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FLSA status: Exempt

CLASS SUMMARY This is professional level work involving planning, supervising, leading, coordinating and participating in activities which require analysis of complex transportation issues and providing responsible and complex staff support. Work is performed under general direction from the manager with initiative, discretion, and independent judgment in the performance of duties based on extensive knowledge of City policies, procedures and operations. Typical assignments include conducting transportation analyses, developing and recommending transportation policy, preparing transportation plans and coordinating with other city staff and other agencies on transportation issues. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the

Leads and participates in the preparation of City transportation plans and programs; determines scope of work, plan development process and timelines. Designs, conducts, manages and analyzes quantitative transportation studies; performs traffic modeling, corridor and origin/destination studies and level of service analysis. Provides staff support for City transportation committee; prepares agenda and materials; makes presentations; prepares minutes. Prepares City Council reports and recommendations relating to transportation planning issues as directed; organizes and makes presentations to City Council, committees and commissions; and other public meetings; responds to questions. Prepares requests for proposals for outside contractors; drafts and administers contracts and grants; oversees the maintenance of consultant schedules; oversees consultant records and invoices; reviews and approves invoices for payment; reviews traffic impact studies for technical and methodological correctness. Oversees the Commute Trip Reduction and Ridesharing/Vanpool programs; develops, recommends and implements policies and procedures. Coordinates transportation planning activities with those of other departments, outside agencies and organizations; participates on regional transportation committees. Prepares grant applications for state and federal transportation project funding; facilitates project priority decisions. Provides information to the public and staff regarding transportation plans, programs and issues; interprets and explains City policies, regulations and procedures. Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies and organizations; developers/applicants and planning staff, other jurisdictions and agencies; may include functional supervision of assigned staff; serves as project manager and supervisor to other participating staff, interns or consultants.
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Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for assigned division; attends and contributes to staff meetings; recommends and implements policies and procedures; identifies opportunities for improving procedures; identifies resource needs; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in area of specialty. Performs related duties and responsibilities as required or assigned. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT Work is primarily performed in an office setting, frequently at other locations for meetings, and in field locations with potential exposure to physically hazardous conditions and unpleasant circumstances. Work involves computer use. May be required to work beyond normal working hours to attend evening and weekend meetings. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Education, Training and Experience Guidelines Bachelor’s degree with major course work in transportation planning, transportation engineering or a related field and considerable experience in transportation planning or transportation engineering or a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience that provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities: Knowledge of:
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Comprehensive principles and practices of land use and transportation planning Policies, functions and responsibilities of the City Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations Research methods and information sources related to urban growth, land use, urban design, and development

Ability to:
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Direct and coordinate assigned staff and work activities Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals Apply, interpret and explain complex legal and administrative information to the public, employees and officials lacking technical knowledge Communicate effectively in oral and written form, one-on-one and with groups Prepare clear and concise reports on complex transportation planning issues Design, conduct, manage and analyze quantitative transportation studies Interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations Provide training, direction, assistance and advice to others Interact professionally with various levels of employees, officials and special interest groups Prepare and administer budgets

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Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work


Valid Washington State Driver’s License

Class specifications are intended to present an illustrative description of the range of duties, the scope of responsibility and the required level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to describe the primary functions of the job. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed by employees in each position assigned to the class.

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