Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Senior Transportation Planner
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$6,660.00 - $8,118.00 Monthly
$79,920.00 - $97,416.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

The City of Kent Public Works Department is accepting applications for the position of Senior Transportation Planner.  The ideal candidate will be able to effectively communicate with the public, elected officials, management staff and other stakeholders regarding transportation issues.  The Senior Transportation Planner needs to be capable of working independently to oversee a variety of transportation-related projects and plans, while remaining sensitive to time and budgetary constraints.  If you have the education and experience to perform the critical functions of this position, we welcome your application!

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete; incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your online application after it has been submitted.  If you experience technical issues, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.** 

There is one full-time, non-represented position available. The position is open continuously at this time, but a first review of applications will take place on July 3, with interviews tentatively scheduled for July 19. 

Under the direction of the Transportation Engineering Manager, perform senior-level, transportation planning and engineering duties related to the preparation of transportation plans, policy development, funding strategies, and traffic impact analyses as a precursor to the planning, funding, and implementation of Transportation programs and projects.
Work is characterized by senior-level, professional duties specializing in the transportation  planning and/or engineering.  Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, engagement in regional transportation coordination, revision of the Transportation Element of the City's Comprehensive Plan, updates to the Transportation Master Plan, analysis and recommended solutions for transportation and engineering inquiries,, assessment of options to reconcile demand and potential transportation infrastructure, and review of new development projects for compliance with City's concurrency ordinance.  The incumbent will be expected to make presentations to a wide variety of audiences including elected officials, consultants, staff, other agencies, and the general public.  The incumbent is also required to provide assistance in developing policies and funding strategies that result in adequate public and fiscal support to allow implementation of the Transportation Master Plan. 
Work is performed with limited supervision.  The supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available.  The incumbent and supervisor will work together to develop deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out assignments, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The incumbent keeps the supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, and/or effectiveness of results.  The incumbent is expected to effectively interact with the mayor, councilmembers and other elected officials in the development of the transportation policy.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Review new development projects for compliance with City's ordinances; determine traffic mitigation requirements for new development and redevelopment in accordance with the Washington State Growth Management Act. 
Review project requirements, physical location and other pertinent data; evaluate engineering drawings, maps and survey data; and the engineer's determination of appropriate design parameters for transportation issues and materials and information required for design purposes.
Oversee  the development and coordination of transportation related projects and plans which include, but are not limited to, the Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan, Kent Transportation Master Plan (including updating a non-motorized element and a transit element), Transportation Element of the Kent Comprehensive Plan, and Kent Capital Improvement Plan. 
Provide the Mayor, Council members, Chief Administrative Officer and management with policy analysis for regional transportation decision-making concerning transportation investments, transportation system development, and related political positioning which involve long term impacts to the City, regional partners, and the public.
Review and provide comments on regional plans (e.g. King County Metro Strategic Plan and Guidelines, PSRC's Vision 2040, King County and Sound Transit Long Range Plans).
Act as senior project lead for large planning studies; develop and oversee scopes of work, budgets, and project schedules.  Develop and implement public outreach plans.
Perform professional planning, research and analysis for local and regional transportation plans to meet development goals in the City. 
Prepare background information and recommendations concerning resolutions and ordinances; compile and review information and other materials for public meetings, including but not limited to the council meetings, public hearings, workshops and open houses.
Assure project designs are in compliance with a variety of federal, state and city laws, codes, ordinances, and regulations governing projects including, but not limited to, the American's with Disabilities Act, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the Kent Design and Construction Standards.
Work with other departments, outside agencies, and elected officials in the development of information related to transportation issues and policies.
Review and evaluate traffic impact studies; perform intersection capacity analysis and other transportation needs assessment studies.
Coordinate the preparation of grant applications for receipt of State and Federal funding; administer grant applications to ensure successful grants are obligated and implemented; track grant funding opportunities to better position priority transportation projects for funding eligibility.
Communicate in person and on the telephone with the general public, developers, consultants, City staff, and staff from other agencies to provide specialized information regarding transportation issues.
Compile and analyze statistical and technical information and data; prepare reports concerning transportation projects and related activities.
Serve as the City's representative on transportation-related issues, participate in various regional committees, study groups, and taskforces to identify and advocate for City interests; attend a variety of local and regional meetings including staff meetings as necessary and act as the City's liaison with experts in the field to solve problems. 
Provide guidance and technical expertise to the Commute Trip Reduction Program Coordinator and Program.
Recommend modifications to City codes and associated regulations, procedures, and standards.
Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and City.
Perform related duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Planning principles and practices with special emphasis in transportation planning and engineering
  • Development and administration of public policies
  • Current trends, legislation, and other developments in the area of transportation planning and engineering
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers planning and engineering principles
  • Transportation policy development
  • Transit planning, design and operations
  • All aspects of urban transportation planning principles and practices (streets, transit, non-motorized, etc.) and the relationship to land use planning. 
  • Socio-economic implications of land use and transportation
  • State and federal multi-modal transportation and transit planning principles, procedures, and regulations and legislative and funding processes.
  • Current project lead techniques
  • Transportation planning and traffic engineering principles
  • Established standards and specifications applicable to transportation
  • Technical aspects of transportation planning and engineering
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, structure, operations, and objectives
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, policies, ordinances, and procedures
  • Principals, methods and practices of public finance
  • Research methodology as applied to the collection and analysis of planning data
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Using research and analytical methods, practices, and procedures to define and resolve issues
  • Interpreting and making decisions in accordance with ordinances, governmental regulations, and policies
  • Thinking conceptually; observing and evaluating trends; analyzing data; and drawing logical conclusions
  • Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports
  • Preparing and delivering oral, written, and multimedia presentations
  • Analyze, interpret, and report research findings
  • Create new databases
  • Compile current transportation data and future trends into a usable information system
  • Prepare comprehensive reports
  • Interact professionally with the public on a regular basis
  • Make public presentations
  • Interpret administrative guidelines and apply them to work situations
  • Coordinate with other public agencies including, but not limited to, the Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Regional Council, Sound Transit, King County METRO and local municipalities
  • Work with planners and engineers to identify critical transportation issues and collectively develop recommendations to policymakers
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, other agencies, and the public
  • Communicate ideas clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  • Plan, organize, and coordinate work on projects with team members
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Work independently with little direction
  • Oversee multiple and evolving priorities and establish schedules and deadlines
  • Train and provide work direction to others
 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, or public administration, or a law degree, with emphasis on transportation coursework or a closely related field; and
Experience: Four (4) years of professional transportation, land use planning, civil engineering or municipal law experience.
Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) or Engineer In Training (EIT) certification is desirable
  • Master's degree is desirable
  • Valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry


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