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Senior Transportation Specialist
Job ID: 4104
City of San Jose, South Bay


For more info contact:
(408) 535-1285
Close Date: Aug 11, 2014
Salary: $96,928.00 - $118,060.80 Annually

About the Department


The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business.  Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region.  The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values:  Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. 


The City's Department of Transportation is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees.


The Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems which contribute to the livability and economic health of the City. We comprise a team of more than 400 people ready to serve the needs of our customers to improve the efficiency and safety of San José streets. For more information about DOT, visit


Position and Duties




The Department of Transportation is seeking candidates for a Senior Transportation Specialist position in the Transportation Planning and Project Delivery Division.


Reporting to the Planning and Sustainability Division Manager, the Senior Transportation Specialist is responsible for managing the transportation planning efforts in the Department of Transportation (DOT) including the management and preparation of transportation impact studies and environmental analysis for implementation of Envision San José 2040 General Plan Goals and Policies.  This Envision 2040 General Plan embraces "plan for people, not just cars" and "create walkable and bike friendly neighborhood villages" to transform San José into an interconnected and vibrant city from the traditional automobile dominant, suburban like city.  The position currently has one direct report (Associate Transportation Engineer.)


The successful candidate will have significant, high-level experience and technical expertise with considerable difficulty in transportation planning; traffic demand forecasting; traffic impact analysis; CEQA impacts; general plan process; and transportation policy planning, analysis and management; and area development policy planning, analysis and management.   The successful candidate is a highly self-motivated manager and will demonstrate strong desire and strong leadership skills to support planning of transportation facilities to achieve the General Plan Goals and Policies.  The position works closely with other departments in the City, consultants, developers, other jurisdictions and agencies, Planning Commission, City Council representatives, and the community.  The Senior Transportation Specialist represents the City and DOT in public meetings, technical committees with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and others.


The Senior Transportation Specialist has the following key responsibilities:


-Provide leadership in the planning and management of corridor or area wide transportation planning studies, including preparation of transportation analysis reports, CEQA analysis, impact fee studies, nexus studies, development review, and local and regional transportation improvement projects.


-Manage, design, and implement goals and policies of the General Plan Circulation Elements, including but not limited to vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, mode share, street typology, functional roadway classifications, and "urban village" planning.


-Manage the maintenance and update of General Plan Functional Roadway Network through use of GIS tools and serves as the General Plan liaison for various Divisions within DOT.


-Make recommendation of innovative transportation analysis theory/method/tools to be implemented for TOD, transit corridor, mixed use development, Level of Service, mode share, data collection, and multimodal transportation corridor.


-Plan and manage the implementation and modifications of transportation planning policies in coordination with land use policies.


-Represent the City in working with County Congestion Management Program (CMP) for monitoring and conformance requirements.


-Provide transportation planning/engineering support to City Staff, outside agencies, and consultants.


-Provide guidance to staff on data collection and field reviews for validation of analysis or traffic operation issues.


-Manage the maintenance and updating of City adopted software applications for travel demand forecast model and Level of Service analysis for City's 900+ signalized intersections.


-Assist Division Manager with the budget preparation, personnel, and training matters.


-Leads and supervises staff by establishing goals, tracking performances, creating a positive work environment, maximizing staff development opportunities and providing appropriate recognition.


-Prepare technical reports, council memorandum, presentation, policy languages, and agreements.


-Represent the department at meetings with internal and external stakeholders including public and Planning Commission meetings and Technical Advisory Committees of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and serve as department liaison to Santa Clara County Road and Airports Department and to Caltrans as related to transportation planning.


-Performs other related work as required.


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:


- EDUCATION: A Master's Degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, or closely related field.


- EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in transportation development programs including two (2) years of project management.


- LICENSE: Possession of a valid California's driver's license.


EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.


To Learn More and Apply


To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page by clicking on the link below.


Then click on the All City Job Openings” link.       


City of San José Employment Page


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