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Senior Planner - Long Range Transportation

The City of Tacoma Public Works Department is looking for a Long Range Planner to join the traffic engineering and transportation planning group. The successful applicant will work closely with internal staff (planning, engineering, and sustainability), external agencies, and advocacy groups to implement transportation goals and policies outlined in the Transportation Master Plan.
The incumbent will also be expected to be an integral member of the traffic engineering and transportation planning group, which is responsible for planning, coordinating, and design support for complex transportation planning, traffic engineering, and capital improvement projects.

The ideal candidate will have experience in other areas of transportation and project management, including traffic safety planning, right-of-way design, and grant funding. The selected candidate will be hard-working and approachable, and will be able to organize and express ideas through excellent oral and written communication to a wide variety of audiences.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Lead long-range transportation planning efforts, including updating the City's Transportation Master Plan and subarea plans throughout the City and conducting community engagement.
  • Oversee development of corridor studies and conceptual designs for capital improvement projects.
  • Support capital project programming and grant applications. 
  • Track performance measures.
  • Contribute to development of new regulations and codes that support the City's adopted policies.
  • Oversee development of the City's first Impact Fee and Vision Zero programs. 
  • Collaborate with various departments and agencies to discuss and implement policies and programs that support the City's transportation goals.
  • Represent the City at various community meetings and at stakeholder committees including the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Advisory Group, the City's Transportation Commission, and the City's Planning Commission.
  • Support funding requests and grant applications by identifying projects, that meet the City's transportation goals and objectives. 
  • Lead and/or supervise various groups to support projects, including internal staff and external consultants.
  • Build and maintain an innovative network of key partners across sectors such as governments, industry, business, utilities, and academia to support sustainable infrastructure practices in Tacoma, as part of a sustainable transportation strategy.

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. 
Four-year college degree in urban planning, transportation planning, environmental affairs, public administration or related areas.


Two years providing transportation planning services to a local agency

  • Washington State Driver License at time of appointment to the position. Knowledge & Skills:Ability to work with diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to manage many simultaneous demands and activities
  • Creative thinker
  • Marketing, communications or event planning experience
  • Personal commitment and passion for increasing multi-modal transportation
  • Ability to work effectively in a team as well as independently
  • Successful grant research and writing experience
  • Project management
  • Interest in planning, transportation, sustainability, marketing and communications, and environmental issues
  • Knowledge of regional transportation issues
  • Principles and practices of municipal planning
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, GIS)
Use the principles and practices of planning and development to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.

Verbal Communication
Effectively express information through the spoken word using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.

Written Communication
Effectively convey ideas and information in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader. Skill in creating graphic designs and presentations and render maps/site plans via sketches and/or computer graphics is highly desirable.

Customer Focus
Build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction with the services provided by the City of Tacoma.

Coordinating and Organizing
Effectively plan and coordinate activities, services, and schedules to ensure smooth and efficient operation of work and to meet deadlines within timeframes.

Adapt easily to changing business needs, conditions and work responsibilities. Adapt approach, goals and methods to achieve successful solutions and results in dynamic situations.
  Selection Process & Supplemental Information:
The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:
  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.

Our City:
When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:
The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. 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.

Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the examination process.

Applicants must attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. NOTE: Applications received without attaching the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process. 

Applicants who are separated or retired and are eligible for veterans scoring criteria (Veterans Preference) must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference points.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their answers to Supplemental Questions #2 - #7 scored as the Experience and Training Test for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Applicants must pass the examination with a minimum score of 70% to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration for any vacancies that may occur for the period of one year.  

Appointment is subject to passing a background check. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

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