Civil - Transportation, Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.
Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability – are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 950 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.
SDOT's Policy & Planning Division has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Transportation Planner! The Policy & Planning Division plays a critical role in our city's transportation success by developing plans that transform our streets into exciting and inviting spaces. Our goal is to shape Seattle's transportation system to create healthy and thriving communities. This includes achieving our Vision Zero by 2030 and citywide carbon neutrality by 2050.
The Senior Transportation Planner will manage a variety of projects to propel the city forward. These projects may be citywide in scale or focused on a specific transportation corridor, neighborhood, or station area. Representative projects include station access plans for new light rail stations, updates to citywide modal master plans, and policy updates to manage emerging mobility or support electrification of the right-of-way. The ideal candidate will be a person with broad urban and transportation planning experience who can work on a variety of projects. This person will develop and lead public engagement strategies and coordinate with other City and agency staff. This position reports to the Transportation Planning Manager.
Serve as project manager or participate in technically complex, difficult, and sensitive interdisciplinary transportation planning studies. Develop and track project budgets, scopes, schedules and performance measures; procure consultant services; manage staff and consultant teams; work with agency partners; manage risks; and develop and implement public engagement plans.
Analyze transportation systems and policies; identify needs and potential solutions, including evaluation of alternatives; recommend policies, plans and projects; prepare reports of findings; and ensure implementation of proposed solutions.
Conduct, manage, or collaborate on transportation modeling and financial analysis.
Coordinate review of transportation policy development with other governmental agencies; review policies, plans and regulations of other jurisdictions to assure consistency with City policies; organize and serve on multi-agency technical review committees; serve as an interagency coordinator and representative for SDOT.
Brief and deliver presentations to the public, management staff, and elected officials; provide information for various public information materials.
Support department goals in promoting equity, diversity and social justice.
Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning or related field.
Experience: Minimum of three (3) years of transportation planning or development experience.
OR: An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.
Three years of experience managing transportation planning projects, at either a citywide, or subarea/neighborhood scale. This could include modal plans, comprehensive or subarea plans, or corridor plans or studies.
Three years of experience briefing and making recommendations to senior management, elected officials and representatives of other public agencies; communication skills (written and oral) that are effective and persuasive with a wide diversity of people; superior writing skills, including grant writing experience.
Master's degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning or related field.
Analytical experience with transportation and financial models such as travel demand models, transportation impact analysis, and transportation-related revenue models.
Experience serving as representative of agency on multi-agency committees and leading staff teams.
Experience organizing and leading public engagement plans and activities.
Ability to plan for multi-modal streets and networks, including experience planning for people walking, bicycling, and taking transit. Experience planning for freight and urban goods delivery, and emerging mobility options.
Demonstrated ability to independently set workload priorities; plan, direct, coordinate and review the work of assigned team members; and, work with demanding and competing deadlines.
Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise, and the ability to gain management confidence.
Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database and analysis software to prepare reports, track and administer grants, and develop briefing materials, including ESRI ArcGIS and the Adobe Creative Suite.
Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.
Current Washington State driver's license. Complete Driver Abstract for the last five (5) years period will be required prior to hire date (at the applicant's expense).
Work is typically performed in a normal City/office environment.
Internal Number: 2019-01088
About Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT)
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) mission is "to create and maintain for Seattle a safe and reliable transportation system which enhances neighborhoods, the environment and the economy." Everything the department does is aimed at enhancing mobility within the city; this department has as its vision "to be the most innovative and responsive transportation agency in the region." The viability of our neighborhoods and the health of our region's economy are dependent upon access and mobility.