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Senior Transportation Planner


Master's degree in planning, transportation planning, urban studies, public administration, geography, environmental studies, marketing, transportation engineering, or related field, and one year professional level transportation planning experience; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Applicants within six months of meeting the education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.
 Position Summary: This is highly responsible professional and technical work in the Growth Management Department.

An employee assigned to this classification performs long-range transportation studies and analyses; prepares and presents transportation plans and reports with particular focus on multi-modal transportation applications. Incumbents use independent judgment to perform diverse, complex assignments which require extensive coordination with local, regional, State and Federal agencies, citizen advisory committees, County departments, other agencies, community groups, business groups, major employers, and elected officials. Incumbents work with considerable independence to perform the most controversial and technically complex assignments. Incumbents may assist in monitoring and preparation of the budget and work program, reviewing and editing the written work of engineers and developing strategies to address the most complex and controversial issues and will serve as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator.

Work is performed under the general direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports, and the observation of results obtained.
Upon  declaration of  a disaster  and/or  emergency, employees in this classification may be required to report to work.
Exudes a positive customer service focus.
Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.

Prepare, update and implement elements plans, programs and reports required by the County, State or Federal agencies.

Write reports and make presentations for transportation planning projects.

Monitor and analyze legislation for impact on transportation programs, activities and funds.

Use transportation models and other transportation analysis tools to forecast future traffic volumes, levels of service and patronage of alternative transportation modes.

Evaluate transportation options.

Research and prepare transportation budgets and financing availability.

Research grant sources, prepare and review grant applications, and administer project grants.

Administer contracts and applications, and administer project grants and prepare administrative reports.

Review environmental documents, plans, projects, and programs prepared for other agencies for consistency with adopted regional transportation planning policies and plans.

Provide staff support and serve as technical expert to Development Review Committee and write various project and staff reports for review.

Respond to requests for information on regional transportation issues and programs.

Monitor and participate in transportation planning activities of public and private providers of transit and specialized transportation services (e.g. Bicycle/Pedestrian issues).

Researches applicable federal, state, and local planning/regulatory literature to be used in the formulation of the Comprehensive Plan policy and Uniform Land Development Code.

Serve as liaison and technical expert to local, regional, State and Federal agencies, community groups, business groups, major employers and elected officials on regional transportation planning issues, projects and programs.

Gather, analyze and evaluate data related to regional transportation planning issues.

Serve as a project leader for complex transportation planning studies and projects.

May assist in budget and work program preparation and administrative analysis.

Attends conferences and seminars. Hires and supervises, as required, the work of intern positions.

Hires and supervises, as required, the work of intern positions.

Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of transportation planning, transportation engineering, land use planning, public administration, grants management, marketing or the specialty area(s) to which assigned.

Knowledge of the legal principles regulating impact fees.

Knowledge of statistical research methods as applied to the collection and tabulation of data.

Knowledge of techniques of report writing.

Knowledge of transit functions and planning procedures.

Knowledge of methods and procedures of mass media communications.

Knowledge of transportation financing and operating practices.

Knowledge of Federal and State and Local grant programs related to transportation studies and programs.

Knowledge of techniques of grant and contract budget development and administration.

Knowledge of principles of land use planning.

Knowledge of legislative process.

Knowledge of transportation planning policy formulation.

Knowledge of principles and techniques of project leadership and training.

Knowledge of budget preparation principles and practices.

Ability to collect, analyze, interpret, organize and present technical statistical data and related information pertaining to transportation planning programs.

Ability to prepare concise written reports, plans, correspondence and resolutions.

Ability to implement decisions of transportation policy-making bodies.

Ability to mark effective oral presentations to committees.

Ability to prepare charts, maps and other graphic presentations.

Ability to act as staff resource for one or more transportation projects or modes.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, the public, including specific advocacy groups, and local, regional, State and Federal agency officials.

Ability to provide services to the public in a courteous and effective manner.

Ability to participate cooperatively and effectively as a contributing team member.

Ability to produce acceptable work commensurate with the level of appointment within assigned timeframes.

Ability to understand and apply basic principles of media communications and advertising.

Ability to prepare clear and concise plans, reports and ordinances.

Ability to make effective oral presentations to policy-making bodies, employers and the public.

Ability to speak effectively on policy issues alternatives, recommendations and planning studies to boards, commissions, committees, community groups and the public.

Ability to prepare transportation policy recommendations.

Ability to Interpret, explain, monitor and advocate legislation.

Ability to prepare transportation program or grant budgets, grant applications and related reports.

Ability to prepare and implement project work plans and timelines.

Ability to prepare work plans for consultant selection.

Ability to prepare and monitor contracts.

Ability to synthesize and explain complex information to the public.

Ability to complete the more diverse and complex transportation planning assignments.

Ability to understand, interpret and relate to others the concept, aims and principles of transportation planning.

Ability to serve as project manager and provide leadership to team efforts.

Ability to complete the more controversial and technically complex transportation planning assignments.

Ability to act as a departmental resource on the full range of transportation programs and policies.

Ability to assist in the preparation and monitoring of the Department's budget and work program.

Ability to assist in the analysis of administrative issues.

Ability to review the work of staff engineers and lower level transportation planners on assigned projects.

Ability to make strategic recommendations on the most complex and controversial issues.

Ability to coordinate department-wide projects.

Ability to edit written materials.

Ability to analyze information and to formulate substantive policy recommendations based upon such studies.

Ability to express ideas and findings clearly and concisely, utilizing oral, written, and graphic techniques.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, other employees, outside agencies, and the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach occasionally required to be mobile.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus associated with the constant use of computer monitors.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions, and risk of electrical shock.

The employee may perform field work in inclement weather and harsh conditions such as wet areas and dense brush with biting insects, venomous animals or irritating plants.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.