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Job Title: Assistant Planner (Part-Time)
Location: Admin Building - Detroit
State: Michigan
Position Description:

Job ID: ADM20201401

Department: Planning

Starting Pay Rate: $15.50

Union: Non-Union

Start Date: Immediate

General Summary   

Under general supervision, the Assistant Planner assists in performing activities associated with long and short term transportation planning including developing, implementing and monitoring technical planning studies and projects.  Assists in the development and maintenance of the Authority’s Geographic Information System (G.I.S.).  Performs data analysis relating to the performance of Authority services. 


Duties and Responsibilities   

  • Assists in developing service plans and strategies based on service policies, research findings, planning studies and operational considerations. 
  • Assists in developing short and long range plans for new and modified transit services.
  • Assists in monthly service evaluation reporting. Assists in analyzing data, determining problem areas, and conducting studies to ascertain potential improvements.
  • Analyzes ridership reports and performs statistical analyses on the data.
  • Maintains bus stop amenity inventory.
  • Assists in the preparation of transit signage and notices.
  • Assists in developing and analyzing passenger surveys and related market research activities.
  • Assists in maintenance of Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) database including business, household and census data.  Assists in preparing transit reports and maps using the G.I.S. system.
  • Develops bus stop schematic drawings for amenity placements.
  • Attends various public meetings as related to planning activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.       

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities   

  • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation, Planning, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Student in good standing with a minimum of one year completion at an accredited institution.
  • Experience in use of computer geographic information systems (ArcGIS/ArcMap preferred).
  • Strong geographic knowledge.
  • Data collection and interpretation skills.
  • Proficient in database development and Windows-based word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Experience using Adobe products including Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. Ability to perform statistical analysis.

Required Qualifications:
Desired Qualifications: ADM20201401 ( Assistant Planner Part-Time)
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Application Process

Step One

Candidate completes application. Please refer to FAQ’s.

Step Two

Human Resources conducts a criminal background check on all applicants, as well as a driver’s license check if position requires.

Step Three

Bus Operators

In order to be considered for a Bus Operator position you must meet the initial criteria.

  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • Less than four (4) points on driving record.
  • Five years of experience in driving a motor vehicle.

If all criteria are met, the application process is as follows. Please note that all correspondence is done by mail.

Test – The pre-employment test referred to as the Public Relations Skills Test.

Applicants will be notified by mail one to two weeks prior to the test date. Please note that there is no study material. This test cannot be rescheduled. Failure to appear will disqualify an applicant from going further with the pre-employment process. A score of 70% or better is required to be considered for an interview. Please do not contact us regarding your test score as we are unable to provide that information. Telephone calls concerning test scores will not be accepted.

Interview – The interviews will be scheduled any time between one month and six months from the date of the administration of the Public Relations Skills Test. The applicant will have a one to two week notice prior to the interview. Please do not call to change the date or time of your interview. Please keep in mind that if you are scheduled for an interview, this in no way guarantees you a position with SMART.

Applicants who are interviewed will be notified by mail whether or not they have been accepted into the training program.

Training – The training program lasts eight weeks. It consists of two weeks of classroom training and six weeks of on-the-road training at your assigned terminal location.

Pay Rate – You will be paid during the eight week training period. After successful completion of training, the pay rate will increase in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

Coach Service Attendants

A Coach Service Attendant is an entry-level position in the Maintenance Department.

Coach Service Attendants perform service operations; clean all coach interiors, seats, floors, windows and exteriors as required; keep shop and yard areas clean and neat; assist in automotive maintenance; perform minor repairs not classified or skilled such as bulb changing; handle coach change-offs in road calls; clean parts. Minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Valid Michigan Driver’s license
  • No suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license within the past 60 months, or currently suspended and/or expired driver’s license.
  • No more than three (3) points on driving record.
  • Some experience in minor vehicle repair and maintenance.
  • Physical strength and agility; physically and mentally capable of performing all of the duties of the classification.

Mechanical knowledge, aptitude, initiative and resourcefulness; will be required to operate bus and maintain a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with the required endorsement and group designation based on the gross vehicle weight.

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Persons meeting the criteria for the position will be considered for an interview.