of the position will be invited to an initial interview. Applicants successful in the initial interview may be asked to return for additional interviews as warranted.

To Apply Interested applicants must submit both a resume and an SJRRC application for employment by email to, fax to (209) 944-6245, or mail to:

San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission Attn: Human Resources 949 East Channel Street Stockton, CA 95202

Applications can be downloaded from the ACE website or picked up at the above address.

SJRRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about SJRRC and ACE, visit