The City of Bellevue Transportation Department is seeking a Senior Transportation Planner who is self-motivated and team-oriented to join our team of progressive professionals in the Long Range Planning (LRP) Division.
LRP works with the Transportation Commission, the City Council, a broad cross-section of disciplines within the City of Bellevue staff organization, other boards and commissions, and community stakeholders to establish a vision for the city’s multi-modal transportation system, develop and implement policy, and engage the public to create blueprints on how best to maintain, sustain and improve the city’s multi-modal transportation system.
The Senior Transportation Planner will manage a variety of transportation projects and plans to keep Bellevue moving forward into the future. These projects and plans may be citywide in scale or focused on specific transportation corridors, neighborhoods, or light rail station areas. Representative responsibilities include overseeing road safety assessments to identify spot and corridor improvements, leading the planning, programming, and prioritization of the City’s bicycling program, managing consultant design contracts resulting in “rapid-build” bicycle installations, collaborating with partner agencies to implement transit speed and reliability projects in support of Bellevue’s growth and development, partnering with lead departments and supporting the Transportation Commission to prepare transportation policy recommendations, and leading projects around data, analytics, and emerging mobility.
Our Transportation Department mission is to provide a safe and efficient transportation system that supports livable neighborhoods and a vital economy in partnership with the community. We take pride in being a dynamic, multicultural, future-focused, high-performance city and department. We invest in our employees and encourage and reward employee growth and development. Our culture values and encourages effective communication, shared leadership and responsibility, innovation, and integrity.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Transportation Planner will develop and lead projects and programs that enhance transportation safety, sustainability, and equity outcomes in the City of Bellevue. Examples of primary responsibilities include:
Project Management – Serve as project manager or task lead for transportation corridor plans, transit speed and reliability plans, safety studies, technology development partnerships, and pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects. Develop and track project budgets, scopes, schedules, and performance targets; procure consultant services; manage project teams of staff and consultant; work with agency partners; and develop and implement community engagement strategies.
Community Engagement – Develop and implement public engagement plans for stakeholder involvement through the concept development phase of transportation projects, including creating presentation materials for open houses and public forums and creating on-line questionnaires. Support Council-appointed advisory committees to seek community input. Present projects to the public, Transportation Commission and City Council.
Planning, Research, and Communications – Analyze City policies, plans, practices, and projects accounting for developments in the field and applicable legislation by other levels of government; prepare reports of findings; and support implementation of proposed solutions that improve mobility options while balancing competing needs. Research transportation funding opportunities and participate in the development of grant proposals.
Governmental Relations – Build effective relationships on behalf of the department with external agencies, community groups, property owners, and business organizations to implement Bellevue’s transit, pedestrian, and bicycle services and facilities. Prepare and deliver briefings and presentations to senior management, the Transportation Commission, and City Council.
One-City Coordination – Foster teamwork and contribute to a positive workplace culture by promoting cooperation and collaboration with interdivisional and interdepartmental staff teams. Ensure that the intended outcomes of multi-modal projects derived from Bellevue’s Mobility Implementation Plan, Transit Master Plan, Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan, Pedestrian and Bicycle Implementation Initiative, Bicycle Rapid Implementation Program, and Vision Zero Strategic Plan are carefully considered as they advance from concept to design and implementation. Monitor project progression, facilitate trade-off conversations, and document decisions and milestones to ensure transparency, accountability, and consistency with Bellevue’s transportation vision.
Supervision Received and Exercised
The Senior Transportation Planner will work under the general supervision of the Mobility Planning Manager.
No formal supervisory responsibilities but may act as project lead that includes other staff.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Minimum: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in transportation planning, transportation engineering, land-use planning, urban planning, public administration, or a closely related field.
Preferred: Graduate (masters) degree in transportation planning or related field.
Five or more years of experience that provides the applicant with a comprehensive knowledge of planning principles, practices, and techniques as they relate to transportation. Included in the five years’ experience must be two years of project management experience:tracking budgets, scopes, schedules, and performance measures; procuring consultant services; managing staff and consultant teams; working with agency partners; managing risks and developing and implementing community engagement strategies.
Demonstrated combination of education, experience,and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Transportation (especially, transit and active transportation) planning principles, practices, and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.
Transportation plans including their preparation, process of adoption, and monitoring.
Research methods and the ability to compile and analyze new data.
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and Vision Zero, Safe Systems, and Complete Streets concepts and approaches to designing urban streets.
Bellevue’s Transit Master Plan, Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan, Mobility Implementation Plan, and Vision Zero Strategic Plan and familiarity with relevant MUTCD, AASHTO, and FHWA guidelines.
Public involvement techniques and public process for adopting plans and regulations and implementing projects.
Contract, grant, and program budget management.
Geographic Information System software to derive geospatial insights that support decision-making.
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create graphics and reports.
Microsoft Office software to prepare documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
Think conceptually, research complex issues, observe and evaluate trends, and analyze and extrapolate logical conclusions from large data sets.
Prepare and deliver presentations to boards, commissions, civic groups, citizen advisory committees, and the public.
Write clear and concise reports and plans based on analysis of data and citizen and agency input.
Communicate technical information in a non-technical manner with individuals and groups on complex planning policies or regulations.
Use sound judgment under stressful situations and handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
Establish and maintain effective working relations with city staff and staff of other agencies, elected and appointed officials, and the community.
Lead, facilitate, or participate in technical working groups with other City divisions, agencies, community and interest groups, industry members, higher education institutions, and other levels of government to ensure appropriate involvement and feedback at all stages of project development and implementation.
Manage time on multiple projects, priorities, competing deadlines with attention to detail in a dynamic work environment.
Identify and address risks to project scope, schedule, or budget and deliver projects on time and on budget.
Advance transportation projects from concept to implementation.
The City of Bellevue offers diverse employment opportunities for those that want to work for the community. We offer a robust benefits package, an eco-friendly work environment, and state-of-the-art technology.